Come see why the Fall Technical Meeting (FTM) is the best opportunity to learn and share with some of the foremost experts in the gear industry. Speaking on design, analysis, manufacturing, application and gear drives, you will hear directly from the researchers about the results of their work.
If that isn’t enough, you will be able to have intriguing discussions with some of the most knowledgeable gear industry professionals from all over the world that have gathered to hear the impressive papers and special presentations.
Each speaker will present the content of his or her technical paper that have undergone a double-blind peer review of three industry topic experts. So, you know they will be good! All papers presented at FTM will be indexed in Scopus, the international database of peer-reviewed literature.
Sessions include the following topic areas:
This meeting immediately precedes Gear Expo, The Drive Technology Show. All registrants for the FTM will receive a pass to the show floor included with registration. All registration takes place through the Gear Expo website.
Franco Concli is currently an Assistant Professor in the field of Machine Design at the University of Bozen (Italy). He received his Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano and a PhD from the same university, his PhD thesis on the application of CFD to gear transmissions. During his PhD studies, he spent six months as a visiting researcher at FZG (Germany). After receiving his PhD, he spent one year as a contract researcher at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Politecnico di Milano, and three years at the research center of Bonfiglioli Mechatronic Research.
Joseph Walker is the global technology director for materials and laboratories for Freudenberg Sealing Technologies and Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies (FNST). In this position, he is globally responsible for overseeing all advanced materials technology development and management of the FNST/FST laboratories. He is also the regional NAFTA leader for Chemical Regulatory Compliance for FNST. He is located in the Plymouth, MI Corporate R&D headquarters of Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies.
A graduate of Lawrence Technological University, he holds more than 20 patents in the fields of materials applications and compositional chemistries and has authored and edited various chapters in text and industry publications.
Craig Desrochers, P.E. graduated from Western New England University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and obtained his professional engineering license in 2013. He has been an application and service engineer at Klüber Lubrication for four years and has recently assumed the Tribologist role, in charge of the mechanical testing lab at Klüber Lubrication’s North American headquarters in Londonderry, New Hampshire. As an application engineer at Klüber, Craig’s primary focus was on the gear oil and gear grease product lines with a focus on OEM relations. Prior to joining Klüber Lubrication, Craig worked as a mechanical engineer on nuclear powered submarines at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. There, his primary focus was on the maintenance, testing, and modernization of the steam propulsion turbines, lubrication systems, and main reduction gearing systems. He is an active AGMA member and will continue to focus on the gear oil industry.
Dr. Alfonso Fuentes is affiliated with the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Dr. Fuentes’ research focuses on the development of improved gear transmissions applied in helicopters, marine, and the automotive industry, development of enhanced design technologies for all types of gear drives, and development of IGD – Integrated Gear Design computer program. Dr. Fuentes is the author of more than eighty publications, including journal articles, conference papers, and technical reports. He is the subject editor for gears and cams for the Journal Mechanism and Machine Theory.
Irebert Delgado is a member of the Rotating and Drive Systems Branch at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, performing fundamental experimental work on gearbox windage power losses for rotorcraft drive systems. This work follows previous research by Dr. Robert Handschuh and Mr. Michael Hurrell, also from the NASA Glenn Research Center. Irebert has a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering. The breadth of his 20+ years of professional experience has encompassed experimental work in split-torque transmissions, airbreathing seals, seals for space applications, and HUMS for spiral bevel gears.
Dr. Christof Gorgels is currently director of the precision measurement division at Klingelnberg. He has a university diploma and a Ph.D. from Aachen University (Germany) in mechanical engineering, specializing in gear manufacturing. Dr. Gorgels also served as head of the gear group at WZL at Aachen University and has previously presented a paper at an AGMA Fall Technical Meeting.
