Brake Colloquium & Exhibition - 39th Annual

October 17 - 20, 2021 │ Orlando, Florida or Online

Contribute your expertise to America’s longest running and largest gathering of brake professionals.

The annual SAE Brake Colloquium is the forum for executives, decision makers, engineers, research institutions and academic professionals from around the world to come together to share the science on brake developments. In 2021, The Brake Colloquium & Exhibition (Brake) will be held as both an in-person event, in Orlando, FL, OR through our digital offering, allowing you to participate without concern of travel.

Call for Papers Now Open

The Brake Technical Program Committee invites you to contribute to the advancements in braking by sharing your latest technical innovation, policy improvement or state of the art advancements. If your paper is accepted, you have the option to present as part of our technical program at our in-person event, or through a pre-recorded presentation in our digital platform. Submissions are open for topics across industry segments, including:

  • Commercial Vehicle
  • Motorcycle
  • Passenger Cars, Trucks & SUVs
  • Performance and Aftermarket Vehicles
  • Wind Turbine
  • Railway Cars

Submissions are due by March 31, 2021.

Learn More

NEW in 2021! Two Ways to Attend Brake Colloquium & Exhibition


  • Connect with mobility professionals involved braking technology on our advanced digital platform during designated online networking events.
  • Livestream the daily keynotes and participate in select technical sessions.
  • Chat with speakers and engage in live discussions from the live event in Orlando.
  • Meet leading suppliers in the virtual exhibit hall.
  • Get free replay access to any livestreamed discussion.
  • Stream the free, pre-event webcast from your home or office.


  • Meet with mobility professionals involved in braking technology at socially-distanced networking events.
  • Participate the daily keynote presentations and technical sessions.
  • Spend time exploring the latest braking innovations in the exhibit hall.
  • Get replay access to any of the livestreamed discussions after the event.
  • Stream the free pre-event webcast from your home or office.

I attend the Brake Colloquium because it provides the most immersive yet most cost effective learning opportunity for brake industry professionals available anywhere in the world, and a rare platform to interface with colleagues across company lines to discuss topics of interest to the industry at large
— Dave Antanaitis, General Motors

Keynote Speaker

John Ellis

Managing Director, Ellis & Associates

John Ellis is the managing director of Ellis & Associates, the global management consulting firm that serves clients in the world where transportation, consumer, connectivity, and software intersect.

Formerly the Global Technologist of Ford Motor Company's connected car business unit, John was involved in developing and delivering Sync Gen 3, Ford’s latest generation connected car solution, the next generation Sync services (Ford’s connected car+cloud service) as well as SmartDeviceLink, an API system for integrating mobile devices into the car and the genesis for Apple's Carplay and Google's Android Auto. Previous to that, John was an executive with Motorola delivering wireless software products and services to the mobile industry.

Recent industry accomplishments include: Co-designed and current lead instructor of the Connected Vehicle Professional certificate course for SAE International, as well as co-developed and co-teaching a "Securing the vehicle network" course for US military commands. In addition, John co-founded and co-leads the Vehicle Electronics Task Force housed within SEMA (Society of Equipment Market Association - "the aftermarket") and SCRS (Society of Collision Repair Specialists) along with designed and delivered a new and award winning transportation show under the auspices of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America.

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