BROOKFIELD, CONN. - The Society of Plastics Engineers has announced the schedule of speakers for an automotive and appliance ``super session'' May 10 during SPE's Annual Tech-nical Conference. The Brookfield-based SPE also announced new sessions on world markets, education, the Internet, managing technology and economic issues, which is sponsored by the society's Marketing and Manage-ment Division.
Michael Cappelletti, SPE executive director, said the sessions broaden the experience of going to ANTEC.
``What we hope to accomplish is to give attendees the opportunity to improve their professional career prospects by shifting the emphasis of some session topics away from narrow technical discussions and toward issues involving industry trends, possibilities and visions for the future,'' Cappelletti said.
SPE officials expect about 6,000 people to attend ANTEC, which runs May 5-10 in Indianapolis.
During the daylong super session, officials from automotive and appliance makers will discuss their expectations from the plastics industry. Speakers are:
Steve Fabre, materials specialist, and John Moser, research technologist, both of Boeing Co.'s Commercial Airplane Group, will discuss how Boeing identifies, evaluates and qualifies new resins and plastics suppliers. Fabre and Moser also will preview future Boeing requirements, including cost savings in materials and processes for low-volume demand.
Automotive composites will be discussed by Robert Mull of Ford Motor Co., director of the industry/government Partnership for a New Gener-ation of Vehicles Program. The program's goal is to develop a ``super car'' that would triple the fuel economy of a family-sized automobile without sacrificing affordability, performance or safety.
Mull will be the keynote speaker during lunch.
Three officials of Frigidaire Co. - Ken Taulbee, group vice president of technology; Donald Coates, who heads the Corporate Primary Develop-ment Center; and designer John Ayotte - will discuss current and future uses of plastics in appliances.
Alan Dickey, division manager of Caterpillar Inc.'s Chem-ical Products Business Unit, will focus on current plastics applications, and technology re-quirements for future plastics growth.
Other speakers scheduled for the event include Charlene Thoman, division materials manager of Kenworth Truck Co.; Davis West, director of product engineering at Nova Bus Inc.'s Heavy Duty Transit Bus Division, who will address composites; Amtrak's director of interior design, Cesar Vergara; V.K. Sharma, director of component technology and technical services at Navistar International Transportation Corp.; William Tobin, president of WJT Associates Ltd., will speak on how to make perfect parts on time; Shiris Mehta, senior member of the technical staff at Thomson Consumer Electronics Inc.; Jean Michelle Rosset, a purchasing official at BMW's North American Plastics Purchasing division; and two officials from GE Plastics, Steven Harrison, commodity manager, plastics, and David Walker, senior contracting agent, raw plastics.
SPE's Thermoforming Divi-sion is helping to organize the super session.