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SAE Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress & Exhibition News Budget

WARRENDALE, Pa., Oct. 28, 2005 -

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Following are the headline speakers and topics for the 2005 SAE Commercial Vehicle Engineering Conference set for Nov. 1-3, 2005, in Chicago at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center(Rosemont). All times listed below are Central Standard Time.

Tuesday, Nov 1—

8 a.m. “Diesel Emission Control In Review” by Timothy V. Johnson or Corning Inc. Johnson is well-respected in his field (and he’s a superior interview).

8 a.m. “Future of Vehicle Maintenance Panel.” Want to know what the truck fleets consider important for the future as far as vehicle design? Then this is the panel to attend. Panelists include Robert M. Braswell, American Trucking Associations; Robert D. Flesher, FedEx Ground; Victor A. Suski, Shenandoah Express Inc., and Mark Williams, TMC.

10:30 a.m.-Noon. Advanced Electronics Panel including Jeff A Bannister of International Truck and Engine Corp; James Lenz, John Deere & Co.; Chuck Sahm, Caterpillar, Inc.; Glenn Widmann, Delphi Corp.; John Lee, Universityof Iowa. Why is this panel topic so important? Because these advanced electronics enable advanced safety systems and lower emissions systems.

Noon-1:30 p.m. Luncheon speaker Dean Kamen, the man who brought us the Independence iBOT, like Segway HT, it uses self-balancing technology

Wednesday, Nov. 2

8 a.m. “Idling Reduction Beyond Generators.” Probably one of the biggest topics of interest in the trucking industry due to federal regulation. Panelists include Linda Gaines, Argonne National Laboratory; John Dennehy, Espar Inc.; Chris Bridges, Lizard Skin Ceramic Insulation; Umesh Sopory, ASUK Technologies; David C. Orr, Caterpillar, Inc.; Per Ekdunge, Volvo Technology Corp.; Robert A. Weber, International Truck and Engine Corp.

10:30 a.m.-Noon. Global CEO Panel. Four CEOs – Michael J. Burns of Dana; Jorma Halonen of AB Volvo; Hakan Samuelsson, MAN Aktiengesellschaft, and Daniel C Ustian, Navistar International (International Truck and Engine Corp) – gather to discuss the the pressing issues the industry faces worldwide.

1:30-3:30 p.m. The Commercial Vehicle industry is abuzz about the EPA’s regulations for 2007 and 2010 regarding emissions. Companies will most likely need to announce their various strategies within the next 12 to 24 months in order to have 2010 emission solutions ready in time. “2010 Engine/Emissions Challenges, Trends and Directions” panelists will include Wayne A Eckerle, Cummins, Inc.; Timothy E. Jackson, Tenneco Automotive Inc.; Giorgio Rizzoni, Ohio State University; Dean Tomazic, FEV Engine Technology Inc. and Graham B Weller, Ricardo Inc.

3:30 p.m. “Technology for Future Emission Requirements – US, Europe and .” Panelists include Wayne A. Eckerle, Cummins Inc.; Anthony D. Greszler, Volvo North America Inc.; James A. McGeehan, ChevronTexaco; Meinrad Signer, IVECO Motorenforschung AG; Uwe Zink, Corning Inc.

4:30 p.m. Diagnostics for Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR). Here’s another 2007, 2010 strategy involving the use of urea to meet the reduced diesel emission regulations.

6:30-9:30 p.m. Evening banquet is headlined by an address from Bill Graves, former two-term Governor of Kansas and current President and CEO of the American Trucking Associations (ATA). Through its 50 affiliated state trucking associations, conferences and other organizations, ATA represents motor carriers before all branches of government.

Thursday, Nov. 3

8 a.m. Dr. Stephen J. Charlton, Executive Engineer, Heavy-Duty Engines, Research Dept., Cummins Inc. speaks on “Developing Diesel Engines to Meet Ultra-Low Emission Standards.” Charlton’s lecture on this timely topic is the 50th annual L. Ray Buckendale Lecture. This lecture series is directed to the needs of young engineers and students with emphasis on practical aspects of the topic.

8-10 a.m. New Commercial Vehicles. See the New Volvo VT 880; The Creation of the World’s Largest Production Pickup Family, International Truck and Engine Corp.; Peterbilt Aerodynamic Model 386 (lecture only); The 2006 Diesel Savana/Express Full-Size Van from GM.

10:30 a.m.-Noon. A leading panel of experts discusses “Hybrid Vehicle Trends and Directions” just as the U.S. EPA's hydraulic hybrid prototype is becoming operational. Panelists include Scott W. Davis, Eaton Corp.; V.K. Sharma, International Truck & Engine Corp. ; Bill Van Amburg, Westart-Calstart; John J. Kargul, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

To view the event program in PDF format, please visit the Commercial Vehicle Congress Web site and click on “Print the event brochure.”