SAE 2016 World Congress and Exhibition

April 12-14, 2016

Detroit, Michigan, USA

Cobo Center

SAE Young Professional Program

Back by popular demand! The exciting programs and activities for Young Professionals at World Congress are designed to inform, encourage and motivate the leaders of tomorrow. This initiative is designed to help new professionals transition into the "real world", while providing solid leadership principles that they can carry throughout their career. These activities also provide the valuable opportunity to learn from and network with executives from major corporations.

As technology continues to change and critical issues are being resolved, these skills are more important now than ever.

Power the possibilities. 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

Networking in the YP Lounge

YP Lounge sponsored by:
  • GM
YP Lounge Hours:
Tuesday, April 12 - 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Wednesday, April 13 - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday, April 14 - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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 in front of the SAE Tech Hub within the Innovator's Only Exhibition (Booth #631). Conclude your days in the YP Lounge exchanging your day's experiences with fellow YPs during the general Networking Receptions:
    Tuesday Welcome Reception - 5:00 - 6:30 pm
    Wednesday Networking Reception - 4:30 - 6:00 pm
    Thursday Pre-Banquet Reception - 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Speed Mentoring

Sponsored by:
  • Elektrobit
  • Valeo
Hall B, near concessions

Tuesday 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Wednesday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Thursday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

"Executives Connecting with Future Leaders"
Speed Mentoring Located on the exhibit floor, 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.

Registration for this event is now closed.

YP Keynote Luncheon

Sponsored by:
  • ESG
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Room 260

Felicia Wasson "Whose Career is it Anyway?"
Keynote Speaker
Felicia Turrentine Wasson
Public Affairs & Communication
The Coca-Cola Company
North America Group

Career Development Sessions

Sponsored by:
  • Elektrobit
  • Valeo
Room 141

Don't miss networking and refreshments before the presentation begins!

Carla Bailo Can you hear me now? Exploring Corporate, Geographic & Demographic Culture Communication
Wednesday, April 13
9:15-10:30 am

Carla Bailo
Asst. VP of Mobility Research & Business Development
the Ohio State University
VP of Automotive for SAE


Kristen Tabar Kristen Tabar
VP Technical Strategy and Planning Office
Toyota Technical Center
Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing, Inc.

Charlie Baker Charlie Baker
Executive Director - Product Marketing
General Motors

Jeremy Kearney Jeremy Kearney
Global Vehicle Systems Engineer
General Motors

David Coe The New PII: Partnership, Influencers and Innovators
Wednesday, April 13
10:30-11:30 am

David Coe
Director of Technical Strategy, Automotive

Innovating is tough, and implementing innovations within a large organizational culture can be even tougher. In this session we will explore how to position yourself to share your ideas in the right place at the right time.

Volunteer Opportunities


Are you looking to:
  • Meet and connect with fellow young professionals
  • Gain exclusive insight into management and industry trends
  • Experience Congress behind-the-scenes and hands-on
  • Enjoy a complimentary day pass to SAE World Congress

Volunteer at SAE World Congress! Whether you're a first-time or returning World Congress guest, volunteer and experience SAE 2016 World Congress in a whole new light!

Sign up now

Join us today for an exclusive offer

When you register for the SAE 2016 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.