Announcing EcoCAR EV Challenge Informational Webinar Speakers

Please join leaders from the U.S. Department of EnergyGeneral Motors, MathWorks and Argonne National Laboratory for an EcoCAR EV Challenge program overview and RFP Question and Answer session on November 10, 2021 at 2:00 PM ET.

The headline sponsors are pleased to announce EcoCAR EV Challenge – the latest Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) series which will kick off in fall of 2022 and conclude in 2026. This public/private partnership fosters government and industry relationships to enable the next generation of engineers and business leaders to solve the toughest mobility challenges facing our nation, while building a clean energy workforce.

The purpose of this webinar is to answer any questions your administration may have about applying to the EcoCAR EV Challenge.

REGISTER HERE by November 9, 2021 to attend live, or to receive a recording of the webinar.

Learn more about the speakers below:

Michael Berube

Michael Berube is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. In this role, he oversees EERE’s Sustainable Transportation sector, which includes the Vehicle, Fuel Cell, and Bioenergy Technologies offices. This portfolio focuses on research and development to increase access to domestic, clean transportation fuels and improve the energy efficiency, convenience, and affordability of transporting people and goods to support U.S. energy security, economic productivity and competitiveness.

Previously, he led the Vehicle Technologies Office where he led an array of activities that helped reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil and secure a clean energy future. The Vehicle Technologies Office supports about $300 million in annual research funding for hybrid drivetrains, advanced batteries, lightweight materials, advanced combustion and fuels, vehicle systems integration, and Clean Cities deployment activities.

He brings more than 25 years of experience in the automotive industry to his new EERE post, specifically in the areas of environmental compliance, energy and safety policy, product development and marketing. He has worked on a broad range of electric vehicle, connected car and advanced powertrain initiatives. Michael also led multiple environmental and energy initiatives within the Chrysler Corporation.

Michael has a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from MIT. He later returned to MIT as both a graduate student and researcher where he received a master’s degree in the

Technology and Policy Program and a master’s degree from the Sloan School of Management. He was recognized for his early work on corporate sustainability and led research for the MIT International Motor Vehicle Program. In May of 2020, Michael was also named Acting Director of the Bioenergy Technologies Office.

Kristen Siemen

Kristen Siemen was appointed vice president of Sustainable Workplaces and Chief Sustainability Officer in February 2021. She will help lead General Motors to a future with zero emissions as the company continues to take bold actions against climate change, including GM’s commitment to become carbon neutral in its products and operations by 2040.

In her most recent role as executive director, Global Energy Strategy, Certification, Compliance and Test Labs, Siemen led a cross-functional leadership team responsible for setting corporate energy strategies, including the introduction of fuel economy improvement technologies as well as initiatives aligned with GM’s vision of a zero-emissions future. Siemen worked closely with the Sustainability Office to develop GM’s aspiration to eliminate all tailpipe emissions from new light-duty vehicles by 2035 as well as the development of the company’s science-based targets.

Siemen has been a member of the General Motors team for over 25 years, and for the past 10 years has held senior leadership positions in various engineering functions. In addition to her accomplished technical career, Siemen is also passionate about promoting inclusion and gender equality. She was instrumental in creating GM’s career reentry program, “Take 2,” serves as GM’s key executive for the Society of Women Engineers and is the co-lead for the GM Women Ally Program. Her work to improve policies and practices effecting change for women earned her the National Association for Female Executives Women of Excellence Activist Award. Siemen also serves on the Board of Advisors for Catalyst and the Advisory Board for Oakland University School of Engineering & Computer Science, where she received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering.


Pieter J. Mosterman

Pieter J. Mosterman is Chief Research Scientist and Director of the MathWorks Advanced Research & Technology Office in Natick, Massachusetts, where he works on computational methodologies and technologies. Between 2009 and 2017, he held an Adjunct Professor position at the School of Computer Science of McGill University. Prior to joining MathWorks, he was a research associate at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen. He earned his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and his M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Twente, the Netherlands. His primary research interests are in Computer Automated Multiparadigm Modeling (CAMPaM) with principal applications in design automation, training systems, and fault detection, isolation, and reconfiguration. Dr. Mosterman designed the Electronics Laboratory Simulator that was nominated for The Computerworld Smithsonian Award by Microsoft Corporation in 1994. In 2003, he was awarded the IMechE Donald Julius Groen Prize for his paper on the hybrid bond graph modeling and simulation environment HyBrSim. In 2009, he received the Distinguished Service Award of The Society for Modeling and Simulation International (SCS) for his services as editor in chief of SIMULATION: Transactions of SCS. Dr. Mosterman was guest editor for special issues on CAMPaM of SIMULATION, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, and ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation. He has chaired over 30 scientific events, served on more than 100 international program committees, published over 100 peer reviewed papers, and is the inventor on over 100 awarded patents.


Kristen Wahl

Kristen Wahl manages a portfolio of advanced mobility research, education, and workforce development programs in Argonne’s Center for Transportation Research, where she serves as a section manager and group leader. She is the program director for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition Program, which is North America’s premier training ground for future automotive leaders. During her nearly 25-year career at the laboratory, Kristen has managed more than 30 automotive engineering competitions, including the current EcoCAR Mobility Challenge, and built a clean mobility workforce of 27,000+ graduates who have been at the forefront of developing future advanced mobility solutions within industry.

Kristen also leads the program’s $25M public/private sponsor consortium, which explores energy efficient mobility solutions and emerging technologies of interest to DOE and the industry and helps to cultivate the North American automotive workforce through curriculum development, training, and project-based learning. Her programs fund more than 50 university graduate and undergraduate researchers each semester and provide experiential learning opportunities for more than 1,000 students annually.

She also oversees a range of projects for the DOE National Clean Cities program, including its flagship workforce development program that places 50 interns at Clean Cities Coalitions each semester, preparing them for future jobs in clean energy and mobility.

Kristen has also been a key advocate for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in secondary and higher education for more than two decades, leading initiatives to encourage and retain Women in STEM and DEI in Engineering. She also oversees a national STEM program that reaches more than 40,000 youth annually, including into underserved communities, to encourage students to pursue careers in STEM.

She serves as chair of the AVTC Executive Steering Committee and University Faculty Advisory Board and is a member of the Texas State University Ingram School of Engineering Industry Advisory Board and the International Board of Directors for F1 in Schools.

She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas as well as a graduate certification in project management. In 2019, Kristen was awarded the prestigious Pinnacle of Education Award by the University of Chicago’s Board of Directors and is a recipient of multiple Impact Argonne Awards. In 2020, Kristen was appointed by Argonne’s Chief Operating Officer to serve as a team leader for Argonne’s Next Generation Workplace taskforce. In 2021, she was appointed to Argonne’s DE&I Council.

Kristen lives in Austin, Texas and manages a remote workforce of eleven direct reports along with more than 1,000+ students, faculty, sponsors, and collaborators from across North America.