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Testing autonomous vehicles focus of Macomb Community College’s 2018 Center for Advanced Automotive Technology Conference

– Tuesday, April 3, 2018 2:00PM

Registration is being taken now

Testing Tomorrow’s Autonomous Vehicles Today will be  the focus of Macomb Community College’s  2018 Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT) Conference, Friday, April 20, from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the college’s South Campus in Warren.  Speakers will provide perspective on how automakers are looking at the future of mobility and testing autonomous vehicles for endless possible driving scenarios. How technical training will need to adapt to meet changing demands will also be addressed.

Keynote speaker Carla Bailo, president and CEO, Center for Automotive Research (CAR), will discuss the future of mobility. Most recently vice president for mobility research and business development at The Ohio State University, she has more than 35 years of experience in the automotive industry. Other topics and speakers include:

  • Testing Autonomous Vehicles: Mark Chaput, vice president of construction and infrastructure development, American Center for Mobility
  • Autonomous Automation: How do we get to a Million Miles of Testing?:  Jace Allen, business development manager, dSpace, Inc.
  • Impact on the Workforce:  Michele Economou Ureste, executive director, Workforce Intelligence Network
  • STEM Activities in Southeast Michigan:  Bob Feldmaier, director, CAAT.

For the complete agenda, click here.

The conference is intended to provide actionable information to automotive industry representatives and secondary and post-secondary automotive educators, counselors and administrators. Also encouraged to attend are representatives from automotive-related government and professional organizations.

Macomb’s CAAT is an advanced technological education center that partners with industry, education, government and professional organizations to identify funding opportunities for the creation and adaptation of curricula in advanced automotive technology programs, helping students prepare for careers in new and developing technologies.

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 40,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan. 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.

Media contact: Sean M. Patrick, 586.445.7271,