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COMVEC Special Events

Discover New Connections

Take Advantage of World-Class Networking Opportunities

Don’t miss the numerous opportunities each day at COMVEC to connect with peers across the CV community who are looking to build relationships, share best practices, exchange ideas and share in successes. With a lineup of special events, you can forge new partnerships and make the right connections to build a powerful network.

SAE COMVEC Powertrain & Defense Dinner and Tech Presentation 

Monday, September 9 

5:30 - 8:30 p.m. 
Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel 
Cost: $25 per person

Come join us the evening before COMVEC 2024 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, 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 and Commercial Heavy-Duty Vehicles. Make plans to join us and register on the SAE registration page. 

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Top Golf - Young and Emerging Professionals Only

Tuesday, September 10

6:30-8:30 p.m. 
Cost: $25 per person 

Looking to up your networking game at COMVEC? Join fellow young and emerging professionals for an evening of Topgolf. Network in a casual setting with fellow young and emerging professionals while practicing your swing at this driving range. No golf experience required! Don't miss out on this opportunity to mix business with pleasure and forge new relationships or strengthen existing ones. Food and drinks will be provided.
Advanced registration required during registration check-out.


The L. Ray Buckendale Tech Talk & Networking Breakfast

Wednesday, September 11

7:30 – 8:45 a.m. 

Navigating the Road to Commercially-Viable Autonomous Vehicles

Join Keynote Don Burnette, Founder & CEO of Kodiak Robotics for this year’s Buckendale lecture, a special lecture geared for young and emerging professionals, but enjoyed by all.  



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Hands-On Vehicle Display

 Located right on the show floor -- don’t miss this opportunity to see, touch, and experience the newest in commercial vehicle innovation. 




NEW Mini Baja SAE  

Wednesday, September 11

A familiar name with a new twist on challenging collegiate teams to use additive manufacturing (AM) techniques to create and test fully functional scale models of their Baja SAE vehicles. This competition pushes the boundaries of innovation and engineering skills, allowing students to bring their designs to life on a digital platform before fabricating each part using cutting-edge methods.  

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