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Dr. Peter J.M. Pirro
Manager Global Mid Tractor Product Verification & Validation
John Deere

  Dr. Pirro has more than 35 years simulation experience most inside John Deere. He started his Deere career in 1986 as Finite Element Specialist at the John Deere Combine Product Engineering Department Zweibrücken. After assisting the implementation of the CAD system CADAM, beside his simulation and measurement activities, he moved to the position of Manager Product Verification & Validation for Combines and Hay & Forage Equipment which includes Simulation, Hardware Testing in the Lab and the Field. From 2001 to 2006 he was appointed to the position Engineering Manager for Self Propelled Forage Harvesters. From 2006 on he took over the responsibility for Mid Tractor Product Verification & Validation in Mannheim. This includes all type of Simulation, Laboratory testing of components, full vehicle testing, in all areas of the world for the Mid Tractor Product Line.
Before joining John Deere in 1986, Dr. Pirro was employed as Assistant Professor at the University of Kaiserslautern and in his early career as Planning Engineer at KWU (Kraftwerk Union) in Offenbach.



Dr. Christoph Schöttl
Vice President Engineering Simulation
MAN Bus & Truck AG


Dr. Schöttl has more than 20 years simulation experience with MAN. Starting as technical staff member in the Department of Technical Calculations in 1992 and later as Head of Simulation Bus Structures and Head of Technical Calculation Truck & Bus. From 2009 to 2012 he was responsible for all kinds of virtual and real testing of complete trucks and busses as well as components in terms of MBS, crash, fatigue and stiffness. Since the beginning of this year, Dr. Christoph Schöttl is Head of the Central Department Engineering Simulation of MAN Bus & Truck AG in Munich.

Before joining MAN in 1992, Dr. Schöttl was employed as Assistant Professor at the University of the Armed Forces.




Al Peasland
Head of Technical Partnerships
Infiniti Red Bull Racing


Al Peasland is the Head of Technical Partnerships for Infiniti Red Bull Racing at their Formula One operation in Milton Keynes, U.K.

Peasland has over 20 years experience with 3D CAD and CAM tools and their respective data management systems. A short stint as a CAD consultant and trainer saw Peasland transition from a design engineer into a PLM administrator and manager, which has ultimately enabled him to take on the challenging world of Formula One technical management.

As head of CAD/PLM, Peasland has been involved in several large scale PLM and CAD software upgrades, as well as driving the PLM solution forwards and increasing the use of advanced design and management technologies at Infiniti Red Bull Racing.

Recently, Peasland has moved into technical partnership management where he will ensure Infiniti Red Bull Racing will maximize their benefits from fostering relationships with the very best technical and innovation partners.




Prof. Dr. Roland Baar
TU Berlin


Prof. Dr. Roland Baar started his professional career as international trainee at Volkswagen in 1997. Soon he became manager within Diesel engine development. As team leader he was responsible for pre development of engine calibration. Since 2003 he was responsible for engine component development, in the beginning for turbochargers, finally also for manifolds, pumps, valvetrain and other. From 2006 until 2011 he was the responsible director for turbocharger development at Voith Turbo. Academically he started as lecturer for combustion engines and turbochargers at Leibniz University of Hannover where he became honorary professor in 2008. Since 2011 he is full professor for combustion engines at Technical University of Berlin. His field of research is mainly thermodynamics and fluid mechanics on the engine level (Gasoline and Diesel) and component level (turbochargers and injection systems), both by experiment and simulation.




Dr. Stephen Wheat
General Manager of Intel’s HPC Business Unit


Dr. Wheat is the General Manager of Intel’s HPC Business Unit responsible for the development of Intel’s HPC business strategy and the pursuit of that strategy through platform architecture, eco-system development and collaborations. In this role, Dr. Wheat has influenced the deployment of several Top10 systems and even more Top500 HPC systems. He possesses a depth of knowledge and breadth of experience that gives him a unique perspective in understanding large-scale HPC deployments, with management and software architecture experience from numerous divisions at Intel. Awards recognizing Dr. Wheat’s work include the Gordon Bell Prize in 1994 and multiple selections as a top pick for HPCwire’s People to Watch List. He also has patent in Dynamic Load Balancing in HPC systems.




Prof. Dr. Christian Hasse
Professor for Numerical Thermo-Fluid Dynamics
University of Technology Freiberg


Prof. Dr. Christian Hasse has more than 15 years of experience in modelling of reactive and non-reactive flows. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from RWTH Aachen University (supervisor Prof. Dr. N. Peters) in 2004. The topic of this dissertation was modelling of Diesel engine combustion. From 2000-2004 he worked as an dependent software consultant for Cummins Engine Company (USA). In 2004, he joined BMW engine development in Munich. From 2006-2010, he assumed responsibility for emissions and OBD for a turbo-charged four-cylinder engine and supervised 3 Ph.D. students at BMW. Since 2010, he is professor for Numerical Thermo-Fluid Dynamics at the University of Technology Freiberg, where he continues his research in modelling and HPC simulation of reactive and non-reactive flows. Special engine related topics are biofuel combustion and pollutant formation, spray modelling and LES of in-cylinder flows. Currently 20 researchers are employed at his chair.