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What'€™s happening at World Congress today? (Wednesday)

WARRENDALE, Pa., April 21, 2015 -

Tahmid Mizan, Ph.D., Senior Technology Advisor, Corporate Strategic Planning for ExxonMobil, will be the opening keynote speaker today 9 a.m. in the AVL Technology Leadership Center.

A panel session will follow at 9:45 a.m. titled “In The Balance—Fuel Implications, Government Regulations, and Market Demand for Fuel Efficiency,” which will explore the future trends in the oil sector and what impacts these could have on the auto industry. Moderated by Guenter K. Fraidl, Director, AVL LIST GmbH, the panel will include Michael Hartrick, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles; G. Mustafa Mohatarem, General Motors; Wolfgang Warnecke, Shell; Michael Webber, University of Texas and Webber Energy Group.

• Among today’s FEV Innovation Forum sessions is a panel discussing “Vehicle Complexity is Booming. But is it Safe?” (1:30 p.m.). Moderator Jay Joseph, assistant vice president, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., will join competitors and suppliers from General Motors, TRW Automotive, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and FEV to discuss the safety challenges of reliably ensuring the proper function of the growing number of electronics systems. The expert panel will discuss how the industry will meet this need over the next five to 10 years and identify areas where functional safety development is necessary to avoid the industry’s next Achilles’ heel.

• Today’s Tech Hub sessions include “Driving on Mars,” (1:30 p.m.) where Matthew Heverly of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory will present an overview of the Mars Science Laboratory mission and talk about the challenges of driving a robot on the surface of a planet 300 million km away.

• Eight Technical Expert Panel Discussions will be held today; among them a session on “Multi Material Lightweight Vehicle (MMLV) Projects” (10:30, Room 250 B). The conclusion of the MMLV track will feature key project participants from Magna International and Ford Motor Co. responding to questions from the audience and sharing lessons learned relative to the MMLV Program mass reduction, test results, and environmental benefit.

• Ted Klaus, chief engineer and Acura NSX global development leader, will be the featured speaker at the SAE Detroit Section Meeting dinner event at the AVL Technology Leadership Center/Grand Riverview Ballroom, 5:30 p.m. Klaus will be joined by key NSX powertrain, body, and dynamic performance engineers to share new technical details.

• Today’s Chats with the Experts include three motorsports-focused sessions exploring aerodynamics and powertrain and vehicle technology. 

• The Career Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and SAE International also is holding two Career Development Sessions (“Building a Brand to Grow Your Career” and “Preparing Young Professionals for the Leadership Opportunities Ahead”) from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in room 410 B and a Resume Critique Clinic from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

• The ninth annual A World In Motion JetToy competition will welcome elementary-age students to compete in distance, accuracy, weight carrying, and timed events from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Hall D.

• The Ride & Drive is open to all registered attendees today from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Hall A.

• Located on the exhibit floor in the Young Professionals Lounge, Speed Mentoring will again be held today from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and a “Conversation & Cocktails” networking event will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m.