2018 Theme: "Disruptive Technologies" │ September 11-13, 2018 │ Rosemont, IL, USA │ Hyatt Regency O'Hare

Benefits of Attending

Technical Expertise
Leave the event with practical knowledge of the latest tools and proven solutions.
Industry Insight
Gain an expanded perspective from key thought leaders; challenges, initiatives, and opportunities facing our industry now and in the future.
Interact with your colleagues—other industry innovators—in exceptional networking opportunities designed to foster professional collaboration.
Discover the latest supply chain innovations from around the globe.

Why Should You Attend?

  • This annual event is your opportunity to participate and share in the newest technical knowledge for the on-road and off-road commercial vehicle
  • Gain insight into this dynamic industry with its rapidly changing technology
  • A planned technical agenda focused specifically on the latest in the commercial vehicle market
  • Talk directly to technical experts and equipment designers who can answer your industry-specific questions
  • A chance for attendees to network with industry peers

Justification Toolkit

You recognize the value of attending the COMVEC™ Technology Connection, but how do you communicate that to management? We encourage you to review the materials in this section to gain a greater understanding of this event and how to communicate the value it can provide when attempting to get approval from your manager.

Justification Resources (General Attendees)

Justification Resources (Student)

Promotional Toolkit

Download this document filled with tips and tools to encourage participation and to support the success of the COMVEC™ Technology Connection .

Dress Code

The organizing committee for COMVEC encourages a business casual dress code for all events.

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


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Commercial Vehicle Efficiency Symposium

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Technical Committee Members

Total Vehicle / Integration Committee
John Adami Northwest Heavy Duty Component Sales LLC
Ann Brajovic Volvo Construction Equipment
Tim Cavanaugh SAE International
Brendan Chan Navistar Inc.
Chris Ciesla CNH Industrial
Al Cohn Pressure Systems International Inc.
Jeremy Goddard IDIADA Automotive Technology SA
George Gvakharia Daimler Trucks North America LLC
Christian Hansen dSPACE Inc.
Mark Jensen Vector North America
Ananda Pandy ZF Friedrichshafen AG
Mark Pope DG Technologies
Ethan Seifer Cummins Inc.
Daniel Zula Bendix

Powertrain Committee
Ashraf Farag Navistar
Michael Gerty PACCAR Technical Center
David Gilson SinterCast Ltd.
Randal Goffe PACCAR Technical Center
James McCarthy Eaton Corp.
Marc Megel Southwest Research Institute
Costi Nedelcu PACCAR Technical Center
Carlos Pinotti Meritor Inc.
Craig Puetz John Deere (retired)
Shawn Ray Forensic Engineering Technologies LLC
Russell Truemner AVL Powertrain Engineering Inc.
Houshun Zhang EPA

Commercial Vehicle Aerodynamics Committee
Ilhan Bayraktar General Electric Aviation
Joshua Kehs PACCAR Technical Center
Wael Mokhtar Grand Valley State University
Andrew Mosedale Auto Research Center LLC
Raj Nair Dassault Systems
Mithun Shetty Fpinnovations
Gandert Van Raemdonck Wabco
Richard Wood SOLUS Solutions and Technologies LLC

Chassis Design and Vehicle Dynamics Committee
Brendan Chan Navistar Inc.
Benjamin Duprey Mechanical Simulation Corp.
Greg Dvorchak Hendrickson Trailer C V System
Lin Li Liebherr Mining Equip Newport News Co.
Corina Sandu Virginia Tech
Daniel Williams ZF
Xiaobo Yang Oshkosh Corp.

Special Events

Young professional activities – Ample mentoring sessions and networking opportunities are available throughout the event to provide young professionals with direct access to influential engineering management and leadership from top companies.

See Navistar’s collection of antique International trucks (Canceled) – On Thursday, Sept. 13, Navistar is offering a free bus ride and tour of its collection of more than 30 International trucks dating from 1907 to 1980. Join to see everything from an early truck with wagon wheels, to cab-over models and Scouts. Highlights include a 1939 D-Series pickup re-envisioned as a hot rod with a 7.0-L diesel engine, WWII U.S. military highway tractor, and more.

