Brian Van Batavia


Engineering Manager, Electric & Hybrid Powertrains

Delano, MN

Brian Van Batavia Phone: 952-955-1088 E-mail:

Broad range of technical knowledge and experience relevant to the development of complex systems; naturally innovative
and excellent problem solver with a proven track record of success; strong systems thinker with an ability to recognize
and comprehend complex system interactions; extensive system integration experience and awareness of emerging
industry trends enables a unique ability to develop successful development strategy; proven technical leader with
experience leading global teams and facilitating collaboration and knowledge transfer across diverse groups

Strength Areas:
systems engineering • embedded software • hybrid power systems • safety-critical system development • model-based
development • agile development • model-based testing • real-time simulation • data acquisition • signal processing •
intellectual property management • technical product strategy development • global collaboration

Logic PD ( Minneapolis, MN (2015-present)
Title: Director of Systems Engineering

• Resource Management – Monitor and forecast the demand for systems engineering services from internal
customers, external customers and existing commitments. Retain an appropriate team of resources, including
recruiting, interview, selection, and hiring of personnel. Coach, mentor, and develop systems engineering staff,
including new employee on-boarding and providing career development planning and growth opportunities.
Manage requests for systems engineering services. Project resource allocation.
• Sales Support – Support the Logic PD sales team as a systems engineering subject matter expert. Seeks to
understand the customer’s needs and their problems to be solved. Envisions solutions that meet the business and
technical needs and provide schedule and cost estimates.
• Proposal Support – Support the proposal team as a solution lead and or systems engineering lead. Create
detailed statements of work and project plans that accurately capture the scope, schedule and price that will both
meet the customers’ expectations and enable the assigned team to succeed.
• Systems Engineering – Provide systems engineering or project management services to internal or external
projects. Mentor staff on systems engineering processes, best practices, estimating and problem solving. Improve
internal systems engineering process through documentation, training and governance. Budget for, review, select,
and purchase tools and capital equipment.
• Thought Leadership – Promote the company through published articles, speaking engagements, and other
collaborations with the marketing group.
• Strategic Projects – Occasionally lead and contribute to strategic projects as assigned.

Description: leads, directs, and monitors engineering personnel and programs from concept to production to achieve
customer objectives; responsible for ensuring quality of work products and maintaining an engineering staff that is
equipped to meet the wide variety of customer challenges, assist and support the corporate leadership team to develop
business strategies that align with organizational capabilities and the needs of strategic target markets, create a vision for
the design and engineering teams that motivates the team and ensures long term success, creates a culture of trust and
cooperation between engineering staff and organizational leadership, develops key strategic customer relationships that
promote long term financial stability, promotes and champions a culture of continuous improvement through employee
development and organizational process enhancement
Polaris Industries ( Wyoming, MN (2013-present)
Title: Program Leader, Powertrain

• lead cross-functional program teams to meet desired schedule, cost, quality, performance, and reliability
• direct the programs using the Polaris Development Process (PDP), ensuring that all requirements are clearly
defined, documented, and achieved
• manage the assigned team to develop new product features, innovative approaches, breakthrough technologies,
and improved processes
• collaborate with suppliers to use their design expertise where appropriate
• monitor and manage the manufacturing, quality, and purchasing resources and activities on the team to provide
seamless coordination and issue resolution between all team members
• support accessory and service part planning and execution
• analyze field problems and recommend possible solutions
• allocate and monitor resources and task assignments within the team
• coordinate issue resolution with functional managers
• motivate the entire team and others affecting the program’s success
• assist functional managers to plan budgets and manpower forecasts
• provide technical support for promotional materials, sales and marketing information, and service publications
• may typically lead a large program or multiple smaller programs

Description: leads, directs, and monitors design and development programs from concept to production to achieve
product objectives within a specified time schedule; responsible for overall success of the program

Eaton Corporation (www. Eden Prairie, MN (2011-2013)
Title: Engineering Specialist – Systems and Architecture

