COMVEC™ Digital Summit

New Technologies Driving Industry Transformation

Online & On-Demand
September 15-17, 2020

Introducing the COMVEC™ Digital Summit

A New Virtual Experience for the Commercial Vehicle Community


Immediately after the cancellation of our in-person 2020 COMVEC event, the Executive Leadership Planning Committee went into quick action to develop a virtual event that will feature the same in-depth content, expert speakers, and knowledge sharing that was scheduled for our in-person event.

Coming this September – safely to your home or office computer – industry leaders, engineers, researchers, government representatives, and more, discuss the most critical topics affecting the commercial (on- and off-highway) vehicle industry.

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Through a new slate of SAE Digital Summits, you’ll get the same leading keynotes, technical content and connections right from your office. A new efficient, economical and convenient event experience from SAE.

What can you expect at this digital summit?

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20+ Hours of Content

Gain insight into the future direction of R&D, learn from technical experts about innovative vehicle design and complex system integration, discover how start-ups and disruptive technologies are affecting the industry and hear from regulatory experts about the latest requirements in government emission standards. 

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5+ Hours of On-Demand Presentations

Stay up to date on the most critical topics and biggest issues impacting the commercial vehicle industry with over 5 hours of on-demand technical presentations.


The COMVEC Digital Summit platform is designed to be interactive and easy to use.  Network and collaborate with colleagues in the summit lounge with 1 on 1 conversations, engage in group chats, as well as convene with speakers/panelists in each individual session.

Meet Our Keynote Speakers

Tuesday Keynote

Suzanne Heywood

Chair and Acting Chief Executive Officer, CNH Industrial

Suzanne Heywood was appointed Chair of CNH Industrial N.V., in July 2018 and assumed the role of Acting Chief Executive Officer in March 2020. Lady Heywood became a Managing Director of Exor in 2016. Prior to that she worked at McKinsey & Company which she joined as an associate in 1997 and left as a Senior Partner (Director) in 2016. Suzanne co-led McKinsey’s global service line on organization design for several years and also worked extensively on strategic issues with clients across different sectors. She has published a book, “Reorg,” and multiple articles on these topics and has also acted as a visiting lecturer at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Suzanne started her career in the U.K. Government as a Civil Servant in the U.K. Treasury. At the Treasury she worked as Private Secretary to the Financial Secretary (who is responsible for all direct taxation issues) as well as leading thinking on the Government’s privatization policy and supporting the Chancellor in his negotiations at ECOFIN (the meeting of European Finance Ministers) in Brussels. Prior to that she studied science at Oxford University (BA) and then at Cambridge University (PhD).

Lady Heywood is also a Board Member of The Economist (where she is an Audit Committee member), a non-executive director of Chanel, a director of the Royal Opera House (where she is the Acting Chair) and of the Royal Academy of Arts Trust. She grew up sailing around the world for ten years on a yacht with her family recreating Captain James Cook’s third voyage around the world.

Born in 1969, British citizenship.

Tuesday Keynote

Jayanthi Iyengar

Chief Technology Officer, CNH Industrial

Presentation: Technology Driven Transformation, an Imperative for a Sustainable Industry

Jayanthi (Jay) Iyengar assumed the role of Chief Technology Officer in November 2019. 

She has over 30 years of international technology experience in the automotive, aerospace and advanced water technology fields, much of which she gained through roles of increasing importance with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Eaton Aerospace and Xylem Inc.

After starting her career in product development for Delphi/General Motors in 1988, Ms. Iyengar joined Chrysler in 1997 as a Powertrain Systems Engineer. This was followed by a series of roles of increasing importance in its powertrain division, and in 2005 was named Senior Manager and Chief Engineer of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ (FCA) Hybrid Development Center. From 2009 – 2012 Ms. Iyengar served as Global Director, Electrified Powertrains for FCA. In 2012 she joined Eaton Aerospace as Group Vice President Engineering and Technology, and from 2015 – 2019 she was the Senior Vice President, Chief Innovation and Technology Officer of Xylem Inc., a leading water technology company.

Jay Iyengar holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Mysore University, Karnataka, India, a Master’s degree MTech in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India, as well as a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University, Michigan, USA. She has also served on the board of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Vehicular Technology Society and is a current board member of Engineering Tomorrow, a non-profit focussed on promoting STEM education for underprivileged minority high school students.

Wednesday Keynote

Chuck Price

Chief Product Officer, TuSimple

Prior to joining TuSimple, Chuck led engineering and technical operations at truck platooning leader Peloton Technology.

Before entering the world of truck automation, Chuck had over 25 years experience in the development and management of innovative software technologies, as VP of Development at Oracle Corporation, VP Engineering at Active Reasoning, Inc. (acquired by Oracle), SVP at and, after the company’s acquisition by Yahoo, a Yahoo! SVP.

Before, Chuck was cofounder and CTO at Lumenare’ Networks (acquired by Dell as Gale Technologies), Director of Engineering at Freegate (acquired by Tut Systems), and Chief Engineer at Broadvision (NASDAQ: BVSN).

Chuck's background also includes 4 years at Sun Microsystems and 10 years at Digital Equipment Corporation.  He holds over 10 patents in software technologies, including fundamental patents in connected vehicle technologies and platooning, electronic commerce, cyber-security and cloud infrastructure management.

Thursday Buckendale Lecture

Michael Roeth

Executive Director, NACFE / Truck Operations Leader, Rocky Mountain Institute

Presentation: Transformational Technologies Reshaping Transportation, An Industry Perspective

Mike has worked in the commercial vehicle industry for over 30 years, is the Executive Director of the North American Council for Freight Efficiency and leads the Trucking Efficiency Operations for the Rocky Mountain Institute.  Mike’s specialty is brokering green truck collaborative technologies into the real world at scale.  He has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the Ohio State University and a Master’s in Organizational Leadership from the Indiana Institute of Technology.  Mike currently serves on the second National Academy of Sciences Committee on Technologies and Approaches for Reducing the Fuel Consumption of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles, is a Department of Energy Merit Reviewer for the SuperTruck programs and served as Chairman of the Board for the Truck Manufacturers Association.  He understands the customers, operations and intricacies of the commercial vehicle industry having held various positions in product development, engineering, reliability and quality, sales, materials and plant management with Navistar and Behr/Cummins.


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