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|David McNamara, MTS LLC|
Prior to his retirement from the Ford Motor Company in February 2006, Dave McNamara was the manager of Advanced Infotainment Systems, part of Fordís Research and Innovation Center located in Dearborn, Michigan. His charter at Ford Research was to develop new infotainment features and functions that provide superior customer value and enhance brand differentiation. With extensive product development experience, Dave is highly knowledgeable in the areas of electrical/electronic architecture, vehicle networks, wireless networks and consumer device connectivity.
In 2006, Dave launched his consulting business, McNamara Technology Solutions, and works with several clients in the area of active safety (mmWave radar based systems), automotive electrical/electronics architecture and automotive wireless technology. He is active in the Society of Automotive Engineers, IEEE, and is an invited speaker to several conferences which include the Telematics Update Events, MEMS Conferences, and the annual Consumer Electronics Show. Dave is currently the Vehicle Infrastructure Initiative Consortium (VIIC) applications project manager, responsible for developing new wireless features for demonstration on Detroit highways for the spring of 2008.
Dave received his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering form the University of Michigan in 1973 and his Masters Degree in solid-state physics from the University of Florida in 1975. He holds six patents in the areas of prognostics, navigation and security systems.
Craig is currently a Senior Researcher in Ford Motor Company's Research and Advanced Engineering Center. He has more than 30 years experience in the automotive industry and has worked in a variety of technology areas. His early days at Ford were primarily focused on building and testing prototype vehicles for powertrian development. From there he moved into roles focusing on electronics and vehicle networking systems. The next ten years were primarily focused on chassis control and safety technologies, like traction control and vehicle stability control (areas in which he holds five patents). The last ten years have been centered on infotainment related technologies, Human Machine Interface (HMI) design and modeling, and feature development.
Craig has authored and coauthored a number of documents inside and outside Ford in a variety of areas. He also has been active in representing Ford in technology conferences and exhibitions including Convergence (2000 though 2004), Digital Car, Java One, and SAE World Congress. His accomplishments have been recognized over the years with a number of awards, including the Henry Ford Technology Award, the highest technical award given by Ford Motor Company.