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

Build your career at COMVEC™

The COMVEC™ Technology Connection is committed to providing young professionals (YPs) support in gaining technical skills, increasing industry knowledge, identifying leading companies, and building key professional relationships and networks in the commercial vehicle industry.

Make plans to attend if you are interested in:

  • Networking with other industry young professionals and interacting with mentors through speed-mentoring sessions

  • Attending symposia topics on the "Evolution of Big Data for Advanced Technology" and "Commercial Vehicle Efficiency" and participating in immersive technical sessions

  • Hearing the L. Ray Buckendale Lecture on procedures and data useful in formulating solutions

  • Visiting with exhibitors to hear about their latest products and services

Helpful tips for new attendees and/or young professionals

Deadlines and pricing

Professional development starts at COMVEC. Join us and be a part of redefining and advancing the commercial vehicle industry.

Category Includes By Aug. 24, 2018 After Aug. 24, 2018
SAE Student Member Package 1 $100 $00
Nonmember Student Package 1 $150 $150
Young Professionals
(under 35 years of age and less than 10 years of work experience)
Package 1 $100 $125

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.


Discover unlimited opportunities at COMVEC

Ample mentoring sessions and networking opportunities are available throughout the event to provide you with direct access to influential engineering management and leadership from top companies.

Young Professionals Meet and Greet
Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 8:00-9:00 a.m.

• The Young Professionals Meet and Greet is your chance to interact exclusively with other YPs and students. Stop by anytime between 8:00-9:00 a.m. for casual conversation, networking, and to receive informational handouts relating to the event (COMVEC tips, what to expect, and general event information).

Speed-mentoring sessions:
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, 3:30-4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, 3:30-4:00 p.m.

Networking receptions:
Tuesday Reception, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Wednesday Reception, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Daily morning and afternoon networking breaks

COMVEC™ Event Format

You can attend sessions in your area of experience or learn about different technologies and meet new people. COMVEC is great for making personal connections and putting faces to names.


Symposia sessions are focused on strategic- and business-related issues. After each of the panelists provide their opening statements, Q&A will follow. The goal of the symposia is to reflect the hottest topics that our members find most relevant and valuable. The symposia are generally higher attended sessions. All presentation materials will be shared with conference attendees after the event.

Technical panels

Technical panels are more in-depth sessions on specific topics. Each technical panel will be an interactive session followed by Q&A.  These sessions are geared toward individuals working in the technology area and also to individuals wanting to learn more about these technologies. All presentation materials will be shared with conference attendees after the event.

Buckendale Lecture

The lecture provides procedures and data useful in formulating solutions. The lecture is directed primarily by an industry leader to the needs of young engineers and students with emphasis on practical aspects of the topic.


Companies participate to present their products and services. Young professionals and all attendees are encouraged to introduce themselves to exhibiting companies to hear about their technologies.

Committee Involvement

Meet with SAE technical committee chairs/vice chairs, ask questions, and learn more about the COMVEC Committees on Aerodynamics, Chassis, Powertrain, and Total Vehicle Mechatronics & Integration. SAE is actively seeking new members for these committees. Representatives from the SAE committees planning sessions at COMVEC will be available Wednesday morning from 8:00-9:00 a.m. to answer any questions for prospective committee members. Additional staff will be available to discuss other committee involvement within SAE.

Networking functions

Plan to network with fellow attendees during all the networking breaks, lunches, and evening receptions.