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SAE Meeting Review ASSIGNMENT 7 - SOCIETY OF AUTOMOTIVE ENGINERS (SAE) CONVERGENCE CONFERENCE REVIEW University of Michigan Industrial and Operations Engineering 436 Dr. Paul Green © Human Factors in Computer Systems Winter, 2010 Expected Learning Objectives To see first hand what constitutes a professional conference and convince you that attending professional conferences must be a part of your future. Background One of the course goals of IOE 436 is to provide general professional training as an engineer. As stated several times, attending professional meetings is very important for engineers. These meetings help engineers to (1) maintain and enhance their technical prowess, (2) provide employment opportunities, and most importantly, (3) network with other engineers and gain ideas about how they can do their jobs better. From past experience, the only way most students are convinced of the importance of professional meetings (and to later argue to attend them on the job), is to have attended one and observed their value. Every other year, the Society of Automotive Engineers Convergence meeting is held at Cobo Hall in Detroit. The meeting is concerned with automotive electronics and information technology. The meeting has both technical sessions (papers) and exhibits concerning automotive technology. Human factors/ergonomics is only a small part of the technical content, but there is sufficient content for our purposes. See for additional information on the meeting. Most professional meetings have registration fees that are several hundred dollars for regular members and well over $100 even for students. Convergence is free for students if you are a student member of SAE, but being a student member costs $10 ( Otherwise, you could join SAE as a regular member ($100/year, $90 on line) and pay $495 before the registration October 1 deadline, $695 afterward. If you attend as a student member and you miss the registration deadline, then you will need to register on site, which usually is a hassle, and could take an hour or 2. As a precaution, since sometimes the registration rush brings the SAE web site down, do not wait until the last minute to register. There are no other national conferences that I know of that meet during the fall semester with the desired combination of engineering content, close proximity, and low cost. Admittedly, one day of the meeting overlaps with the fall break, which could be good or bad, and for those of you that will be away, you have no choice as to when to go. Keep in mind that the date of the conference was not selected for the convenience of this class. The content of several sessions is quite relevant to this course. For those 1
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This note was uploaded on 09/28/2010 for the course IOE 437 taught by Professor Green during the Fall '10 term at University of Michigan.

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