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SAE 101: WCX WORLD CONGRESS
(SAE 101 focuses on one specific and especially important
aspect of SAE per issue.)
For breadth and depth, nothing beats WCX World
Congress Experience for learning about the challenges
automotive engineers face-and how they are overcoming those challenges. But the event is more than
challenges and solutions; it's also a celebration of the
automotive engineering profession and an opportunity
for career advancement.
In short, it's the place to be if you are an automotive
engineer-or a college engineering student interested in
the automotive industry. The networking opportunities
will be unrivaled, and a career fair with resume clinic
will put potential jobs literally on the table. Students will
receive a discount on the registration fee and special
treatment in the restricted SAE Member Lounge.
This year's WCX is slated for April 10-12. Thousands
of engineers from all over the globe will converge on
Detroit's Cobo Center to share their knowledge and to
soak in others' knowledge.
Knowledge exchange takes place in a wide variety of
formats and activities at WCX. The technical sessions
are where exchange of the deepest, most technical
knowledge happens. This year, engineers and related
professionals will present more than 1,000 papers,
covering everything from powertrain and vehicle
electrification to crashworthiness and lighting. Also
covered in depth will be the infrastructure with which
vehicles interact and the tools and methods that
engineers use to do their jobs.
Generally, multiple paper presentations are made in
any particular session.
Tech papers at 2018 WCX are organized into one
of six technology tracks: body/chassis/occupant and
pedestrian safety/structure; advanced propulsion/
powertrain; materials and lightweighting environment/emissions/sustainability/thermal management;
design and manufacturing; and automotive electronics/
More than 200 of the tech papers for 2018 WCX are
authored or co-authored by students.
WCX (called SAE World Congress till 2017) also
offers less technically oriented formats and venues
for knowledge exchange. For more forward-looking
technologies there is the Tech Hub. Elon Musk's
Hyperloop concept-for which he held a student design
contest that readers of MOMENTUM may be familiar
with-will be one of the futuristic technologies discussed.
New for 2018 is a co-located SAE event called
Connect2Car, consisting of almost 20 presentations
20 March 2018
Carla Bailo, SAE Vice PresidentAutomotive, will moderate a
WCX Leadership Summit panel.
The "car guy" of car guys, Bob
Lutz, will deliver the keynote
presentation on April 11.
and panel discussions aimed squarely at emerging autonomous car
developments and challenges. C2C sessions will be held in various
venues within Cobo Center.
Most of the other knowledge-exchange forums will take place on the
show floor in specialized venues. The Learning Lab is a small theater
that allows for one-on-one interaction with companies exhibiting
new technologies. Another venue is called the Knowledge Bar, where
subject-matter experts act as "bartenders" in leading discussions and
Q/A with attendees who actively participate.
Automotive companies will be recruiting engineers in the SAE Career
Fair, which includes a resume clinic in addition to many job postings.
To be held in a part of the show floor called The Exchange, the
Leadership Summit involves executive-level presentations and
discussions on the business of technology. Carla Bailo, SAE Vice
President-Automotive, will serve as moderator for one of the six sessions.
The show floor in and of itself serves as an educational opportunity
by providing attendees the opportunity to take an up-close look at
various new technologies.
WCX features include keynote presentations by industry
heavyweights such as the outspoken and colorful Bob Lutz, perhaps the
most dominant figure in the automotive industry before his retirement
from General Motors in 2010. Another scheduled keynoter is Ken Kelzer,
Vice President, Global Vehicle Components and Subsystems, General
Motors. Mark Reuss, President of GM North America, will deliver the
keynote address at the annual SAE Banquet, which brings together
hundreds of the most influential people in the automotive industry to
celebrate and support the SAE Foundation.
GM's heavy participation in the keynotes reflect its role as Executive
Lead Company for WCX 18.
An awards ceremony to recognize dozens of engineers and related
professionals for their work in advancing SAE and the automotive
industry is another key feature of WCX.
For more information on the event, visit wcx18.org/.
By Patrick Ponticel, MOMENTUM editor
Momentum - March 2018
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Momentum - March 2018
Momentum - March 2018
Companies mine talent at CDS competitions
All quiet on the snowmobile front
Monash University a double winner at Formula SAE-Australia
A return to glory days?
Setting the record straight on Baja SAE technical inspection
Paccar reveals new and future tech at CES 2018
OA-X contender moonlights as AFRL testbed
Chevy unveils larger, lighter 2019 Silverado
Students get the spotlight at SAE Carolina Section meeting
SAE 101: WCX World Congress Experience
More U.S.-born faculty: a university responsibility
Dossier: Lauren Goulet of John Deere
Help yourself by helping others
Just announced: new student scholarships—apply by March 15
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Momentum - March 2018 - Contents
Momentum - March 2018 - Companies mine talent at CDS competitions
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Momentum - March 2018 - All quiet on the snowmobile front
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Momentum - March 2018 - Monash University a double winner at Formula SAE-Australia
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Momentum - March 2018 - A return to glory days?
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Momentum - March 2018 - Setting the record straight on Baja SAE technical inspection
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Momentum - March 2018 - Paccar reveals new and future tech at CES 2018
Momentum - March 2018 - OA-X contender moonlights as AFRL testbed
Momentum - March 2018 - Chevy unveils larger, lighter 2019 Silverado
Momentum - March 2018 - Students get the spotlight at SAE Carolina Section meeting
Momentum - March 2018 - SAE 101: WCX World Congress Experience
Momentum - March 2018 - More U.S.-born faculty: a university responsibility
Momentum - March 2018 - Dossier: Lauren Goulet of John Deere
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Momentum - March 2018 - Just announced: new student scholarships—apply by March 15
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