SAE 2015 World Congress & Exhibition

April 21-23, 2015

Detroit, Michigan, USA

Cobo Center

Young Professional Activities at Congress

Attention Young Professionals: How is your organization Leading Mobility Innovation?

Lead Your Future! If you see yourself as a leader driving the decisions of tomorrow, you won't want to miss this program.

Benefits of Attending

  • successfully transition into & manage your career
  • learn the fundamentals of effective leadership
  • find out the traits employers are seeking in a leader
  • hear industry leadership's perspective on young professionals
  • mentoring opportunities with executives
  • peer-to-peer networking

Social Media Contest

Share photos, videos, and stories showing how your organization is Leading Mobility Innovation on Twitter, Google+, or on the Facebook SAE 2015 World Congress event page. Tag your posts with #SAECongressYP and you'll be entered for a chance to win an "NSX Experience!" Five young professionals will get a closer look into the design and development of the NSX supercar on Wednesday, April 23, at 2:30pm. Winners will be chosen by the SAE Young Professional's Strategic Leadership Council, but likes, favorites, +1s, comments and shares will certainly influence the judges. Post by 4pm on Tuesday, April 21, with #SAECongressYP to be considered.

Winners will be hosted to the SAE Detroit Vehicle Event scheduled on Wednesday, April 22nd from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. and to the SAE World Congress Banquet on Thursday, April 23 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

2015 Young Professional Social Media Contest Winners ANNOUNCING: The 2015 Young Professional Social Media Contest Winners!
    Brennan McDonald - IAV Automotive Inc.
    Vivek Sreedhar - Alps Electric (USA) Inc.
    Alex Pawlowski - University of Tennessee / Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    Julie Klee - UMD Racing
    Felix Roeckle - Eisenmann

    Mentor: Ted Klaus - NSX Chief Engineer

Young Professional Activities

IAV Young Professionals Panel & Luncheon

Working Together: Three Generations, One Workplace
Tuesday, April 21
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Room 260

Generational gaps are part of every workforce. From Baby Boomers to Generation X to the Millennials, each brings a unique set of attributes and attitudes to the office. The effects of these divergent generations can polarize the workplace; but should it? This panel will examine the perceptions of each generation, with a focus on the Millennial generation, and what it takes to engage collaboration across these very distinct sets of employees.
Moderators: Dustin Walsh - Reporter, Crain's Detroit Business
Panelists: Marc Dinopoulos - Senior Manager, Talent Management Group, Honda
Carla Bailo - Vice President, Mobility Research and Business Development, The Ohio State University
Priscilla Trujillo - Business Development Product Engineer, Delphi
Matt Heverly, Mechanical Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
J. Ofori Agboka, Director, Human Resources, U.S. Sales, Service & Marketing, General Motors Company
Justin Goike, Associate Sales & Marketing Analyst, Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.

Learn more about the moderator and panelists

MEDC Career Development Sessions

Continental breakfast will be provided prior to the start of the first session.

Building a Brand to Grow Your Career
Hajj Flemings - CEO/Founder of Brand Camp University
Wednesday, April 22
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Room 410B

Career Development Sessions Today we live in a digital economy that forces people to disrupt and re-think everything that has worked historically. Come and learn strategies on how to effectively create your personal brand to help you compete in the evolving workplace. With virtually unlimited access to information - anytime, anywhere and the rise of the ubiquitous content delivery platform it is critical to understand how to cut through the clutter so that your message is heard and communicated effectively. Each participant will learn how to become a storyteller, brand ambassador and curator of a user experience and a relevant online profile that is career ready.

