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Nissan will be Host Company for 2012 SAE World Congress; GE chosen as Tier One Strategic Partner

WARRENDALE, Pa., June 24, 2011 - SAE International announced that Nissan will serve as the Host Company for the SAE 2012 World Congress, slated for April 24-26, 2012, in Detroit.

As host company, Nissan will help support and develop the technical program for the conference. In addition, Robert Sump, vice president, Nissan Technical Center North America, will serve as General Chair for the event.

Nissan also announced that General Electric (GE) will serve as the Tier One Strategic Partner for the SAE World Congress.

“Nissan is looking forward to sharing our focus on innovation as the host company for the SAE 2012 World Congress,” said Sump. “We’re proud to have GE as our strategic partner. Nissan’s relationship with GE is indicative of the connections that automotive companies need to build while developing transformational technologies such as the first mass-market, zero emission vehicles.

Matt Nielsen, principal scientist and electric vehicle technologies project leader, GE Global Research, said, "GE is honored to be selected as Nissan's Tier One Strategic Partner for the 2012 SAE World Congress. As  automakers continue the drive to cleaner, more efficient and electric ways to travel, our partnership highlights next year’s  'Get Connected' theme. GE already has identified many new products and services from the grid to the home that can help accelerate and enable the exciting transformation happening in the automotive sector."

The SAE 2012 World Congress theme, “Get Connected,” represents the new and diverse connections that will drive significant advancements in the auto industry of tomorrow

From OEMs to suppliers, across academia and governments, connecting to one another and using these connections to share ideas and expertise – in both healthy competition and in partnership – will be the catalyst of forthcoming innovation and the auto industry’s basis to continued future success. 

For more information, visit http://www.sae.org/congress/ or e-mail pr@sae.org .

SAE International is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus 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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