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Media Alert: SAE 2009 World Congress Notes

DETROIT, April 14, 2009 - The SAE 2009 World Congress is set for April 20-23 at Cobo Center in Detroit. For press credentials, contact

SAE 2009 World Congress Recognizes Earth Day

JetToy Olympics Join Together Local Elementary Students and Volunteers

Session to Explore Early Automotive History

Seminars Advance Green Technology

SAE 2009 World Congress Recognizes Earth Day
Scheduled during Earth Day, April 22, the SAE 2009 World Congress will be the most environmentally friendly SAE event to date.

SAE International has collaborated with Cobo Center and Detroit-area hotels and vendors to reduce the environmental impact of the meeting.

All promotional materials for the meeting are printed on recycled paper; attendee badges will be printed on-site with wax-based inks and paper instead of plastic; a consolidated registration area will reduce electrical demand by 3,000 watts; the Show Daily will be delivered electronically; technical papers will be printed on-demand or delivered electronically, eliminating four pallets of pre-printed papers; technical papers were reviewed online, using a new system that has saved more than 10 tons of paper; only local produce and food will be served at the Annual Banquet.

For a list of all "green" efforts at Congress, please visit

JetToy Olympics Join Together Local Elementary Students and Volunteers
More than 500 Detroit-area elementary students will demonstrate their engineering skills in the 3rd Annual JetToy Olympics.

Sponsored by Johnson Controls, the event will take place Wednesday, April 22, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., in Cobo Center's Detroit Hall. Bibendum, the Michelin Man, will make an appearance during the awards ceremony at 1:30 p.m.

In the JetToy Challenge, students design balloon-powered toy cars that meet specific performance criteria related to distance, speed and weight capacity.

More than 80 industry professionals will volunteer their time and talents for the competition.

JetToy is one of seven challenges in SAE International's award-winning A World In Motion® (AWIM) program.

Session to Explore Early Automotive History
An early history of the automotive and motorsports industries will be explored in a series of six presentations organized by the SAE Mobility History Committee.

The session, "New Revelations in Mobility History," will be held Wednesday, April 22, 8:30-11:30 a.m., and 1:30-4:30 p.m., in Cobo Center room D3-28.

The presentations are:

  • The Quest for Mobility: Surface Transportation, Charles A. Amann, KAB Engineering
  • Milwaukee Junction: Cradle of Detroit's Automotive Industry, Robert W. Cosgrove, SAE Mobility History Committee
  • A Technical History of the Hudson Motor Car Company, Robert D. Elton, Griswold Engineering
  • Early History of the Indianapolis 500, Alfred D. Bosley, Consultant
  • We Were the Ramchargers: Changing Chrysler's Image on the Race Track, Tom Hoover, Ford Truck Operations
  • Ramcharger Panel Discussion: How We Got There, Robert H. Lees, Chair

Seminars Advance Green Technology
Of the 43 professional development seminars being held at the SAE 2009 World Congress, eight will focus on green automotive technology.

The seminar titles include:

  • Fundamentals of Hybrid Electric Vehicles
  • Introduction to Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Battery Systems
  • Introduction to Hydraulic Hybrid Systems for Road Vehicles
  • Fundamentals of Commercial Vehicle Aerodynamics
  • Catalytic Converters: Design and Durability
  • Diesel Emissions and Control Technologies
  • Common Rail Diesel Fuel Injection
  • Advanced Diesel Particulate Filtration Systems