Brake Colloquium & Exhibition - 36th Annual

October 14-17, 2018 │ Palm Desert, CA, USA │ JW Marriott Desert Springs

Benefits of Attending

Discoveries and Innovations
Hear and discuss the latest scientific discoveries and technological innovations in brake materials, components, systems, testing, modeling and aftermarket solutions for both the light, medium duty and commercial vehicle segments
Regulatory Information
Learn strategies and technologies to meet government regulations on pedal effort and vehicle distance stoppage, and elimination of copper from brake pads
Experience new technologies and solutions in-person and network with brake experts from the entire supply chain and OEM community at the Brake Colloquium Exhibition


The SAE 2018 Brake Colloquium & Exhibition is the only North American opportunity to make critical in-person connections with colleagues, participate in lively panel discussions, and take part in an unrivaled technical program dedicated solely to the science and technology of brakes. Join SAE for this comprehensive 3.5-day program in Palm Desert, CA, from October 14-17, 2018.


Promotional Toolkit

Download this document filled with tips and tools to encourage participation in and support the success of the 2018 Brake Colloquium and Exhibition.

Who Attends

Brake Colloquium and Exhibition is a must-attend event for experts who work with or in:

  • Brake friction and materials
  • Noise, vibration, and harshness
  • Testing
  • Quality Control
  • Technology, rotors, and calipers
  • Brake actuation
  • Electric and hybrid braking
  • Research and development
  • Engineering
  • Aftermarket
  • Sales and marketing

Emergency Procedures During This SAE Event

During this SAE event attendees are to follow the established emergency guidelines of the facility where the emergency occurs. Based on the location of the incident, report emergencies to the nearest venue representative and/or security personnel if available, or report to the SAE operations office onsite.

Should a catastrophic event occur, attendees should follow the safety and security instructions issued by the facility at the time of the event. This includes listening for instructions provided through the public address system and following posted evacuation routes if required.

In case of an emergency, or a major disruption to the schedule of the event, attendees and exhibitors may call the below number to receive updated information on the status of the event. Updates will also be provided via the SAE website at and event mobile app.

SAE Emergency Hotline

Technical Sessions

Dates and times subject to change.  Program will be finalized after Aug. 6, 2018.

Special Events

2018 Brake Mixed Scramble Golf Outing

Take your networking to the next level at the 2018 Brake Mixed Scramble Golf Outing on the links of the popular Valley Course at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa. The palm-lined fairways and abundant water features make for a challenging but enjoyable golf experience. Make deals and foster new industry relationships under the sun and on the greens. Tee off your week at Brake with this Sunday-morning event.

Download Golf Outing Flyer

Awards Presentation

The following awards will be presented at the Brake Colloquium during the Opening Keynote on Monday morning.

Professional Development Opportunities at Brake 2018

Complement your Brake Colloquium experience with on-site professional development courses at Brake. Choose from a variety of courses to deepen your skills in competencies from brake control systems to friction materials and brake noise.

View Course Roster

Recommended Hotel

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa

74855 Country Club Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Room Rate:  $244+

Room rate includes $5 resort fee that covers the following:
• In-room wireless internet
• Use of spa fitness center
• Spa fitness center class or activity
• Overnight self-parking
• Use of the Greens—18-hole putting course
• Local/domestic phone calls
• Golf bag storage at the resort
• Daily golf range usage
• One house hard court & racquet rental
• All tennis center lawn games & complimentary tapas from Blue Star Lounge between 4-6 pm

Hotel Parking: $25+ per day for self-parking, $34+ per night for valet parking

Room Block Expires:  Sept. 26, 2018

Book Now

Please Note: If booking five or more rooms, a separate contract with the JW Marriott Desert Springs Palm Desert will need to be completed. Please contact William Newton at 760-341-1732 or

Alert: Room Reservations

SAE International does not use a housing bureau or third-party agency for hotel accommodations or any other travel arrangements. Any claims by any company stating otherwise are not true. Please be sure you are booking directly through the links on this page or directly with a specific property.

Message to Attendees

SAE International has made every effort to secure the best possible group nightly room rate for you at this event. That rate results from a negotiated overall package of event needs such as sleeping rooms, meeting room space and other requirements. Contracts with the venue include a provision to reduce event costs if SAE meets or exceeds its minimum sleeping room block guarantee. Conversely, event costs will increase if SAE falls short of its minimum room block guarantee. Please help SAE keep the costs of this event as low as possible by booking your housing needs at the designated host hotel and through the reservation process created by SAE. Reserving elsewhere means you are booking outside the contracted room block, jeopardizing SAE's ability to meet its contracted obligations and to keep registration fees to a minimum. SAE appreciates your support and understanding of this important issue.

Travel Visa Information

Driving Directions and Transportation

A tranquil oasis beckons you at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa. Boasting a sensational location in the heart of Palm Desert, our resort allows for convenient travel to the Palm Springs area's most renowned outdoor, shopping and dining destinations. Settle into your luxury guest room or suite, or take advantage of our remarkable selection of extraordinary amenities. We showcase five sparkling outdoor pools, two championship golf courses, a state-of-the-art spa facility and six exquisite on-site restaurant options. In addition, our resort boasts a spectacular collection of exotic birds, captivating boat tours of our striking waterways and much more. We can provide an unforgettable backdrop for your next business event or social occasion here in Palm Desert, thanks to over 200,000 square feet of impeccably appointed venue space, first-class planning and catering and unbeatable event technology. Treat yourself to a lifetime's worth of luxury at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa.

