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Opening Remarks by:

The Honorable Gary Peters

United States Senator for Michigan

        Senator Gary Peters has been honored to represent the State of Michigan in the U.S. Senate since 2015. He has focused on uniting our communities by fighting for the things we all agree on — a stronger economy, good-paying jobs, affordable health care, a secure retirement and an opportunity for everyone to succeed. In the 117th Congress, Gary is the Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which oversees the Department of Homeland Security and is the Senate’s top oversight committee. He also serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee.

Mr. Michael Cadieux

Director, U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Ground Vehicle Systems Center

        Mr. Cadieux serves as the Director for the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Ground Vehicle Systems Center, a position he has held since April 11, 2021. He leads a workforce of over 1,800 engineers, scientists, researches and support staff in delivering advanced technologies as required by the Army’s strategic priorities and support to its Cross Functional Teams. Mr. Cadieux also provides life cycle engineering solutions to the Army’s Ground Combat Systems and Combat Support & Combat Service Support PEOs, the Tank Automotive Life Cycle Management Command, and the broader Department of Defense.

        In his capacity as the Director, Mr. Cadieux ensures the Ground Vehicle Systems Center is Forging the Future by developing world-class engineering talent in the areas of survivability and protection, autonomy and robotics, propulsion and mobility, electronics and power management, fuels and lubricants, and ground system design and optimization. The Ground Vehicle Systems Center is the Army’s primary organic engineering talent to develop the Next Generation Family of Combat Vehicles and thus deliver land dominance in the future fight.

Dr. Eric Michielssen

Associate Dean for Research, Louise Ganiard Professor of Engineering, University of Michigan

        Eric Michielssen received his M.S. in Electrical Engineering (Summa Cum Laude) from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL, Belgium) in 1987, and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 1992. From 1992 to 2005, he served on the faculty at UIUC. In 2005, he joined the University of Michigan (UM), Ann Arbor, where he currently is the Louise Ganiard Johnson Professor of Engineering and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He also serves as UM’s College of Engineering’s Associate Dean for Research.

        Eric Michielssen received a Belgian American Educational Foundation Fellowship in 1988. He was the recipient of a 1995 National Science Foundation CAREER Award and the 1998 Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES) Valued Service Award. In 1999, he was named 1999 URSI United States National Committee Henry G. Booker Fellow and selected as the recipient of the URSI Koga Gold Medal. In 2003 he served as a Scholar in the Tel Aviv University Sackler Center for Advanced Studies. He was the recipient of the 2014 IEEE AP-S Chen-To-Tai Distinguished Educator Award, the 2017 IEEE APS Sergei A. Schelkunoff Transactions Prize Paper Award, the 2020 IEEE APS Harrington-Mittra Computational Electromagnetics Award, the 2020 ACES Computational Electromagnetics Award, and the 2022 IEEE APS R.W.P. King Award. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of URSI Commission B.

        Eric Michielssen authored or co-authored over 230 journal papers and book chapters and over 400 papers in conference proceedings. His research interests include all aspects of theoretical and applied computational electromagnetics. His research focuses on the development of fast frequency and time domain integral-equation-based techniques for analyzing electromagnetic phenomena, and the development of robust optimizers for the synthesis of electromagnetic/optical devices.

Keynotes by:

Dr. Stuart H. Young

Program Manager, Tactical Technology Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

        Stuart Young joined DARPA in January 2020 as a program manager in the Tactical Technology Office. His expertise includes autonomous/unmanned ground and air vehicles, intelligent behaviors for unmanned systems, multi-agent teaming, applied artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), and field robotics technologies.