Dr. Nihat Yildirim is currently a lecturer at Gaziantep University in the Faculty of Engineering Department of Mechanical Engineering. He graduated with a mechanical engineering degree in 1986 and later completed his MSc on bolted connections in 1988. He completed his PhD in 1994 on “Design and Testing of High Contact Ratio (HCR) Spur Gears.” Dr. Yildirim then continued to work on the design of gears and other machineries (in particular food processing machineries) and worked for AgustaWestland on the design of helicopter transmission gears, filing a patent on micro geometry design of spur gears. His current research includes development of design and testing of asymmetric spur gears for high performance transmissions.
James Thomas received a B.S. in physics from the University of Pittsburgh and has been with American Stress Technologies for eight years as an applications engineer specializing in using magnetic Barkhausen noise for materials characterization and defect detection. James’ work and research with Barkhausen noise technology has been published in several industry publications including Advanced Materials and Processes, American Institute of Physics, and SAE International Journal of Materials and Manufacturing.
Stephen Kendrish has been employed at American Stress Technologies, Inc. since 2001 and is currently a sales and applications engineer specializing in the implementation of commercial instruments using Barkhausen noise analysis. He received a B.S. in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University and has always been focused in the fields of destructive and non-destructive testing and characterization of materials. Mr. Kendrish has contributed to various publications, including AGMA’s.
Yue Peng is currently a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has been a research assistant in the Center of Precision Metrology at UNC Charlotte and is dedicated to research on advanced gear metrology. She manages the Siemens Large Manufacturing Solutions Lab and arranges measurements with a coordinate measurement machine. Her research interests are in gear metrology, precision engineering, metrology technologies, uncertainty and GD&T. She earned a Master’s Degree at UNC Charlotte and a Bachelor’s Degree at Tianjin University in China. She received the AGMA scholarship award in 2016.
Hermann Stadtfeld received his bachelor’s and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Technical University of Aachen (Germany). After receiving his doctorate in 1987, he worked as a scientist for Professor Manfred Weck at the Technical University of Aachen. He later worked at Oerlikon Buehrle AG in Zurich, Switzerland. Dr. Stadtfeld became a Visiting Professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1992, then began working for The Gleason Works as Director of R&D. Between 2002 to 2005, Dr. Stadtfeld established a gear research company in Germany and taught at the University of Ilmenau. He then returned to Gleason, where today he is Vice President – Bevel Gear Technology and R&D. Dr. Stadtfeld has published more than 300 technical papers and ten books on bevel gear technology and holds more than 50 international patents on gear design, process, tools, and machines.
Julian Theling M.Sc. is a gear research assistant at the Laboratory of Machine Tools of the RWTH Aachen in Germany. His current research topics are the simulation of planetary gear stages regarding the excitation behavior, as well as the duration and the design process. Furthermore, Mr. Theling is part of the research group of the CWD (Center for Wind Power Drives), where he investigates the gear box of a 2.7 MW wind turbine. From 2011 to 2015, Mr. Theling studied mechanical engineering at the RWTH Aachen and achieved his bachelor's degree. Afterwards, he specialized in "Design and Development" during his master studies and earned his degree at the RWTH Aachen in 2016.
Dr. Stefan Beermann was born in Hannover, Germany. He studied Mathematics and Computer Science in Karlsruhe. His doctorate thesis, “Simulation of Vibrations in Gearboxes Applying Spectral Simulation,” was in collaboration with the FZG of the Technical University of Munich. In 1996, Stefan Beermann went to Zurich to join the gearbox company L. Kissling & Co. AG as product manager for the calculation software KISSsoft. In 1998, he switched to the KISSsoft AG as one of its first employees. Today, he is CEO of KISSsoft AG, together with the company’s founder Dr. Kissling.
John Rinaldo is retired after 39 years with Atlas Copco Comptec LLC, where he designed gears for high speed integrally geared centrifugal compressors. He has been designing gears for 25 years, is the official US delegate to two ISO working groups (ISO TC60/WG2 “Accuracy of gears” and is also convener of ISO TC60/SC1/WG4 “Terminology and notation of gears”), currently serves as the vice chair of two AGMA committees (Gear Accuracy Committee and the Nomenclature Committee), and is a member of the API 613 task force. He has been licensed as a Professional Engineer in both Wisconsin and New York, has been granted four patents, and has received both the AGMA Technical Division Executive Committee Award and the AGMA Distinguished Service Award.
