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Larry Johnson

Donald G. Hillebrand

Director, Center for Transportation Research
Argonne National Laboratory
phone: 630/252-6502; fax: 630/252-3443


Argonne National Laboratory (2004 - Present)

  • Director, Center for Transportation Research: Don Hillebrand is the director of the Center for Transportation Research at Argonne National Laboratory. He leads Argonne National Lab’s Transportation activities including Vehicle Systems and Hybrid Vehicle Development, Engine and Emissions Research, Material Research, Tribology, Thermal, and Life Cycle and Economic Analysis.
  • Section Manager, Transportation Technologies: Dr. Hillebrand leads the Vehicle Systems Section of Argonne National Lab’s Center for Transportation Research. He leads the three groups that are responsible for advanced vehicle
    testing and evaluation, modeling and systems analysis, and hardware-in-the-loop development of hydrogen technologies.

DaimlerChrysler Forschung and Technologie, Stuttgart Germany (2000-2004)

  • Manager of Research Policy : Dr. Hillebrand was responsible for DaimlerChrysler’s research and technology liaison with the
    European Commission in Brussels, and interacting with European research organizations and business groups including EIRMA (European Industrial Research Management Association), EURAB (European Research Advisory Board), UNICE (The Union of Industrial and Employers’ Confederations of Europe), and BDI (Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie).

DaimlerChrysler Washington Affairs (1998-2000)

  • Manager of Technical and Regulatory Affairs: Dr. Hillebrand was DaimlerChrysler’s expert for advanced vehicle technology in the Washington Office. He was responsible for interfacing with various research and regulatory groups, setting research strategy in critical areas, and coordinating research efforts with Federal Agencies, automotive companies and related industry groups. He served on the board of directors of the Fuel Cell Alliance, and the Electric Vehicle Association.

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Technology Division - Transportation (1996-1998)

  • Senior Policy Advisor: Dr. Hillebrand represented the White House in various PNGV and transportation activities. He was a member of the PNGV Operational Steering Group, and he acted as a primary contact and liaison to the DOE. He was the secretary of the White House Automotive Strategy and Policy Committee, and chaired several supervisory boards that oversaw the research spending of agencies including the Department of Transportation, NASA, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy and the Department of Commerce.

U.S. Department of Commerce (1995-1996)

  • Technology Fellow: Dr. Hillebrand was selected for a one-year period as an SAE Fellow through the AAAS Washington Fellow Program. He was responsible for various duties pertaining to the direction and coordination of the PNGV program. Dr. Hillebrand oversaw the publication and dissemination of several PNGV reports, assisted the TA in the publishing of assessments of the auto industry and the steel industry, planned and executed the Vice Presidential symposiums and the Vice Presidentís PNGV medal. When assigned to the DOE, Dr. Hillebrand worked to help formulate the DOE transportation strategic plan. He was temporarily assigned to NASA, DARPA and the DOE during his year with Commerce.

Minivan Platform Vehicle Development (1990-1995)

  • Senior Engineer: Dr. Hillebrand was responsible for planning, designing and testing the NVH package for the vehicle systems, and then working on the launch teams to take the concepts into production. He was assigned to a team to make Diesel engines acceptable to the consumer from the NVH and BSR standpoint.


  • SAE Distinguished Younger Member 2000
  • SAE Outstanding Young Engineer 1999
  • Elected Fellow of ESD - Engineering Society of Detroit
  • Department of Commerce Commendation 1996
  • Michigan Outstanding Young Engineer of the Year 1993
  • Who's Who in Engineering
  • ESD Accomplishment award 1997
  • DeVlieg Fellow 1993 - 95
  • Chrysler Chief Engineers Award 1989
  • Society of Plastics Engineering Design Award 1988
  • Oakland University Alumni Achievement Scholarship
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honorary
  • Oakland University Honors College


  • US Patent No. 4624493 Self-restoring energy absorber bumper mount.
    This patent generated $45 Million in cost savings and was applied to most Chrysler Passenger cars in 1988 – 1992.
  • Organizing Committee of ENV 1996, 1998, 1999
  • General Committee of the 1996, 1997, 1998, 2006 SAE Government Industry Meeting
  • General Chairman of the 1999 SAE Government Industry Meeting
  • Technical Chair ENV 2001
  • SAE Washington Section Meeting Spring 2000 "The PT Cruiser"


  • Ph.D. Systems Engineering, Mechanical Systems, Dissertation: "Determination of the Tribological Effects of Plateauing Machined Surfaces," Oakland University (1995)
  • M.S., Chrysler Institute of Engineering, Automotive Technology and Engineering (1987)
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Fluid and Thermal - Computational Fluid Dynamics, Oakland University (1986)
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Oakland University (1984)

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