Lotus founder Colin Chapman was alone when he committed to “add lightness.” Now, decades later and facing the toughest regulations in history, mainstream automakers are racing to turn Chapman’s philosophy into practice. Since the 1990s, each new generation of cars has become larger, safer, more powerful – and heavier. But to meet increasing crash and emissions regulations, cars must become lighter and stronger. Advanced materials are no longer for the future; they are the only way forward. How can today’s cars reduce occupant injuries without hurting fuel consumption? How can we electrify and automate tomorrow’s cars without saddling them with hundreds of extra pounds? Without increasing horsepower, can we accelerate faster and handle with greater agility? Materials like – high-strength steel, aluminum, carbon fiber, composites, nanotech, polymers, and more – will make this all possible. Please join us as we discuss the latest innovations in automotive material science and the manufacturing techniques and technologies making it possible.

Schedule & Location

THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2017
11:30 AM Registration
12:30 PM Lunch
1:30 Moderator’s Introduction
1:45 Opening Remarks by Panelists
3:00 Questions for the Panel
4:00 Closing Remarks by the Moderator
4:10 - 5:15 Reception & Networking

(NEMPA's Annual Awards Dinner begins at 6:00 PM, also in the MIT Media Lab.)

MIT Media Lab
75 Amherst St
Cambridge, MA 02139

Attendance for the conference is open to accredited members of the media, members of the auto industry, and university students and faculty. The NEMPA Annual Awards Dinner is for NEMPA members only


Thanks to the generous underwriting of these companies, NEMPA is able to produce this conference and the awards banquet that follows it:

Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles

General Motors




Toyota USA