Designspeaks: Peak Performance

Posted on Oct 5th, 2015 by Kate Bingaman-Burt

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Above: Peak Performance Poster by PSUGD Alumni Corey Bade

Designspeaks opens the hood on automobile culture in the technology age with Peak Performance – an exploration of data, design, and driving in 2015 and beyond.

Led by the enigmatic Tony Thacker, consider this a glimpse into a not-so-distant future of driverless cars negotiating rush hour traffic and carless drivers using augmented reality.

We’ll trace the path of Salem-based Nick McMillen from passionate video gamer to professional racecar driver and learn how the virtual and augmented training environments being pioneered by Keith Maher in Hillsboro give drivers like McMillen an edge on the track.

Then we’ll take on engineering feats from self-driving trucks to land speed motorcycle design with Daimler Trucks North America’s former vehicle dynamics manager Matt Markstaller and contemplate the future of automotive design with Aaron Pizzuti, a former design manager at Chrysler. From Pikes Peak to peak performance, where is technology taking us and who exactly is in the driver’s seat?

Doors open at 6 pm. Come early for food, drinks and virtual reality demos. Your ticket includes the presentation, dinner, hosted bar, and a limited edition poster. Get your special student rate ticket HERE!