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Matthew J. Chynoweth, PE

Matthew Chynoweth is a Deputy Metro Region Engineer at the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). Matt has been with MDOT for 12 years, recently completing the Zilwaukee bridge bearing replacement project, after two years of design and two years of construction.  He has worked as the Engineer of Bridge Field Services, responsible for bridge construction, maintenance, fabrication, inspection and emergency response. He received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University and a master's degree in structural engineering from Wayne State University.  Matt is an adjunct professor teaching structural engineering at Lawrence Technological University.  He is a member of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, serving on the Subcommittee on Bridges and Structures, and the American Segmental Bridge Institute.

Robert Neff

Bob is engaged in sales and marketing for companies involved in high technology products, projects and people. Sales and Marketing Insight is Bob's strategic marketing company.

Bob is a corporate officer in the Intrass Corporation, which is a startup company involved in patented 5.9 GHz Dedicated Short Range Radio Communication (DSRC) technology for Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communications.

Bob is past Chairman of the SAE DSRC Vehicle Safety Subcommittee and is a current member of the SAE DSRC Standards Technical Committee that has written the interoperability standard SAE J2735 so vehicles can communicate with each other and with the infrastructure (V2V and V2I). The committee has recently published J2945 which displays the Common Performance Requirements for DSRC communication.

Bob retired from Eaton Corporation where he held various technical, marketing and managerial positions. The majority of Bob's time at Eaton was spent in the VORAD Division working on collision warning, adaptive cruise control and blind spot warning using 24 GHz and 77GHz radar. Bob was Technical Lead for Eaton's participation in the National Automated Highway Demonstration in 1997. Bob earned his Six Sigma Black Belt while at Eaton.

Following Eaton, Bob was part of the management team that established the Automotive Electromagnetic Compatibility Laboratory for Underwriters Laboratories in Novi, Michigan.

Bob Graduated from Ferris State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and an Associate in Arts Degree while studying Engineering.

Dinesh C. Seksaria, PE

Dinesh Seksaria is a consultant specializing in light weighting of mechanical/structural components and systems. He is a licensed PE and mechanical engineer with over 50 years of related industry experience. His expertise is in mechanical design and material sciences. After earning an MSE from the University of Michigan, Dinesh spent his career in industry reducing vehicle and component's weight while developing these systems/subsystems. He has practiced design, analysis and testing and has earned more than 35 U.S. and international patents, as well as published and presented more than 15 technical papers in the U.S. and internationally. He has worked on various research and development activities related to materials and for mechanical/ structural subsystems of vehicles from airplanes to construction cranes, military vehicles, cars and commercial and industrial trucks.

Michael J. Vinarcik, PE, FESD

Michael J. Vinarcik is a Senior Lead Systems Engineer at Booz Allen Hamilton and an adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy. He has over twenty years of automotive and defense engineering experience. He received a BS (Metallurgical Engineering) from the Ohio State University, an MBA from the University of Michigan, and an MS (Product Development) from the University of Detroit Mercy. Mr. Vinarcik has presented at NDIA Ground Vehicle Systems Engineering and Technology Symposia, INCOSE and American Society for Engineering Education regional conferences, and a tutorial at the 2010 INCOSE International Symposium. He contributed chapters to Industrial Applications of X-ray Diffraction, Taguchi's Quality Engineering Handbook, and Case Studies in System of Systems, Enterprise Systems, and Complex Systems Engineering; he also contributed a case study to the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK). Mr. Vinarcik is a licensed Professional Engineer (Michigan) and holds INCOSE ESEP-Acq, OCSMP: Model Builder – Advanced, Booz Allen Hamilton Systems Engineering Expert Belt, ASQ Certified Quality Engineer, and ASQ Certified Reliability Engineer certifications. He is a Fellow of The Engineering Society of Detroit, chaired the 2010-2011 INCOSE Great Lakes Regional Conferences, and was the 2012 President of the INCOSE Michigan Chapter. He currently co-leads INCOSE's Model Based Conceptual Design Working Group and is the President and Founder of Sigma Theta Mu, the systems honor society.

 

   

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