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Automotive ‘lightweighting’ seminar to be held Oct. 15 at Macomb Community College

– Monday, September 22, 2014 12:00AM

Event includes panel discussion featuring industry leaders

The American Society of Body Engineers (abse) Foundation, with support from Macomb Community College's Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT), is hosting a technical seminar called Lightweighting: The Implications for Automotive Design Development, to be held Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 5:30-8 p.m., at the Lorenzo Cultural Center, 44575 Garfield, Clinton Township.

The event will feature networking and a panel discussion on two of the automotive industry’s hottest topics: the use of advanced lightweight materials and new joining technologies.  The panelists are: Greg Schroeder, assistant director and senior research engineer, Center for Automotive Research; Jeff Conklin, engineering manager, Cosma International Group of Magna International; and Matt Zaluzec, technical leader, global materials and manufacturing research for Ford Motor Co.

Weight reduction through the use of advanced materials such as metals, polymers, composites and intermetallic compounds is recognized by the automotive industry as one of the most effective ways to increase the fuel economy of vehicles while reducing emissions. This event will examine some of the newest applications of these technologies and how they might be applied in the future.

The seminar is free to attend, but pre-registration is required.  For further information and to register, visit:

About the abse Foundation
The abse Foundation seeks to promote design excellence by the creative application of scientific and engineering principles. It promotes design and engineering as a career choice, recognizes the achievement of students with scholarships and awards that demonstrate creativity, and brings colleges and industry together to provide skill upgrades for the design community.

About CAAT

Established in 2010 with funding from the National Science Foundation, CAAT is an alliance between Macomb Community College and Wayne State University (WSU) collaborating with industry, academia and government to provide a spectrum of educational opportunities and resources with technical focus areas in advanced automotive including vehicle electrification, materials lightweighting, and automated and connected vehicle technologies.  CAAT is housed in the Macomb Community College Advanced Technology Center, on Macomb’s South Campus in Warren, and has a satellite office at WSU’s Engineering Technology Division in Detroit.

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually.  Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges.  The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

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