GREENVILLE — Some of the automotive industry’s top experts will gather in Greenville on Tuesday and Wednesday to exchange the latest ideas on the future of transportation.

The Masters Program is sponsored by the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA) and will be held at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research.

Zoran Filipi works with a student at CU-ICAR.

Zoran Filipi, right, works with a student at CU-ICAR.

The program is attracting CEOs, company owners and chief technical officers. Among those expected to attend is Doug Haugh, president and chief strategy officer of Mansfield Energy Corp.

“This is a great opportunity for those of us in industry to get together with the top minds from academia to talk about the future of transportation and how it will affect the fuels and energy markets,” he said. “We look forward to a vigorous and fruitful dialogue.”

 Zoran Filipi, chair of automotive engineering at Clemson, played a leading role in organizing the event.

“The program puts our department’s top talent and the world-class facilities at CU-ICAR  in the automotive spotlight for two days,” he said. “We look forward to showing our guests all that Clemson and the Upstate have to offer.”

Ryan McNutt, the CEO of SIGMA, said the program will include talks on fuels and novel modes of combustion, processing and catalysis, vehicle electrification and the impact of autonomous driving on mobility.

“The program has attracted a diverse set of speakers who will set the stage for stimulating conversation,” he said. “Their credentials are a testament to the importance of the event.”

Speakers include (in order of appearance):  Filipi, Julian Weber of BMW, James Szybist of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Shyam Jade of Bosch, Simona Onori of Clemson University, Robert Prucka of Clemson University, Fred Payne of Greenville County Council and David Bruce of Clemson University.

The full agenda is below. Interviews may be available to the press by request. Call Paul Alongi for details at 864-350-7908.


Tuesday, March 28
CU-ICAR Campus

8:30 a.m.-9:10 a.m.  Arrival & Welcome
Overview of ICAR at Clemson University: Integrating Education, Research, and Economic Development
Presenters: Fred Cartwright and Zoran Filipi, CU-ICAR/Clemson University

9:10 a.m.-9:30 a.m.  Impact of Novel Combustion Modes on the Future of Fuel Demand
Zoran Filipi, Chairman, Clemson Automotive Engineering

9:30 a.m.-11 a.m.  Tour of CU-ICAR facilities

11:10 a.m. -noon  Mobility 2030+
Julian Weber, BMW (via Skype from Munich)

1-2 p.m.  Octane requirements for future SI engine Fuels – DoE Co-optima Perspective
James Szybist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

2-2:50 p.m.  Fuels Global Outlook

3-4 p.m. The Influence of Automated Driving & Mobility Services on the Powertrain of the Future
Shyam Jade, Bosch

4-5 p.m.  Electric & Hybrid Vehicles
Dr. Simona Onori, Clemson University

Wednesday, March 29

8-9 a.m.   Motorsports Themed, Student-Driven Vehicle Development Program
Robert Prucka, Clemson University

9-10 a.m. Smart Cities – Opportunities for the Region
Fred Payne, Greenville County Council

10-11 a.m Fuels & Catalysis Research at Clemson University
David Bruce Clemson University