In addition to the exhibition and four days of technical paper presentations, the SAE World Congress schedule includes several special events. Here are some of the highlights:
Driving Experience: SAE participants can drive a number of new vehicles on test tracks with the assistance of professional drivers. The event will be at Belle Isle, about 3 miles east of Cobo Center, on Monday, March 5 and Tuesday, March 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
Blue Ribbon Panel: This year's panel discusses the theme of the SAE World Congress, 'Succeeding in the Alliance Game.' Panelists are William Carroll, president of the Automotive Systems Group for Dana Corp.; J Ferron, consultant, PricewaterhouseCoopers; Guy Hachey, president of Delphi Energy and Chassis Systems; Rudolph Schlais, president of General Motors Asia Pacific; and R. Suresh, director of Embedded Systems Group, Microsoft Corp. The moderator is David Cole, director, Center for Automotive Research. The panel will be at 4 p.m. Monday, March 5, in room W1-51.
Global environmental legislation and the impact on the auto business: A panel discussion that includes Remi Kaiser, European director of technology, quality and environment for Delphi Automotive Systems; Fernando Sinn, executive director of new business development for Atoma International Corp.; Dr. Fumihiko Kimura, University of Tokyo; Dr. Louis Dixon, manager of global materials and fastener standards for Ford Motor Co.; and Lisa O'Donoghue, European Union affairs communications manager, GM Europe. Moderator is Doris Hill, GM senior staff engineer. The panel will be at 9 a.m. March 7, in room D0-04.
End of life vehicles on emerging economies: A panel discussion that includes Dr. Ing. Gunadi Sindhuwinata, former secretary of the ASEAN automotive federation; Dr. G. Mustafa Mohatarem, GM chief economist; Ginny Whelan, CEO of Pro Auto Recyclers; Reynold Gonzalez, general director of technology for METALSA; and Roberto Gutierrez, vice president of manufacturing for DaimlerChrysler Mexico. Moderator is Dr. Elisa Cobas-Flores. The panel is at 2 p.m. March 7, in room M3-31.