SAE MidMichigan Section

SAE MidMichigan is a gold award winning Section!
MidMichigan is a proud member of MotorCities!

Congratulations Mark Pope
SAE’s 2021 Contributor of the Year!

2021 Contributor of the Year

Mark very effectively serves SAE in many ways. Mark was a featured volunteer with SAE. He drafted a proposal to conduct a meeting where the local SAE Collegiate Design Series got to present their SAE competition results. He has been a big advocate for bridging the gap between CDS teams and Sections.

Mark was also selected to be a member of the SAE Vision 2020 Committee. Mark is a former chair of the SAE Mid-Michigan Section, where he remains an active member. He organized and moderated the live panel discussion on “Next Generation of Prognostics Development” as part of the 2020 WCX virtual conference. In addition, he moderated a panel at the 2020 COMVEC virtual conference. Mark is fully dedicated to the idea that positive things happen when professional engineers get together under the auspices of SAE.

Thank you, Mark, for all you do!

Mark Zachos Recognized

Mark Zachos was recognized for his ongoing contributions to SAE Int

Planned SAE Events


Kettering Univ.
2021 Winner
Collegiate Chapter Projects

Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022
Bavarian Inn Lodge Conference Center, Frankenmuth, MI 
Please join us as we observe “National Engineers Week” with a banquet and technical program featuring presentations by students from Central Michigan University, Kettering University, Saginaw Valley State University, and The University of Michigan – Flint. 

Carla Bailo
Charging & Fueling the Next 100 Years

TBA, 2022
Durant-Dort Factory One
303 W Water St, Flint, MI 48503
Carla will address the changes in the Mobility Industry as vehicle manufacturers address new Smart Mobility Goals. These goals include Zero accidents, Zero carbon footprint, and Zero traveler stress. Discussed will be the paradigm shift from private vehicle ownerships to shared ownership. 

FormulaSAE
Formula SAE Racing

Wed.-Sat., TBA, 2022
The Formula SAE competitions challenge teams of university undergraduate and graduate students to conceive, design, fabricate, develop and compete with small, formula style vehicles. 

Announcements

The Section Leadership Team elected for Governing Board officer positions for the 2021 – 2022 section year which started June 1, 2021.

To contact Governing Board members, please send message to ms037@email.sae.org addressed to a team member with your comments and/or request.

The elected Governing Board positions are:
Section Chairperson (required position) —- ( Bernard Santavy ) 
Treasurer (required position) ——————- ( Robert Miller ) 
Secretary ——————————————-  ( Pat Bisson )
Vice Chair Membership ————————  ( Alex Rath )
Vice Chair Section Planning ——————-  ( Mark Pope ) 
Vice Chair Student Activities —————— ( Tom Spendlove )
Vice Chair Corporate Relations ————— ( Ryan Ma )
Manager Website (WebMaster) —————- ( Available [ Dale Stephan interim ] )
Director Motor Sports ————————— ( Bill Owen )

Appointed positions:
Company Rep. Chair ————————- ( Anthony Santavy )
General Arrangements Chair ————— ( Bernard Santavy )
Ticket Committee Chair. ——————– ( Steve Davis ) 
Newsletter Editor —————————– ( Alex Rath ) 
Program Chair. ——————————— ( Mark Pope )
Manager Membership Recruitment ——- ( Ryan Ma )

Call for Mid-Michigan Section SAE Member Input

The Section Leadership Team is requesting comments and suggestions from the section membership as to ways the section may better support the member’s needs and expectations. Over the years the job requirements and work environment for the members in this section has dramatically changed. The SLT (Section Leadership Team) believes we are not keeping up with the rapidly changing interests and needs of the modern engineer.

The SLT needs to know what types of Dinner Meeting Programs and Presentations the section members would find relevant as well as entertaining. Additionally how technical are these programs and presentations to be?

There also is the option of having events without a formal plated meal. Informational seminars providing information and/or training can be produced with light refreshments to save time. Also timing most be considered. What day of the week and at what time should events be held?

These are just a few of the questions and considerations the SLT would appreciate input from the section members. Please take a few minutes from your busy schedule to send your comment and suggestions to the SLT via email SAEMidMichSec@cs.com

On the topic of section communication, what is the best and/or preferred medium? Would the SAE Member Connect Mid-Michigan Microsite provide the best conduit? We have been using a service called Constant Contact to communicate section activities. The Detroit Section uses this tool as do other sections. We are experiencing a 20 to 25 percent opening rate which is on a par with Detroit Section’s experience. Then there is the old standby snailmail. Would anyone care to comment on communications methods?

Call for Volunteers

The Section Leadership Team is extending an invitation to the section membership to join us in managing the Mid-Michigan Section. There are opportunities to participate a little or a lot as your available time permits. The SLT needs help with communications and event promotions. Just helping with ticket sales and reservations can have a big impact on section performance with just a little personal time. The value of new volunteers is the fresh ideas they bring to the team. The SLT needs fresh thinking to stay current with the latest trends.

The SLT holds a Governing Board Meeting once a month. A volunteering team member can attend in person or via webex. Being a SLT member is not all work. We actually have fun once in a while. Working with the SAE Collegiate Chapters is rewarding. We have a National Engineer’s Week event featuring the Collegiate Chapters. We participate in Flint, Michigan’s “Back to the Bricks” with an award presentation. New volunteers would allow these programs to expand.

The SLT hopes to hear from each and everyone of the section members. We will be publishing Governing Board Meeting dates with the Constant Contact eBlast and every section member is invited to attend so we may become acquainted. A light dinner is provided at these Monday evening meetings.

Bernard Santavy …….. Section Chairperson

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