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AVL Technology Leadership Theater to Focus on the Game-Changers

DETROIT, April 15, 2009 - The AVL Technology Leadership Theater, one of three featured forums at the SAE 2009 World Congress, is the place where breakthroughs for a sustainable future will take center stage.

The SAE 2009 World Congress hosted by Honda, with its theme “Racing to Green Mobility,” is set for April 20-23 at Cobo Center in Detroit. Masaaki Kato, Senior Managing Director, Honda Motor Co., Ltd., and former President, Honda R&D Co., Ltd., is the General Chairman of the event. Bosch is the Tier One Strategic Partner. The SAE World Congress is the world’s largest powertrain and safety engineering event.

“Green Mobility – The Long View,” opens the AVL Technology Leadership Theater  Monday, April 20, at 10 a.m. Thinking “green” for the future requires imagination as well as innovation – and everything’s on the table at this session, from personal mobility transport to redesign of cities. Session organizer is Shane Chang, Honda Research Institute USA Inc.; moderator is Paul J. Ingrassia, Wall Street Journal (retired). Panelists include  Robert Cervero, Professor, Department of City & Regional Planning, University of California-Berkeley; Christopher F. Edwards, Director of the Advanced Energy Systems Lab, Stanford University; Luca Guala, Representative, Masdar Initiative; John B. Heywood, Sun Jae Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of Sloan Auto Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Sebastian Thrun, Professor, Stanford University.

"Near-Term Powertrain Solutions -Technology Improvements That Are Possible Soon,” is set for Tuesday, April 21, at 10:30 a.m. in the AVL Technology Leadership Theater.

Without doubt, the CAFE regulations set to go into effect in 2015 will provide challenges to the mobility industry. This panel of global authorities will discuss which technologies will be available to consumers in sufficient volume to attain the goal. Moderator is Mary Ann Wright, Chief Executive Officer, Johnson Controls-Saft; panelists include Helmut Endres, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Powertrain Engineering, Navistar; Uwe Grebe, Executive Director, Advanced Engineering, GM Powertrain; Minoru Shinohara, Senior Vice President, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., and Roger J. Wood, Vice President, BorgWarner Inc., and President and General Manager of BorgWarner Turbo & Emission Systems.

For a complete list of panel topics, participants and dates/times, please visit AVL Technology Leadership Theater.

Members of the press can request credentials for the SAE 2009 World Congress by visiting or emailing .

SAE International is a global association of more than 121,000 engineers and related technical experts in the automotive, aerospace and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are life-long learning and standards development. SAE International's charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series.


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