SPE ACCE report
Nearly 850 attendees gathered to assess the state of composite materials in automotive platforms at the Society of Plastics Engineers’ Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition (ACCE), held at the Diamond Banquet and Conference Center at the Suburban Collection Showplace venue in Novi, Mich., from Sept. 9-11. ACCE welcomed 68 exhibitors and, with the aid of numerous event sponsors, fielded a technical program that comprised more than 80 presentations, roundtable discussions and keynote speeches covering advances and issues in the areas of thermoset composites, thermoplastic composites, nanocomposites, virtual prototyping/testing, sustainability as well as business trends and technology solutions for automotive applications of composites.
In the past, the ACCE’s executive panel discussion has been a “reality check” for composites advocates. This year was no exception. Moderated by Jay Baron, president and CEO of the nonprofit Center for
Charley Walters: Joel Maturi nailed it in hiring Jerry Kill
Among the 49,680 spectators who witnessed Minnesota's startling 51-14 annihilation of Iowa on Saturday afternoon at TCF Bank Stadium was Joel Maturi, who as then-Gophers athletics director hired football coach Jerry Kill five years ago.
Kill's Minnesota teams went 3-9, 6-7 and 8-5 in their first three seasons, and with Saturday's memorable victory, the Gophers are 7-2 heading into next Saturday's home game against Ohio State.
There is little doubt Maturi found the right coach to succeed Tim Brewster , whom he fired, in Kill.
"When you're hiring people, oftentimes, especially if you've dismissed a coach, you try to find somebody you think has different strengths than the person you perceived not having prior," Maturi said. "Tim Brewster had never been a head coach, didn't have the experience of assembling a staff. One of the challenges coach Brewster had was keeping a staff -- all his coordinators left, for good jobs, but they all left."
So Maturi pursued coaching