FM2025 Speakers and organizers

FM2025 Speakers and organizers
Alan I. Taub
Alan I. Taub Professor of Materials Science & Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan Senior Technical Advisor, Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT)

Dr. Taub joined the faculty of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan in the Fall of 2012. Prior to his retirement, he was vice president for global research and development, leading GM’s advanced technical work activity, seven science laboratories around the world, and seven global science offices. He was promoted to vice president in 2009, after joining GM R&D as executive director in 2001.  Before joining GM, he worked at Ford Motor Company from 1993 to 2001 as a manager of the Lincoln vehicle engineering, vehicle crash safety, and materials science department. He also spent 15 years in research and development at General Electric (1979-1993). Dr. Taub has earned 26 patents and authored more than 70 papers and book chapters.
Dr. Taub serves on the boards of the startups CellEra and Brightway Vision and is on advisory committees for Samsung and Bocar. He is a technical advisor for the strategic venture capital fund, Auto Tech Ventures.  He also serves on advisory boards for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California, Berkeley and SIMTech - Singapore’s national laboratory.  Dr. Taub is on the ASM Silver Medal committee and previously served as chair for the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT) for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  He was also a member of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) Energy Materials Blue Ribbon Panel.
Alan received a B.Sc. degree in materials engineering from Brown University in 1975, and an M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in applied physics from Harvard University, in 1975 and 1979 respectively.

Giovanni Circella
Giovanni Circella Ph.D – Honda Distinguished Scholar for New Mobility Studies and the Director of the 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program at the University of California

Giovanni Circella is the Honda Distinguished Scholar for New Mobility Studies and the Director of the 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Circella’s research interests include travel behavior, travel demand modeling, travel survey methods, emerging transportation services, shared mobility, autonomous vehicles and policy analysis. His recent research has focused on the impacts of individual attitudes, land use features, information and communication technology (ICT), shared mobility and ridehailing (e.g. Lyft and Uber) on travel behavior and auto ownership, and the mobility patterns of specific population segments (e.g.“millennials”) and in various regions of the U.S., Europe, South America and the Middle East. Dr. Circella is the Chair of the TRB Committee on ICT and Transportation (ADB20), and a member of the Transportation and Sustainability (ADD40) and the Travel Behavior and Values (ADB10) committees. He also serves in the NCHRP 20-102, 20-102(01), 20-102(09) and 20-102(19) panels on the impacts of connected and automated vehicles. Dr. Circella regularly cooperates with metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), other agencies and non-profit organizations in the U.S., Europe and South America.


Jennifer Dukarski
Jennifer Dukarski Leader, Connected and Autonomous Mobility Team, Butzel Long

Jennifer Dukarski is a Shareholder in Butzel Long’s Ann Arbor office and serves as the Leader of the firm’s Connected and Autonomous Mobility Team.  A “recovering engineer,” Jennifer uses her experience to understand complex automotive technology, design and development cycles, and issues in the transportation sector.  She focuses her practice at the intersection of automotive products and emerging technology, with an emphasis on the legal issues arising from autonomous, connected, electrified and shared mobility (ACES); intellectual property; product safety and compliance; biometrics; the Internet of Things (IoT); privacy; cybersecurity; and blockchain.

Michael Britt
Michael Britt Founder, MG Britt Engineering

Michael Britt is a dynamic, accomplished senior executive with 31+ years’ experience building and transforming world-class engineering organizations. He has developed expanding revenue base, customer base, and market share for a global Fortune 500 service organization. He is experienced with proven ability in multiple global assignments to design, implement, and evolve international and domestic engineering & maintenance infrastructures, and he has a unique blend of senior operational leadership experience in the engineering and operational environment; with broad focused functional experience

Mo Poorsartep
Mo Poorsartep Manager – Autonomous Vehicle Integration and Test, Lyft

Mo Poorsartep is Manager – Autonomous Vehicle Integration and Test at Lyft. Previously he was Advanced Engineering Manager for Valeo North America, where he led the activities of the Comfort and Driving Assistance Business Group in further developing and testing of the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and Automated Vehicles, supporting various related product groups.

Poorsartep has also led the activities of the Connected Transportation Initiative at Texas Transportation Institute and also served as Project Manager at the University of Michigan Connected Vehicle Proving Center.
Poorsartep has an extensive background in working with automotive and defense industries and is an active member of industry groups such as Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Transportation Research Board (TRB), Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), ITS America and more.

In North America, Valeo’s regional headquarters are located in Troy, Mich., and the company has 21 production sites and nine research and development centers. The company employs 13,150 people across North America and was responsible for 22 percent of the Group’s 2015 global annual original equipment sales.

Aneesh Padalkar
Aneesh Padalkar Principal, Ricardo Strategic Consulting

Aneesh Padalkar is a Principal at Ricardo Strategic Consulting (RSC) and has 15 years of experience in the automotive, transportation and energy industries. Padalkar is currently leading RSC’s regional Advanced Mobility programs.
For the past 7 years, he has advised industry executives on technology road-mapping, product strategy, procurement strategy and cost optimization. He brings in broad and practical perspectives having worked hand-in-hand in implementing solutions with client groups in Corporate Strategy, Engineering, Marketing, Finance, Purchasing and Supply Chain. He has also provided views on electrification and emerging technology trends to industry magazines as a key opinion leader. Prior to joining RSC, Pdalkar worked with ZF Group leading cross-functional teams for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) product development and launch for over 15 vehicle platforms with several automotive companies.
He received his MBA from the University of Michigan – Ross School of Business. He also has a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pune, India.

Marc Wiseman
Marc Wiseman Head of Global Mobility Programs, Ricardo Strategic Consulting

Marc has over 25 years of experience in engineering, testing and validation, strategy and operations for automotive and commercial vehicle industries.  Marc has executive responsibility for business strategy programs in advanced mobility, which includes connected autonomous vehicles.   His clients include automotive OEMs and tier 1 suppliers, Mobility companies, Government agencies and the investment community.  Marc's team also performs internal research publishing thought leadership pieces on the opportunities and challenges of advanced technology vehicles.   Marc is a regular key note speaker and panel moderator at conferences globally.