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Automotive Corrosion Symposium

Apr 11, 2024 to Apr 12, 2024
Detroit, MI, United States
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About the Symposium

Corrosion is a concern within the automotive industry, not only in the form of cosmetic corrosion resistance from a consumer aesthetics perspective, but also for its potential to affect functionality, reliability, and the safety of road vehicles. This concern is heightened in light of increasingly stringent emission standards that are driving the industry toward high strength lighter weight materials with significantly different corrosion properties and the potential for mixed metal interactions.

The Automotive Corrosion Symposium seeks to draw industry experts from automotive OEMs, material suppliers, paint suppliers and Tier 1 suppliers to foster communication within the automotive industry and address industry wide corrosion issues.

Speakers & Abstracts

Learn about our amazing lineup of speakers at the link below.

Call for Abstracts

While submission for speaker abstracts is closed, we are pleased to continue accepting Poster Abstracts through March 31, 2024. The theme of 2024 symposium is “Applied Corrosion Science for Next-Gen Vehicles.” We are seeking topics that provide perspective on automotive corrosion concerns facing the industry, precompetitive research, governmental policies, and lessons learned within the industry.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in sponsoring the symposium? Various sponsorship levels are available. Contact Michelle Valero for details at +1 210 522 2260.

Organization Committee

The Symposium is organized by industry professionals addressing automotive corrosion from a variety of technical perspectives. Our committee members are:

  • Niamh Hosking, Ph.D., Ford Motor Company, Lead: Coatings, Corrosion, and Surface Engineering/Vehicle Research and Technology
  • Ullrich Haus, General Motors, Technical Integration Engineer: Corrosion Engineering and Lab
  • Wenping Zhang, Ph.D., Arconic, Technical Specialist, Surface and Corrosion
  • Sean Fowler, Q-Lab, Senior Technical Director: Weathering and Corrosion
  • Brian Okerberg, Ph.D., PPG, Senior Research Associate: Novel Electrocoat Technologies
  • James Dante, Southwest Research Institute, Staff Engineer: Mechanics and Materials

Accommodations & Registration

The event will take place at the Courtyard Detroit Downtown, 333 East Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48226.

  • Early Bird Special: $450, ends March 15, 2024
  • Advanced Registration: $500, ends April 5, 2024
  • On-site Registration: $525

Hotel Information

  • Room Rate - $239 per night
  • Overnight Parking - $33
  • Day Parking (short term) - $20 (discounted rate)

For reservations, contact the Courtyard by Marriott directly at +1 800 321 2211 or +1 313 222 7700 and ask for the group rate for SwRI/Automotive Corrosion Conference.

Hotel reservation cut-off date is Wednesday, March 13, 2024.



Submit questions to SwRI Automotive Corrosion or call +1 210 522 5458 for more information.