2021 IEEE Wireless Power Week

June 1 – 4, 2021, San Diego, CA, USA

High Power Dynamic Wireless Charging for Trucks

Dr. Andy Daga

CEO and Co-founder, Momentum Dynamics

Abstract: TBD.

Speaker's Bio: Andy’s fascinating story takes him from his birthplace of Brooklyn, NY, through Ithaca NY where his family developed the best Italian Restaurant in town through Hawaii, degrees in structural and civil engineering, architecture and space science and technology, ground-breaking work at NASA and his current role at Momentum Dynamics. Prior to founding Momentum Dynamics, Andy was a leading consultant to the aerospace industry and contributed to the design of the International Space Station solar power array system, the Mars Pathfinder program, and future mission planning studies with NASA and the US Department of Defense. Andy will admit that this layered journey wasn’t fully planned, but nor did it happen by accident: as a child, Andy would travel with his family from his home in Brooklyn to visit their extended family in Philadelphia, PA (hence our home today in Malvern PA). This route took him through New Jersey and past the bleak refineries of Route 95. As a lover of architectural beauty, the outdoors and being obsessive about ‘all things efficiency’, the New Jersey oil refineries were the antithesis of everything Andy wanted the world to be. Fast forward to Andy’s time at NASA. He came upon the idea of inductive charging while mulling on ways to save cable weight on the International Space Station and future Mars missions. Why employ heavy cabling to carry electrons when it could be done efficiently through a vacuum or even the air itself? Out of this thought was born Momentum Dynamics. Through his varied experiences Andy has developed a strong capacity to identify engineering talent and manage multidisciplinary engineering and business teams. Andy is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) where he serves on a number of standards committees. He believes that every precious piece of our finite resources should be fully valued and carefully spent. He envisions a world of zero emissions, zero cables and zero wasted miles doing anything but making our lives better. He is a devoted husband, family man, polymath and entrepreneur. He is passionate about his dogs and his team at MD – perhaps in that order. He is still working to make the world a better place, one electron at a time.


Dr. Morris Kesler

Chief Technical Officer, Witricity

Abstract: TBD

Speaker's Bio: Dr. Morris Kesler is the Chief Technology Officer at WiTricity Corporation where he leads research and development activities in wireless power technology. He joined WiTricity in 2007 and has served as Chief Engineer and vice president of research and development. Prior to joining WiTricity, he worked at start-up companies developing unique optical communication and sensing systems and high-speed, long haul optical transport systems. Dr. Kesler also worked at the Georgia Tech Research Institute where he led research programs in electromagnetic scattering, antenna arrays, novel antenna structures and photonic band-gap materials. He holds over 100 patents and has published over 40 technical journal and conference papers. He holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.


Dr. Burak Ozpineci

Distinguished R&D Staff Head | Vehicle and Mobility Systems Research Section, Oakridge National Laboratory (ORNL), USA

Abstract: TBD

Speaker's Bio: Burak Ozpineci received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Orta Dogu Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, in 1994, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA, in 1998 and 2002, respectively. In 2001, he joined the Post-Master’s Program with Power Electronics and Electric Machinery Group, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Knoxville, TN, USA. He became a Full Time Research and Development Staff Member in 2002, the Group Leader of the Power and Energy Systems Group in 2008, and the Group Leader of the Power Electronics and Electric Machinery Group in 2011. Presently, he is serving as the Section Head for the Vehicle and Mobility System Research Section and managing the Electric Drive Technologies Program at ORNL. He also serves as a Joint Faculty with the Bredesen Center, The University of Tennessee. Dr. Ozpineci is a Fellow of IEEE.

Worldwide Standardization of Wireless Power Transfer for EVs, SAE J2954

Jesse Schneider

Chair, SAE Wireless Power Transfer Taskforce, J2954; Executive Vice President, Technology, Hydrogen & Fuel Cells/ Vehicle Line Executive- Fuel Cell Hybrid Truck, Nikola Motor Company

Abstract: Electric and Plug-in Electric vehicles are just beginning to be commercialized in large scale production which are charged through conductive charging with multiple plug types. There are numerous advantages which wireless power transfer (WPT) offers, effectively charging without cables, related to improved customer acceptance of the charging and automatic charging of autonomous electric vehicles. In order to establish a worldwide standard, to ensure a smooth implementation of the WPT to 11kW related to safety, performance, interoperability vehicle alignment SAE published the J2954 standard. The standard establishes a specification for the vehicle & infrastructure EVSE coils, EMC/EMF limits and a common methodology for validation and testing WPT. An overview of the newly published Standard, SAE J2954 will be given including some background for the testing with automaker and supplier systems to validate. In addition, plans for the next phase of standardization for both light and heavy-duty electric vehicles will be given.

Speaker's Bio: For over 20 years, Mr. Schneider has worked in both the US and Germany managing zero emission vehicles, including developing electric- and fuel cell vehicles and their associated infrastructure. Jesse Schneider has led several firsts related to electric and fuel cell vehicles. At BMW AG in Munich Germany, he managed the BMW 530e Plug-In Hybrid Wireless Charging Specification. Mr. Schneider also led development with hydrogen fueling fuel cell vehicles at Daimler, BMW as well as Nikola Motor, where he is presently the EVP of Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Vehicle Technologies. Mr. Schneider established the SAE Wireless Power Transfer Standardization for Electric Vehicles since 2007 which was recently published as the first worldwide standard for wireless charging of electric vehicles.


Michael Masquelier


Abstract: TBD

Speaker's Bio: Michael is the CEO of WAVE, where his team developed a Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) solution scalable to a MegaWatt that delivers hands-free, vehicle and grid integrated wireless power to Electric Vehicles that is compatible with Autonomous Vehicles. He is a serial entrepreneur and new product evangelist with expertise in power electronics, microelectronics, wireless power transfer, Internet of Things, and wireless communications. He is the co-chair of the SAE J2954 Heavy Duty standards committee on wireless charging of electric vehicles.