• CAAT Webinars

    The CAAT provides FREE educational webinars on a variety of topics related to training current and future automotive professionals in advanced automotive technology.

    Past Webinars

    Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles: The Other Electric Vehicle

    August 23, 2016 / 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

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    When most people think about electric vehicles they envision a vehicle with batteries and electric motors. However, there is another type of electric vehicle in which the electricity does not come from a battery but instead comes from a fuel cell. The fuel cells being considered for vehicle applications use hydrogen to store the chemical energy that is converted to electricity for the electric motors. Many major manufacturers have programs to develop hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV), but the lack of a hydrogen fueling infrastructure has dramatically slowed their introduction in the United States, as well as the rest of the world. This webinar describes how proton-exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells use hydrogen gas to generate electricity, compares PEM fuel cells to batteries and internal combustion engines, and highlights recent exciting developments in FCEV for sale in the United States. A wide range of opinions exist in the automotive industry as to the best route to electrification, however it is unclear whether any electrification route will significantly displace the gasoline-powered internal combustion engine in the near future. The strengths and weaknesses of standard internal-combustion vehicles and the different types of electrified vehicles with respect to the environment, energy-efficiency, and convenience are highlighted in this webinar.

    Presenters:

    Nelson Kelly
    Nelson Kelly
    Assistant Director
    CAAT

    Dr. Nelson A. Kelly is the Assistant Director of CAAT. He began at that position in October 2015. He also developed and taught three new courses as part of an Electric Vehicle Development Certificate program that began in January 2013 at Macomb Community College. Prior to that he was employed at General Motors Research and Development Center, working in the areas of environmental science, vehicle emissions, and renewable energy, including electrolytic hydrogen generation, storage, and dispensing to FCEV. He has authored approximately 60 technical articles, 15 patents, and most recently, a book chapter on hydrogen production by water electrolysis.

    Frala
    John Frala
    Adv Transportation Technology
    Alternative Fuels Instructor
    NSF Principal Investigator
    Rio Hondo College

    John C. Frala, MAED, Accredited Alternative Fuels Associate of Science degree by Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE)
    S.T.E.M. level, Higher Education with a focus on renewable/sustainable technologies.
    4 year BA degree in Automotive Technology offered Fall 2017
    NSF/ATE grant funded #1501735 Alternative Fuels technician program.
    First/Second Responder training, stationary and transit.
    Specialties: Alternative Fuels Education, CNG,LNG,LPG,Bio fuels, Electric Vehicles, Fuel Cell Vehicle technology, Hydrogen fuel development, mobile Solar Electric vehicle charging and Green vehicle applications. Stationary Hydrogen Fuel cell power generation and back-up power storage systems.

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    The Technology of Automated & Connected Vehicles

    Aug 26, 2015 / 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

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    Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT) of Macomb Community College hosted a webinar on August 26, 2015, entitled “The Technology of Connected, Automated, and Self-Driving Vehicles.” Many of the technologies required to enable automobiles to be self-driving and connected in multiple ways to other vehicles, the cloud, and roadside infrastructure, are already here, and will become even more complex and advanced in coming years.

    The webinar laid out the basic definitions and concepts needed to understand the remarkable changes coming as automobiles become more like robots and also essential elements of the ever-growing “network of everything.” The webinar was presented in four sections:

    1. Doug Fertuck, Assistant Director for Energy and Automotive Technology, Macomb Community College, presented an overview of the affected industries and of the technologies, including definitions of the many new associated terms.
    2. Bob Feldmaier, Director of CAAT, summarized the latest views of these technologies by industry leaders.
    3. Miguel Hurtado, PhD, of Valeo North America, a multinational supplier of automotive systems and components, covered the perspective of a major industry technology company.
    4. The webinar concluded with a discussion by the presenters of the skills that will be required by technicians in the field of automated and connected vehicles.
    Bob Feldmaier Doug Fertuck Miguel Hurtado
    Robert Feldmaier
    Director
    CAAT
    Doug Fertuck
    Assistant Director
    CAAT
    Miguel Hurtado, PhD
    Technology Transfer Liaison
    Valeo

    The webinar provided time to answer any questions you may have about these technologies and to discuss how you may access or develop curriculum to prepare students for careers in these industries.

    Industry Presenter:

    Dr. Miguel A. Hurtado
    System Engineer – Advanced Driving Assistance Systems
    Valeo Comfort and Driving Assistance Systems

    Dr. Miguel A. Hurtado is Systems Engineer of Advanced Driving Assistance projects for Valeo’s Comfort and Driving Assistance (CDA) Business Group in North America.  In this role, he proposes solutions to diverse complex problems requiring analytical and quantitative techniques. He also supports camera monitor systems per North America regulations, statistical sensor fusion applications, and automated parking systems initiatives.

