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    This free conference by the Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT) was held at Macomb Community College's South Campus on May 2, 2014. The event was targeted towards automotive industry workforce development representatives as well as secondary and postsecondary automotive educators, counselors, and school administrators.

    The conference theme You Can’t See the Future in the Rearview Mirror was inspired by how the rapid pace of change in the automotive industry will continue and, in many ways will accelerate in part due to increasing fuel economy standards and the new technology needed to meet them. This conference examined the coming era for vehicle manufacturers and suppliers and what these changes in technology mean for educating and training the talent needed to support the industry now and in the future.

    More than 120 people attended the event, an approximate 50% increase over last year’s attendance for this relatively new automotive conference. Attendees represented an even mix of high school, community college and university level educators and administrators, and participants from industry, government and professional associations, making the event a great networking opportunity for all who attended!

    The conference was rated very highly by attendees. Of the attendees who completed the conference evaluation:

    • 91% indicated that their understanding of the trends in advanced automotive technologies increased by a “very large extent” or a “large extent” 
    • 88% indicated that they found the overall conference to be “extremely valuable” or “very valuable” 
    • 88% indicated that their awareness of advanced automotive technologies increased by a “very large extent” or a “large extent” 
    • 90% of respondents who identified themselves as educators at the k-12, community college or university level indicated that their teaching will improve as a result of learning new information at the conference 

    Special thanks to our co-sponsors: the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), the Design and Manufacturing Alliance (DMA), and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International. We very much appreciate their ongoing support!

    Keynote Speakers

    Plenary Sessions: Future Direction of the Automotive Industry

    Nigel Francis  John McEroy  Kristin Dziczek 
    Nigel Francis
    Senior Vice President, Automotive Industry Office
    Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
    John McElroy
    Host "Autoline Daily" and WWJ News Radio 950
    Kristin Dziczek
    Director, Industry & Labor Group
    Center for Automotive Research (CAR)


    Technical Sessions:

     Electric Vehicle Taxonomy   Lightweighting, the New Corvette  Ann Arbor Connected Vehicle Project
    Dan Claus  Tim Canning  Debby Bezzina 
    Dan Claus
    MCC Faculty
    Tim Canning
    Manufacturing Chief and Technical Fellow
    Manufacturing Engineering
    General Motors
    Debby Bezzina
    U of M Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)

    Ride & Drive

    An optional ride and drive was held in conjunction with the conference. Please visit our Ride & Drive page to learn more about this electrifying event!


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