L. Ray Buckendale Lecture – This year's award recipient, Kirk T. Steudle, P.E., of the Michigan Department of Transportation, will discuss "Reshaping Communities Through Transformational Technologies" on Thursday, Sept. 13. Niles Annelin, Transportation Policy Specialist, Michigan Department of Transportation, will co-lecture with Stuedle.

Commercial Vehicle Awards – Perhaps the most satisfying recognition that an individual in any profession can achieve is peer recognition of accomplishments. This type of recognition is not only gratifying but frequently is the spur to even greater accomplishment, with the result being technological and, often, social benefits for the individual's associates, employer and the general public.

Get involved with an SAE technical committee - Join us Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, from 8:00-9:00 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom Foyer to meet with committee chairs/vice chairs, ask questions, and learn more about the COMVEC committees on Aerodynamics, Chassis, Powertrain, and Total Vehicle Mechatronics & Integration.

Posters on display – Students and young engineers will be displaying posters in the exhibit hall on Tuesday and Wednesday. Stop by and visit to hear about their latest work.

Exhibitor Spotlight (Part 1, Part 2) – The focus of this session is for exhibitors to discuss technology contained within their product and what pain point or problem does it solve for the customer. Each of the TED-like oral presentations will be 10 minutes in duration and presented during lunch or networking breaks on the exhibit floor.

Hotel Information

Hyatt Regency O’Hare

9300 Bryn Mawr Ave.
Rosemont, IL 60018

Driving Directions and Transportation

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.

Deadlines & Pricing

Pre-Registration/Cancellation Deadline: August 24, 2018



By 8/24/18

After 8/24/18

SAE Members

Full conference (Package 1)

One-day (Package 2)







Nonmember (Package 1)



Technical Program Participant

Full conference (Package 1)

One-day (Package 2)

 (includes author, co-author, presenter, general committee member, session organizers, panelists, chairs, sponsoring committees: CVA Activities & SAE technical standards committee member)







SAE Student Member (Package 1)



Nonmember Student (Package 1)



Exhibitor Booth Personnel (Package 1)

Limit 2 per 10x10 booth space

(Exhibitor Id required to register in this category)



Press (Credentials required)

(Package 1)

Before registering, please contact or

Young Professionals (Package 1) (under 35 years of age and less than 10 years of work experience)




Additional items you can purchase:

Keynotes & Awards Lunch
Wednesday, September 12, 12:00-1:30 p.m.



Young Professionals Meet & Greet

Tuesday, September 10, 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.



Young Professionals Mentoring (1 on 1, 15-minute timeblocks

Tuesday, September 11, 3:00-3:30 p.m.



Young Professionals Mentoring (1 on 1, 15-minute timeblocks

Wednesday, September 12, 3:00-3:30 p.m.




Registration Packages:

Package 1

Symposia, Technical Panels, Keynotes, Buckendale Lecture, Tuesday & Thursday networking lunches, Wednesday keynote & awards luncheon, exhibits, networking breaks, receptions and a copy of the presentations from the event where we have permission to post

Package 2

One- day rates include:

Tuesday – Symposia, Technical Panels, Keynotes, Networking Lunch, Exhibits, Networking Breaks, Reception

Wednesday – Symposia, Technical Panels, Keynotes, Keynote & Awards Lunch, Exhibits, Networking Breaks, Reception

Thursday – Symposia, Technical Panels, Buckendale Lecture, Networking Lunch, Networking Breaks


Conditions of Sale:

Registrations received after August 24, 2018, will automatically be charged the on-site price. NO CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 16 PERMITTED. All cancellations must be received by SAE prior to August 24, 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 August 24, 2018. Refunds will not be issued if cancellation occurs on or after August 24, 2018.


Registration Hours:

  • Tuesday, September 11:  7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 12: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 13: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.