Technical Webinar Series from the Editors of SAE – Lightweighting: Defining the Next Phase

Available On-Demand until October 6, 2017

Much of automotive lightweighting’s low-hanging fruit has been exploited. This SAE Webinar examines what new materials, as well as design and manufacturing innovations, will advance lightweighting to the next phase, where gains are expected to be tougher and potentially more expensive. Aluminum has been the assumed overall “winner” for lightweighting’s future, but fast-moving innovation from the steel and composites sectors is making the materials-choice matrix more complex and opportunity-laden.

With automakers facing the mid-term review of the federal 2025 CAFE legislation that seeks to deliver a fleet average of 54.5 mpg, this Webinar’s panel of experts will help to identify the component applications and focus areas likely to be addressed in the next phase of lightweight design. Also discussed will be updated manufacturing processes aimed to make light materials quicker, cheaper, and stronger, as well as advances in design and simulation that present the potential to better evaluate lightweight solutions in the most critical design phases when cost and applicability rule the decision-making process.

This 60-minute Webinar offers indispensable insight regarding how lightweight design, materials, and processes are expected to evolve now that obvious paths have been exploited. This unprecedented look should benefit engineers, designers, and decision-makers involved throughout the product development process. An audience Q&A follows the speaker presentations.


Dr. Lars Fredriksson, Ph.D., Business VP, Simulation-Driven Innovation, Altair

Lars Fredriksson is a Business VP at Altair with more than 20 years of experience. He is responsible for supporting the definition, development, and promotion of strategic simulation-driven innovation initiatives worldwide. He has been involved from the beginning in the definition and development of methods and processes that support the deployment of simulation-driven design in the automotive industry. Lars has published several articles and has been presenting strategies for innovative lightweight design at a number of conference. He holds a Ph.D. in solid mechanics from Linkoping University in Sweden.

Dr. David Lukasak, Ph.D., Director of Metallurgy & Research, Sapa Extrusions Americas

David Lukasak, Ph.D., is the Director of Metallurgy & Research for Sapa Extrusions Americas. With more than 25 years of experience in the aluminum industry ranging from R&D to production management, he is responsible for metallurgical practices and alloy development across Sapa’s 23 plants in the Americas. David’s primary expertise lies within the physical metallurgy of aluminum alloys and understanding the effects of microstructure on mechanical and corrosion behavior. Specific areas of experience include alloy development for automotive, aerospace, and machining alloys where David holds several patents. He has a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering from Michigan Technology University and both a master’s degree and Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.

Vishwas Shankar, Research Manager, Business Strategy and Innovation Group, Mobility – Automotive & Transportation, Frost & Sullivan North America

Vishwas Shankar is Research Manager with the Business Strategy and Innovation Group, Mobility – Automotive & Transportation, for Frost & Sullivan North America. He manages a team of analysts globally who explore the next wave of innovation within the automotive industry. Vishwas has more than 14 years of experience in lightweighting and materials research as well as CAFE strategies. His industry experience includes the passenger vehicle market with EVs, luxury vehicles, and low-cost cars. Previous positions included the Deputy Purchase Project Manager at Renault Nissan Technology and Business Centre India Private Ltd. and the Chassis, BIW, and Raw Material Commodity Purchase Manager with Mahindra Renault Private Ltd. He has master’s degrees in both manufacturing systems engineering and engineering technology from Birla Institute of Technology and Science.


Lisa Arrigo, SAE International

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