Electrification is having a moment in Tennessee. On April 14, hear from state officials, utilities providers, and leading researchers and executives about electric vehicles and electric transportation during this TennSMART virtual event. Sessions include:

  • The vision for Tennessee’s new EV fast charging network with Ray Knotts, TVA, and Bill Copeland, EPB;
  • Economic development projects to position Tennessee as the top state for EV manufacturing featuring Victoria Hirschberg, the TN Department of Economic and Community Development, and Shane Smith, Microvast Inc.; and
  • Trends in electrification and the Biden administration’s priorities as well as Oak Ridge National Lab’s latest research on batteries and wireless charging technology with Rich Davies.
  • 30 min. networking with TennSMART members and industry stakeholders

Note: We will use Lunchpool for this event and will share a link to access the event with all registrants prior to the event start.

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Speaker Bios

Ray Knotts, TVA: Ray is the Senior Manager of Strategy, Marketing & Support for TVA EnergyRight®. In his current role, he leads a multi-functional team that designs and implements a Demand Response portfolio of over 1,600 MW; creates and deploys marketing for TVA and the LPCs to promote the TVA EnergyRight brand and programs; develops and brings to market electric vehicle offerings; and provides all of the centralized functions each internal department needs to run efficiently. The energy that comes from a group of people working to create solutions has driven his 20+ years at TVA.

Bill Copeland, EPB: Bill works at EPB of Chattanooga as the Director of Business Intelligence, under the direction of Jim Ingraham, VP of Strategic Research. In his role, he and his team seek to leverage data analytics to find innovative win-win-win solutions for all stakeholders, developing successful business models as technologies continue to evolve in the energy and communications industries.

Victoria Hirschberg, TN ECD: Victoria is the Director of Business Development at the Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development where she manages projects and investments within the automotive sector. Prior to joining the project management team, Victoria served as a business development consultant in northern Middle Tennessee, where she helped facilitate company expansions and build stakeholder relationships.

Shane Smith, Microvast, Inc.: Shane is the Chief Operating Office of Microvast, Inc. since 2019. Shane has track record as a proven leader with considerable experience in technology companies. Prior to joining Microvast, Inc., he was Sr. Vice-President of Product Marketing of TransCore, a subsidiary of Roper Technologies, from 2013-2019. From 1996-2013, Shane worked for TriQuint Semiconductor, today Qorvo, Inc., in various roles of increasing responsibility. In 2011, he was the Vice-President for Global Marketing for Mobile Devices. From 1990-1996, Mr. Smith was a submarine officer in the United States Navy.

Rich Davies, Oak Ridge National Laboratory: Rich is the Director for the Sustainable Transportation Program for the Energy Science and Technology Directorate at ORNL.  He has over 25-years of research and development experience in manufacturing for light and heavy-duty ground and aerospace vehicles; as well as developing energy-saving technologies across the US Transportation system. His experience includes over 20-years in the U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories developing and directing federally-funded and privately-funded research programs under collaborative agreements with vehicle manufacturers and transportation entities. Dr. Davies holds a PhD in Mechanics of Materials from the University of Strasbourg in France, an MBA from the University of Maryland, as well as a Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Mechanical Engineering.

View select presentations from previous TennSMART meetings:

TennSMART Technical Advisory Committee Update – Brad Freeze, Director of Traffic Operations Division at TDOT

The Impacts and Adoption of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles in Tennessee – Dr. Sabya Mishra, Associate Professor and Faudree Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Memphis

Autonomous Truck Mounted Attenuator (ATMA) Pilot – Airton Kohls, Research Associate, The University of Tennessee Center for Transportation Research

CTwin: The Chattanooga Digital Twin – Jibo Sanyal, Group Leader and Senior Scientist Computational Urban Sciences Group, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

CAV and Smart Mobility: A Minnesota Case Study – Kristin White, Executive Director, Minnesota Office of Connected and Automated Vehicles and Destination CAV

U.S. DOT Truck Platooning Research Program – Tom Kearney, Freight Operations Program Manager, Federal Highway Administration

Innovations in Long Haul – Carson Spencer, Bridgestone Americas; Dr. Eric Thorn, Southwest Research Institute; and Dr. Stephanie Ivey, University of Memphis (moderator)

TennSMART Member Presentations – Bill Copeland, EPB; and Al Pramuk, Andy Lucyshyn, & Matt D’Angelo, Gresham Smith

Last Mile Innovation – Rebecca Yeung, Staff Vice President of Service Experience Leadership, FedEx

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