On-Demand Webinars: Automotive

The Art of EV Propulsion System Design


What separates a good electric-vehicle propulsion system from a great one? It’s all in the details of system integration – designing, selecting, and calibrating a complex mix of battery chemistry, traction motor, power control, thermal management, charging hardware, and other components, plus layers of software – to create a customer-pleasing system. EV propulsion design is becoming an artform. In this 60-minute Webinar, experts discuss the challenges of these complex systems.

Topics include:

  • Managing energy flows in the electric powertrain
  • Optimization and new solutions in motor cooling and thermal management
  • Electric integrated drive modules – systems approaches
  • Propulsion thermal management optimization in EVs
  • Key challenges facing automotive electrification
  • Hybrid cooling plates for EV battery thermal management

An audience Q&A follows the technical presentations.


Jeff Hemphill, 2021 President, SAE International, and CTO, Americas, Schaeffler Group USA Inc.

Jeff Hemphill began his one-year term as President of SAE International in January. He had previously served on the SAE Board as Automotive VP from 2014-16. As the Chief Technical Officer for Schaeffler in the Americas, Jeff is responsible for research and new product development for automotive transmission, engine, and chassis applications as well as industrial components and systems. Jeff started his career at Schaeffler as a machinist and co-op student while earning a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from The University of Akron. He also holds an Executive Certificate in Strategy and Innovation from MIT. Jeff has 33 years of experience in automotive and industrial product development, including manufacturing, product design, testing, and vehicle development. To date, he has had about 80 patents filed or issued.

Harry Husted, Vice President and CTO, BorgWarner

Harry L. Husted has served as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for BorgWarner since 2021. He joined the company in 2020 as part of BorgWarner’s acquisition of Delphi Technologies. During his more than 20 years at Delphi Technologies, formerly Delphi Automotive Systems, Harry held a variety of technical leadership and business management roles, most recently as Vice President of Engineering, Electronics, and Electrification. He is a recipient of the SAE Lloyd L. Withrow Distinguished Speaker Award. Harry holds a bachelor’s degree from Kettering University and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan, both in electrical engineering.

Gabriel Knee, Marketing Manager, Automotive Plastics, Mobility & Materials, DuPont

Gabriel Knee is Marketing Manager of Automotive Plastics at DuPont Mobility & Materials, where he is responsible for developing and leading the execution of global and regional marketing strategies. Gabe’s focus is on innovation for automotive electrification to support advanced mobility as well as ongoing support for various automotive components. Previously, Gabe was Senior Manager in the automotive materials division at Nagase America. He also held various positions of increasing responsibilities at Dow Corning. Gabe has an MBA from Central Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon.


Lisa Arrigo, Editor, SAE Media Group

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