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  • 2019 CAAT Conference

    Is Electrification the Future?

    May 10, 2019

    8:00 am - 1:00 pm

    Macomb Community College
    South Campus, K Building

  • Conference Overview

    Join us at this popular event to hear from industry, government, and STEM leaders about the:

    • automotive industry’s continued focus on, and the growth of electric vehicles (EVs)
    • current status of market acceptance of EVs
    • EV charging network, fast charging, charge rate, and range anxiety
    • Michigan STEM Advisory Council and the state’s STEM programming that is helping to make the state a world leader in STEM education
    • many STEM activities in Michigan that focus on developing skills that will help students gain proficiency in collaboration, questioning, problem-solving, and critical thinking that will better prepare them for the many STEM jobs that are currently and will continue to be available to meet the needs of industry
    • Michigan Workforce Development Agency’s efforts to work directly with federal, state, and local partners to implement workforce and education programs and develop policies that align with and support the state’s key workforce strategies

    Several local students will be on hand to share their STEM experience and pathways in a panel format, moderated by their teacher, Douglas Baltz, who is Instructional Leader, STEM R&D at Birmingham Public Schools and a member of the Southeast Michigan STEM Ecosystem Executive Board.

    There will be a special area for conference attendees to speak with leaders of various Michigan STEM organizations to learn about the many ways available to engage students in STEM. If you are a local STEM organization, or work for a company engaged in STEM activities, and wish to have a table, please contact Sherri Doherty, CAAT Assistant Director, at 586-447-8618 or dohertys@macomb.edu.

    Target Audience

    The conference is targeted to automotive industry representatives and secondary and post-secondary automotive educators, counselors, and administrators. Representatives from automotive-related government and professional organizations are also encouraged to attend.


  • Keynote Speaker

    Jeff Lowinger

    Jeff Lowinger
    President, eMobility
    Vehicle Group, Eaton

    Jeff Lowinger recently was named President, eMobilty, Vehicle Group, Eaton. He previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Industrial Sector, Eaton.

    In this role, Lowinger will be responsible for leveraging expertise from Eaton’s Electrical and Vehicle Groups for the development of electrified components and power management technology on- and off-road vehicles.

    Lowinger joined Eaton from Bell Helicopter, a division of Textron, where he served for the past five years as executive vice president, engineering, Xworx and Commercial Programs. Prior to joining Bell Helicopter, he spent 25 years with Boeing Rotocraft, where he held a series of executive engineering and program leadership positions.

    He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University in New Jersey. 

    Lowinger is active in promoting science, technology, engineering and math curriculum, and has served on advisory boards at Rutgers University, Texas Christian University and Penn State University.


  • Featured Speakers

    Megan Schrauben

    Megan Schrauben
    MiSTEM Network Executive Director
    State of Michigan

    Megan Schrauben is the MiSTEM Network Executive Director for the State of Michigan which includes facilitating the activities of the Governor’s MiSTEM Advisory Council and granting dollars for state STEM programming. The state office for MiSTEM is housed at the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget (DTMB) and coordinates efforts with the MI Department of Education (MDE).

    Megan holds a B.S. in physics and mathematics education from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Applied Science from Michigan Technological University. During her tenures at these institutions her passion for integrated STEM instruction grew out of research internships at CERN in Switzerland, Fermilab near Chicago, the NSCL at MSU, and a teaching/engineering position in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

    Prior to coming to the DTMB, Megan taught high school physics and math in Jackson, MI, was Director of the Mathematics and Science Center in Jackson County where she also served as President of the MI Mathematics and Science Centers Network, then moved to the MDE where she was the Integrated Instruction Consultant. Currently Megan serves as a Director at Large for the Council of State Science Supervisors and as an appointed member of the Governor’s Future Talent Council 21st Century Talent Creation Subcommittee.


    Stephanie Beckhorn

    Stephanie Beckhorn
    Workforce Development Agency

    Stephanie Beckhorn has nearly 20 years of experience in workforce and economic development. As the Director of the Workforce Development Agency, Beckhorn works directly with federal, state, and local level partners to effectively implement key workforce and education programs, including the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Wagner-Peyser, Adult Education, the Trade Act, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), King-Chavez-Parks (KCP), Perkins, Going PRO Talent Fund, Community Ventures and the Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT2). Beckhorn develops policies that align with, and support, the state’s key workforce development strategies. She actively engages internal and external stakeholders to ensure that policy and service delivery effectively address customer needs.

    Through her work at the Workforce Development Agency, Beckhorn was responsible for the creation and implementation of the Agency’s Unified Workforce State Plan. She developed and implemented Michigan’s federally recognized incumbent worker layoff aversion strategy and is a member of the employer-led Governor’s Talent Investment Board. She approaches projects in an inclusive manner and seeks solutions that are effective and replicable.

    Stephanie is a Certified Business Solutions Professional (CBSP) and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State Universitye.


  • Location and Maps

    MCC South location - 12 Mile Rd and Hayes

    Macomb Community College

    14500 E. 12 Mile Road
    John Lewis Student Community Center
    Building K, Room 301
    Warren, MI 48088-3896

    South Campus Map

    Click the map for driving directions.

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