Chamber Members Honored as 2019 Men of Excellence by Michigan Chronicle

Now in its 13th year, the Michigan Chronicle Men of Excellence Awards recognizes local African American men who inspire others through vision, leadership, exceptional achievements, and participation in community service. Awardees are champions of Michigan’s economic empowerment and diversity, the backbone of several businesses, driving forces in politics and service, and more. In 2019, 50 new honorees will join an exclusive society of more than 600 previously awarded professionals. Read more.

Several members of the Detroit Regional Chamber were recognized:

  • Sabin Blake, Manager, Corporate Giving, General Motors Co.; Class XL, Leadership Detroit
  • Willie Brooks Jr., President and CEO, Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority
  • Rodney E. Cole Sr., State Director, Government Affairs, DTE Energy
  • Dante Crockett, Chief Engineer, Features, Ford Motor Company
  • DeWitt S. Dykes Jr., Associate Professor of History, Oakland University
  • Alburn H. Elvin Jr., Manager, Board Relations, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
  • Tony R. Hawk, Deputy Executive Director, K-12 Mathematics, Detroit Public Schools Community District
  • Philip Henry, Assistant Vice President and Community Development Relationship Manager, Fifth Third Bank
  • Kevin D. Johnson, President and CEO, Detroit Economic Growth Corp.
  • Lamont R. Jones, Vice Chair, Department of Otolaryngology, Henry Ford Health System
  • Kenneth Kelly, Chairman and CEO, First Independence Bank, Board Member, Detroit Regional Chamber
  • David Lewis, President, AT&T Michigan; Board Member, Detroit Regional Chamber
  • Myron Lloyd, Legal Counsel, Information Technology, General Motors Co.
  • James C. Mays, Professor, Wayne County Community College
  • Richard Perkins, Institutional Trust Specialist, Fifth Third Bank
  • David Turner, Vice President, University Human Resources, Eastern Michigan University
  • Michael G. Workings, Medical Director for Sports Teams, Department of Family Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery, Henry Ford Health System

The Business Case for Increasing Education Access for Returning Citizens

“We can only be as successful as the communities we serve,” said Bank of America’s Matt Elliott.

On Wednesday, July 10, the Detroit Regional Chamber — in partnership with Bank of America, Corrections to College California, and the Vera Institute of Justice — hosted Investing in Futures at the Detroit Golf Club. The breakfast briefing featured the Chamber’s Sandy Baruah alongside national and local speakers to discuss access to postsecondary education for incarcerated or formerly incarcerated students.

“We don’t have the luxury of leaving any part of America behind,” Baruah said.

Recent reports by the Vera Institute of Justice and Corrections to College California offered findings on the economic and societal benefits of access to postsecondary education, from employment to public safety.

Vera’s 2017 report found that Michigan alone would save $10.7 million on incarceration costs if Congress were to repeal the federal ban on Pell Grants for incarcerated students. Postsecondary education in prison can help formerly incarcerated people overcome barriers, avoid recidivism, and rejoin communities. As Michigan faces a talent gap, greater access to postsecondary education provides potential workers with skills that employers seek.

“When you are faced with job applicants who fight so hard for their education, you have a potential employer who has already taken steps to put their past behind them and  overcome obstacles and develop critical thinking skills that are important for jobs,” said Opportunity Institute’s Rebecca Silbert.

Access to education in prison has an authentic impact. Brian Jones, an Eastern Michigan University (EMU) student set to graduate this fall, earned 28 college credits while incarcerated in 2014. He wrote college papers with golf pencils. Jones ultimately earned an associate degree from Oakland Community College, graduating summa cum laude.

“My transition from prison to real college and society was very smooth because of the people who helped me,” Jones said. He is set to graduate magna cum laude from EMU and runs his own business — a clothing store in Detroit called 10 20 30.

From the employer end, Ideal Group’s Frank Venegas recalls hiring gang members who eventually became longtime employees. At the time, the unemployment rate in Southwest Detroit was around 40%; now it’s down to 12%, he said.

“Ideal became a prison friendly workplace,” Venegas said.

Currently, regional industries and businesses require qualified, local employees and returning citizens with the educational experience, credits, and degrees are well equipped for the jobs.

“It’s foolish to cast them aside,” said University of Michigan’s Barbara McQuade.

Key Takeaways

  • Increasing access to education for returning citizens aligns with the Chamber’s region-wide goal, shared by Gov. Whitmer and several organizations, to improve the postsecondary attainment rate from 40% to 60% by 2030, targeting the 693,000 adults with some college but no degree.
  • Expanding access to postsecondary education in prison is likely to reduce recidivism rates and save states a combined $365 in costs per year, said Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality’s Laura Tatum. Most people in prison are academically eligible for postsecondary education but cannot gain access to resources. Read the fact sheet.
  • Corrections to College California reports that college in prison makes communities safer, saves money, and builds economy. Read the fact sheet.
  • There is a persistent stigma that surrounds returning citizens. While considering that not all felonies are created equal, employers should work to change attitudes, re-think hiring practices, and offer opportunities for several facets of the community.
  • Philanthropy arms of large corporations need to create wraparound services and programs for reentry services (i.e., food, housing etc.) and facilitate the transition for returning citizens.

MICHauto Convenes Automotive Executives at #MPC19

MICHauto Hosts Annual ‘Auto on the Island,’ Unveils Study Showing Auto Industry’s $225B Contribution to Michigan

“The $225 billion in statewide economic contribution demonstrates the health of the automotive industry in Michigan while also posing opportunities for its growth and transformation,” said Glenn Stevens, executive director of MICHauto and vice president of automotive and mobility initiatives at the Detroit Regional Chamber.

Prior to the 2019 Mackinac Policy Conference, the Chamber’s MICHauto initiative hosted its annual Auto on the Island program. A gathering of 40 automotive CEOs kicked off the event with two sessions featuring Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and “Autoline” host John McElroy. Automotive stakeholders discussed the challenges, opportunities, threats, and weaknesses in the industry, specific to Michigan.

The discussions on the island will influence MICHauto’s strategic agenda for the year; updates on the agenda will become available to investors in the coming months.

$225B Contribution to Michigan’s Economy
MICHauto released findings from a study demonstrating the comprehensive contribution of the automotive industry on Michigan’s economy. The study found that the automotive industry contributes a total of $225 billion to the state’s economy. Of that $225 billion, 83% is directly attributed to automotive manufacturing. Read more.

The Digital Supply Chain Evolution
The following day, MICHauto hosted more than 150 automotive industry experts and executives for the annual Automotive Roundtable to discuss the industry’s digital supply chain evolution. Read more.

Thank You Sponsors
Auto on the Island would not have been possible without presenting sponsor KPMG LLP and supporting sponsors Bank of America, Clark Hill, DENSO, GS3, Miller Canfield, Nexteer Automotive, Oakland Community College, Toyota, Warner Norcross + Judd, and Yazaki.

WATCH: Mackinac Moments On Distracted Driving, Mobility’s Future

‘Phones Down, Eyes Up’
General Motors Co.’s Steven Kiefer discussed distracted driving as a dangerous new cultural norm. He called on attendees to change their own habits and support policies that will make Michigan’s roads safer. Watch the full video.

Vision for the Future
May Mobility’s Alisyn Malek shared her vision for mobility in Michigan. With a background in automotive engineering, Malek caught the mobility bug early in her career, committing herself to developing robust, multi-modal transportation systems. Watch the full video.

In the News

WJR NewsTalk 760 AM:
Why Is MICHauto on The Island
Michigan’s Mobility Oppurtunity
What the Industry Must Do to Capitalize on the Opportunity: Change Perception
What the State of Michigan Must Do to Capitalize on the Opportunity: Pro Business Climate and Innovative Policy to Lead in Mobility

Application Now Open for Grants Up to $30,000 Through Detroit Regional Chamber and GM’s NeighborHUB Program

DETROIT, MICH. (July 17, 2019) – Today, the NeighborHUB community grant program opened its application period for registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations located in Detroit, Hamtramck, or Highland Park to apply for five grants up to $30,000 and additional business support. The application period will be open until Aug. 28, 2019 with awardees notified this fall.

Now in its second year, NeighborHUB is a collaborative effort between General Motors Co. (GM) and the Detroit Regional Chamber and is designed to empower residents to affect change in their neighborhoods through a physical presence and innovative programming. Last fall, eight grants were awarded, and the projects are coming to completion this summer through October.

“Over the last year, we have seen innovative approaches to tackling neighborhood problems through our first cohort of grant awardees,” said Tammy Carnrike, chief operating officer for the Detroit Regional Chamber. “We are looking to continue creating sustainability within Detroit neighborhoods and beyond the downtown district.”

The nonprofits that propose the most innovative and collaborative solutions to pressing issues facing their neighborhood will be awarded a grant.

“Detroiters are creating real and lasting change in the city,” said Terry Rhadigan, executive director of Corporate Giving at GM. “After watching last year’s projects come to life, we’re excited to see new ideas from our neighbors who understand their communities best.”

Successful proposals will have programming centered around a physical space and address a specific need or needs within the neighborhood (i.e., a vacant storefront or within an existing building; refurbishing a bus stop and organizing ride-sharing in that location; renovating a vacant storefront to provide services to adults to engage in education and work opportunities; building out an existing coffee shop to facilitate co-working and professional development; or improving a public park to provide after-school programming or promote community gathering).

Some examples of past projects include:

  • Detroit College Access Network and Detroit Parent Network collaborating to support the Pathways to Higher Education and Careers Center to connect parents and students to career pathways;
  • Detroit Phoenix Center supporting its Asset Based Resource Center Zen Zone to provide support services and a safe, inclusive and youth-centric environment for disconnected homeless and runaway youth;
  • Detroit Theater Organ Society utilizing the grant to foster neighborhood engagement by expanding a vacant lot adjacent to the Senate Theatre.

A committee with representatives from local organizations helps with the selection of grant recipients. In addition to the Chamber and GM, the committee includes representatives from the City of Detroit Department of Neighborhoods, Community Development Advocates of Detroit, and Michigan Community Resources.

For organizations looking to learn more, the Chamber will be hosting two informational sessions on Wednesday, July 24 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Co.act Detroit and Wednesday, July 31 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at TechTown Detroit. To apply or  register for an informational session, please visit

About the Detroit Regional Chamber

Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. As the voice for business in the 11-county Southeast Michigan region, the Chamber’s mission is carried out through creating a business-friendly climate and value for members, leading a robust economic development strategy, and convening Michigan’s most influential audience at the nationally unique Mackinac Policy Conference.

About General Motors

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM) has leadership positions in the world’s largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at

Hubbard Farms Neighborhood Association – July Update

The NeighborHUB grant the Hubbard Farms Neighborhood Association (HFNA) received is just one example of how HFNA collaborates with Clark Park, specifically the Clark Park Coalition, to create lasting change in our community. Deb Sumner, longtime Hubbard Farms resident and current member of both HFNA and the Clark Park Coalition, shares the story of her involvement and the ways the two groups support each other below.

As far back as 38 years ago, I recall myself and several of my fellow resident moms of the Hubbard Farms neighborhood choosing to care about our neighborhood Clark Park. We took on self-initiated volunteer tasks to make beautification improvements to our beloved Clark Park and question the City Recreation Dept. Supervisor regarding the quality of the programs at our Clark Park Youth Recreation Center.

For example, in the springtime we would transplant rescued perennials such as shade-loving Hosta plants and orange day lilies because we found them at vacant and burnt out houses in the city that we knew were slated for demolition. Another example was when we as neighborhood moms raising kids in Hubbard Farms found it frustrating that the Clark Park Youth Recreation Center did not host programs at the quality that they should have been for our kids. We found ourselves questioning the City Recreation Dept. Supervisor located in a downtown office regarding the quality of the youth programs. As moms, we didn’t appreciate how the staff would behave at the Clark Park Youth Center such as sitting on the tops of the tables and being more concerned about getting through their daily newspaper then engaging with the youth.

Fast-forward to 1991, the moms were not only active at Clark Park, we were active in our Hubbard Farms Community Group, a nonprofit neighborhood association. We secured a State of Michigan Public Health Grant to install the first State of Michigan bilingual exercise trail in Clark Park with the collaboration of the City of Detroit Recreation Dept. who provided the man-power to install it. It served a variety of purposes, one of which was to generate positive activity to an area in Clark Park that was being taken over by negative activity.

At the end of that summer of 1991, the moms learn by reading the local newspaper that the City Rec Dept. was closing 11 City Rec Centers due to budget cuts, one of which was our Clark Park Youth Rec Center with the last outdoor ice hockey and skating rink in the entire city. Some of the moms grew up ice-skating on our Clark Park ice rink, including myself. With the help of other neighborhood residents and nonprofit leaders, we formed what is still known to this day as the Clark Park Coalition to strategize and implement our plan to reopen our Clark Park Youth Rec Center & Ice Rink. With the help of an influential local businessman, Hank Aguirre of Mexican Industries, an automotive supplier for the big three and former Detroit Tiger baseball pitcher, we were able to get the keys for the Clark Park Youth Rec Center and secure permission for the moms and other neighborhood resident volunteers to reopen the Center that winter season!

Our Clark Park Coalition story is frankly an amazing story of a small, gallant group of local resident volunteers who cared enough to stand up to the city and say “no, thank you, we not accept your closing our Clark Park Youth Rec Center.”

The Clark Park Coalition continues today, 28 years later, serving our youth. I, along with many others who started this amazing journey with me couldn’t be prouder of our successes and carrying out a motto “Teaching Our Youth to Dream!”  Our volunteer adults have always been our youths’ role models and mentors, showing them by example that you can make your dreams come true.

Shared by Deb Sumner

CPC Founding Mom Member, Emeritus Chairperson & Present Board Officer, CPC Forever Volunteer, Former HFCG Board Member & Present HFNA Board Member

HELLA receives Innovation Award for Dual Voltage Battery Management System

  • Awarded with the AutomotiveINNOVATIONS Award 2019 as the most successful supplier in the Powertrain category
  • Dual Voltage Battery Management System Promotes Mild Hybridisation in the compact and mid-range class

Lippstadt, July 11, 2019

Lighting and electronics expert HELLA received the AutomotiveINNOVATIONS Award 2019 in the “Powertrain” category, a joint award by the Center of Automotive Management (CAM) and the auditing and consulting firm PwC. The decisive factor in this process was the new Dual Voltage Battery Management System that HELLA designed especially for the compact and mid-range segment. Thanks to the battery solution vehicles with combustion engines can be converted to mild hybrid vehicles. Over 337 innovations had been submitted by suppliers in total and four awards were presented by a top-class panel.

“We are delighted about the AutomotiveINNOVATIONS Award. It not only underlines how significant our commitments in electromobility are, but also particularly rewards the development work put in by HELLA’s team. Hybridisation with 48-volt systems offers great potential for CO2 savings. The Dual Voltage Battery Management System will help to bring this idea to life, especially in the compact and mid-range class,” said HELLA company spokesman Dr. Markus Richter, who accepted the award last Monday.

HELLA comprehensively supports customers on the way to electromobility and offers as a subsystem supplier products that support all stages of automotive electrification. HELLA has developed the Dual Voltage Battery Management System especially for mild hybrid vehicles in the compact and mid-range segment. It bundles the conventional, separate core elements of 48 V hybridisation (48 V battery, 12 V battery and DC/DC converter) in a single product with the package space of a conventional lead-acid battery. Depending on the application, the capacity of the installed Li-ion batteries is specifically used in the 12 V or 48 V vehicle electrical system.

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HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA, Lippstadt: HELLA is a global, family-owned company, listed on the stock exchange, with more than 40,000 employees at over 125 locations in some 35 countries. The HELLA Group develops and manufactures products for lighting technology and electronics for the automotive industry and also has one of the largest retail organizations for automotive parts, accessories, diagnostics, and services within Europe. With more than 7,000 people working in research and development, HELLA is one of the most important innovation drivers on the market. Furthermore, with sales of € 7.1 billion in the fiscal year of 2017/2018, the HELLA Group is one of the top 40 automotive parts suppliers in the world and one of the 100 largest German industrial companies.

For additional information please contact:

Dr. Markus Richter
Company spokesman
Rixbecker Straße 75
59552 Lippstadt, Germany
Phone: +49 2941 38-7545
Fax: +49 2941 38-477545

American Society of Employers (ASE) Releases 2019 Healthcare Insurance Benefits Survey Findings – Employee Education Stressed as a Means to Control Costs

Media Contact: Heather Nezich, Communications Manager, ASE, 248.223.8040,

Livonia, Mich. July 12, 2019 — American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, has released its 2019 Healthcare Insurance Benefits Survey. The annual survey, covering Michigan employers, examines the premiums, deductibles, and co-pays of employer-sponsored health plans as well as wellness benefits and cost control strategies.
Highlights of the ASE 2019 Healthcare Insurance Benefits Survey Include:
• Median premium increases (after plan changes) remained flat compared to data reported in last year’s study. According to this year’s sample, median premium increases were just 3% for the 2018 and 2019 plan years. Median increases for 2020 are projected to be 5%.
• A majority of the participants (38%) reported offering two types of health plans. The most utilized plan type continues to be the Preferred Provider Organization Plans (PPO) with 86% of companies offering this option. 39% of non-union firms offer an HMO compared to 35% a year ago. Much of that growth was among small employers (those with fewer than 50 employees).
• The three-tiered price structure (generic, preferred brand, non-preferred brand) for prescription drug plans remains as the most popular among traditional PPOs with 53% of non-unionized organizations reporting this structure. At 22% four-tiered price structures followed as the second most prevalent among Michigan employers.
• Median annual employer contributions to Health Savings Accounts (HSA) remained unchanged from the last three years with an employee only contribution totaling $500 and an employee + family contribution totaling $1,000 in non-unionized organizations.
Cost containment strategies were also addressed in the annual survey. Highlights include:
• The number one strategy that employers plan to implement in 2019 is increasing employee education regarding health plan features and costs (17%). This was followed closely by plans to implement/expand wellness programs, which top the list of strategies that companies are considering but have yet to set a timeline for.
• Slightly more than a quarter of those surveyed reported considering future employee costs share arrangements where employees will be required to incur a greater portion of the healthcare expense.
The ASE 2019 Healthcare Insurance Benefits Survey findings were announced by ASE President and CEO, Mary E. Corrado.
“It is encouraging that employee education is increasingly utilized as a means to control costs. Helping employees be better, more informed consumers, is key as more companies implement high deductible health plans or, in general, require employees to share more of the healthcare expense” stated Mary E. Corrado, ASE President & CEO.
Background information on the ASE 2019 Healthcare Insurance Benefits Survey:
• 217 organizations from across Michigan participated.
• Organizations with 50 to 499 employees nationally made up more than 52% of the survey sample, while organizations with more than 500 employees nationally represented nearly 29% of the sample. The remaining 18% of the sample came from organizations with fewer than 50 employees nationally.
• A variety of industries have been represented in the survey, with durable goods, manufacturing (41%) leading the pack. Trades and services (33%) were the second-largest industry representation.
To obtain a copy of ASE’s 2019 Healthcare Insurance Benefits Survey, contact ASE’s Survey Team at or 248.223.8025. This survey is available at no cost to ASE-member survey participants and is available for $1,350 for non-members.

Stäubli Technology Days to Showcase the Latest Robotics and Connector Solutions

For more info, contact:
Jan Abel
Senior Marketing-Communications Manager (North America)
Phone: (864) 486-5430

Open house event will present innovations for automotive manufacturers and packaging, pharmaceutical and food processing industries

Novi, Mich. (July 10, 2019) – Stäubli, a global manufacturer of quick release couplings and robotics systems, is hosting a Technology Days open house event for the manufacturing sector, August 27-29, at its training facility in Novi.

Stäubli will showcase a variety of automation cells highlighting innovative solutions to streamline manufacturing processes, open to the public from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.

“Stäubli has leveraged our 30 years of automotive experience to develop unique robotic systems with the high performance and flexibility for the industry’s demanding applications,” said Sebastien Schmitt, Robotics Division manager, Staubli North America. “Stäubli’s product range answers challenging production requirements and harsh environments from parts assembly to water-jet stripping, and our 6-axis machines, SCARA robots and fast pickers bring precision and reliability to production processes across the manufacturing spectrum.”

Stäubli will display its new TS2 SCARA series, a completely redesigned four-axis machine with proprietary JCS drive technology that facilitates ultra-short cycle times and high repeatability. It also features a fully encapsulated hygienic design, which enables new applications in sensitive environments. The TS2 offers a smart connected tool that allows the option of either automatic or manual connection and disconnections of various tools, managed by Stäubli’s CS9 controller.

Stäubli’s new TX2touch robot, featuring a highly responsive, touch-sensitive skin system designed to stop the machine whenever it comes into contact with a human being, will also be featured. The 6-axis, TX2 collaborative robots combine speed, rigidity, size and precision for high performance and have unique features that make them adaptable to all industries, including sensitive and complex environments.

Demonstrations during Technology Days include:

  • TX2 40: Man-robot collaboration level 2 and level 3 for assembly processes
  • TX2touch: Man-robot collaboration level 4 featuring Asyril’s flex feeding solution
  • TS2 60: Upgraded performance and tracking capabilities from Stäubli’s new SCARA robot
  • TX2 60: Coordinate measuring robot in partnership with Metrologic
  • TX2 90L: Bin picking solution with Visio Nerf
  • RX 160: Robot master programming and machining process
  • Education cell: Stäubli Robotic Suite offline programming with real-time functionalities
  • TX2 90 HE: Water-jet cutting and stripping solution
  • Best practices for robotic maintenance

Manufacturing experts from Stäubli will conduct educational seminars at 10 a.m. on the topic of man-robot collaboration and risk assessment and at 11 a.m. on AGVs and mobile robotic solutions each day of the event.

To register, click here: Stäubli Technology Days – August 27-29, 2019.

Stäubli has invited a number of its technical partners to display products and field questions from attendees to provide a full overview of the new technical trends of the automation industry. Presenting partners include the following:

  • SCHUNK is a leader for gripping systems and clamping technology. With more than 11,000 standard components, SCHUNK offers the world’s largest assortment of gripping systems and clamping technology from one source. com
  • Visio Nerf offers easy-to-use and highly effective 3D smart cameras for the localization of parts (bin picking) and quality control in production-specific contexts. com/
  • Asyril produces an award-winning series of Asycube flexible feeders that offer high-performance part feeding and pre-orientation with an optimal and fast surface distribution of bulks parts. They are compatible with almost all part geometries for part sizes ranging from 0.1 mm to 150 mm. com/en/
  • Metrologic Group is a global 3D metrology software frontrunner, specializing in the design and development of industry-leading, high-tech, 3D measurement software solutions associated electronics and integration services. fr/
  • Koops provides custom automation solutions integrating a wide range of assembly, inspection, processing, and robotic technologies. Koops customizes solutions from concept to completion including the design, build, programming, launch, and service of automation equipment. com/
  • Rockwell Automation integrates control and information across the enterprise to help industrial companies and their people be more productive. Their products optimize industrial operations through control systems, information software, motor control devices, sensing devices and network technology, which help customers, turn data into actionable insights. com/
  • Beckhoff utilizes PC-based control technology to offer an open and universal automation solution for almost all industries. Besides Industrial PCs, I/Os and fieldbus components, as well as drive technology and the TwinCAT automation software, the range of products encompasses a uniform, scalable and modular control system. com/

About Stäubli North America

Stäubli North America has over 200 employees supporting Connectors, Robotics and Textiles customers. The company’s North American headquarters is located in Duncan, S.C., and the sales force is strategically placed on the West Coast, Canada, Mexico and elsewhere thoughtout the continent.

Stäubli is a leading manufacturer of textile machinery, quick release couplings and robotics systems. With a workforce of over 5,500 employees Stäubli is present in 29 countries supported by a comprehensive distribution network in 50 countries worldwide.

For more information, visit

Walsh to Unveil New Programs at Admissions Day July 24

TROY, Mich., July 10, 2019 — Walsh will host Admissions Day for prospective students on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. at all locations including Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, Port Huron and Farmington Hills. Prospective students can have transcripts evaluated by a Walsh academic advisor, learn about Walsh’s bachelor’s and master’s programs in business and technology and receive an on-the-spot admission decision. Virtual advisor meetings are available and early morning appointments may be made in advance at the Troy location. Application fees will be waived and advanced registration is recommended.

Information sessions at the Troy location will include a student experience discussion panel, financial aid lab and an unveiling of new programs for the fall 2019 semester.

“Choosing a school is a major decision, and students who choose Walsh typically have very busy lives,” said Jason Sweet, Director of Admissions and Outreach. “Admissions Day provides all the information and resources a student needs to make an informed decision and feel confident in their future plans.”

To learn more and register for Walsh Admissions Day, please visit


Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school, offering classes in several locations as well as online. Our nationally ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (

Registration Now Open for SAE International’s Innovations in Mobility

Registration Now Open for SAE International’s Innovations in Mobility
Technical community to explore the latest innovations shaping the future of mobility

Warrendale, P.A., July 11, 2019 – Registration is now open for SAE International’s Innovations in Mobility, which will be held October 29-31, 2019 in Novi, MI. The Innovations in Mobility event co-locates and builds upon eight previously held SAE events with new technology topics into one premier conference addressing the fundamental issues facing the mobility industry amid the evolving technology marketplace.

“As the mobility industry evolves at a rapid pace, professionals from a variety of disciplines are faced with unprecedented challenges every day – from ensuring infrastructures support the demands of autonomous vehicles to developing new manufacturing technology,” said Frank Bokulich, Technical Program Development Manger, Innovations in Mobility, SAE International. “Innovations in Mobility brings together the most innovative minds and mobility professionals under one roof to network, team up and redefine the next-generation of transportation systems.”

Innovations in Mobility will convene professionals from a variety of industries to collaborate, network and most importantly learn the latest insights, inspirations and technical expertise that will revolutionize the future of mobility and the fundamental issues facing society. The event is comprised of five technology tracks – creating the most comprehensive technical program in mobility. The five program tracks include:
• Automated and Unmanned Mobility explores the automated vehicle market, new business concepts such as mobility as a service, sensor fusion and data collection technology development, data management/blockchain, the internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence, machine learning, occupant protection, and much more.
• Advanced Propulsion analyzes future technology development in the areas of transmission, driveline, all-wheel drive, range extenders, hybrid/electric transmission and driveline, batteries, battery charging, fuel cells, fuel and engine co-optimization, net zero carbon fuels, natural gas, and engine materials.
• Smart Mobility and Infrastructure addresses current and future initiatives by state government officials, urban and city planners to meet the future needs of automated vehicles and their passengers.
• Smart Manufacturing explores the next generation factory floors with technologies such as additive manufacturing, industrial internet of things (IIoT), the digital thread, extended reality (XR), machine learning, artificial intelligence, blockchain, and robotics.
• Next Gen Materials provides useful insight into many of the high priority challenges that the materials community is addressing related to new generation vehicles while also exploring the near and long-term future.

The programs will provide attendees opportunities to network with peers from automotive manufacturers, technology and supplier companies, and will offer more than 40 technical presentations – ranging from smart infrastructure and hybrid and electric powertrain to additive manufacturing and cybersecurity.

To learn more about the Innovations in Mobility technical program and register for the event, please visit

SAE International is a global association committed to advancing mobility knowledge and solutions for the benefit of humanity. By engaging nearly 200,000 engineers, technical experts and volunteers, we connect and educate mobility professionals to enable safe, clean, and accessible mobility solutions. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering. We strive for a better world through the work of our philanthropic SAE Foundation, including programs like A World in Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™.