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SAE/JSAE 2016 Small Engine Technology Conference & Exhibition Announces Featured Sessions & Highlights

WARRENDALE, Pa., Oct. 10, 2016 - SAE 2016 SAE/JSAE 2016 Small Engine Technology Conference & Exhibition offers up-to-date information on the state of technology, safety and sustainability for small engines including the challenges and developments from OEMs, suppliers and academia from around the world. The technical program will be conducted November 15-17 in Charleston, SC and features an opening keynote address from industry leaders, a plenary panel and more than 30 additional sessions.

The Tuesday Opening Ceremony and keynote address will take place from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. on November 15 and will include insights from Jaal B. Ghandhi from University of Wisconsin Madison, Hiroshi Ito from Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. and Zoran S. Filipi from Clemson-ICAR. In this three-part keynote, these industry experts will address the evolution of the industry. Ghandhi will explore the impact of sustainability considerations on different areas of the small engine industry. Ito will discuss the impact of automatic drive and ICT technology on future of motorcycles. Filipi is a recent addition to the program and will give a vital update on the use of thermal barrier coatings for improved HCCI engine efficiency and operating range from the small engine perspective.

The Plenary Panel will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 16 and will discuss the conference’s theme, Towards Safer and More Sustainable Small Engines and Applications. Moderated by Tony Szczotka of Robert Bosch LLC, the panel will feature Janet Buyer from US Consumer Product Safety Commission, Geoff Liersch from Robert Bosch (Australia) Pty. Ltd and Thomas Wallner from Argonne National Laboratory.

In addition to these featured sessions, the SAE/JSAE 2016 Small Engine Technology Conference & Exhibition offers an exciting line-up of special events. The Technical Tour will be held on Monday, November 14 and includes stops at the Robert Bosch NA plant, Boeing South Carolina Final Assembly Tour Balcony and Cummins Technical Center Charleston. The Wednesday Evening Banquet on November 16 at 6:30 PM provides an excellent opportunity to network with industry peers. The banquet has recently been relocated to Cannon Green, an acclaimed farm-to-table restaurant in Charleston.

For the most up-to-date information about keynote speakers, plenary panel and other sessions along with information for the exhibition and special events, please visit the SAE/JSAE 2016 Small Engine Technology Conference & Exhibition website at

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