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Keynote Speakers

James P. Szybist

Dr. James P. Szybist is the head of the Propulsion Science Section at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and additionally leads the Fuel Property technical team within the U.S. Department of Energy’s Co-Optima initiative and is on the leadership team of the DOE partnership to advance combustion engine (PACE) consortium. His research interests center around developing a better understanding of engine and fuel interactions, including the autoignition processes that result in knock in spark ignited engines and autoignition in low temperature combustion engines, and using kinetics to develop an improved conceptual understanding of the phenomenon. He is a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the 2015 recipient of the SAE Harry L. Horning Award. He received his Ph.D. from Penn State University in Fuel Science in in 2005 and then joined Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a post-doc.

Presentation Title: Perspective on Engines in a Decarbonized Transportation Sector


Federico Millo

Federico Millo is a full professor of automotive internal combustion engines at Politecnico di Torino, Italy, where he also received his MS in mechanical engineering in 1989, before joining the faculty as a researcher assistant in 1991. His research activity has been entirely focused on internal combustion engines, in particular on the analysis and on the diagnostic of the combustion process, on the use of alternative fuels, on pollutant emissions control in SI and diesel engines, on engine modelling and on the development of engine control strategies for conventional as well as for hybrid powertrains. He has been principal investigator for several research projects with major OEMs such as General Motors, FCA, Honda and Ferrari. He has published over 150 articles based off his research activity, most of which on international journals. He has been nominated SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) Fellow in 2015, being the first Italian from the Academia to be elevated to the role of Fellow.

Presentation Title: Hydrogen as an Engine Fuel: Potentials and Challenges


Cynthia Webb

Cynthia Webb is the director of Regulatory and Compliance at the PACCAR Technical Center, where she is responsible for OBD regulatory, Production Vehicle Compliance and Future Regulatory and Advanced Technology Evaluation. She has worked in the field of engine ad emissions systems for twenty-nine years with primary focus of her work on advanced emissions system R&D including control, calibration, catalyst aging, and diagnostics for on-highway applications. Throughout the course of her career, she has worked to establish the feasibility and guidance of new emissions regulations and the development of strategies and new technologies to meet those regulations. She has published 24 professional publications related to the field and have received 21 patent awards. Additionally, she was also an R&D award finalist in 2015, received the SAE John Johnson award for Outstanding Research in Diesel Engines in 2017 and the SAE Rodica Barnescu award for Technical and Leadership Excellence in 2021.


Elena Chapman

Dr. Elana Chapman is a recognized expert in the area of Fuel Science. Currently a Senior Fuels/Biofuels Engineer at General Motors (GM), she has spent over 13 years supporting the Advanced Engineering and Production Combustion groups with test fuels, and performed other projects related to fuels and engine performance to meet future vehicle emissions and performance standards. Dr. Chapman serves as GM's Executive Committee member and Co-Chair on the Coordinating Research Council - Advanced Vehicle Fuels and Lubricants Committee, and member of the Performance Committee, in addition to other industry consortiums on GM's behalf. She serves as the Chair of the SAE Fuels & Lubricants Committee and has authored over 29 technical papers. She earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dayton and a MS in Fuel Science, MS in Mechanical Engineering, PhD in Fuel Science, and an Advanced Energy Storage Technologies certificate from Penn State University.

Presentation Title: The Shifting Energy Landscape and the Future of Fuels