SAE International Announces Panelists for Automotive HR Workforce Course Slated for Warren, Mich.

WARRENDALE, Pa., Jan. 31, 2013 - The list of panelists has been finalized for SAE International’s “Strategic Human Resource Management and the Evolution of the Technical Automotive Workforce,” a new course designed to facilitate information sharing and dialogue among automotive HR professionals and technical managers, educators, government, and economic development agencies.

The program will be held Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at Macomb Community College in Warren, Mich. The event is co-sponsored by the Detroit Regional Chamber, the Workforce Intelligence Network, MAGMA, The Engineering Society of Detroit, the Center for Advanced Automotive Technology, OESA,, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

Sessions and presenters include:

  • 9 a.m.  “What are the strengths and weaknesses of the automotive workforce as it stands today?” – Tiffani Orange, U.S. Recruiting Strategy & Programs, Ford Motor Company

  • 10:15 a.m.  “Which positions are most difficult to recruit for?” – Sean Vanderelzen, Director, Talent Acquisition and Early Career Development, General Motors

  • 11 a.m. – “The right kind of people” – Kimberly L Topping, Director, Industrial Group Human Resources, Chrysler Group LLC

  • 11:45 a.m. (Lunch Presentation) “Automotive Engineer Workforce - Current State and Future Outlook” – Alan R. Lecz, Director, Employer Strategies, Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN) and J. Kevin Perry, Global Manager, Professional Development, SAE International

  • 1:15 p.m. “How to save the experience and expertise from the retiring ‘baby-boomers’?” – Donna Dorsey, Vice President, Human Resources , Business Operations, Navistar

  • 2 p.m. – “Retaining the Young Engineer” – David Benson, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Kettering University, Consultant for ENGAGE

  • 3:15 p.m. – “Panel Discussion Involving OEMs and Academia-Technology Skills for the Automotive Sector Workforce” – Panel Moderator: Kristin Dziczek, Center for Automotive Research (CAR); Panelists:  Ken Butts, Executive Engineer, Toyota Technical Center; Jim Freudenberg, Director, Automotive Engineering, and Professor, University of Michigan; Tom Kenney, Chair of the SAE International ABET Relations Committee; and Gene Liao, Professor, Wayne State University


For HR professionals who hold PHR, SPHR and GPHR certifications from the HR Certification Institute, this program has been pre-approved for recertification credits.

For more information on SAE International’s “Strategic Human Resource Management and the Evolution of the Technical Automotive Workforce” course, visit  

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SAE International is a global association of more than 138,000 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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