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N.E.R.D. Symposium Prepares Engineers for Advances in Product Development

By Ashley Reyes

NERDThe product-development process has evolved tremendously. In addition to having to adapt to complex vehicle technology, engineers today have tools and resources that impact the way products are made. The SEMA Emerging Trends & Technology Network (ETTN) is hosting a comprehensive event where engineers will learn how to develop products for today’s sophisticated cars and trucks while keeping the vehicles in compliance, as well as discover ways to streamline the product development process for greater efficiency and accuracy.

Called the Networking, Education, Resources, Development (N.E.R.D) Symposium, the first-ever event will take place August 16–19 in conjunction with the grand opening of the new SEMA Garage in Detroit. Participants will take part in in-depth training sessions focused on:

  • Computer modeling electric vehicles for the performance vehicle industry.
  • Emissions regulations and lessons learned for the performance aftermarket.
  • Advanced driver-assist systems (ADAS).

Participants will also meet and learn about vendors that can assist with 3-D scanning, printing, data management and more.

The SEMA ETTN N.E.R.D. Symposium is the best place for automotive aftermarket engineers to connect and talk about the issues and challenges that affect them most.

“Meeting with experts is one of the best ways to stay informed, and this event will help engineers stay up-to-date on the emerging trends and tools related to electric vehicles, engine tuning, emissions compliance and advanced driver assistance systems,” said ETTN Council Director Nicole Bradle. “These technologies represent significant opportunities and challenges for the performance aftermarket, so it’s important to know the latest trends and hear from experts in these areas.”

Education sessions will focus on the latest emissions regulations that OEMs are tackling and common issues experienced while trying to emissions-certify aftermarket products, as well as the latest technologies and strategies for performance engine calibration within the constraints of emissions compliance.

Modeling and simulation of electric vehicles—which are critical tools for designing groundbreaking EV products—and the latest developments and techniques for responsible modification of vehicles with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems will also be presented.

View the full event schedule and register here by July 22.