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Special Networking Events at 2023 COMVEC

SAE COMVEC Powertrain & Defense Dinner and Tech Presentation SOLD OUT!


Monday, September 18 – 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Hosted at Navistar Headquarters

Come join us the evening before COMVEC 2023 at Navistar Headquarters, as the SAE Chicago & Indiana Section along with the SAE Powertrain Committee will be holding a section event, dinner and networking. Technical talks will focus on Powertrain Defense, Commercial Heavy-Duty Vehicles with opening remarks by Tony Sutton, Senior Vice President R&D Engineering, Navistar, and technical talks from Jason Ellis, Allison Transmission and Ben Chiswick, Drive Systems Design. Make plans to join us and register on the SAE registration page. Limited to 100 attendees. Transportation will not be provided.

Questions should directed to Melissa Jena at

Event Organizers: Tim Alfermann, BorgWarner & Chair, SAE Indiana Section | Timothy Hicks, Professional Analysis and Consulting Inc & Chair, SAE Chicago Section | Michael Behling, Ann-Marie Williams, Navtej Singh, Navistar | Anand Nageswaran Bharath, Aswin Ramesh, Cummins | Chris Bitsis, Southwest Research Institute | Russ Truemner, Systems Research Engineering LLC | Alexander Taylor, Bmts Technology US Corporation

Hands-On Vehicle Display

Don’t miss this opportunity to see, touch, and experience the newest in commercial vehicle innovation. The following companies will be on-site to showcase their new vehicle technologies.


Free Book Signing

Tuesday, September 19

SAE will host the following book authors and industry experts at the SAE Booth on the Exhibit Show Floor on Tuesday, September 19th during the following times:


•    10:00 -11:30 a.m. – Dan Williams, Generalized Vehicle Dynamics

Dan Williams, Director, ADAS and Autonomy, Commercial Vehicle Division, ZF Group
In his debut SAE title, Generalized Vehicle Dynamics, Dan applies a combination of theoretical and practical approaches, and uses conventions not found in other dynamics texts. 



•    12:30 – 1:30 p.m.  Peter Subke, Diagnostic Communication with Road-Vehicles and Non-Road Mobile Machinery

Peter P. Subke, Director Business Development, Softing AE GmbH
Diagnostic Communication with Road-Vehicles and Non-Road Mobile Machinery examines the communication between a diagnostic tester and E/E systems of road-vehicles and non-road mobile machinery such as agricultural machines and construction equipment.


High School STEM Education

Over 200 high school students will attend COMVEC Wednesday, September 20. Students will have the opportunity to be matched with mentors, attend educational sessions, interact with exhibiting companies, and participate in the days networking functions.

Participating Schools
High School District 214 | Wolcott High School | High School District 211 | Chicago Public Schools