Maisa Oliveira is the interim President of IAV Automotive Engineering Inc. She is responsible for the leadership of IAV Inc. Prior to her appointment to interim president she was working in the role of VP of Finance and oversaw all elements of finance, including accounting, treasury, budget, insurance, tax, conrolling, business planning, forecasting, validation of customer quotes. Contributing to the development of strategic goals and objectives as well as the overall management of the organization.
She has been with IAV Inc. since March 2011. During her time at IAV Inc., she was initially entrusted with the position of Director of Finance and due to her strong performance has been promomted to Vice President, Finance in June 2013. Prior to joining IAV in 2011, she worked for 18 years at Valeo in various positions both in the U.S. and Brazil. In her most recent position as site controller, she managed profitability of projects, make or buy analysis, budgets, among other responsibilities. Before joining Valeo, she worked as a financial analyst for Kadron S/A invoicing and filing tax compliance documents, handling benefits and purchasing. Oliveira was an assistant vice president at Nog Participações, where she worked on strategic planning.
Oliveira earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with a specialization in finance from Unicentro Newton Paiva and a Master in Business Administration with a concentration in finance and management controlling from Fundação Getúlio Vargas.
Director of Commercial Vehicle and Government Programs
Bob Dolan is the director of Commercial Vehicle and Government Programs at IAV Automotive Engineering, Inc. He is responsible for business and powertrain development, in addition to integration work for commercial, heavy duty and government sector programs.
Prior to joining IAV in 2011, Dolan was a senior manager of product engineering and design at MTU Detroit Diesel, Inc. where he established a product design organization and led development programs in the Detroit facilities. His work at MTU Detroit Diesel included a 13-month special assignment leading a performance and emissions team. He also worked as a design section leader at Ricardo, Inc., leading the design and development of a diesel engine program, and was a technical expert in military equipment, diesel engine power pack reliability issues and heavy duty diesel engines. For the first 12 years of his career, Dolan worked at Detroit Diesel Corporation (DDC), starting as a project engineer and advancing to staff engineer. While at DDC, he worked for six years in Germany, at MTU Friedrichshafen, on new product development programs, and followed this with application engineering roles in the U.S., supporting mining, gen set, marine and government sectors.
Dolan is a member of SAE International and volunteers on the planning committees for SAE Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress and the Ground Vehicle Systems Engineering and Technology Symposium.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in automotive and heavy equipment management from Ferris State University.
Chi Binh La
Business Unit Director, Powertrain Controls and Calibration
Chi Binh La is the business unit director of Powertrain Controls and Calibration at IAV Automotive Engineering, Inc. He is responsible for strategic vision and overall growth of the business unit, expansion of technical offerings and personnel development.
Prior to joining IAV in 2012, La worked at Ricardo, Inc. for 13 years, starting as a senior project engineer and advancing through director of Powertrain Development and Calibration. At Ricardo he was responsible for a variety of tasks including; developing business and proposals, leading and growing a global team, project management and developing advanced technology for powertrain solutions. La also worked as a senior project engineer through to NVH manager at Standard Products in Mitchell, Ontario, Canada where he managed the NVH department with responsibility for delivering noise and vibration solutions through the application of advanced simulation and experimental techniques.
He is a member of SAE International.
La earned a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada and a Master of Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison. He remains active in the area of academia and is an instructor with the UW Engine Research Center.
Business Unit Director, Hybrid & Electrification
Jason McConnell is the business unit director of Hybrid & Electrification at IAV Automotive Engineering, Inc. He is responsible for business development, staff management and project execution for electrification, hybrid and battery management projects involving electric machines, energy storage, energy management and operating strategy development. McConnell also oversees the engineering support staff who help implement technical strategy development focused on powertrain and vehicle electrification and, in addition, he helps manage OEM and supplier relationships in these areas, ensuring they have comprehensive, strong strategies.
McConnell brings more than 20 years of experience in powertrain engineering and management and is integral in the company’s approach of creating advanced technologies and innovations for the entire vehicle. Prior to becoming business unit director in 2013, McConnell was a technical director for Transmission, Hybrid & Electrification for two years, competency manager for Powertrain Controls for five years and algorithm development engineer for four years at IAV. During his tenure at IAV, McConnell led the development of vehicle electrification with a specialty in the development of advanced algorithms for energy management and hybrid operating strategies utilized on several hybrid and electric vehicles. Before joining IAV, he worked as a chief engineer at AVL, leading the development of lithium-ion energy storage systems. McConnell started his career at Eaton Corporation, where he worked as a senior control system engineer developing mechatronic systems for advanced engine, transmission and advanced driveline systems.
He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
McConnell earned his Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering at the GMI Engineering and Management Institute. He earned a Master of Science in electrical engineering, with a specialization in control systems, from Michigan State University.
Business Unit Director, Diesel Systems
Thaddaeus Delebinski is the business unit director of Diesel Systems at IAV Automotive Engineering, Inc. He is responsible for all diesel engine developments at IAV from light-duty passenger cars to large, heavy-duty engines, within North America. Delebinski also specializes in testing and validation; on-board diagnostics; and model-based development approaches.
Prior to this role, Delebinski was the head of department for Commercial Vehicles Powertrain Concepts at IAV, where he was responsible for powertrain, engine and emissions concepts for commercial vehicle applications. Prior to being promoted to head of department, he held other positions in the company, including team manager of thermodynamics testing for Commercial Vehicles Powertrain Concepts and technical consultant for Commercial Vehicles Airpath. Delebinski began his career at IAV in 2006.
Delebinski earned a master’s degree in combustion engines and development methodology from the Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany. Additionally, he earned a doctorate degree with a thesis based on diesel injection rate shaping.
Business Development Director, Passenger Vehicles
Kody Klindt is business development director for passenger vehicles at IAV Automotive Engineering, Inc. He is responsible for developing sales and business growth aspects of current and potential customers in the passenger vehicle field in North America.
Klindt has been with IAV since 2007. Before becoming project development director in 2012, he served as business unit director, team manager and chief engineer of Gasoline and Alternative Fuels System at IAV, leading a team of engineers working to develop hardware, software and calibration solutions for a gasoline engine. Before joining IAV, Klindt was a both a senior automotive calibration engineer and, most recently, an automotive calibration engineer supervisor at Mahle Powertrain, where he had overall responsibility for all aspects of vehicle calibration program and developed new controls features, managed budget and personnel issues, maintained technical business relations, built the calibration team and directed and coordinated calibration development personnel.
He is on the Technical Committee of SAE International and the VP of Membership for the PMI Michigan Huron Valley Chapter.
Klindt earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Kettering University and earned his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in 2013.