Tech DeepDive: Interviews with Automotive Experts

Hosted By
Sudhi Uppuluri


Nuanced hour-long conversation with experts in the automotive field to help the rest of us understand the deep technical details of the emerging technologies without the jargons. 


Les is the Chief Risk manager at Risk Cooperative where he helps clients develop risk mitigation strategies, and help craft solutions for emerging risks in cyber and political arena.

In his past life, Les got a mechanical engineering degree from University of Virginia, an MBA from Harvard and worked at Ford. You can hear Les on the BBC World Service, Business matters, but today I put my automotive hat on and talk about risks in this fast changing and emerging world of mobility – risks in autonomous vehicles, eBikes, and what each of us can do about cybersecurity.


Clay is an experienced executive in the fields of innovation, business development, strategic planning, intelligence, and alliance management. He has served as an advisor to a wide range of start-ups, large enterprises and non-profits focusing on the practical application of lean innovation methodologies and intelligence principles — “Innovation Intelligence” — to help find and strengthen transformative ideas, and then create an accelerated a path to commercialization.

Today’s conversation is all about mobility future – Autonomous, Connected, Electrified & Shared.



Here is my conversation with Kris Carter on Boston’s role in emerging automotive technology. I talk to him about autonomous vehicles, electric vehicle and charging infrastructure, e-bikes and a possible picture of the future.

Kris Carter is the Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics. He is a non-practicing engineer, an optimistic urban planner. With the Mechanics, Kris has helped lead the City’s overhaul of curb management technology, crafted the Streetcaster program to improve equity in mobility, launched the City’s digital storytelling team, created and managed the Public Space Invitational, built the nationally-replicated Boston’s Safest Driver competition, and oversees the City’s autonomous vehicle research efforts.


Today’s conversation is all about manufacturing of batteries, challenges & its future.

Stene Charmer is a Principal Engineer – Battery Systems at WMG, University of Warwick with an expertise in high power lithium ion storage devices, solid state energy devices (polymer and ceramic) and novel (module level and pack level) thermal management.


Anna Stefanopoulou is a Professor Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan with expertise in modeling, control, and optimization of internal combustion engines, batteries, and fuel cells. Today’s conversation is all about batteries, the expansion, short circuit & thermal issues.


Rick Laine is a professor Material Science and Engineering at University of Michigan where he teaches Foundations of Nanotechnology and focusses his research on synthesis and processing of inorganic and organometallic hybrid polymers and nano-oxide powders.

I talk to him about his work on solid-state Lithium batteries, how we got to where we are and the future of battery technology for electric vehicles.


Professor Timothy Scott spent 35 years as undergraduate laboratory director in University of Virginia’s mechanical engineering department with focus on applied thermal/fluids, teaching and laboratory development. His career includes many years working and consulting in the industry with several dozen companies and is currently teaching at Sweet Briar College.