Automotive Aluminum Advisors LLC

710 N Mill Street

Plymouth, MI, 48170

Phone: 248-736-5649

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Aluminum Body Sheet Course

Course Instructors & Guest Speakers

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Abey leads DuckerFrontier’s automotive and materials practice. He directs multiple client engagements in technology trend assessment, competitive analysis, voice of customer, market size and segmentation, and data modeling. Abey has almost 15 years of experience in the automotive materials space, understanding key drivers and strategic elements of lightweighting, materials substitution, and joining. His expertise lies in aluminum—in sheet/FRP, castings, extrusions, forgings, and steel—sheet products from mild carbon steel through UHSS (ultra-high-strength steel) grades such as Gen3 steels, magnesium castings, and carbon and glass composites. Prior to joining DuckerFrontier, he held positions with US Airways Corporation and CDW Corporation in account management, strategy, and business and product development. Abey is currently on the board of the Society of Automotive Analysts and on the editorial advisory board for Lightweighting World Magazine. He is also an active member of the Society of Automotive Engineers. Abey holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Michigan State University. 

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Abey Abraham (Guest Speaker)

Managing Director, Automotive & Transportation

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Mr. Beavers began his career in the aluminum industry more than 15 years ago in Government Affairs in Alcoa's Defense business located at the Alcoa Technical Center.  There he held responsibility for trade and with the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense and defense primes to secure government funding and launch advanced lightweight research and development programs.  He then moved into Alcoa's automotive business where he led several aluminum body sheet accounts with U.S., German and Asian OEMs. Beavers later joined Aleris where he advanced to lead and manage North American automotive sales by overseeing several top OEM customers. While at Aleris, he had a central role in helping develop the direction and strategy of the North American automotive business in terms of production capability, product development and qualification, downstream supply chain, commercial strategy, and winning and launching new programs. He participates in several automotive research and supplier trade organizations.

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Nate Beavers 

President & Founder

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With more than 50 patents and publications, Dr. Bryant is one of the world's foremost experts on automa highly regarded metallurgist in the aluminum industry.  He is well-known for his contributions to fundamental and applied research and the development of new aluminum alloys and processing technologies, particularly for automotive alloys. Previously, Bryant was a Technical Fellow, division manager and lead metallurgist at the Alcoa Technical Center where he was responsible for product development, including improving the quality, performance and consistency of automotive sheet products. He led multiple problem-solving teams to address customer challenges related to automotive sheet products. Bryant also led the development and introduction of new automotive foundry alloys, billet alloys for automotive extrusions, and products for electrical conductors. In 2015, he was recognized with an Alcoa Impact Award for his contributions to, and acknowledging the successful launch of, the aluminum intensive Ford F-150. Prior to Alcoa, Bryant was the Advanced Technology manager at the Reynolds Metals Company, where has was responsible for the development of high-formability automotive alloys, metal matrix composites, continuous cast alloys and other advanced materials. Prior to Reynolds, he worked at Allied-Signal and Martin Marietta on aerospace, titanium, and titanium aluminide alloys. Bryant is named as an inventor on a significant number of metallurgical patents including many automotive alloy patents. He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in materials science from the University of Virginia. 

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Dr. J. Daniel Bryant  

Alloys & Advanced Materials 


Dr. Jarvis is a leading expert in metals manufacturing processes and a lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University. Over the past 30 years, he has been engaged in research, development and industrialization of manufacturing and assembly processes with global OEMs. Previously, Jarvis was the senior manufacturing process engineer at the Alcoa Technical Center where he led troubleshooting and problem-solving teams with Alcoa’s many worldwide customers. He has extensive experience supporting and training automotive and transportation customers in stamping processes, including formability evaluation. He also served as prototype build manager, where he coordinated the build of five prototype vehicle chassis including component acquisition, fixture design and construction, and assembly. He also was coordinator of manufacturing improvement efforts in support of the commercialization of a revolutionary aluminum smelting technology. Prior to Alcoa, Jarvis was a staff engineer at GM, where he designed and validated vehicle signal and power distribution systems and components. Jarvis holds a Ph.D. and M.Eng. in metallurgical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Dr. Glenn Jarvis  

Metals Manufacturing & Stamping

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Mr. Stol has more than 35 years of experience as a welding and assembly engineer in applied R&D and the industrialization of advanced joining processes into production.  He has been a major innovator, problem solver and driving force in the advancement of various fusion and solid-state joining technologies. He is an American Welding Society Fellow and the recipient of three national welding awards. Stol worked at Alcoa for nearly 30 years where he held the positions of senior welding engineer, technology transfer manager, and leader of welding technology and assembly. He has worked with companies in aerospace, automotive, defense, marine, nuclear, oil & gas, power-generation and transportation, and has experience with non-ferrous and ferrous materials. Stol has extensive experience working with U.S. and European automotive OEMs to develop weld specifications and qualification acceptance tests to qualify manual and robotic welding procedures for joining assemblies, develop joint designs, implement joining processes into production, lead or assist with vendor selections for robotic welding systems, surface treating and deburring lines, and oversee the set up and qualification of these systems in assembly facilities. He is the primary co-inventor of the Laser Stir Welding (LSW) process, which is being used in production for automotive structures. Prior to Alcoa, Stol worked at the Westinghouse R&D center for seven years. He has authored and co-authored 45 U.S. and international patents. Stol holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Welding Engineering from the Ohio State University.

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Israel Stol 

Welding Innovator & Assemblies 

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Mr. Strugala has more than 30 years of experience in aluminum and steel automotive body sheet solutions. 

Most recently, he served as lead application engineer on the Ford account at Arconic, formerly Alcoa, overseeing the launch of the all-aluminum F-150 as part of his focus on assisting automakers with launching aluminum intensive vehicles. In addition to Arconic/Alcoa, Mr. Strugala's extensive automotive experience spans General Motors and National Steel. His prior roles include application engineering, field service, sheet metal forming and formability analysis, failure analysis, 8-D analysis and mechanical testing labs.

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Don Strugala 

Applications & Field Engineering 

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Abhay (Abe) Vadhavkar specializes in manufacturing engineering, operational efficiency, and program management. He recently retired as the Director of Materials & Manufacturing Technology (MMT) at the Center for Automotive Research (CAR). He has over 40 years of experience in automotive product engineering, manufacturing engineering, systems, and processes. Abe led the MMT group, whose research explores evolving technologies and manufacturing engineering systems, primarily in the automotive industry. Topics include tooling development, metallic and non-metallic material joining for lightweighting, new manufacturing technologies such as additive manufacturing, and product development. Prior to CAR, Abe worked at Ford in many progressive roles, including Supplier Technical Assistance (STA) where he worked with Tier 1 and Tier 2 stampers, casters, metals, instrument panels, fasteners, lubricants, and others. He was responsible for ensuring that over 280 key suppliers in the US, Canada, and Mexico, had robust and capable manufacturing systems necessary to maintain pace with Ford’s program launch and steady-state production plans. Abe held multiple positions within Ford ranging from Materials Lab Manager, Chief Engineer for Body Exterior, and Senior Launch Manager for Stamping Engineering. Prior to Ford, he also held positions at FCA and General Motors Corporation. Abe received a Master of Business Administration at Michigan State University, Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan, Master of Science in Automotive Engineering at Chrysler Institute and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Oklahoma State University.

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Abe Vadhavkar (Keynote Speaker) 

Materials & Manufacturing Engineering Leader