Technology Intersects Design at Upcoming 2016 NEMPA MIT Technology Conference

Panelists of the 2015 NEMPA MIT Technology Conference

The members of the New England Motor Press Association are excited to present the 6th annual NEMPA MIT Technology Conference, taking place on May 26 at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Mass. The event brings together the best of academic thought leaders, industry first movers and the media to discuss some of the most challenging issues in transportation and mobility.

This year’s panel will focus on the Intersection of Technology and Design.  Technology plays an ever-driving force in the vehicle development process pushing the industry standard on fuel economy and emissions mandates, safety standards, infotainment systems, reduced production times, visual appeal, brand distinction, competitive advantage and much more.

“We are thrilled to present the 6th annual NEMPA MIT Technology Conference with the theme of Technology Intersecting Design,” said, Craig Fitzgerald, president, NEMPA.  “As we think ahead to what transportation and mobility will look like in the next decade and beyond, our minds can only wonder what it will look like.  Tapping the minds of our distinguished panelists will hopefully give us at least a sketch.”

What will the self driving vehicles of the future look like? What materials will vehicles be made of? Will there always be buttons on the dashboard? What designs will appeal to Boomers, Millennials, and Generation Z? What comes first technology or design? How are OEMs using design to solve challenges they face?  These questions and more will be answered by the panel of experts at the upcoming conference.

Clifford Atiyeh prompts insightful discussion among the panelists.

Named already to the panel for this year are Timothy Anness, head of  advance design, Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles-North America, and Mary Gustanski, vice president, Engineering & Program Management, Delphi Automotive Systems, and Dr. Gill Pratt, CEO of Toyota Research Institute.  Bios for these, and additional panelists to be named, are available on the panelist page of the conference website.

Purchase tickets and find more information about the NEMPA MIT Technology Conference on the website, as well.

Wayne Carini and Ken Gross catching up at the 2015 NEMPA MIT Technology Conference Reception sponsored by Mazda.

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