PHONE: (313) 593-5518
DATE: May 2, 2003
UM-Dearborn College of Engineering and Computer Science
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org,
or call Sherry Boyd at (313) 593-5582.