2018 IEEE SEM Spring Section Conference - Government Regulation and Engineering/Industry


IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section

Keynote Speaker:  Rodney Cole, Director, State Governmental Affairs, DTE Energy

Keynote Speech:  State Government Energy Policy and Advocacy: Industry Perspective

Venue: Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois, Troy, MI 48083





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  • Troy Community Center
  • 3179 Livernois
  • Troy, Michigan
  • United States 48083
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  • Conference Chair: Irina Sullivan isullivan@ieee.org

    Conference Co-Chair: Amanda Mohan

    Conference Co-Chair: Bob Adams

    Scott Lytle Event Registrar 734-983-6012


  • Co-sponsored by Amanda Mohan
  • Admission fee applies ?
  • Starts 05 February 2018 08:20 AM
  • Ends 05 May 2018 08:20 PM
  • All times are US/Eastern
  • Menu: Regular, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, None


Rodney Cole
Rodney Cole of DTE Energy


State Government Energy Policy and Advocacy: Industry Perspective


Rodney Cole is a Director of State Government Affairs at DTE Energy and is leading the company's policy and advocacy efforts in Lansing, Mich. In his role, Cole leads DTE's Lansing office and continues strengthening relationships with Michigan's public sector leaders to create and implement policy that benefits DTE's customers throughout the state. Cole previously led DTE's Wayne County Regional Relations team, where he served as the primary contact between DTE and local municipalities – including the City of Detroit  ̶  and community partners.

Cole received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Michigan State University, and soon after served as an HR consultant with Capital H Group, providing client-focused recruiting services. Cole joined DTE Energy in 2006 working in Human Resources and supported the company's gas utility and non-regulated gas businesses, electric distribution operations and its Corporate Services and Information Technology areas.  

Cole serves on the boards of City Connect Detroit, Don Bosco Hall, Black Caucus Foundation of Michigan, Booker T. Washington Business Association, Teen Hype and the Wayne State University Press Board of Visitors.

Jennifer Dukarski
Jennifer Dukarski of Butzel Long


Regulations for Preserving Privacy in Biometrics


Jennifer Ann Dukarski is a Shareholder based in Butzel Long's Ann Arbor office, practicing in the areas of intellectual property, media and technology. She focuses her practice at the intersection of emerging technology and communications with an emphasis on the legal issues arising from emerging and disruptive innovation: connected and autonomous vehicles, product safety, the internet of things, privacy and cybersecurity.  Accompanied by her practical industry experience in high-level management and engineering positions, she leads clients in securing, protecting and applying their technology through transactions and litigation. 

In her practice, she has negotiated contracts for autonomous vehicle components, reviewed contracts involving wireless updates to in-vehicle technology, assisted companies in achieving successful Petitions for Inconsequential Noncompliance with NHTSA and has addressed multiple vehicle component recalls. Dukarski has become a national leader in legal issues facing emerging automotive technology and is the leader of Butzel Long’s connected car working group.  She also has spearheaded the reporting efforts for two national data breaches and focuses on the threat vectors facing automotive component design.

She has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers, a Best Lawyer in America by Woodward/White and a Top Lawyer by "dBusiness."  She is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and has worked with PAR1912, developing standards for the Internet of Things.


Registration Fee Schedule:  

Early Online Registration ends April 20

Late Online Registration ends May 3 (deadline for meal orders)

Day-Of / In-Person Registration Available - Credit Cards Only  (No Cash or Checks).


Conference Attendee Fees:                          Early / Late

Students/Retired/Unemployed (Members).........$25 / $35

IEEE, SWE, and ESD Members ........................$45 / $60

Non Members ...............................................$60 / $80

Student Table Sponsor (8 students)..................$250

Silver Sponsorship Registration*.......................$500

Gold Sponsorship Registration*.........................$1000

Platinum Sponsorship Registration*...................$2000

Diamond Sponsorship Registration*...................$3000





9:30AM - 10:00AM

Registration / Breakfast / Networking / Posters


Welcome & Opening Remarks: Irina Sullivan (Conference Chair)


Speaker #1: Erik Cipparone, ZF Group

Governmental Regulation in Cybersecurity Space


Speaker #2: Jennifer Dukarski, Shareholder, Intellectual Property, Media and Technology, Butzel Long

Regulations for Preserving Privacy in Biometrics

11:00AM- 11:30AM

Speaker #3: Henrique Martins, Manager, Office of Technical and Regulatory Affairs, Mahindra Automotive NA

An Overview of the Global Automotive Regulatory Framework and Certification Processes


Speaker #4: Bob Neff, Sales and Marketing Insight, Strategic Consulting, Analysis and Planning

Vehicle Communications to Facilitate Autonomous Vehicles

12:00PM- 1:00PM


12:30PM- 1:00PM


1:00PM - 2:00PM

Conference Keynote: Rodney Cole, Director, State Governmental Affairs, DTE Energy

State Government Energy Policy and Advocacy: Industry Perspective


Closing Remarks: Irina Sullivan (Conference Chair)



IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section