SEMA eNews Vol. 13, No. 30, July 29, 2010

SEMA Vehicle Technology VP to Share Insight at Inaugural Synergy Summit

  John Waraniak
  SEMA Vice President of Vehicle Technology John Waraniak will discuss the association's support of education initiatives and programs during the inaugural
Synergy Summit at Eastern Michigan University’s
student center.

SEMA Vice President of Vehicle Technology John Waraniak will join a prestigious collection of speakers and panelists at the inaugural Synergy Summit on Tuesday, August 17, at Eastern Michigan University’s student center. This event will unite educators; entrepreneurs; and science, technology, engineering and mathematics industry leaders, bringing diverse perspectives to cultivate tomorrow’s creative, well-prepared workforce as well as form collaborative partnerships.

“This Summit will not only benefit the current and future industries in the Great Lakes region but also will align interested companies with progressive schools and educators to establish effective experiences that excite the young and support our industries,” said Waraniak.

Waraniak leads advanced vehicle technology strategy, programs and initiatives at SEMA. His role is to help members understand the challenges, develop solutions and capitalize on new business opportunities presented by today’s complex vehicle systems and technologies. As part of his remarks at the Summit, Waraniak will speak about SEMA's role in supporting a wide spectrum of education initiatives and programs.

Designed as a highly interactive event for all participants, conversations and perspectives will focus on partnerships that increase the likelihood that young people will become excited in their pursuit of STEM (science technology, engineering and math) based careers.

Follow this link to attend or sponsor Synergy Summit 2010.

Other speakers and panelists include:

Business/Industry Speakers

  • Dr. Alan Taub, Vice President, GM Global Research and Development
  • Lou Glazer, Economist, Co-Founder and President, Michigan Future Inc.
  • Judy Bridgeman, Director of Body Electronics and Driver Info Systems, Chrysler
  • Utz Beister, President, IAV North America
  • Jim Fitzgerald, NASA Educator
  • Hans VanSumeren, Director, Great Lakes Water Studies Institute

Educator/Administration Speakers

  • Mark Davids, Award Winning High-School Physics Educator
  • Mary Ann Ackerman, Superintendent of Frankenmuth Schools
  • Ginny Kowalski, Principal, W.D. Ford Career Technical Center, Wayne-Westland Schools
  • Doug Ward, Engineering and Technology Teacher, Mecosta-Osceola Technical Center,
  • Keith Forton, Physics Teacher, Traverse City Central High School
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