Kevin R. Konecky

Kevin R. Konecky

Mr. Konecky’s 18 years of engineering experience includes 15 years in the xEV industry, working on xEV packs of GM Allison, GM Tahoe, Cobasys - GM Saturn Vue, Enerdel –Volvo EV, Fisker PHEV among others. Mr. Konecky  is known for his excellence as a team leader and engineering manager in energy storage systems and advanced technology vehicles (HEV, PHEV, EV and EREV) .  He is skilled at new  product design and development, product testing, integration of multiple sub-systems for vehicles, new product launches,  and has expanded his skillset beyond batteries into power electronics.

His expertise can add value to any business endeavor that includes:

  • Product development process creation or review of existing process
  • Specification review and/or development
  • Test process development
  • Cost evaluation of subsystem piece-cost and non-recurring engineering
  • Systems team building; including structure, team training, etc.
  • Manufacturing process review
  • Product review (technical, cost & timing) prior to customer review
  • High-voltage safety specifications
  • Applications and integration support
  • Technical sales support

Mr. Konecky’s  18 years of engineering experience includes 15 years in the xEV industry, working on:
GM Allison - HEV battery packs
GM Tahoe - HEV battery packs
Cobasys  - GM Saturn Vue HEV packs
Enerdel -Volvo EV packs
Fisker - PHEV packs

Contact:
Kevin R. Konecky
57 Hillrise
Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679

(949) 466-0756

Qualifications

Highly skilled and engaged engineering manager with a history of challenging leadership roles in the area of energy storage systems (ESS), advanced technology vehicles (HEV, PHEV, EV, EREV) and electronics development. Experienced at developing robust product development plans for new products.
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Experience overview:
I have worked for five companies during my career; and each has taught me an important aspect that has shaped my view of engineering development. At Lockheed Martin, I learned the importance of a thorough design effort and detailed test-plan. At GM, I learned about bringing a design into high-volume production; how to work with suppliers and how to integrate multiple sub-systems into a vehicle. At Cobasys & EnerDel, I learned about what it takes for a supplier to implement a design and launch a production product along with how to build and manage a team of talented engineers. At Fisker, I expanded my skillset beyond batteries into power electronics and learned how to manage a variety of components with a team of diverse skills.

Fisker Automotive - Anaheim, CA
Mar 2010 - Apr 2013

Engineering Manager – Energy Storage and Power Conversion

Manage an energetic team that is responsible for component design, development, test & validation as well as vehicle-integration for energy storage systems (battery packs), inverters, battery charger, DC-DC converter & solar cell array.
  • Developed an Engineering Product Development Process from scratch for our engineers and suppliers to follow.
    • This process was adapted to each component in our group and included in the sourcing package for each supplier to properly quote the project and assess the scope of the development and test effort.
  • Built my engineering team from 2 to 21 people in < 1 year. I hired many people into my group who had less than 3 years of professional experience as well as others without automotive experience. I developed a process for my team to quickly bring these younger engineers to a knowledgeable position where they contributed greatly to the organization.
  • Initiated an inverter program that was challenged with bringing the product from program kick-off to low-volume production in less than a year. The inverter also achieved one of the highest levels of quality for all of the new-design & new-technology components.
  • Created high-voltage safety standards for corporation.
  • Created high-voltage subsystem to vehicle integration test-plan.

EnerDel - Indianapolis, IN
Mar 2009 - Mar 2010

Applications/Systems Engineering Manager

Responsible for building an applications/systems group to be responsible for a customer's requirements and working cross-functionally within EnerDel to develop a solution.
  • Manage the applications/systems group.
  • Developed an internal Engineering Product Development Process from scratch.
  • Developed a company-wide test-plan for the cell and systems groups to be able to meet the customers' expectations and prove valid product life and optimal usage.

General Motors
GM Powertrain - Indianapolis, IN
Jan 2008 - Mar 2009

Energy Storage Systems Development Engineer

Responsible for re-scoping the GM Powertrain battery lab in Indianapolis from a heavy-duty focus to a new focus supporting the in-use application of ESS in passenger-car applications.
  • Manage the lab efforts and battery team.
  • Develop test matrix to support powertrain controls development.
  • Develop overall lab responsibilities.
  • Develop test structure, reporting methodology and key tracking metrics that are critical to passenger-car applications.

General Motors
GM Vehicle Engineering Center - Milford, MI
2006 - Jan 2008

Energy Storage Systems Integration Engineer

Responsible for integrating energy-storage systems (ESS) into the vehicle environment for GM’s 2-mode strong hybrid programs.
  • Develop responsibilities for new and previously undefined role in hybrid integration group.
  • Lead a cross-function group in integrating the ESS and addressing issues. (cross-functional group includes members from battery test lab, vehicle controls, NVH, thermal, ESS-design, fuel-economy/emissions and vehicle program team leadership)
  • Determine proper usage conditions that meet vehicle team's design objectives as well as insuring product life.
  • Develop test-plan and perform on-vehicle testing on roads and dynamometers.

Cobasys, LLC - Orion, MI
Cobasys was formerly a developer and manufacturer of battery systems for Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV).
2005 - 2006

Manager – Transportation Systems Team - (2005 - Nov 2006)

Responsible for managing the transportation system team
  • Led a group of 30+ team members; including Program Managers, Systems Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, CAD designers and technicians – established individual’s yearly objectives and assigned day-to-day assignments.
  • Managed a range of programs including OEM HEV production programs, medium & heavy-duty HEV programs and early prototype development programs.
  • Worked with cross-functional teams integrating members from test lab, quality, manufacturing, module design, control systems design and quality.
  • Established group’s goals & objectives for design, development, testing and validation.
Manager – Technical Sales - (Feb 2005 - 2005)
Responsible for working with sales team to develop solutions for potential customers.
  • Worked with sales managers and potential customers on potential business opportunities.
  • Responsible for communicating the customer’s requirements to the engineering team and developed an applicable solution.

