J. BRUCE EMMONS:
President of Autokinetics Inc. in Rochester Hills. Emmons founded Autokinetics in 1986 as a source for creative solutions to automotive engineering problems. An active inventor, Emmons holds several patents in the automotive and marine fields. Autokinetics is currently developing an electric bus that will reduce fuel costs by 300 percent compared to a conventional bus, in a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy Office of FreedomCar and Vehicle Technologies, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, AK Steel, UQM, D&N Bending, AristoCast and IBIS Associates. Previously, he had an independent consulting business, which he started in 1978. Emmons started his career in the aerospace industry with Technology Inc., a contractor to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and has held various other positions with SDRC, a consulting company near Cincinnati; as the engineer in charge of fuel systems and hydrodynamics at OMC Stern Drive in Waukegan, Ill.; and as an independent design engineering consultant contributing to the Corvette and Fiero programs, as well as managing numerous advanced concept investigations. His memberships include ASM International, Society of Automotive Engineers, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the Experimental Aircraft Association and the Nature Conservancy. He received his bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Cincinnati.