Lunch, Welcome and Opening Remarks


Jeremy Kearney
Chair, Future Leader Program Team, SAE Convergence 2012
Interior Design Release Engineer and Mentor for the JumpStart Employee Resource Group
General Motors Company

Jeremy Kearney is the interior design release engineer for the Chevy Corvette and Camaro. He is responsible for the definition of requirements, design, analysis, development and control of interior components. Jeremy joined General Motors in 2007 and has held a variety of positions with increased responsibility. Some of which include; process support, engineering process lead, engineering specifications analyst and validation engineer. Outside of his engineering responsibilities, he mentors GM's JumpStart Employee Resource Group. Jumpstart is designed to engage, develop and connect GM’s newest talent through professional development opportunities, work place of choice initiatives, marketing initiatives and community service activities.

He has been featured in publications such as GM’s Sustainability report and DRIVEN: A Tribute to African American Achievement in the Automotive Industry.

Jeremy earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Manufacturing Systems and Master’s degree in Computational Science and Engineering from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. He has also earned his MBA from Michigan State University.

Patti Kreh
Business Unit Leader, Engineering Events Development & Management
SAE International
SAE Automotive Headquarters

Patti Kreh leads SAE’s Engineering Events Development & Management team in executing engineering congresses, conferences and symposia for SAE International. The Engineering Events business unit conducts 25- 30 events per year bringing together professionals in the passenger car, light truck, commercial vehicle, off-highway, aviation industries. Patti supports member leader groups of the SAE Engineering Meetings Board. Additionally, she is responsible for working with industry leader groups in developing the Society’s flagship congress, the annual SAE World Congress in Detroit, Michigan.

Prior to joining SAE, Patti was employed by IBM with the System Storage Group in Tucson, Arizona for 13 years. She managed AC/DC power supply and interconnect development, materials analysis, product test and product safety for tape and optical storage products. Before advancing to the development laboratory, Patti held various positions in circuit card and tape manufacturing.