General Motors
GM Vehicle Engineering Center - Warren, MI
2003 – 2005

Design Release Engineer – Energy Storage Systems - AHS2 Strong Hybrid Systems

Responsible for developing and bringing to production an Energy Storage System (ESS) for GM’s AHS2 Strong Hybrid Program.
  • Led initial ESS design prior to program initiation; working with multiple groups, to identify a complete set of requirements. Requirements spanned multiple disciplines; such as vehicle power and energy needs, customer-practical packaging, thermal, electronics, software, life and warranty, environmental requirements and durability.
  • Led ESS design from concept initiation into the production program phase. Coordinated ESS design with multiple groups in 2 organizations to ensure successful design.

General Motors
GM Powertrain - Allison Electric Drives - Indianapolis, IN
2000 – 2003

Design Release Engineer - Hybrid Electric Vehicle Programs - (2001 - 2003)

Responsible for the design and development of a production energy storage system. Worked with a Japanese company through the design process – developed and implemented new methods of communication between GM and the Japanese company. This successful program produced vehicle-ready hardware (Design Validation system) in less than 6 months from start of contract and a fully validated system in 16 months.
  • Initiated division’s change in technology choice.
  • Led engineering team to develop complete specification (involved cross-functional engineering team from software, mechanical, electrical and service).
  • Worked with engineering team as well as interfaced with multiple internal groups (quality, purchasing, business, sales, applications) during product development to ensure successful product.
Battery Research & Development - Hybrid Electric Vehicle Programs - (2000 - 2003)
Developed a research lab and testing philosophy/direction for energy storage research and development. Started with 4 inactive test-channels in 2000, grew lab and activities to a total of 16 test-channels running 9 long-term life-cycle tests and multiple shorter experiments.
  • Initiated test program to identify key driving parameters to achieve desired life.
  • Developed testing philosophy to include meeting the program’s short-term needs as well as investigative testing to look at future solutions.
  • Designed new monitoring electronics.
  • Developed custom test-scripts.
  • Tested multiple technologies and manufacturers.

Lockheed Martin Control Systems - Binghamton, NY
1995 - 2000

Battery Research & Development - Hybrid Electric Vehicle Programs - (1997 - 2000)

Managed the research effort to study batteries in a Hybrid-Electric Vehicle (HEV).
  • Developed and ran tests to evaluate battery parameters that were critical to program success.
  • Developed tasks, schedules, and budgets for the research effort and monitored these tasks to see that they were accomplished within the budget given.
  • Identified future direction for the research program in order to maintain technical advantage over competitors.
Circuit Designer - Hybrid Electric Vehicle Programs - (1996 - 1997)
Analog & power circuit designer in the HEV program.
  • Designed electronics for the core computer on an HEV system.
  • Designed electronics for the battery management system in an HEV system.
  • Developed initial test procedure for 1st iteration of the original electronics (thorough evaluation).
  • Performed stress and tolerance analysis of the circuitry.
  • Developed test procedures for technicians to test future production cycles.
Systems Engineer – Aircraft Controls - (1995 - 1996)
Performed systems engineering functions for two aircraft control systems.
  • Worked on a team that wrote a failure analysis memo for an aircraft control system.
  • Wrote software specifications for a subcontractor and tested subcontractors software after delivery.
  • Designed ‘motherboard’ circuit card for an aircraft control system.
  • Developed solutions to customer’s requests for improvements in current aircraft system.
Engineering Leadership Development Program - (1995 - 1997)
Hired into the Lockheed Martin Engineering Leadership Development Program (formerly General Electric’s Edison Program). This program trained the participants in both their technical skills as well as necessary ‘soft-skills’ needed to be successful leaders. Technically, participants changed job/program responsibilities 3 times in a 2-year period for a more well rounded technical background. Also, participants attended 3 week-long seminars that focused on management skills (negotiating, team-building, diversity, etc.)
M.S., Electrical Engineering
Purdue University (IUPUI), Indianapolis, IN
GPA 3.33/4.0       Graduation: 5/04

B.S., Electrical Engineering
Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY
GPA 3.79/4.0       Graduation: 5/95

  • “Energy Storage Design for Heavy-Duty Applications” - 2nd International Advanced Automotive Battery Conference - Feb 5, '02
  • “Energy Storage System Design for Heavy-Duty Applications” - SAE TOPTEC Conference - June 27, '02
  • “Energy-Storage Design For Heavy-Duty Vehicles” - GM Powertrain - 14th Annual Transmission Technology Symposium - Oct 8-11, '02
  • “Energy-Storage System Design” - 4th International Advanced Automotive Battery Conference - June ‘04
  • “Cobasys NIMH Energy-Storage Systems for Passenger, Commercial & Military Vehicles” - 6th International Advanced Automotive Battery Conference - May ‘06
  • “ESS Integration and Field Experience in Passenger-Car and Heavy-Duty Applications” - 8th International Advanced Automotive Battery Conference- May ‘08
  • “Design and Development of EnerDel Energy Storage Systems” - 9th International Advanced Automotive Battery Conference -May ‘09
  • “Energy Storage System Design for Performance Extended Range Electric Vehicles” - 12th International Advanced Automotive Battery Conference - Feb ‘12
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Project)
  • MathCAD
  • MATLAB/Simulink
  • LabView
  • C/C++