• definition of systems engineering process to be used across multiple product lines
• subject matter expert on requirements definition, system concept generation and selection, system integration
and verification, and functional aspects of vehicle and hybrid system operation
• identify concept hybrid system architectures
• design and develop system control algorithms and architecture
• design and develop high level embedded control system architecture
• manage intellectual property portfolio
• assessment of commercial viability and patentability of emerging concepts
• define strategy with respect to on-board diagnostic regulatory compliance
• analyze and recommend ancillary vehicle components
• interface with internal and external customers
• collaborate and coordinate with suppliers and partners
• participate in the formation of industry standards

Description: senior engineering leader responsible for the definition and execution of a robust systems engineering
process, lead the gathering of customer requirements and quantitative characterization of application, lead system
requirements generation, lead functional system modeling, define the overall system architecture, define high level
embedded control system architecture, direct electrical and software engineering teams during the development and
verification of the embedded control system, assist in the formulation of overall system control strategy, identify system
variants and modifications for improved performance and robustness
Eaton Corporation (www. Eden Prairie, MN (2006-2011)
Title: Lead Engineer – Embedded Controls

• lead the development of embedded control systems for hybrid power systems
• identify concept control system architectures
• select and deliver electronic control modules, sensors and transducers, actuators
• design and develop system control software, electrical interconnect systems
• analyze and recommend modifications to ancillary vehicle components
• interface with internal and external customers
• collaborate and coordinate with suppliers and partners

Description: engineering team leader responsible for all aspects of embedded control system design and verification,
generate estimates of engineering effort and participate in project planning and management, participate in gathering of
customer requirements and quantitative characterization of application, participate in system requirements generation,
participate in functional system modeling, generate embedded control system requirements, define embedded control
system architecture, design embedded control system software, lead electrical and software engineering teams during the
development and verification of the embedded control system, formulation of control strategy variants and modifications
for performance and robustness

MTS Systems Corporation ( Eden Prairie, MN (1998 – 2006)
Title: Software Engineer – Controls Software

• customize existing and develop new software for real-time control of complex testing systems
• assist in checkout and troubleshooting of overall test system including a wide array of electronic components and
• select and/or define specifications of test system transducers and electronic equipment required to meet test
system performance and cost criteria
• assist in overall system engineering with specific responsibility for design and implementation of real-time control
• assist in pre-sale engineering and preparation of technical proposal and quotation
• assist in presentation of preliminary engineering designs to potential customers
• troubleshoot and provide ongoing engineering support of installed test systems
• assist in preparation of technical user manuals
• train customers on the operation of testing systems and the use of data analysis software

Description: primarily assigned to projects involving multi-million dollar test systems for delivery to international
automotive customers, commonly involved in high risk projects considered technologically ground-breaking, performed all
critical tasks associated with custom test system control software with minimal assistance or supervision, routinely called
upon to address system level issues in addition to formal software responsibilities
Purdue University: West Lafayette, IN (2010-2015)
Degree: Master’s Degree of Multidisciplinary Engineering
Concentration: Integrated Vehicle Systems

University of Minnesota Duluth: Duluth, MN (1994 – 1998)
Degree: Bachelor’s Degree of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Majors: Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science
Minor: Mathematics

Memberships and Affiliations:
Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), International Council of Systems Engineering (INCOSE), Institute of Electrical
and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP), Minnesota Electric Auto
Association (MNEAA)


Certified Systems Engineering Professional (INCOSE CSEP)

Electro-Hydraulics: A Case Study (IFPE, 2008)
Hydraulic Vehicle Energy Management System (SAE, 2009)
United States Patent 8771138, Hydraulic Hybrid Drive System Architecture (2014)

Honors and Awards:
Control Engineering Magazine Top 40 Under 40 (2010)

Tom Stachel, MTS Systems
Steve Zielinski, Medtronic
Ron Tonn, Eaton
Ben Hoxie, Eaton
John Adams, Polaris

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