        Prior to joining DARPA, he served as program manager for AI for Maneuver and Mobility at the Army Research Laboratory (ARL), focusing on basic and applied research in efforts to develop intelligent behaviors and foundational autonomy for collaborating robotic teams operating in militarily relevant environments. He previously served as division chief for the Information Sciences Division at ARL, where he led a large team of researchers performing basic and applied research in intelligent behaviors for autonomous Army robots, machine learning for C3I, and natural language understanding for multi-domain battle. He also led the ARL Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance, in addition to serving as a branch chief and researcher dedicated to intelligent robotic behaviors. Young participated in numerous DARPA initiatives through his career including the Tactical Mobile Robotics, Mind’s Eye, DARPA Robotics Challenge, UGCV PerceptOR Integrator, and Learning Applied to Ground Robotics programs.

        Young holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington. He earned a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, and holds a Doctor of Philosophy in systems engineering from The George Washington University. He previously served 13 years in the U.S. Army Reserve as a captain in the Engineer Branch.

Mr. Jim Tung

MathWorks Fellow

        Jim Tung is a 30-year veteran of MathWorks, focusing on business and technology strategy, and working with key customers and partners. Jim previously held the positions of vice president of marketing and vice president of business development. Prior to joining MathWorks, Jim held management positions at Lotus Development and Keithley DAS, a pioneering manufacturer of PC-based data acquisition systems.

Mr. Kirsten McCane

Aerospace and Defense Industry Segment Manager, MathWorks

        Kirsten McCane is an Industry Manager at MathWorks in Washington D.C. as a member of the Aerospace and Defense team. He focuses on strategies and solutions in areas such as Digital Engineering, Multi-function Radar Systems, and Modular Open Systems Approaches (MOSA). Kirsten graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. in Computer Engineering in 2007 and M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2009. He joined Northrop Grumman upon graduation where he worked for 12 years on software solutions for Multi-function Sensor Systems. While at Northrop Grumman, he recieved his MBA from the University of Maryland in 2017

Dr. David Gorich

Chief Scientist, U.S. Army GVSC

        Dr. David J. Gorsich was selected for a Scientific and Professional (ST) position in January 2009 and serves as the Army’s Chief Scientist for Ground Vehicle Systems. His current research interests are vehicle design and mobility, system reliability, underbody blast modeling, terrain modeling, gaming engines and autonomy.

        Prior to his current position, Gorsich served as the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center’s (TARDEC’s) Associate Director for Modeling and Simulation (M&S), from July 2003 to December 2008. He has served as the Director for Strategic Plans and Programs (G5), and the Team Leader for Robotics and Vehicle Intelligence. He also served in various other assignments at TARDEC, the Army Materiel Command, the Army Research Laboratory and for the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisitions, Logistics and Technology).  Before Federal Service, Gorsich was an electrical engineer with McGraw Commercial Equipment Corporation.

        Gorsich was named Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in 2020 and became Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) in 2008.  He has served on the SAE Technical Standards Board for a 3-year term, been the chair for the SAE International Standards Committee for Ground Vehicle Reliability and also on the SAE Board of Directors. He has received several Commander’s Coins, including from: the 30th Undersecretary of the Army Hon Westphal; the Army Chief Scientist Dr. Tom Killion; the Army Central Command GEN John Abizad; the Army Chief of Staff, GEN Peter Schoomaker, 2005; West Virginia National Guard, 2004; the Army TACOM MG William M. Lenaers; 2004; the TACOM MG N. Ross Thompson, 2003. Gorsich has received other numerous awards including the ASME 2020 Milliken Award, the SAE 2016 Arch T. Colwell Merit Award, the 2001 Detroit Federal Executive Board Award and the 1997 Army Research, Development and Acquisition Award, “Innovations in Ground Vehicle Signature Research.”

        Dr. Gorsich is recognized in many professional organizations for his research accomplishments. Gorsich serves as an Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Terramechanics, Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Autonomous Vehicle Systems, the Editorial Board of the International Journal for Reliability and Safety, and as past Associate Editor for the Journal of Mechanical Design, 2009-2015.  He is a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Chapter of Sigma Xi, and the Senior Executives Association, ST Chapter.  Gorsich also serves as the U.S. Army representative on the NATO Science & Technology Applied Vehicle Technology panel.  He also serves as an external advisor to the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering, Clemson University’s international Center for Automotive Research, and to Sandia National Labs.

