Thermal Management Systems Symposium

October 15-17, 2019 │ Plymouth, MI

Benefits of Attending

Technical Expertise

Acquire practical knowledge about the latest thermal management technologies and regulations in the industry.

Peer-to-Peer Networking

Interact with your colleagues—key players and experts in the field—through networking opportunities designed to foster professional collaboration.

Industry Insight

Gain new skills through interactive presentations and demonstrations from industry thought leaders.

Why Should You Attend?

Attendees—ranging from engineers to industry executives—learn valuable solutions and strategies on how to navigate current and future thermal management challenges and needs related to the following examples and much more:

  • Regulations dictating changes to vehicle performance and emission release.
  • HEV’s, EV’s PHEV’s, FCV’s and automated vehicles.
  • Industry standards to define increased load on the engine of a vehicle due to air conditioner usage, which reduces fuel efficiency and increases CO2 emissions.

Event Venue

The Inn at St. John's

44045 Five Mile Road
Plymouth, MI 48170



Significant research and development capital is being invested by this industry as the stakes are high when it comes to emissions and direct energy consumption by vehicles. The symposium will cover specific topics including:

  • Autonomous and Connected Vehicle
  • Thermal Management
  • Alternative Refrigerants
    • New Developments in R744, R1234yf, blend refrigerants, and other alternative refrigerant systems
  • Human Factors including Thermal Comfort and Cabin Air Quality
  • Powertrain Energy Management
  • Thermal System and Components
  • Thermal Systems for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles
  • Thermal Systems for Commercial and Off-Road Vehicles
  • Thermal Simulation/Analysis/Modeling
  • Regulatory Topics
  • Vehicle Climate Control and Cabin Comfort
  • Vehicle Underhood Thermal Management
  • Waste Heat Recovery

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Justification Toolkit


You recognize the value of attending the Thermal Management Systems Symposium, 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 gain attendance approval from your manager.


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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 on site.

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.

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