On-site dining

Rockwood Grill
Rockwood Grill serves mouthwatering American cuisine. We boast a creative restaurant menu, a scenic garden setting, and an array of specialty beverages. Visit us here in Palm Desert for memorable dining.

  • Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Dress code: Smart Casual

Mikado Japanese Steakhouse

Here at Mikado Japanese Steakhouse, we celebrate the central tenets of Samurai tradition. Our knife-wielding chefs use fire and steam to craft innovative cuisine, using only fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

  • Open for dinner
  • Dress code: Smart Casual

The Lobby including The Lobby Bar and The Sushi Bar

Our stylish hotel lobby features an elegantly appointed bar and a first-rate sushi restaurant. Unwind with a craft cocktail, or tantalize your taste buds with delicious sushi and other Japanese classics.

  • Open for dinner
  • Dress code: Casual

Oasis Poolside Bar & Grille

No shirt? No shoes? No problem at all. Enjoy live music and a casual poolside setting at Oasis Bar & Grille, which serves quintessential American dining. Visit us for a cocktail or a light meal after a day of relaxation in Palm Springs.

  • Open for lunch
  • Dress code: Casual

Blue Star Lounge

Blue Star Lounge boasts modern California fare and a picturesque terrace setting. Allow our restaurant's outdoor fire pits to provide a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

  • Open for lunch and dinner
  • Dress code: Casual


Jump-start your morning in Palm Desert at Starbucks®. Our on-site coffee shop serves specialty coffee drinks and teas, as well as a selection of sweet treats, snacks, and light dining options.

  • Open for breakfast and lunch
  • Dress code: Casual

Fisherman's Landing
Fisherman's Landing is one of the Palm Desert area's finest seafood restaurants. Join us for perfectly prepared seafood, fresh produce, and decadent desserts.

  • Dress code: Casual

Local restaurants

Fisherman's Market & Grill - Main Office
235 South Indian Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Pacifica Seafood Restaurant
73505 El Paseo, Suite F-2608
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Roy's - Rancho Mirage
71959 Hwy 111
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

La Quinta Cliffhouse Grill & Bar
78250 Highway 111
La Quinta, CA 92253

Mitch's on El Paseo Prime Seafood
73951 El Paseo
Palm Springs, CA 92260

Tommy Bahama's Restaurant & Bar - Palm Desert
73-595 El Paseo
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Las Casuelas Quinta
78480 Hwy 111
La Quinta, CA 92253

Los Pepes
73091 Country Club Dr Ste A6
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Guillermo's Restaurante
72850 El Paseo
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Fresh Agave
73325 Hwy 111
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Cork Tree Restaurant
74950 Country Club Dr.
Palm Desert, CA 92260

74155 El Paseo
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Wally's Desert Turtle
71775 Highway 111
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Ristorante Mamma Gina
73705 El Paseo
Palm Desert, CA 92260

73098 Highway 111
Palm Desert, CA 92260

La Spiga
72-557 Hwy 111
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Il Corso
73520 El Paseo Ste B
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Mastro's Steakhouse Palm Desert
73-405 El Paseo
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Morton's The Steakhouse - Palm Desert
74-880 Country Club Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260

LG's Prime Steakhouse - Palm Desert
74-225 Highway One Eleven
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Sullivan's Steakhouse - Palm Desert
73505 El Paseo
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Deadlines & Pricing

Pre-Registration/Cancellation Deadline: Sept. 28, 2018


By 9/28/2018

After 9/28/2018

SAE Members (Package 1)



Non-Member (Package 1)



Technical Program Participant

(Package 1)

 (includes author, co-author, presenter, session organizers, panelists, moderators, chairs, paper reviewers, advisory board committee)





SAE Student Member (Package 1)



Nonmember Student (Package 1)



Exhibitor Booth Personnel (Package 1)

Limit 4 per 10x10 booth space

(Exhibitor ID required to register in this category)



Press (Credentials required)

(Package 1)

Before registering, please contact or

Expo Only (Package 2)



Young Professionals—First-time Brake attendee, under 35 years of age and less than 10 years of work experience (Package 1)



Additional items you can purchase:

Golf Outing, Sunday, October 14, 8:00 am






Registration Packages:

Package 1

Technical Sessions; Exhibit; Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday luncheons; Tuesday Evening Reception; Networking Breaks; and an Electronic copy of the Conference Proceedings with the Technical Papers.

Package 2

Access to the Exhibit; Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday lunches; Tuesday Evening Reception; and Networking Breaks.


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Conditions of Sale

Registrations received after September 28, 2018, will automatically be charged the on-site price. NO CHILDREN UNDER AGE 16 PERMITTED. All cancellations must be received by SAE prior to September 28, 2018. A $50 processing fee will be assessed for each canceled registration that results in a refund. Refunds for special event/meal tickets will not be processed after September 28, 2018. Refunds will not be issued if cancellation occurs on or after September 28, 2018.

Registration Hours

  • Sunday, October 14: Noon – 5:00 pm
  • Monday, October 15: 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday, October 16: 7:00 am – 3:30 pm
  • Wednesday, October 17: 7:00 – 10:00 am