    In his previous assignment as R&D Engineer, Dr. Miguel A. Hurtado supported technology transfer of Camera Monitor Systems Technology, sensors, and automated parking system between Valeo Europe (Germany, France, and Ireland) and Valeo North America. Prior to joining Valeo North America, he held various positions within Valeo Germany in Bietigheim where he started as Product Engineer for Switches and then moved to sensors and radars. He grew to research and radar engineer, developing his technical knowledge and then became Business and Technology Analyst as part of the team leading the Camera Monitor System Initiative and Intuitive Driving.

    Dr. Miguel Hurtado holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University. He also holds a M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a M.S. in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he is a fellow of the MIT Leaders for Global Operations Program (MIT LGO). He also graduated from from Télécom ParisTech. (Paris, France) with a Master’s degree in Digital Signal and Image Processing. Dr. Miguel Hurtado received a B.S. in EE from Universidad de las Américas Puebla, Mexico.

    Valeo is an automotive supplier, partner to all automakers worldwide. As a technology company, Valeo proposes innovative products and systems contributing to the reduction of CO2 emissions and to the development of intuitive driving.  In 2014, the Group generated sales of €12.7 billion ($16.7 billion) and invested over 10 percent of its original equipment sales in research and development.  Valeo has 133 production sites, 50 research and development centers and 15 distribution platforms and employs 78,500 people in 29 countries throughout the world.  Valeo is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange and is a member of the CAC 40 index.

    For more information about the Valeo Group and its businesses, please visit valeo.com.

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    The Future of Automotive Technology:
    Keeping Your Curriculum Up-to-Date

    October 2, 2014 / 1:00–2:30 p.m.

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    Energy! Safety! Emissions! The economic and societal impact of the automotive industry on these issues is vast. Automotive technology is changing rapidly in response to these concerns. Is your curriculum preparing students to be ready to work in these advanced technologies?

    The subject of this webinar, presented by the Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT) was how the CAAT can support keeping your automotive, electronics, and IT curricula up-to-date. The CAAT’s recent renewal through 2017 as a National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Center includes changes in its technical scope, adding new technologies: vehicle lightweight design and automated vehicles. These presentations documented the need for improved curricula in these technical areas. The CAAT also continues to focus on vehicle electrification and propulsion systems. In addition, the webinar included highlights from the 2014 CAAT Conference, held earlier this year, which addressed the future of automotive technology as presented by several well-known industry experts.

    As part of the webinar, we solicited proposals to apply for the additional seed funding the CAAT now controls to develop curricula in these subjects. The seed funding portion of the agenda included brief presentations from two current seed funding project developers so that potential applicants can understand better the types of projects suitable for seed funding support.

    Presenters:

    Bob Feldmaier Sherri Doherty Doug Fertuck Charles Standridge Shannon Williams
    Robert Feldmaier
    Director
    CAAT
    Sherri Doherty
    Assistant Director
    CAAT
    Doug Fertuck
    Assistant Director
    CAAT
    Charles Standridge
    Professor & Associate Dean
    Grand Valley State University
    Shannon Williams
    Career Technical Education
    Utica Community Schools

    Seed Funding Presenters:

    Charlie Standridge is the assistant dean of the Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing at Grand Valley State University. He is leading the CAAT Seed Funding Grant, “Educational Modules Concerning Processes for Remanufacturing, Repurposing and Recycling of Batteries.” In addition, he is principal investigator on a related grant funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation and by the Michigan Department of Transportation investigating remanufacturing, repurposing, and recycling of lithium-ion batteries used in vehicles. He is also providing research leadership on a U.S. Department of Energy grant investigating the wind energy potential in Lake Michigan using floating laser wind sensor technology. He teaches in the energy area as well as production operations. As assistant dean, he is responsible for student advising and K-12 outreach activities. He received his undergraduate degree in computer science from Washington University in St. Louis and his graduate degrees in industrial engineering from Purdue University.

    Shannon Williams has been a teacher in Utica Community Schools for 11 years. In her 11 year span she has spent 9 years in the classroom teaching Career & Technical Education (CTE) courses such as Microsoft Office, Website Development, Accounting, Finance, and Business Law. As a classroom teacher, Shannon routinely developed curriculum for her content area as well as served as the CTE department chair. In 2012, Shannon was asked to move into the position as CTE Teacher Leader. In this capacity she oversees all curriculum, resources, and budget items associated with CTE for Utica Community Schools. This encompasses 44 teachers, 16 career pathways, 4 high schools, and one satellite building. Shannon has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a master’s degree in business administration.

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    Preparing Technicians for Careers in Advanced Mobility

    April 17, 2014 / 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

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    This FREE webinar discussed how the Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT), a National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Center, provides curricula in advanced automotive engineering technology for middle-skill technicians by:

    • Working closely with industry to identify future education and training requirements
    • Funding projects to develop new curricula demanded by industry
    • Housing and disseminating the latest curricula to schools

    Presenters:

    Bob Feldmaier Doug Fertuck Sherri Doherty
    Robert Feldmaier
    Director, CAAT
    Doug Fertuck
    Assistant Director, CAAT
    Sherri Doherty
    Assistant Director, CAAT

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