Van Batavia is a seasoned technical leader with more than two decades of experience in product development and innovation within world class engineering organizations. He began his career at MTS Systems as a Software Engineer where his focus was on the real-time control of vehicle test systems. He worked for Eaton Corporation in the roles of Lead Embedded Controls Engineer and as an Engineering Specialist of Systems and Architecture where he led systems-level engineering activities related to the development of hybrid power systems for performance, durability and environmental requirements. He also served as Program Manager and Engineering Manager for Electric and Hybrid Powertrains at Polaris Industries where he was responsible for the overall success of assigned projects. He was Director of Engineering at Logic PD, a full lifecycle product development services company that specializes in smart and connected products. He also served as Chief Engineer – Electrification at AVL where he was involved with a very wide variety of activities related to business development and technical execution of projects involving vehicle electrification. Most recently, in his role as Technical Director at Bollinger Motors, he directed the entire engineering team in the development and preparation for market launch of multiple electric vehicles. He was also instrumental in the overall strategy for the company, simultaneously pursuing products for consumer, commercial, and government/defense markets.
Van Batavia is an expert systems engineer and excels at management of cross-functional teams to meet project objectives. He has broad experience in application of innovative and agile approaches to cost effectively develop and deliver new technologies to market while also managing commercial and organizational risk. In his career, Van Batavia has built up a wealth of expertise and accomplishments in the areas of electric and hybrid vehicles, alternative energy systems, electro-mechanical systems controls, and connected vehicle systems. He holds several patents related to hybrid and electric vehicles and powertrains and has authored several papers and articles related to vehicle energy management and controls. In 2010, Van Batavia was recognized as an industry leader by being named to Control Engineering magazine’s list of ‘40 Under 40’.
Van Batavia holds a Masters of Engineering degree from Purdue University in Mutli-Disciplinary Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Minnesota. He is a Certified Systems Engineering Professional and maintains membership in the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), the Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE).