Chat with the Expert Discussions

2020 SAE International Chat with the Expert Discussions 
What is a chat? It's a two-day session in Member Connection with an SAE 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 on exciting—yet challenging—technology areas.

Upcoming Chat: 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

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

Click here for our experts' questions, and add the event to your calendar!

Previous Chats in 2020 (you can click into each link to see what everyone had to say!)

April 21-23; WCX Knowledge Bar
We're taking the WCX Knowledge Bar online to this Chat with the Expert Discussion! Over the three days that WCX was to take place, we've got the experts lined up to discuss a variety of hot technical topics. Jump in and out of different discussion threads or stay in the one that you're most interested in throughout the day of the chat.


  • V2X and How It Assists Automation and Creates Better Roadmanship: Sue Bai. View the chat here.  PLEASE NOTE: Sue will only be available from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. EST. However, you can still chat among other members throughout the rest of the day.
    • Starter questions include:
      • What is V2X or Connected Vehicle (CV) technology? Is it different from Telematics and wireless carrier related wireless communication?
      • What are some of the V2X or CV applications (safety, mobility, environment, etc.)?
      • What region are technology deployed?
      • What is needed for this technology to function well (interoperability among various manufactures and stakeholders, for example)?
      • What are the industry standards to ensure interoperability?
      • What are some of the deployment challenges?
      • Where do we go from here? What are the upcoming new initiatives, new standards and/or new use cases to expand the benefit of the V2X technology?

  • Quality, Reliability, and Data Analytics:  Dennis L. Craggs, Consultant; Quality, Reliability and Analytics Services. View the chat here.
    • Starter questions include:
      • How many samples should I test?
      • Is Telematics Big Data?
      • What is the difference between Quality and Reliability?
      • What is a statistical model?
      • How does statistics provide value, i.e. , reduce cost and/or risk?


  • Lightweight Structure Design for Durability & Reliability: Dr. Yung-Li Lee, Sr. Tech Fellow in Durability, FCA US LLC.  View the chat here.   PLEASE NOTE: Yung-Li will only be available from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. EST. However, you can still chat among other members throughout the rest of the day.
    • Starter questions include:
      • What are the differences among fatigue, durability and reliability?
      • How to quantify material and loading variability?
      • What are the future challenges in automotive product design?

  • High Voltage Vehicle Charging for EVs and PHEVs: Gene Saltzberg, EV Charging Systems Engineer. View the chat here . 
    • Starter questions include:
      • How can improve EV charging time?
      • How does EV charging efficiency change between conductive vs Wireless charging?
      • What are the benefits of EV Wireless Charging?
      • For autonomous vehicles, does robotic charging make more sense than wireless charging?
      • How can we agree to have one conductive charging connector standard?  We have at least 3 common connectors now.
  • Powertrain Calibration Controls NVH: Sumanth Reddy Dadam, Controls and Software Engineer III; Ford Motor Company. View the chat here.
    • Starter questions include:
      • What are the most significant constraints that you see limiting exhaust system’s auditory output moving forward and why?(e.g., thermodynamic limitations, Sound emission regulations, engine control capabilities, transient response, or other). 
      • With the constraints currently facing the Powertrain, what are the most likely high efficient Active exhaust technologies to make it into the market?

      • What steepest challenges high efficiency IC engine technologies face  to integrate with active exhaust system in production engines?

      • What engine Control system design would you need to create exhaust notes that are smooth and linear, even during rapid acceleration?

  • Getting the Most Out of System Analysis: Fabian Koark. View the chat here.
    • Starter questions include:
      • There are so many system analysis methods. Which one is the best?
      • I have done FMEA before and it was exhausting. Is there a more enjoyable way to do it?
      • I feel FMEAs are just done for the Auditor. Where is the engineering benefit? Which analysis helps me to improve my product?
      • Does a SW FMEA makes sense?
      • What kind of new analysis method do we need to be SOTIF compliant?
      • What kind of new analysis method do we need to be CS ISO 21434 compliant?

  • Fuel Consumption and Emissions Improvements of Advanced Cylinder Deactivation: Elliott Ortiz-Soto, Advanced Combustion Program Manager, Tula Technology Inc. View the chat here.
    • Starter questions include:
      • Cylinder deactivation is typically considered a great technology for larger engines because they commonly operate at lower loads where engines tend to be less efficient. What are the challenges of cylinder deactivation technologies as engine downsizing and boosting becomes more widespread?
      • There are a number of advanced technologies proposed to improve traditional gasoline IC engine and powertrain efficiency, such as Miller/Atkinson cycle, variable compression ratio and lean-burn compression ignition. Can you think of synergies between some of these technologies and cylinder deactivation?
      • Powertrain electrification is becoming a dominant trend in the automotive industry. Do you think hybrid-electric powertrains can also benefit from advanced cylinder deactivation strategies to further improve fuel economy?

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