        Dr. Gorsich has published more than 200 journal and conference articles including more than 60 peer reviewed journal articles. He has published in the following peer reviewed journals: Transactions of SAE; International Journal of Vehicle Design; Journal of Mechanical Design; Journal of Commercial Vehicles; Contemporary Mathematics; Computational Statistics and Data Analysis; Physical Review D; Society of Automotive Engineers; Journal of Multivariate Analysis; Journal of Electronic Imaging; Optical Engineering; Pattern Recognition Letters; Statistics and Computing; Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence.

        Gorsich holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Lawrence Technological University. He holds an M.S. in applied mathematics from George Washington University and a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from MIT with a focus on AI, autonomy, and spatial statistics.

Panelists:

Dr. Susan Adams

Manager of Applied Cognitive Science group, Sandia National Laboratory

        Dr. Susan Adams is the manager of the Applied Cognitive Science department at Sandia National Laboratories, which is one of two Human Systems departments at Sandia. During the last 2.5 years, Susan has overseen a team of 15 human systems experts who partner with other scientists at the labs to solve the nation’s hardest national security problems in areas such as Global Security, Cybersecurity, Nuclear Deterrence, and Energy and Homeland Security.

         Before becoming a manager, Susan spent most of her Sandia career as a technical staff member in the Human Factors department, in which she studied the human element in a variety of national security mission areas and domains, including teaming, aviation, nuclear power, synthetic aperture radar, power grid operations, and nuclear weapons operations. Susan has also been active in mentoring and outreach while at Sandia, and recently served as the co-chair for the Sandia Women’s Action Network (SWAN), one of Sandia’s largest Employee Resource Groups (ERG). Susan has been at Sandia for 15 years and has a Master’s degree and PhD in Cognitive Psychology from the University of New Mexico.

         When she is not working, Susan loves spending time with her husband and 4-year-old daughter. She also enjoys running, biking, camping, cooking, reading, playing soccer, and hanging out with friends and family.

Ms. Peggy Caveney

Model-Based Systems Engineering Supervisor, Research and Advanced Engineering Controls & Automated Systems Department, Ford Motor Company

         Peggy Caveney is currently the Model-Based Systems Engineering Supervisor in the Research and Advanced Engineering Controls & Automated Systems department at Ford Motor Company. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from The Ohio State University. Peggy worked at Eaton Corporation for designing high voltage hybrid systems and controls/calibration for heavy duty trucks. She joined Ford Motor Company in 2012 with a focus on software testing, requirements management, and model-based design. In 2017 Peggy began to supervise a team of engineers in Continuous Integration and Validation and in 2021 she moved to her current role. Peggy is a representative in the Ford Career Development Advisory Team and the Professional Development Committee co-lead in the Women of Ford Research chapter. She is a strong proponent of people development, equal opportunities, and work-life balance. Peggy lives in Plymouth with her husband and 3 active boys.

Dr. Denise Rizzo

Deputy Chief Scientist, U.S. Army GVSC

         Dr. Denise M. Rizzo is the Deputy Chief Scientist at the US Army Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC). She specializes in modeling, simulation and control of energy intelligent autonomous ground vehicles. Dr. Rizzo received her Ph.D. from Michigan Technological University in 2014. From 2000 through 2008 she was a controls research and development engineer in the Powertrain Group at Chrysler LLC. She joined GVSC in November of 2008 and was promoted to her current position in 2020. Dr. Rizzo has received 11 awards for outstanding contributions during her time at GVSC, which include J. Cordell Breed Award for Women Leaders awarded by the Society of Automotive Engineers in 2017, a Horizon Award for product development awarded by the Women in Defense in 2016 and a best paper award for an article in the Journal of Systems and Control awarded by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 2010. In 2020, Dr. Rizzo was named SAE Fellow. She is an active member of Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) and Women in Defense (WID). Dr. Rizzo has published 35 articles in archival journals, 43 papers in refereed conference proceedings, 4 technical government reports, and holds 2 patents.