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DATE: May 2, 2003

UM-Dearborn College of Engineering and Computer Science
to hold symposium on advanced automotive materials

DEARBORN---The Center for Lightweighting Automotive Materials and Processing (CLAMP) at the University of Michigan-Dearborn will host a one-day symposium on innovative automotive materials and processing on May 15.

"Researchers and practitioners will look at the status and applications of some recent research and development efforts focusing on making lighter-weight automobiles," according to P.K. Mallick, professor of mechanical engineering and director of the interdisciplinary programs in the UM-Dearborn College of Engineering and Computer Science. "It will also provide a forum for exchanging information, expressing views and developing dialog on the future research needs of structural automotive materials."

Featured presentations will look at developments in steel, aluminum alloys, magnesium alloys, polymer matrix composites and other materials. Participants will include engineers, managers, researchers and students interested in learning about recent research at automotive companies, national labs, universities and material suppliers.

"In addition to the invited presentations, there will be ample opportunity to ask questions and engage in informal discussions on related technical issues and concerns," Mallick said. "One of the objectives of the symposium will be to promote interdisciplinary thinking about vehicle weight reduction."

UM-Dearborn's Center for Lightweighting Automotive Materials and Processing has received support from the Department of Energy to study materials that have the potential to reduce the weight of cars and light trucks. Reducing the weight of vehicles could help improve fuel efficiency and reduce pollution.

Registration for the symposium will cost $35 and include continental breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks. The program will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For registration or more information, contact Mallick at pkm@umich.edu, or call Sherry Boyd at (313) 593-5582.

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