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T3e Webinar Overview

Preparing Students for Careers that Use New Transportation Technologies

Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Time: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM ET
Cost: All T3e webinars are free of charge.
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T3e Webinars are brought to you by the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Professional Capacity Building Program (PCB) of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) ITS Joint Program Office (JPO). The purpose of this webinar series is to provide a platform for students to share their research findings. References in this webinar to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the U.S. DOT.


Dr. Robert Feldmaier, Director of the Center for Advanced Automotive Technology at Macomb Community College (MCC), will present on automotive technology information provided to future automotive technicians at MCC. Dr. Feldmaier will relate how the rapidly changing automotive technologies, including the new technology that will be added to Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) to improve driver and passenger safety, continuously present challenges to educators.

Learning Objectives

The goal is for the audience to understand:

  • Why there is such interest in autonomous vehicles.
  • How the technology works.
  • What the remaining challenges are.
  • How this affects education.

Target Audience

The target audience includes educators, anyone employed in the autonomous vehicle industry and related industries, those involved in government and policy related to autonomous vehicles, and any practitioners interested in an overview of autonomous vehicles and how it relates to today’s technical education.


Robert W. Feldmaier, Director of the Center for Advanced Automotive Technology at Macomb Community College, Warren, Michigan
Robert W. Feldmaier Mr. Feldmaier is the director of the Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT) at Macomb Community College. Prior to joining the CAAT in August 2012, Mr. Feldmaier was an independent automotive consultant advising companies such as ABB, ECOtality, and Ducker Worldwide. He also served as a chief engineer at Tesla Motors from October 2008 to July 2009, where he was responsible for Model S.

Mr. Feldmaier retired from Chrysler Corporation in 2008, where he was a chief engineer for 22 years. His responsibilities included total product and program management for his product lines, managing $1.5 billion in program spending. He led the electric vehicle program for three years, creating the EPIC minivan. Later as minivan chief engineer, he led the Stow ’n Go seat program. In his last assignment, he put the first Chrysler hybrid electric vehicles into production. Mr. Feldmaier also worked at Volkswagen for seven years.

Mr. Feldmaier holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Wayne State University. He is on the Purdue Alumni Association Board of Directors. He is a registered Professional Engineer and a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, where he serves on several electric vehicle committees. He sits on the Michigan Alliance for Greater Mobility Advancement Governing Board, the Macomb Community College Automotive Technology Advisory Board, the Wayne State University Technology School Industry Advisory Council, and the United Methodist Church Pension and Health Care Board.

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