Plenary Schedule  – Monday, 11th Oct 2021

8:30 AM-9:00 AM   – Dr. Konstantinos Laskaris

9:00 AM-9:30 AM – Roei Ganzarski

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM – Christine Andrews

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM  –  Dr. Irene J. Petrick

Dr. Konstantinos Laskaris (8:30 AM – 9:00 AM)

Principal Motor Designer, Tesla

Title of the speech:

Motor Technology Selection and System Level Optimization Effects in Drive  Systems

Roei Ganzarski (9:00 AM – 9:30 AM)

CEO, magniX

Title of the speech:

Electric Aircraft: From Concept to Reality

Christine Andrews (9:30AM – 10:00AM)

Hybrid Electric Systems Leader, GE Aviation

Title of the speech:

Hybrid Electric Systems for the Commercial Aviation Sector

Dr. Irene J. Petrick (10:00 AM – 10:30 AM)

Senior Director of Industrial Innovation in the Internet of Things Group, Intel

Title of the speech:

Driving Digital Transformation

Dr. Konstantinos Laskaris 

Principal Motor Designer, Tesla

Motor Technology Selection and System Level Optimization Effects in Drive  Systems

Abstract

True optimal design constitutes an important competitive advantage in electric vehicles and requires good knowledge of physics modeling, parametric design, numerical simulations, and decision making. Battery, Motor, Inverter and Gear design space is searched during the optimization process. The efficiency and mass of the resulting powertrain affect the total cost, depending on the application. Powertrain compaction is key objective, but it comes with reduction in system efficiency and in many cases, at higher overall cost. Moreover, higher speed, more compact systems, exhibit dominant high frequency losses, introducing the need for advanced modeling to capture the phenomena. This keynote outlines key characteristics of motor, inverter and gears to achieve optimal design with particular focus on the motor technology.

Bio:

Dr. Konstantinos Laskaris was born in Athens, Greece, received his diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technological University of Athens (NTUA), his master’s degree in Signal Processing from the Imperial College London, UK, and his PhD in Electric Motor geometry optimization for variable speed drives from the NTUA, Greece. Since 2012, Dr. Laskaris has been the Chief Motor Designer at Tesla Motors, located in the Silicon Valley, California, where he leads the team of motor design engineers. Some of his most significant projects at Tesla include the drive unit system design and optimization for the Model S, Model X, Model 3, Model Y and Semi-Truck vehicles His research interests include parametric design and loss modeling of synchronous and asynchronous machines using finite element analysis, as well as development of multi-objective optimization methods using supercomputers. Dr. Laskaris has also worked in education, as a laboratory partner in NTUA, teaching the science of electric machines and is a co-founder of the Prometheus team in NTUA, which participates in EV fuel economy contests and holds the Panhellenic fuel consumption record today.

Roei Ganzarski 

CEO, magniX

Electric Aircraft: From Concept to Reality

Abstract

There are multiple companies and programs around the world pursuing electric aviation. From pure battery electric, to Hydrogen electric, to hybrid, these programs are mostly run by new entrants into the aviation industry, with some programs also being introduced by the incumbents. We will review from a new entrants perspective, what it really means to take electric propulsion and aircraft from concept to reality including challenges, pitfalls, and successes. What practical real-world lessons should be considered when taking on such an audacious goal.

Bio:

Roei is CEO of magniX, an electric aviation propulsion company. With a vision of connecting communities with low-cost, clean air transportation, magniX is disrupting aviation as we know it. Roei is also executive chairman of Eviation, the electric aircraft OEM bringing a newly designed all-electric aircraft to market.Prior to magniX, Roei was CEO of BoldIQ – a provider of dynamic real-time scheduling optimization software. Under Roei’s leadership, BoldIQ grew from seed software startup to multi-million-dollar profitable SaaS company. Before BoldIQ, Roei was with the Boeing family of companies in continuously increasing roles of responsibility. His last role was Chief Customer Officer for Boeing’s Flight Services division where he led worldwide customer and market facing organizations and was responsible for revenue growth and customer service. Other experiences prior to Boeing include investment banking, corporate finance, advertising, and the military. He is a graduate of Wharton’s Advanced Management Program, earned an MBA from the University of Washington, and a BA in Economics from The University of Haifa. Roei lives with his family in Redmond, Washington, USA.

Christine Andrews

Hybrid Electric Systems Leader, GE Aviation

Hybrid Electric Systems for the Commercial Aviation Sector

Abstract

GE Aviation is committed to a more sustainable future of flight. One of the enabling technologies the jet engine maker is pursuing to help the aviation industry reach its decarbonization goals is hybrid electric capability for single-aisle aircraft. Single-aisle air transport is the largest civil aviation market, where emissions-reducing technologies would have a major impact. In this presentation, GE Aviation will provide an overview of the challenges and opportunities for making hybrid electric systems a reality for this commercial aviation sector and the integration of motors and generators with gas turbine engines, electrical power distribution systems, electrical power converters, electricity storage and more.

Bio:

Christine is the Hybrid Electric Systems leader for GE Aviation, responsible for the advancement of all power electronics technology development and integration with the gas turbine.  Previously, Christine served as the Business Program Manager for the Aviation business at GE Research, where she evaluated future technologies and developed relevant aviation technologies from supporting next generation platforms to servicing existing fleet to improve revenues.

Christine has been at GE for 8 years, and has held various leadership positions across many disciplines within aviation engineering that have yielded many technology advancements in both the combustor and augmentor modules.  She has an excellent track record of establishing and maintaining strong customer relationships by consistent execution of government programs.  Prior to joining GE, Christine held various engineering positions at Gulfstream Aerospace.

Dr. Irene J. Petrick 

Senior Director of Industrial Innovation in the Internet of Things Group, Intel

Driving Digital Transformation

Abstract

Industry 4.0 harnesses digital tools to make industrial operations smarter, more efficient, and ultimately to operate autonomously.  At the heart of this transformation lies data and its ability to drive proactive decisions.  To accelerate the digital transformation journey you need both a long term vision and a  digital architecture.  It’s not just applying digital tools to current operations.  Instead, successful companies have had to rethink complex interactions between people, processes, organizational culture and technology.  This presentation highlights lessons learned during Intel’s three year study of over 500 people at over 400 companies.

Bio

Dr. Irene J. Petrick joined Intel in 2015 and is Senior Director of Industrial Innovation in the Internet of Things Group.  Irene focuses on emerging technology, social, and global trends and their combined impact on the industrial space.  Her work highlights the industrial internet of things, edge computing, the transition to intelligent manufacturing and the needs of the future workforce, 3D printing and distributed manufacturing and the new business models that are enabled by intelligent manufacturing.  Prior to joining Intel, Irene was a professor at Penn State and has been actively engaged with companies in their innovation and technology strategies for over 25 years, including work with twelve Fortune 100 companies, the U.S. military, and a wide variety of small to medium sized enterprises. Petrick is author or co-author on more than 200 publications and presentations.

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