The year is 2021, many technicians are working with J2534 and updating vehicle programs. Vehicle electrification, ADAS, and artificial intelligence (AI) are upon us meaning movement to further understand programming in more depth is more crucial than ever. This session will engage you in valuable conversations that will guide you in this transition.
This session features leaders in cultivating advanced skills for automotive technicians and lay out a crucial roadmap for the future as we prepare our technicians.
- Ken Mays, Central Oregon Community College
- Ben Cruz, Investigator of the NSF Center for Advanced Automotive Technology
- Ben Cruz is Principal Investigator and Director at the Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT). Ben retired from General Motors after a 30 plus year career in Product Development and retired as a Sr. Engineering Group Manager in the AeroThermal and HVAC test simulation Laboratories. CAAT advances the mission of the ATE program by connecting industry, academia, and government agencies to ensure that education programs meet the needs and expected outcomes for technicians within the many sectors of the automotive industry. CAAT also works to promote technician careers and their public image in advanced automotive technology through STEM outreach at middle schools, and high schools.
- Dr. Bruce Emerson, Professor of Physics, Central Oregon Community College
- COCC Faculty member, Dr. Bruce Emerson, has been teaching physics and developing novel curriculum at COCC since 1992. In that time he has been continuously engaged with physics education reform as well as designing and creating new curriculum for electronics, robotics, astronomy, and manufacturing. As part of his work with the NSF/ATE grant entitled Northwest Engineering and Vehicle Technology Exchange (NEVTEX) (NSF-ATE due # 1700708) Bruce has helped explore and implement micro-credentials (badges) for hybrid electric vehicle technicians training programs and as a strategy for developing standards for technician training in emerging industries like vehicle electrification. Bruce brings nearly 30 years of experience with instructional design and implementation to the table as well as experience bridging between academic and CTE programs. Modern vehicles as well as future autonomous vehicles represent a platform that integrates concepts and skills across a tremendous range of disciplines from physics, engineering, math, and manufacturing.
- Dr. Mark Quarto, Chief Technical Officer, Future Tech Auto LLC.
Dr. Mark Quarto has supported alliances and customers in the development of electric propulsion and energy management power systems for over 33 years.His former work for 28 years with General Motors consisted of developing propulsion and battery pack sDr. Mark Quarto has supported alliances and customers in the development of electric propulsion and energy management power systems for over 33 years.His former work for 28 years with General Motors consisted of developing propulsion and battery pack systems for the GM EV1, Chevrolet Tahoe/Yukon Hybrid, Chevrolet Spark EV, Chevrolet Volt, and numerous demonstration fleet electric and fuel cell products. His specialty is developing diagnostic systems, diagnostic information, and pioneering control systems that permit innovative diagnostic techniques, and diagnostic tool development.His passion for educating and training the next generation of automotive technicians and engineers has connected him with many international educational projects. Dr. Quarto provides instruction on hybrid, electric, and plug-in vehicle systems for the SAE, OEMs, Tier 1 suppliers and in the college environments. He is a patent holder for electric drive systems, testing tools, and battery testing processes.He holds a Doctorate in Technical Education on Hybrid Systems from Nova Southeastern University, Master’s Degree in Electric Machine Technical Education, and Bachelor Degrees in Electrical Engineering and Automotive Technology. Systems for the GM EV1, Chevrolet Tahoe/Yukon Hybrid, Chevrolet Spark EV, Chevrolet Volt, and numerous demonstration fleet electric and fuel cell products. His specialty is developing diagnostic systems, diagnostic information, and pioneering control systems that permit innovative diagnostic techniques, and diagnostic tool development.
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