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Jon Summers, Consultant

Jon Summers is an automotive historian, researcher and consultant. A Roman Historian by training, Jon is embedded in the concours and museum communities, serving as a VIP/Sponsor show field tour guide, judge or M/C at various concours, including Pebble Beach. Highly engaged with the museum community, Jon interned at the National Motor Museum in England, has been a Docent at the Blackhawk Museum in California for nearly a decade and has advised the newly re-opened Petersen Museum. As a committed story teller, Jon is an autoblogger, new car road tester, and has television / film production experience, both in front of camera, appearing on both National Geographic and Discovery Channels, and as a producer/writer for the acclaimed Mullin Automotive Museum. Jon's work emphasizes the breadth of the motoring world, and displays a deep love of the motoring experience as an expression of freedom and independence: Valentino Rossi, motorcycle racer extraordinaire, famously said “For me, the line is a poem” - Jon takes that a step further – for him, the open road and a willing machine is the poem.

Tales to Design Cars By, Tales To Design Cars By

Michael Sturtz, Adjunct Lecturer

Michael Sturtz is an adjunct lecturer in Mechanical Engineering Design. After earning his BFA from Alfred University School of Art & Design and MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Michael found success as a sculptor, designer, teacher and entrepreneur respected for his ability to manifest cross-disciplinary projects that challenge the status quo and push creative boundaries. In 1999, Michael founded The Crucible, an art school that encourages a truly non-competitive learning environment and led it to become the nation’s largest nonprofit industrial arts education facility. After twelve years at the helm, he retired from The Crucible to seek out new creative challenges. Michael set the diesel motorcycle world land speed record at the Bonneville Salt flats using B100 biodiesel. A long time custom vehicle builder and enthusiast, Michael brings a unique approach to transportation design and the creative process.

d.school: Understanding Superfans and Their Heroes

Elizabeth Kessler, Lecturer, Art History

Elizabeth A. Kessler earned a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and has held fellowships at Stanford University and the Smithsonian Institute National Air and Space Museum. Her first book, Picturing the Cosmos: Hubble Space Telescope Images and the Astronomical Sublime (University of Minnesota) was published in 2012.

The View through the Windshield: Cars and the American Landscape

David Miller, PhD Candidate, Communication

Dave Miller's research interests are in designing products, services, and systems to influence human behavior in the areas of environmental sustainability and health.  Currently, he is researching how in-vehicle information displays can influence the mental models of driving efficiency and encourage drivers to drive in a more efficient manner.

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