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
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.
One of the course goals of IOE 436 is to provide general professional training as an
As stated several times, attending professional meetings is very important for
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.
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
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.
http://www.sae.org/events/convergence/ 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
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
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.