2019 CAAT Conference - Is Electrification the Future?

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The 2019 conference addressed the societal changes and technology advancements that have led to electric vehicle development and acceptance. Presentations were made on educational and curriculum requirements necessary for creating the supporting workforce.  Continue to the bottom of the page for the Resource Link.

The Conference began with a view of how technology advancements have led to the rapid transformation of vehicle development.

Regulations for reducing vehicle emissions influenced the adoption of electric vehicles and shared mobility models. To supply the workforce needs, education must change to keep up with the pace of the vehicle evolution and provide a more diverse engineering curriculum. Training programs should focus on industry requirements and create an awareness of the global customer.

The state of Michigan has created STEM focused activities for students, and is promoting the professional trades with work-study educational programs. The Going PRO Talent Fund provides employers with funds for providing training in high-demand, high-wage careers.

In a panel discussion, students from Seaholm High School answered questions about their participation in STEM activities and externship experiences.

Keynote Speaker
Jeff Lowinger, President eMobility Vehicle Group, Eaton
Presentation: Engineers for Vehicles of Tommorrow

Megan Schrauben, Executive Director of MiSTEM Network, State of Michigan
Presentation: Shared Leadership Shared Responsibility

Bob Feldmaier, Director Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT)
Presentation: STEM Activities in Southeast Michigan

Stephanie Beckhorn, Director, Workforce Development Agency, State of Michigan
Presentation: Tackling the Skills Gap Through Collaboration

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1801150.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
HEV/EV System Technologies (HEV, EV, and Plug-in HEV)
Product Lifecycle:
Pre-production: Research, Design, Development, Testing, and Tooling
Resource Type:
Conference Material
Macomb Community College, Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT)
Author & Title:
Jeff Lowinger, President, eMobility, Vehicle Group Eaton, Megan Schrauben, Executive Director, MiSTEM Network, State of Michigan, Bob Feldmaier, Director, Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT), Stephanie Beckhorn, Director, Workforce Development Agency, State of Michigan
Date Developed:
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
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Education Level:
Middle School (6-8)
High School (9-12)
Undergrad Students (13-14)
Undergrad Students (15-16)
Graduate Students
General Public
Industry Professionals/Practitioners