Small Powertrains and Energy Systems Technology Conference

October 31 - November 2, 2023 | Minneapolis, MN

Powering Innovation for Small Engines

In partnership with the Japanese Society of Automotive Engineers (JSAE), SAE’s Small Powertrains and Energy Systems Technology Conference (SETC) is coming back to the Midwestern United States to provide a forum for global OEMs, suppliers, researchers and engineers to discover and discuss innovative and emerging technologies in small engine and motor performance, fuel economy and energy efficiency, and reduced emissions.

Small engine devices of 1600cc or less — like motorcycles, scooters, personal mobility vehicles, portable power generators and gardening hand tools — are being held to the same requirements for emission controls and fuel efficiency as the light and heavy-duty sectors, with a push toward all electric propulsion. This is your chance to connect with lead scientists and engineers in the field for critical discussions and relevant presentations on new technologies and how they are being applied.


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Keynote Speaker

Jeff Matthews

Vice President of Engineering, Powertrain - Polaris


Development of Powersports Powertrains Which Delight Customers and Meet The Challenges of a Changing Global Environment


Jeff Matthews is the Vice President of Powertrain Engineering at Polaris Inc, the global leader in powersports. In this role, Jeff has responsibility for electric powertrains and internal combustion engines in single cylinder, parallel and v-twin two cylinder and four-cylinder configurations, both naturally aspirated and turbocharged. Prior to joining Polaris in 2016, Jeff spent 21 years at Cummins working in its Engine, Power Generation and Research & Development organizations including an expat assignment to the UK. Jeff has a degree in Physics from The College of the Holy Cross, a Master of Engineering from Purdue University and an ScD in Mechanical Engineering from MIT where his research was focused on combustion and controls.

Michael Chrzanowski

President & CEO of Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (YMUS)


Yamaha Motor Corporation's Transformation Approach for Carbon Neutral Challenges Means Rethinking Solutions for Society


Michael Chrzanowski is the President & CEO of Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (YMUS). In addition, he is an Executive Officer of Yamaha Motor Corporation (YMC), it’s global headquarters in Japan. Mike oversees US and Canadian operations of the over $5 billion company that is a recognized leader in the outdoor recreation industry. The company's product offerings include Motorcycles, Scooters, ATVs, Side- by-Side vehicles, Snowmobiles, WaveRunner personal watercraft, jet-powered Boats, Outboard Motors, Outdoor Power Equipment, Power Assist Bicycles, Golf Cars, Power Assist Wheelchair Systems, Surface Mount Technology (SMT) and Robotic Machines, Unmanned Helicopters, Accessories, Apparel, Yamalube products, and more. YMUS products are sold through a network of distributors and dealers in both the United States and Canada.

Michael joined Yamaha at its largest North American manufacturing site in Georgia in 2001 and rose to be its President in 2017. He was also instrumental as Co-Chairman of YMC’s Global Executive Transformation for Manufacturing and creating YMC’s Global Manufacturing Council. In 2022, Michael was promoted to be 1st non-Japanese President of YMUS. Prior to joining Yamaha, Michael spent 15 years in the automotive sector. Michael has Dual Masters Degrees from MIT with a MS in Mechanical Engineering and a MS in Management.

Unlike competitive events, SETC addresses the common challenges/solutions to small powertrain development for a variety of applications:

  • ATVs
  • Outboard motors
  • Assisted bicycles
  • Agricultural machinery
  • Motorcycles
  • Snowmobiles
  • Unmanned vehicles
  • Lawn and garden equipment
  • Scooters
  • Recreational vehicles
  • Snowplows/blowers
  • Hand tools
  • Personal mobility vehicles
  • Utility vehicles
  • Portable power generators
  • And more
  • Watercraft
  • Power assist devices
  • Small and micro-combined heat and power systems


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