Niranjan Raghuraman is an engineering analyst at Romax Technology in Boulder, Colorado. His background includes powertrain dynamics, parallel and cross axes gearing, plastic gearing, heat transfer, and thermodynamics. Niranjan earned his master’s degree from The Ohio State University. As part of his master's, he worked on plastic gear design and effects of temperature on plastic gears at The Gear and Power Transmission Laboratory with Dr. Don Houser. Prior to joining Romax, Niranjan worked at a major automotive OEM where he conducted durability studies for automotive rear axle drive unit and development of energy management models for vehicle powertrain.
Chad Glinsky joined Romax Technology in 2012 as a drivetrain engineering analyst and is now the Engineering Manager for the US. He manages a team of analysts and application engineers responsible for delivery of drivetrain consultancy, technical support of our software clients, training courses, CAE partnerships, and liaising with R&D and product development regarding software development roadmap requirements. Chad has a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University, with research experience in drivetrain dynamics and controls of continuously variable transmissions. Prior industry experience includes automotive quality engineering, electromechanical design, and noise and vibration testing.
Dr. David Talbot is an assistant research professor with the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department of The Ohio State University. His research focuses on multi-disciplinary power transmission problems within the aerospace, transportation, wind energy, and industrial gear box industries. His specific research investigations include load distribution modeling of power transmission components, gear, bearing and power transmission system efficiency modeling and measurement, gear dynamics and vibrations, and gear manufacturing process simulation.
Lily Kamjou is a Senior Specialist in Ovako’s Industry Solutions Development department. In her current role, she focuses on application development specializing in the powertrain area. Kamjou joined Ovako in 2008 and is based at the company’s headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. She has held a variety of positions in the automotive sector, including working in the highly demanding market for diesel injection systems. Kamjou has a master’s degree in materials engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH, Stockholm) and a bachelor’s degree in social science from Stockholm University.
Adrian Nowoisky is currently a Senior Product Engineer at Oerlikon Fairfield. He designs custom gearboxes and also analyzes and optimizes detailed gear geometry for spur and helical gear sets. In 2005, he earned his degree of Dipl. Ing. (FH) in mechanical engineering from the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences (Germany). During his professional experience of more than 12 years, he developed transmissions for ZF Getriebe GmbH, Rolls-Royce Deutschland, and Oerlikon Fairfield. He also has experience as a design engineer for submarine outfitting at the ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems in Kiel, Germany. He has participated in three approved patents in Germany and the European Union and has seven patent applications pending. This is his first presentation at the AGMA FTM.
Dipl.-Ing. Michael Hein is currently working as team leader at the Gear Research Centre (FZG) in Munich and specializes in flank load carrying capacity of gears. After finishing his diploma degree in mechanical engineering at Technical University of Munich (TUM), he began working at FZG in 2012 as a research associate specializing in load capacity of gears under variable loads. He is member of the German delegation of ISO Working Group 6 and Working Group 15, dealing with gear load carrying capacity of spur and helical gears.
Tim has worked in the thermoplastic resins industry for over thirty years, beginning at G.E. Plastics, where he held positions in the Technical Services & Application Development section of the LEXAN™ product group, which performed finite element structural and CAE mold filling (“MoldFlow”) analyses. Tim also worked with G.E. Corporate R&D, managing a technology demonstration project focused on integration of CAD and CAM technologies. Subsequently, Tim moved to the Advanced Process Development group where he had the responsibility of developing the part and tooling design technologies. Tim also held technical managerial and market development positions in the specialty resin compounding and resin distribution segments of the plastics industry. Tim operated an independent consultancy providing technical services for resin compounders, distributors, molders, and OEMs. Tim holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Polymer Science.
Mike Burnett, a technologist at TimkenSteel, has been with the company for more than 30 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering at Purdue University and a master’s in metallurgical engineering at Colorado School of Mines. Last year, Burnett was awarded an American Iron and Steel Institute finalist medal for his “Improved Broaching Steel Technology” paper.
Zhichao (Charlie) Li is the Vice President and co-owner of DANTE Solutions, Inc., located in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Li received his bachelor's and master's degrees in materials engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology in China and his doctoral degree from Wright State University. He continued his studies and received his MBA from Baldwin Wallace University in 2012. Dr. Li’s area of expertise is design, innovation and optimization for heat treatment processes, materials characterization, and finite element modeling, etc. Dr. Li’s responsibilities at DANTE are project management, heat treatment software development, technical support, and new market development.
Dr. Peter C. Glaws is a senior scientist for materials at TimkenSteel Corporation. He began his career in the steel industry in 1977 and since joining the company in 1987, has held numerous senior technical positions focused on improving steel cleanness and performance. Glaws earned a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Lafayette College and a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He held a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia. Glaws can be reached at email@example.com.
Dipl.-Ing. Christian Güntner is currently working as a research associate at the Gear Research Center (FZG) in Munich and specializes in material and load carrying capacity of gears. He began working at FZG in 2013 as a research associate after finishing his diploma degree in mechanical engineering at Technical University of Munich (TUM).
Dr.-Ing. Michael Otto is currently Head of Department "Calculation and verification of transmission systems" at the Gear Research Center (FZG), Prof. K. Stahl, TU München. He joined FZG in 2000 as a research assistant and gained his position as Head of Department in 2006. He holds a PhD in mechanical engineering; his research topics include gear load distribution and tooth root carrying capacity. Current research activities include research on gear geometry, tooth contact analysis, and gearbox-related NVH. Another main topic is deformation and stress analysis of supporting shafts and bearings in the gearbox. He drives the development of various scientific programs at FZG that are available for the companies that are members of FVA.
Dr. Ulrich Kissling was born in Zurich. He studied Machine Engineering at the Swiss Technical University (ETH). In 1981, he started his professional career as calculation engineer in a gearbox manufacturing company in Zurich.
As calculation engineer for gearbox design, Ulrich Kissling started to develop software for gear, bearing and shaft layout. In 1985, he decided to name this software ‘KISSsoft’ and started to market it. In 1986, the first license was sold. Today, the software is the leading drive train design software, used by more than 3000 companies on all continents.
As a gear expert, Dr. Kissling is actively participating in several ISO Working Groups for the development of international standards.
Anngwo Wang is working as an Engineering Specialist at MOOG Inc. Aircraft Group. He is responsible for gear design and analysis of the transmission in the aircraft flight control system. Recent major projects he has worked on included F35 Leading Edge Flap Actuation System and Wingfold System, Boeing 787 Leading Edge Slat Actuation, Airbus A350XWB Trailing Edge Flap Actuation System, KC46 Tanker Boom and Hoist Actuators, and Comac C919 Leading Edge Slat Actuators.
Raymond J. Drago, P. E. is Chief Engineer – Gear Technologist of Drive Systems Technology, Inc. (DST), a mechanical power transmission consulting organization that he founded in 1976. Prior to this, Mr. Drago worked for the Boeing Company – Helicopters Division until his retirement after 37 years of service. Currently, Mr. Drago is involved in the analysis, design, manufacture, assembly, and testing of many gear systems. In his role with DST, Mr. Drago is active in all areas of mechanical power transmission, including the design and analysis of drive systems in a very diverse field of application from heart pumps to very large mining & mill gears. He has also prepared and delivered more than 150 Advanced Gear System Engineering courses dealing with various aspects of gear design and analysis. He has also presented more than 125 technical papers through various technical societies including AGMA, ASME, STLE and AIST.