Some highlights of this year's SAE Congress and Exposition:
Value for Our World: The Innovation Challenge - This panel will focus on providing value and innovation with solutions standardized for the world. The panelists: Herbert Demel, president of Volkswagen do Brasil; Hubertus von Gruenberg, chairman of Continental AG; Kunihiko Masaki, president of Toyota Technical Center USA Inc.; Arvin Mueller, vice president and group executive of General Motors Powertrain Group; and Lee Sage, global leader of automotive industry services at Ernst & Young LLP. The moderator will be David Cole, director of the Office for the Study of Automotive Transportation at the University of Michigan. Monday, March 1, 4-6 p.m., Room W1-51, Cobo Center.
New Challenges in an Evolving Market - Mergers, consolidation, the growing emphasis on systems sourcing and other trends reshaping the supplier industry will be the topics for the engineering/management symposium luncheon. The keynote speaker will be Johnnie Cordell Breed, CEO of Breed Technologies Inc. Wednesday, March 3, 11: 30 a.m.-1: 45 p.m., Room O2-44, Cobo Center.
Spotlight on Poland - Business opportunities in the former Soviet bloc nation of Poland will be the topic of this year's international spotlight. Stephan Toth, chief international analyst at Ford Motor Co., will moderate. The panel will include officials from the supplier and automaking worlds as well as from the Polish and U.S. governments. Wednesday, March 3, 4: 30-6: 30 p.m., Room 02-33, Cobo Center.