SOUTHFIELD—The Metro Detroit chapter and the University of Michigan student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers will host a virtual event on “Opportunities nad Trends in the Automotive Industry.”

The free event runs from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday, Feb. 11.

The event will inform attendees on how mechanical engineers can best fit current industry needs. It’s part of the “Industry Days” series focused on early career engineers—meaning those still in school to those with up to 10 years of experience.

The event will feature a panel, consisting of Automotive Industry Professionals, academic researchers and recent graduates working in the field, who will discuss the following topics

  • Key opportunities and trends on the horizon for the automotive industry
  • Key challenges driving the evolution of the industry
  • The personal experience and insights of the participants (applying engineering knowledge, lessons learned from working in the field, descriptions of typical responsibilities, and more
  • The role of mechanical engineers, especially their interaction with other fields (a special emphasis on the increasing digitization of a traditionally mechanical field, and the associated evolution of the role played by mechanical engineers
  • Advice to students interested in the auto industry, either in their careers or in graduate studies and research opportunities.

There will also be a time for questions from the audience.

ASME officials say professionals with more than 10 years’ experience are also welcome to attend, since it will offer them an overview of current technology developments within the industry. They’re also welcome to add mentoring advice to the group during the Q&A session.

To register for this event, visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScRS3xB7oLUozqIvCebzAbl5bcXamMv_BwsPGKGqvqk9QUwoA/viewform.