You will Learn how to…
  • Create a Personal Brand with a Competitive Position
  • Establish a Career Ready Digital Identity/Profile (Trans media - Channels and Platforms)
  • Manage your reputation and Online Personal Branded Hub

Speed Mentoring Preparing Young Professionals for the Leadership Opportunities Ahead
John Calabrese - Retired VP Global Vehicle Engineering, General Motors
Wednesday, April 22
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Room 410B

When today's leaders retire, millennials will be expected to become the leaders of tomorrow. Today Boomers (1946 - 1965) occupy 50% of the work force, while Gen X (1966-1980) and Millennials (1981 - 1995) occupy 15% and 35% respectfully. Studies show that an average of 10,000 Boomers retire daily, extending an opportunity for Generation Xers and Millennials to replenish those leadership gaps. With the Gen X workforce being 2/3's smaller than that of the Boomers, a large number of leadership positions will remain for Millennials to fill. Not only will Millennials be charged with entering these positions, but they will also be expected to do so at earlier points in their careers than has traditionally been required.

To be considered for these leadership positions, candidates must be innovative, consistent, and flexible while possessing integrity, vision and excellent written and verbal communication skills. Join us as we discuss these and other relevant topics with John Calabrese, retired VP Global Vehicle Engineering, General Motors.

During this session you will learn:
  • How to be a leader without the title
  • What you can do today to be prepared for tomorrow's opportunities
  • What executives' are expecting from future leaders

Speed Mentoring
"Executives Connecting with Future Leaders"
Sponsored by:

Located on the exhibit floor within the YP Lounge, this event is an opportunity for young professionals to engage with executives in an informal setting. Mentors will be stationed while small groups of the Young Professional participants rotate to different stations at set time intervals. The stations will consist only of chairs facing each other creating a comfortable, level atmosphere for communication. Don't forget to sign up for these sessions when you register for Congress!

View registered Speed Mentors

Networking in the YP Lounge

YP Lounge sponsored by:

YP Lounge Hours:

Tuesday, April 21 - 10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 22 - 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 23 - 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Join us in the YP Lounge each day with casual networking for young professionals, their peers, and industry leaders. The YP Lounge is located centrally near the NEW SAE Tech Hub on the Innovator's Only Exhibit Floor (Hall B, Booth 565). Conclude your days with a dedicated "Conversations and Cocktail" hour of networking in the YP Lounge each evening during the general Networking Receptions:

Tuesday, April 21 - 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 22 - 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 23 - 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Volunteers Needed

We are looking for YP's willing to volunteer at Congress for half a day. In appreciation for your volunteerism, a "free" day of access to Congress will be given to any individual who volunteers.

For more information or to sign up, contact the YP Volunteer Chair, David Sherman, at

Volunteers are needed to fill positions in the following areas:
  • Career Advice for Young Professionals
  • Executive Speed Mentoring Volunteer
  • Discussion and Networking Leaders at the Young Professional Lounge
  • Management Forum Volunteers
  • Technical Forum Volunteers
  • Poster Artists & Futurists
  • Tech Hub Volunteers
  • Engaging with the Experts Volunteer
  • Discover A World in Motion Volunteer
  • Ride and Drive Volunteers

Join us today for an exclusive offer

When you register for the SAE 2015 World Congress as a 'Young Professional,' you are entitled to one year of professional SAE membership.*

SAE membership will help you grow, both personally and professionally, through a number of available networking, leadership, and recognition opportunities. SAE members also enjoy a number of exclusive member benefits. Visit to learn more.

* This offer applies only to new SAE members pending approval of application. Good for one year of SAE Professional Membership only.

SAE Young Professionals Leadership Sub-Team

  • Brian Bray, Senior Engineer, Honda R&D Americas Inc.
  • Justin Goike, Associate Sales & Marketing Analyst, Continental Automotive Systems US Inc.
  • Sarah Guza, Materials Engineer, Delphi Automotive Systems
  • Jeremy Kearney, Design Release Engineer, General Motors Company (Chair)
  • Alex Kwon, Design Engineer, General Motors Company
  • Whitney Liftig, Marketing Manager, IAV Automotive Engineering, Inc.
  • David Sherman
  • Cammi, Siu, Design Engineer, General Motors