Chat with the Expert

2021 Chat with the Expert Discussions

What is a chat? It's a two-day session in Member Connection with a subject matter expert on a variety of technical topics, soft skill development, leadership, and workforce development. Add your voice to this dialogue—ask questions, provide answers, and ultimately, gain insights from SAE and its members from around the globe.

Upcoming Chat:

Thursday, September 30 and Friday, October 1: Join the Chat Here
Joan Wills; Executive Director–Cummins Electronics; Cummins Inc.
Theme: Based on her new book, Doing the Heavy Lifting: Insights from Women Leading the Commercial Vehicle Industry

(Her book will be available in January as an eBook and print book by mid February)


Previous Chats (you can click into each link to see what everyone had to say!)

July 27 - 28

Vehicle Dynamics, with Tim Drotar, Sr. Research Engineer - Vehicle Dynamics; Ford Motor Company / Controls and Automated Systems Research, Darrell Hancock, Senior Technical Specialist; Stellantis; Dan Williams, Director, ADAS and Autonomy; ZF Group
View the discussion here

March 30 & 31:

Women in the Aerospace Industry

As part of Women's Month in March, we celebrated women in the aerospace industry. Experts include authors from the book, Flight Paths to Success: Career Insights from Women Leaders in Aerospace, as well as other women leaders involved with SAE.

View the discussion here.

October 20 - 21:

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion and the Future of the Workforce,  with Cheryl Thompson, Founder and CEO of CADIA (Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement

View the discussion here


July 21 - 22:

"Range Extenders for Electric Vehicles: Opportunities for new internal combustion engines" with Scott Curran, group leader for Fuels and Engines Research at ​Oak Ridge National Laboratory. View the chat here.

"Virtual Reality (VR) tools and their contributions in the automotive industry" with Amol Gulve, engineering manager with Volvo Group North America. View the chat here


April 21-23:

WCX Knowledge Bar We took the WCX Knowledge Bar online for this Chat with the Expert Discussion! Over the three days that WCX was to take place, we got the experts lined up to discuss a variety of hot technical topics. 


  • V2X and How It Assists Automation and Creates Better Roadmanship: Sue Bai. View the chat here.  

  • Quality, Reliability, and Data Analytics:  Dennis L. Craggs, Consultant; Quality, Reliability and Analytics Services. View the chat here.


      • Lightweight Structure Design for Durability & Reliability: Dr. Yung-Li Lee, Sr. Tech Fellow in Durability, FCA US LLC.  View the chat here.   

      • High Voltage Vehicle Charging for EVs and PHEVs: Gene Saltzberg, EV Charging Systems Engineer. View the chat here


        • Powertrain Calibration Controls NVH: Sumanth Reddy Dadam, Controls and Software Engineer III; Ford Motor Company. View the chat here.

          • Getting the Most Out of System Analysis: Fabian Koark. View the chat here.

          • Fuel Consumption and Emissions Improvements of Advanced Cylinder Deactivation: Elliott Ortiz-Soto, Advanced Combustion Program Manager, Tula Technology Inc. View the chat here.


          March 19 and 20:
          Women in Leadership Chat (experts include authors from the book "The Road to the Top is Not on the Map: Conversations with Top Women of the Automotive Industry" as well as other women leaders involved with SAE). View the chat here.

          Terry Barclay, CEO; Inforum
          Amalia Batori, Director Sales; Robert Bosch LLC 
          Elizabeth Champion, Director of Engineering; PTI
          Elana M. Chapman, PhD, Senior Fuels/Biofuels Engineer; GM Global Technical Center 

          Yan Fu, Ph.D., ASME Fellow, SAE Fellow; Manager, Strategy and Enterprise Analytics; Global Data, Insight & Analytics (GDI&A); Ford Motor Company
          Elizabeth Griffith, Director of Engineering and Program Quality; Faurecia Interior Systems
          Denise Rizzo, Research Mechanical Engineer; US Army GVSC
          Kinsey Olson Sovern, Chair; SAE Dayton Section

          Andrea Strzelec, Ph.D., Program Director, Master of Engineering in Engine Systems (MEES); University of Wisconsin-Madison


          2019 Chats (you can click into each link to see what everyone had to say!)

          February 7 & 8: Shared Mobility and Micromobility; Annie Chang, Project Manager, Emerging Mobility, Global Ground Vehicle Standards, SAE International. View the chat here.

          April 2 & 3: High Efficiency Internal Combustion Engine Technologies; SAE Member Jim Szybist, Senior Research Scientist at Oak Ridge National Lab. View the chat here. 

          June 26 and 27:  Workforce Development: Sue Bruin, Consultant/Site Leader, Diversity and Inclusion Regional Engagement, Social Innovation, Toyota Motor North America. View the chat here. 

          August 20 and 21: Autonomous and Connected Technologies: Jill Leonard, SAE Product Manager, Ground Vehicles, Patti Kreh, Program Development Specialist, SAE-ITC, and Marcie Hineman, SAE Strategic Marketing Manager, Partnerships. View the chat here.

          October 23: Cybersecurity with Patti Kreh, Program Development Specialist, SAE-ITC. View the chat here.

          2018 Chats (you can click into each link to see what everyone had to say!)

                  May 23 and 24: Automated and Connected TechnologiesJill Leonard, SAE Product Manager, Ground Vehicles 

                  June 12 and 13: Workforce Development 

          SAE Human Resources Department: 
          Melinda Rombold, Chief HR Officer
          Heather DeCarbo, HR Manager, Performance, Compensation, and Succession Management
          Donna Anglemyer, HR Manager, Benefits, Training, and HR Technology

          July 10 and 11: Electrification

          James Sherman, SAE Technical Program Developer

          August 8 and 9: Advanced Materials
          Laurie Strom, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, SAE ITC
          Laura Feix, Standards Specialist Engineer, Aerospace
          John Clatworthy, Aerospace Standards Engineer Team Lead

          September 18 and 19: Advanced Propulsion
          Robert Makowski, SAE Product Manager, Electronic Publications, Ground Vehicles

          October 16 and 17: Cybersecurity
          Patti Kreh, New Business Development Manager, SAE International

          November 6 and 7: Workforce Development
          Chris Ciuca, Pre-Professional Programs Director

          December 11 and 12: End of Year Chat Wrap Up Session

          Join the following experts in a discussion surrounding these topics from this year (in case you missed them last time, we're going to re-open these discussion threads!)

          Advanced Manufacturing
          Rich Polinski, SAE Technical Program Developer 

          Automated and Connected Technologies
          Jill Leonard, SAE Product Manager, Ground Vehicles

          Advanced Materials
          John Clatworthy, SAE Aerospace Standards Engineer Team Lead

          Advanced Propulsion
          Robert Makowski, SAE Product Manager, Electronic Publications, Ground Vehicles
          Courtney E. Howard, SAE Content Strategist & Editorial Director