1 day
Architecture Auditorium and Gallery, Lawrence Technological University
Southfield, MI
Registration fees
Free of charge

This year, there will be six speakers from industry and academy with variety topics which will satisfy the range of attendees from novice to seasoned expert.

For the second time, the GYRS 2019 symposium will have the poster session in which students and experts from industries can present the results of their practical works. In addition, the expo session will feature sources of tools and expertise carefully selected to be consistent with the content of the symposium.


07:00 AM – 08:00 AM
Breakfast, Registration, and Expo Session

08:00 AM – 08:05 AM
Host Welcome Message: Virinder K. Moudgil, President and CEO of Lawrence Technological University (LTU)

08:05 AM – 08:30 AM
Keynote Speaker: Mark Champine, Head of Quality, NAFTA, FCA US LLC

08:30 AM – 09:10 AM
Craig Hysong, President, Shainin – The Red X® Company, “Resilient Engineering – Focusing on What Must Go Right Rather Than All That Can Go Wrong”

09:10 AM – 09:50 AM
Matthew Trent, Manager of Powertrain Six Sigma, Ford Motor Company, “The Importance of Transfer Function Physics in Determination of Root Cause”

09:50 AM – 10:10 AM
Networking, Coffee Break, and Expo Session

10:10 AM – 10:50 AM
Scott Ranville, VP, Model Engineering Solutions, Inc., "Software Reliability – It Doesn’t Happen by Happenstance”

10:50 AM – 11:30 AM
Judson Estes, Head of Global Reactive Instruction and Practice, FCA US LLC, “Creating a Prediction from the Data of the Past”

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Lunch and Expo Session

12:30 PM – 12:40 PM
Main Sponsor Message, Ken Coll, ASQ Automotive Division, Chair

12:40 PM – 01:20 PM
Shiva Bhardwaj, Founder and CEO, Ansik, Inc.; Steve Doemer, Vehicle Emissions Laboratory Engineer, Hyundai Kia America Technical Center, Inc. (HATCI), “Improving Automotive Development Cycles and Powertrain Reliability by Using Real Driving Emission and Performance Data”

01:20 PM – 02:00 PM
Keith M. Hodgson, Sr. Reliability/Test Engineer, Ford Motor Company “Introduction to SAE J3168 Reliability Physics Analysis of Electrical, Electronic and Electromechanical (EEE) Equipment and Modules”

02:00 PM – 02:20 PM
Networking, Coffee Break, and Expo Session

02:20 PM – 04:00 PM
Panel Discussion, “AIAG & VDA FMEA Handbook Methodology - Effects on the North American Auto Industry”

Panel Moderator: Jim Maclish, Principle Consulting Engineer, ANSYS - DFR Solutions


  • Scott A. Gray, Director, Quality Products and Services, Automotive Industry Action Group (AIGA)
  • Rhonda Brender, Engineering Manager and Corporate FMEA, Nexteer Automotive
  • John Opie, Retiree, FCA US LLC
  • Richard Harpster, Consultant, Harpco Systems Inc.
  • Edward Myzienski, Chassis Quality and Reliability Engineering Lead, FCA US LLC
  • Bill Haughey, Founder and President, ReliaTrain
  • Mary Rowzee, Retiree, General Motors

04:00 PM – 05:00 PM
Networking and Expo Session