Fundamentals of Systems Engineering with Functional Safety ISO26262     New!

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Fundamentals of Control Systems - Diesel is an intensive, six-week series of diesel controls courses and exercises using the latest industry tools and standards, including utilization of software technology for Rapid Controls Prototyping. This course, presented by LHPU, covers more than 60 topics in engineering processes.

The curriculum includes:

  • SAE J1939 CAN Communications
  • Embedded Systems
  • Matlab Simulink
  • Throttle Controls Project
  • Diesel Engine System
  • Engine Management System Project
Fundamentals of Control Systems - Diesel also integrates soft skills into the program, coaching students in business etiquette, leadership, stress management and teamwork. Instruction is provided through a curated set of materials and then students apply the concepts learned by completing group projects.

The program is designed for recent engineering graduates or experienced engineers interested in a career in embedded controls.

Attendees who successfully complete all elements of the course will receive a Certificate of Mastery in Control Systems from SAE International.

To view offered sessions and register for the Fundamentals of Control Systems - Diesel course, click here. (Note: A new window will appear on your screen, transferring you to LHPU's website to register for the certificate course and exam.)

Instructor(s): Mike Riley or Jason Tartt or Michael Gallagher or Ashutosh Chandel or Steve Neemeh or Dan White

Michael D. Riley received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from Indiana State University in 1994. He is currently the Chief Engineer over embedded software, datalinks and software tools at LHP Engineering Solutions in the Software Solutions division, overseeing multiple software projects. His area of expertise is in datalinks communications, focusing mainly on CAN protocols. He has led projects developing “smart actuators” for variable geometry engine turbos, exhaust after-treatment systems, telematics systems, battery management systems, CAN gateways, software engineering tools and service tools, among many others over his 22-year career.

Michael worked as a Datalink Systems Engineer for Cummins, Inc., for 9 ½ years, working with CAN, J1939, KWP2000 and other protocols. He worked extensively on system integration with various OEM components such as Allison and Eaton transmissions. As a Chief Engineer, Michael has directed many different projects over the past 10 years at LHP. One such project was the design and implementation of a ramp control system for wheelchair accessible vans. The system integrated CAN communication for three major minivan OEMs, working seamlessly with the van door operation. It also involved architecting a PC service tool and an embedded handled diagnostic tool.

When not at work, Michael enjoys spending time with his wife and five kids. He also enjoys music and woodworking. He has built several electric guitars for himself and friends and plays one of those guitars as the rhythm guitarist and backup singer in a rock and blues band.

Mike Gallagher is a Systems and Controls Engineer that brings MATLAB, Simulink, and MotoHawk experience from a variety of industries to the LHPU training program. He started his career in a research and development group at Parker Hannifin that was responsible for commercializing series hydraulic hybrid transmissions for the medium and heavy duty truck markets. At Parker, he held responsibility for a wide range of software algorithms including cold-start, regenerative braking, and safety critical fault diagnostics. He also held leadership roles in the multi-month simulation studies that defined the powersplit transmission architecture for Parker’s future hybrid transmission systems.

Since leaving Parker in 2013 he has run his own consulting business taking on projects in the full-electric, hybrid hydraulic, marine stabilization, and building automation industries. The consistent thread between all these projects has been their reliance on auto-code generation tools.

Mike graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2009 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics. He completed his Master’s coursework at The Ohio State University graduating in 2014 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Control Theory. Currently he’s working on his PhD in electrical engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. His research interests are autonomous vehicles, pattern recognition, deep learning, and Robot Operating System (ROS). Mike is also a FIRST Robotics mentor for team 1308 at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, OH. www.michael-gallagher.com


Jason Tartt is the technical lead for LHPU, responsible for controls and course development training. He has worked as a controls and calibration engineer for Mercury Marine, MotoTron, and Woodward, Inc., specializing in knock, governing, coldstart, and vehicle drivability on diesel, gasoline, and natural gas applications.

Jason received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of Wisconsin at Madison. In his spare time, Jason enjoys training for triathlons.


Mike Gallagher is a Systems and Controls Engineer that brings MATLAB, Simulink, and MotoHawk experience from a variety of industries to the LHPU training program. He started his career in a research and development group at Parker Hannifin that was responsible for commercializing series hydraulic hybrid transmissions for the medium and heavy duty truck markets. At Parker, he held responsibility for a wide range of software algorithms including cold-start, regenerative braking, and safety critical fault diagnostics. He also held leadership roles in the multi-month simulation studies that defined the powersplit transmission architecture for Parker’s future hybrid transmission systems.

Since leaving Parker in 2013 he has run his own consulting business taking on projects in the full-electric, hybrid hydraulic, marine stabilization, and building automation industries. The consistent thread between all these projects has been their reliance on auto-code generation tools.

Mike graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2009 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics. He completed his Master’s coursework at The Ohio State University graduating in 2014 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Control Theory. Currently he’s working on his PhD in electrical engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. His research interests are autonomous vehicles, pattern recognition, deep learning, and Robot Operating System (ROS). Mike is also a FIRST Robotics mentor for team 1308 at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, OH.


Ashutosh Chandel currently heads up the NI/Test/HIL practice for LSS. As the practice manager, he is responsible for making sure projects are delivered on time and with expected quality. He is involved in multiple projects as a technical advisor as well as a developer from time to time. Ashutosh is also responsible for helping his team of 20 engineers to build their skills, career developments, resolving technical and interpersonal issues and, overall, making LHP a better place to work. Ashutosh enjoys the fact that though he is in a management position, he still receives opportunities to contribute in technical projects, helping him to be up-to-date with emerging tools and technology.

Ashutosh has worked in various positions such as Project Manager, Technical Advisor, etc., at his previous organizations. He brings LHP 13+ years of experience in engineering and industrial services across multiple domains such as automotive, pharma, medical, industrial, manufacturing, and shop-floor automation, most of which are the top 100 of Fortune 500 companies.

He is a proud member of SAE and a certified LabVIEW Architect (CLA), and helps other engineers with the certification process. Ashutosh is also a member of ISA (Instrumentation Society of America) and actively participates in the forums and discussions related to instrumentation and controls.

In his spare time, Ashutosh enjoys playing cricket and volleyball. He is also a fan of soccer and likes to participate and volunteer in community events and non-profit charity organizations.


Steve Neemeh joined LHP in 2015 to lead the expansion of the west coast operations and currently serving as General Manager LHP West – Solutions Architect. He is also leading the development of all safety critical applications, including ISO 26262 / functional safety.

Prior to that, Steve was running research and development for Siemens Rail Automation. He was responsible for all aspects of product development and strategy including product line management, project management, hardware, software, and systems design and testing. Steve has spent his entire career in product development in software, electronics, and electro-mechanical systems. He has held a variety of roles in engineering, ranging from design engineer to project management, and departmental leadership in technology organizations.

Steve attended Concordia University in Montreal Canada, and Purdue University in Indiana, and has a Master’s degree in Engineering. Steve resides in Yorba Linda, California, with his wife Jennifer and two children.


Dan White is Chief Engineer of Platform for LHP Engineering Solutions. Dan has been designing automotive hardware and software solutions for over 25 years. He has experience in building Hardware-in-the-loop test systems for engine control development using various hardware and software solutions. Dan’s experience includes engineering of diesel engine controls, vehicle communications and service tools for the automotive aftermarket, OEMs and Tier1 suppliers.

Fees: $12000.00 ; SAE Members: $12000.00 - $12000.00

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You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

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