Original equipment manufacturers and fleets across the country are looking beyond fossil fuels. They’re considering a variety of emissions reduction technologies such as biomass-based diesel fuels, electric vehicles and other alternatives to help slow the progression of climate change. However, while electric solutions are still under development, biomass-based diesel fuels such as biodiesel and renewable diesel can help fleets achieve substantial emissions reductions today and well into the future! Join us for an inside look at the OEMs’ current and future product plans for their diesel platforms, and why they continue to place their bets on biodiesel and renewable diesel.
Head of Institutional Relations & Sustainability - North America
Chris Walters leads the Institutional Relations & Sustainability office in North America for IVECO Group. In this role, he supports activities in the areas of federal & state government relations and corporate sustainability programs. Chris has led many environment and energy-related initiatives in his career and he has been involved in the development of a variety of fuels and emissions policies across the globe. Prior to his current role, Chris worked in various product development roles including application engineering, electronic controls and engine testing. Chris received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Iowa.
Fleet Superintendent, City of Madison
City of Madison, WI
Mahanth S. Joishy joined City of Madison as Fleet Superintendent in 2017 after 16 years working in New York City government operations. He worked for NYC Parks & Recreation for 11 years managing vehicle repair, recycling, waste collection, and volunteer programs, and drafting the first-ever parks field manual, among other tasks. In 2012 he began overseeing the safety program for all NYC departments using the 30,000-vehicle fleet, and he helped manage preparations and response to Hurricane Sandy, which struck the east coast that same year. In Madison, Mahanth is focused on making the city fleet the greenest, safest, and most cost efficient possible in coordination with his colleagues in every department. Madison Fleet has newly launched aggressive programs to purchase biodiesel, EVs, hybrid police cars, anti-idling technology, biobased tires with soy, telematics and other efforts. Madison Fleet is also involved in vehicle safety initiatives for Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway’s Vision Zero plan. The fleet was named a 2021 Top 50 Green Fleet in North America by Government Fleet Magazine.
Manager, Advanced Technology and Innovation
John Deere & Co.
Danan Dou received his doctoral degree of chemistry in 1992. He worked on emission control technologies for 11 years at Allied Signal Environmental Catalysts which later became a part of Delphi. In 2006, Danan joined John Deere Power Systems as the manager of aftertreatment technologies to develop product solutions for meeting Interim Tier IV and Final Tier IV emission standards. From 2011 to 2020, he served as the manager of Advanced Power Systems Engineering, leading development of engine and emission control technologies. Danan was elected to be a SAE fellow in 2016 and a John Deere fellow in 2017. Since October 2020, Danan has been leading powertrain technology development, innovation and technology roadmap to reduce green-house gas and criteria emissions as the manager of Advanced Technology and Innovation at John Deere Power Systems.
Fuels Technical Fellow
Coleman Jones is Fuels Technical Fellow for General Motors Powertrain in North America. He concentrates on petroleum and bio derived fuels including properties, standards, manufacturing processes, costs, and interactions with vehicles. He supports GM engineering and public policy worldwide on fuel issues. He is also chair of the ASTM Gasoline and oxygenated fuels subcommittee and several ASTM task groups. Formerly Biofuel Implementation manager, Dr. Jones has been manager of fuels and lubricants for GM Powertrain. His group was responsible for current product support for fuels, engine oils, and transmissions fluids for General Motors. After completing his degrees in chemical engineering and materials science, his first GM positions were at the Powertrain Advanced Materials Development Center working on process and material development.
Head of Strategy for Cummins Engine Business
James Hopkins has 13 years of experience with Cummins in various roles including finance, investor relations, and strategy. Over the last two years James has been focused on Cummins’ path to zero emissions, including a strong focus on the adoption of new technologies, including internal combustion, battery electric, and fuel cell solutions, along with a focus on increasing the utilization of low carbon fuels, including biodiesel.
Manager, Environmental & Energy Policy
Ford Motor Company
Mr. DiCicco holds the position of Manager, Environmental & Energy Policy in the Sustainability and Vehicle Environmental Matters division at Ford Motor Company. This role involves supporting Ford Motor Company’s strategic product plans as well as topics of mutual interest on improving fuel quality and regulations, requiring interaction with government entities around the world. His career with Ford Motor Company is nearly 27 years young, more than half this time supporting fuels and environmental policy after starting at the Ford Research Laboratory in the Chemical Engineering Department where he supported research on exhaust emission aftertreatment catalytic systems. Mr. DiCicco holds a M.S. and B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a B.A in Chemistry all from Wayne State University.
OEM Market Development Manager
JenMotion Marketing, LLC
Jennifer Weaver serves as the OEM Market Development Manager for the National Biodiesel Board. In this capacity, Jennifer has worked for the past 20 years as a liaison between the biodiesel industry and all of the major auto, engine and equipment manufacturers. Her core responsibilities include educating those companies – as well as their suppliers, dealers, fleets and other customers – on key technical advances in biodiesel, and guiding their efforts to support and promote the use of biodiesel blends in their diesel engines and future diesel vehicle programs. Jennifer has over 28 years’ experience in managing a wide variety of Public Relations, Marketing, Education and Training Programs for various clients in the Automotive and Alternative Fuels industries. Jennifer earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Marketing as well as an MBA from Miami University in Ohio, and completed post-graduate training in Advertising, Public Relations and Applied Communications at Michigan State University.