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Visteon Corporation will demonstrate its automotive intellect at the 2008 SAE World Congress April 14-17 at Detroit's Cobo Center, with experts involved in organizing nine technical sessions, giving five presentations and submitting three technical papers.
"The SAE World Congress offers an opportunity for those of us in the auto industry to share insights on technological advancements and trends for a changing global industry," said Tim Yerdon, director, Visteon global innovation. "As a company rich in innovation and thought leadership, Visteon is pleased to share what we have learned with our engineering colleagues to help move the industry forward, while benefiting from their knowledge as well.
"The number of Visteon employees who have dedicated their time and passion to this event -- both directly and indirectly -- is impressive and reflects the breadth of our automotive expertise," Yerdon added.
Joe LaRussa, a Visteon program manager, is one of nine Visteon experts who have organized and will lead technical sessions at the SAE World Congress. LaRussa, who is organizing the Management and Leadership in Engineering and Manufacturing Organizations session, said he volunteered for the role after attending last year's Congress. He has dedicated a considerable amount of time over the past year to ensure the session is a success.
The responsibilities of a technical session organizer are all-encompassing. The role entails soliciting authors for the papers, establishing a review committee, facilitating feedback to the authors, reviewing presentations and then finally, giving welcoming remarks the day of the session and introducing the presenters.
LaRussa started soliciting abstracts for the session nearly a year ago. He noted that serving as a session chair is not only a great way to make business contacts, but also to expand one's knowledge base and area of expertise -- "especially if you have always focused on engineering."
The Management and Leadership in Engineering and Manufacturing Organizations session will take place at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, in room W1-52. This half-day session will focus on unique circumstances and issues in the automotive industry that can drive leadership development and management skill.
Other Visteon organizers include: Neville Bugli, organizer - Total Engine and Exhaust Systems Filtration and Separation (April 14) Chris Shaw, organizer and chairperson - Noise and Vibration (Part 2 of 3) Intake / Exhaust, Chassis NVH and Engine/Powertrain (April 14) Rainer Neumann, chairperson - Automotive Lighting Technology (Part 2 of 3) (April 15) Paul Zalucha, organizer - Integrated Manufacturing - Virtual Engineering (April 15) Ravi Thyagarajan, organizer and chairperson - Advances in Instrument Panels and Interiors (Part 1 of 2) (April 17) Ravi Thyagarajan, organizer and chairperson - Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) Methods for Automotive Interiors (Part 2 of 2) (April 17) Igor Belokour, organizer and chairperson - Electromagnetic Compatibility (April 17) Michael Bosley, organizer and chairperson - Electromagnetic Compatibility (April 17) Visteon technical paper authors include: Rainer Neumann, "Glare Free Headlamp - First Approach and System Definition" Rainer Neumann, "Nanotechnology Surface Modifications for Anti-fog Applications in Automotive Lighting and Sensor Serial Production" David Hung, "Gasoline Fuel Injector Spray Measurement and Characterization - A New SAE J2715 Recommended Practice Visteon presenters include: Rainer Neumann, "Glare Free Headlamp - First Approach and System Definition" (April 15) Rainer Neumann, "Nanotechnology Surface Modifications for Anti-fog Applications in Automotive Lighting and Sensor Serial Production" (April 16) David Hung, "Gasoline Fuel Injector Spray Measurement and Characterization - A New SAE J2715 Recommended Practice (April 16) Robert Knoell, panel member, "Robustness Validation - Fad or Wave of the Future?" (April 16) Ravi Thyagarajan, panel member, "Supplier Panel Discussion" (April 17)
The SAE World Congress is a forum that brings together vehicle manufacturers, suppliers, government and academia from around the world for the exchange of ideas on the state of advanced automotive technology and business.
About Visteon Corporation
Visteon Corporation is a leading global automotive supplier that designs, engineers and manufactures innovative climate, interior, electronic and lighting products for vehicle manufacturers, and also provides a range of products and services to aftermarket customers. With corporate offices in Van Buren Township, Mich. (U.S.); Shanghai, China; and Kerpen, Germany; the company has facilities in 26 countries and employs approximately 41,500 people.
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