September 9-11, 2019 | Indianapolis, IN

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 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

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Event Venue

JW Marriott Indianapolis Downtown

10 South West St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Who Attends?

Industry leaders, academics, consultants, government representatives, and engineers from the commercial (on- and off-highway) vehicle industries with a focus on:

  • Design, testing, consulting, and R&D services

  • Autonomous & unmanned vehicles

  • Connectivity

  • Cybersecurity

  • Parts and components

  • Heavy-duty (industrial & agricultural)

  • Power and propulsion

  • Electrification & electrical systems

  • Modeling/simulation

  • Noise, vibration, and harshness

  • Materials

  • Safety

Justify Your Attendance

You recognize the value of attending the COMVEC™ Technology Connection, but how do you convey 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

Promotional Toolkit

As an executive committee member, exhibitor, sponsor or participant, you have committed your support to the success of the COMVEC™ Technology Connection. As the event approaches, we encourage you to use your position and contacts to garner participation both within your company and with your outside partners to help us make COMVEC as valuable to industry as possible.

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SAE Members, don’t forget to stop by the exclusive Membership Lounge on the Exhibit Floor!

Activities include:

  • Meet the SAE Membership Team and network with fellow members
  • Discover volunteer opportunities through SAE Propel
  • Learn More about Member Connection (members-only online community)
  • Sign up to become a mentor or mentee
  • Wear an SAE ribbon for a chance to win a prize

On Tuesday, September 10, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., attend the presentation, “Vehicle Dynamic Testing and Design for Formula SAE” from Siddarth Attravanam - Manager of Tire & Vehicle Dynamics, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.

Not a member?

Stop by the member lounge to join to take advantage of a special 10% on-site registration discount, and be entered to win a prize!

You belong here. Learn more about the career tools and benefits available to SAE Members.


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

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.


Ready, Set, Let's Brickyard!

Sunday, September 8, 2019

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and SAE International would like to invite all SAE members, along with family and friends, to come experience the 26th edition of the Brickyard 400. As a member of SAE, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is offering:

  • Reserved Race Day tickets in Tower Terrace, NE Vista Turn, South Vista, or J Stand
  • Access to walk on the IMS Track hours before the Race
  • $5 retail discount voucher at IMS Gift Shops
  • Discounted admission for Friday’s NASCAR Practice and Saturday’s Xfinity Race

Experience the breathtaking action that only the Indianapolis Motor Speedway can deliver. Purchase your tickets today!


SAE Indianapolis Section Meeting during SAE COMVEC

Monday, September 9, 2019  | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | JW Marriott Indianapolis

Our featured speaker is Dan Williams, Director of Commercial Vehicle ADAS from ZF, discussing "Active Suspension".


Awards Presentation

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 I 9:00 a.m.

Following Tuesday's Opening Keynote presentation, help celebrate your fellow colleagues during the 2019 Awards Presentation.


Building Student Futures in STEM Through Direct Industry Executive Engagement

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 | 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

On September 10, 100 high school students—from 10 Indianapolis, IN area schools—will attend COMVEC to engage with industry professionals working in the commercial vehicle industry. Participating students will have the opportunity to meet with a mentor, attend technical panels, network with COMVEC committee members, and participate in an exclusive panel discussion on the “Future of Commercial Vehicles.”

Participating Schools:

  • Columbus East
  • Columbus North
  • Hamilton Southeastern
  • Lawrence Central
  • Lawrence North
  • Noblesville High School
  • North Central
  • Providence Cristo Rey
  • Sheridan Community
  • Westfield Washington School District

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Meet & Greet with Committee and Vice Chairs

Tuesday, September 10, 2019  | 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Join us in the Exhibit Hall 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. Each Committee chair/vice chair will be available to answer any questions for prospective committee members.


Networking reception at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum

Wednesday, September 11 | Time 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Registration: $25
Join your industry peers for a night out at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. The COMVEC networking reception provides the opportunity to continue building relationships with fellow attendees against a backdrop of one of the world’s premier collections of automotive and motor racing vehicles and artifacts, with special emphasis on the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race.

*Reception and bus transportation from the JW Marriott
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Technology Demonstrations at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Thursday, September 12 | Media 8 -10:00 a.m | COMVEC Attendees 10:00  a.m. -2:00 p.m.
Registration: $25
Participating companies will showcase new technologies for autonomous and electric vehicles from mid-size through Class 8 Trucks, plus off-highway equipment. Don’t miss your opportunity to see the infrastructure that is moving the commercial vehicle industry forward into the next generation.

Participating Companies include: