Is Electrification the Future? will be the focus of Macomb Community College’s 2019 Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT) Conference, Friday May 10, from 8 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. on the college’s South Campus in Warren. The automotive industry’s focus and the market acceptance of electric vehicles as well as educational initiatives aimed at building a STEM workforce will be discussed.

Keynote speaker Jeff Lowinger, president, eMobility, Vehicle Group, Eaton, will discuss the automotive industry’s continued focus on electric vehicles and the current state ofmarket acceptance. He will also cover the growing charging network including fast charging, charge rate and range anxiety. Lowinger is responsible for Eaton’s development of electrified components and power management technology for on- and off-road vehicles.

Other speakers include Megan Schrauben, executive director, MiSTEM Network, State of Michigan, who will discuss Michigan’s STEM activities to better prepare students for the growing number of jobs in STEM-related fields. Stephanie Beckhorn, director, Michigan Workforce Development Agency, will cover efforts among federal, state and local partners to implement workforce and education programs, as well as develop policies that support the state’s key workforce strategies.

Several local students will also share their experience with STEM pathways during a panel discussion, moderated by Douglas Baltz, STEM instructional leader, Birmingham Public Schools.

This free conference is designed to provide up-to-date and actionable information for automotive industry representatives as well as secondary and post-secondary automotive educators and counselors.

For a complete agenda, click here. While there is no charge for the CAAT Conference, registration is required. To register, click here. For more information, call CAAT at 586.445.7126 or email

Macomb’s CAAT, funded by the National Science Foundation, is an advanced technological education center that partners with industry, education, government and professional organizations, to help students prepare for careers in new and developing technologies in the automotive industry.

About Macomb Community College
Macomb Community College is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 38,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is one of the largest grantors of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

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