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Michigan Chapter

Women of Innovation: Advancing Next Generation Technologies in Automotive and Defense

Thursday, May 10, 2018
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Altair Engineering Inc.
1820 East Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48083

Women in Defense Michigan Chapter is bringing together a panel of industry experts that will discuss trends in the following core areas: artificial intelligence, automation, powertrain, cyber security, fuel cells, lightweighting and modeling and simulation. Learn how these technologies are dynamically changing the industries we know today and where the technology is taking us tomorrow.


5:30 pm Registration and networking
6:00 pm Welcome remarks: Vicky Rad, President of WID Michigan
6:10 pm Keynote speaker: Carla Bailo, President/CEO, Center for Automotive Research
6:30 pm Panel Discussion: Moderator - John McElroy
Marcia Price

Topic: Artificial Intelligence

Marcia Price

Founder & CEO,

Vector Analytics

Dana Whalls

Topic: Automation

Dana Whalls

Vice President,

Association for Advancing Automation (A3)

Kristie Pfosi

Topic: Cybersecurity

Kristie Pfosi,

Global Vehicle Cyber Security,

FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Margarita Mann

Topic: Fuel Cells

Margarita Mann

Engineering Business Manager,

General Motors

Fatma Y. Kocer-Poyraz, PhD

Topic: Modeling and Simulation

Fatma Y. Kocer-Poyraz, PhD

Vice President - Engineering Analytics,

Altair Engineering, Inc.

Wendy Staiger

Topic: Lightweighting

Wendy Staiger

Program Director

Stryker and Specialty Wheeled Vehicles, GDLS

Topic: Power and Mobility

Kari Drotleff

Program Manager - Fuel Cell Technology, Ground Vehicle Power & Mobility


7:30 pm Question & Answers
8:00 pm Event Concludes
Moderator: John McElroy, Autoline

John McElroyJohn McElroy is an influential thought leader in the automotive industry. He is a journalist, lecturer, commentator and entrepreneur. He created “Autoline Daily,” the first industry webcast of industry news and analysis. He is also the host of the television program “Autoline This Week,” an Emmy Award-winning, weekly half-hour discussion program featuring top automotive executives and journalists.

Keynote Speaker: Carla Bailo

Carla BailoCarla Bailo is the President and CEO of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), and is a leader in engineering and vehicle program management with 35 years of experience in the automotive industry. Under Carla’s leadership, CAR continues to be a preeminent resource of objective and unbiased research, analysis, and information regarding the North American automotive industry.


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