Transmission and Driveline Technologies Symposium

October 9-10, 2018 │ Plymouth, MI

Join fellow pacesetters at the industry’s most technical transmission and driveline event focused on systems integration, vehicle efficiency, and vehicle performance. Attendees at the SAE 2018 Transmission and Driveline Technologies Symposium get access to industry experts who are initiating high-level discussions about the latest changes, trends, and improvements in transmission and driveline technologies. Grab a front-row seat and explore the industry’s most timely and innovative developments in transmission and drivetrain systems at this highly technical event.

Justification Toolkit

You recognize the value of attending the Transmission and Driveline Technologies 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.

Justification Resources

Promotional Toolkit

Download this document filled with tips and tools to encourage participation and to support the success of the Transmission and Driveline Technologies Symposium.

Special Events

  • SAE/Timken-Howard Simpson Automotive Transmission and Driveline Innovation Award—Honor the industry’s most ingenious automotive engineer for their outstanding contributions toward technological progress and dissemination in the area of automotive transmission and driveline by submitting your nomination today. This award acknowledges new ideas, concepts, innovations or applications that will assist in improving this technology. Recognition may be for a singular accomplishment or lifetime achievement. The awardee will receive a $2000 honorarium and an engraved crystal memento. Presentation of this award takes place at the Transmission and Driveline Technologies Symposium.

Hotel Information

The Inn at St. John’s

44045 Five Mile Road
Plymouth, MI 48170

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: Sept. 21, 2018

Category By Sept. 21, 2018 After Sept. 21, 2018
SAE Members $1250 $1350
Nonmember $1560 $1660
Technical Program Participant
 (includes author, co-author, presenter, general committee member, session organizers & chairs, paper reviewers, award recipients)
SAE Student Member $400 $400
Nonmember Student $400 $400
Exhibitor Booth Personnel
Limit 1 per 8x8 booth space
(Exhibitor Id required to register in this category)
Free Free
Press (Credentials required) Before registering, please contact or

Registration packages include: Technical sessions, morning and afternoon breaks, lunches, reception

Conditions of Sale

Registrations received after September 21, 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 September 21, 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 September 21, 2018. Refunds will not be issued if cancellation occurs on or after September 21, 2018.

Registration Hours

  • Monday, Oct. 8: 3:00 - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, Oct. 9: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, Oct. 10: 7:30 am - noon