Industry Advisory Board

The Industry Advisory Board was formed in 2013 to help Achates Power accelerate its product development and commercialization efforts. Comprised of Fellows of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Members of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and SAE presidents, the Advisory Board includes:

Dr. Walter Bryzik: Dr. Bryzik is a DeVlieg chairman and professor of mechanical engineering at Wayne State University College of Engineering. He is also the retired chief scientist of the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) and represented the U.S. Army worldwide as its senior technical leader in ground vehicle technology. An author and co-author of more than 250 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Bryzik received the 2004 Distinguished Presidential Rank Award from President George W. Bush. He is an SAE Fellow and editorial reviewer for SAE, ASME and the Combustion Institute.

Daniel Hancock: Daniel Hancock spent 43 years at General Motors Co. in positions including vice president of global powertrain engineering and chief executive officer of Fiat-GM Powertrain. An SAE Fellow and member for 40 years, Hancock is SAE’s 2014 president. He is a recipient of the SAE Sid Olsen Engineering Manager Award, the SAE Medal of Honor, the SAE Gordon Millar Award, the Great Golden Medal for Service to the Republic of Austria and Indiana’s Sagamore of the Wabash recognition. In 2011, he was inducted into the NAE.

Bruno Linsolas: Bruno Linsolas is the retired senior vice president of purchasing at Volvo Powertrain and the former chairman of Volvo Group purchasing, where he was responsible for leading all purchasing activities. Previously, Linsolas worked as the executive vice president of purchasing at Mack Trucks. With more than 30 years of experience in the powertrain industry, he has led the purchasing departments for companies in the U.S. as well as Europe.

Eric Reifschneider: For four years, Eric Reifschneider served as senior vice president and general manager of Qualcomm Technology Licensing (QTL). During that time, he played a lead role in negotiating Qualcomm’s licensing deals and driving continued growth in QTL’s existing and future licensing programs. Prior to joining Qualcomm in 2012, Reifschneider was a partner in the Palo Alto, CA office of an international law firm, where he chaired the global technology and intellectual property group.  Reifschneider holds a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude and served as Executive Editor of the Harvard Law Review, and bachelor of science degrees in physics and mathematics from M.I.T.

Dr. Karl Viktor Schaller: Dr. Schaller served as the technical director of engineering and purchasing for MAN Truck & Bus AG. In 2006, he was named a full board member and given responsibility for product development, purchasing and planning. During his tenure at MAN, he oversaw various departments including those responsible for the development of heavy trucks and alternative drive systems (such as batteries, hybrids, natural gas, hydrogen in internal combustion engines and fuel cells). For his lecture on commercial vehicles, Dr. Schaller was named an honorary professor of the Technical University of Munich. More recently, Dr. Schaller was named the vice president of development for BMW Motorrad.