Episode 4: June 24, 2021

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EPISODE 4: THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 2021 | Live Stream 11am ET

Automotive Inspire

Interviews are streamed live on LinkedIn, across Informa Tech Automotive Group’s media sites, and on this webpage. Be there for the live airing at 11am ET, join us for the re-stream at 2pm ET, or watch OnDemand at a time that works for you.

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Mei Cai, GM Technical Fellow and Lab Group Manager, General Motors

Dr. Mei Cai is a GM Technical Fellow and the manager of the Energy Storage Materials Group. She is responsible for technology innovations in advanced energy storage materials for future electric vehicles. Mei has far-reaching R&D experience including extensive knowledge in novel materials processing.  She has managed multi-million-dollar R&D projects in the development of low-cost and durable vehicular energy storage materials and systems. Mei was recognized as the 2018 Asian American Engineer of the Year for her contributions in fundamental research and technology development and was the recipient of the Kettering Award.

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Joann Jung, Design Director, Interior Design, Lucid Motors

Joann Jung is a creative design professional with 17 years of automotive experience who leads interior design at Lucid Motors. As the Creative Director of Interior Design at Lucid Motors, she oversees development of vehicle interiors from concept strategy to volume production, with the overarching goal of designing the ultimate in-vehicle experiences for all occupants by creating a unique interior space concept.

Richard Vaughan, Director, Crafted Quality, Rivian

Richard Vaughan is Director, Crafted Quality, at Rivian, where he leads the teams responsible for Perceived Quality, Design Quality, and Craftsmanship execution for all Rivian vehicles and Adventure Products. This includes competitive benchmarking, fit & finish target setting and engineering alignment, Design Quality reviews and approvals for surface quality, texture, color, and gloss – exterior and interior, and daily in-plant Crafted Quality audits to ensure vehicles and products meet customer expectations.

Melissa Cefkin, Senior Staff Researcher, Waymo

Melissa Cefkin is a Senior Staff Researcher at Waymo, an autonomous driving technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to get where they’re going. 

In her role, Melissa is responsible for research to inform a wide range of topics related to the social and user impacts of autonomous driving technology. 

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Drew Winter, Senior Analyst, Wards Intelligence


Drew Winter, Senior Analyst and Community Manager, Informa Tech Automotive Group

Senior Analyst and Community Manager at Informa Tech Automotive Group. As an analyst, I follow cockpit of the future and related topics. As a community manager, I create new relationships and content related to specific technical issues and topics for ITAG events. My latest project is our Automotive Inspire series of interviews with interesting and inspirational people working in the automotive and mobility industries. I also am a judge for the Wards 10 Best Propulsion Systems, Wards 10 Best Interiors and Wards 10 Best UX each year in addition to being a long-time juror for the North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year awards. 

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