SAE MidMichigan Section

SAE MidMichigan is a gold award winning Section!

Special Announcement

Mark Pope Honored

Congratulations Mark, you are part of SAE International’s 2021 Class of Top Contributors! To thank you for your outstanding contributions, you are invited to attend special networking and celebratory events, along with the 2020 Class in Tucson, Arizona. One of the highlights is an awards ceremony in which a 2021 class member will be recognized as SAE’s Top Contributor of the Year. We are looking forward to seeing you at the Contributor Celebration with you this fall.  Sincerely,  The Community Engagement Team SAE International’s 2021 Class of Top Contributors 

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Back to the Bricks – MidMichigan SAE Presents the Harlow H Curtice Award

Sat., Aug. 21, 2021
Durant-Dort Factory One, 303 W Water St, Flint, MI 48503

2020 Winner

The Mid-Michigan Section of SAE International will again present the Harlow H. Curtice Hometown Memorial Trophy at Back to the Bricks® celebration in Flint, Michigan.The award will be presented to either the Buick or Chevrolet that Harlow Curtice would most likely enjoy driving. The winning car for the Harlow H. Curtice Hometown Memorial Trophy will be selected from the cars on display at Back to the Bricks® by a team of engineers representing the Mid-Michigan Section of SAE. The award will be presented to the winning car owner at the Saginaw Street Central Lot during the afternoon programs.

Harlow Curtice

Harlow H. Curtice, a long time Flint resident and civic supporter, retired as General Motors 11th President on August 31, 1958. Curtice (nicknamed “Red” for his shock of red hair), is generally remembered fondly — a real achievement for an executive in a field known for its extraordinarily competitive nature. Even in the controversial book “On a Clear Day You Can See General Motors,” which chronicles John Z. DeLorean’s time with GM, Curtice is described as, “warm, flamboyant, exciting,” and as “a man whose mere presence would command attention and stop conversations when he walked into a room” Harlow Curtice became General Manager of Buick in 1934 and was named Executive Vice President of General Motors in September 1949. It was in this position that he approved the 1953 Buick V-8 engine and the 1953 Chevrolet Corvette for production in Flint. Curtice was elected President of GM on February 3, 1953. During his tenure as President, Curtice championed V-8 engines, including the Buick “Nail-head” and the Chevrolet “Small Block.”

In keeping with the vision of Harlow Curtice, the vehicle selected for this Award will feature a combination of the classic design features of the production car with upgrades that enhance the vehicle as do concept cars produced by auto manufacturers. 

To enter your car for Award selection please text a photo and contact information to (810) 265-8365. For more information, contact Bernard Santavy by email SAEMidMichSec@cs.com.


Planned SAE Events


Back to the Bricks
Back to the Bricks

Sat., Aug. 21, 2021
Durant-Dort Factory One
303 W Water St, Flint, MI 48503
The Mid-Michigan Section of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) is proud to announce the Harlow H. Curtice Memorial Trophy to be awarded at the celebration in Flint, Michigan. The award will be presented to either the Buick or Chevrolet that Harlow Curtice would most like to drive. 

Buicks “Flint Flyers” GRAND SPORT History

Ken Kayser
Saturday, 21-Aug-2021
Durant-Dort Factory One
303 W Water St, Flint, MI 48503
Only twelve Buick “Pilot” RPO-L78 Promotional Drag-racing Gran Sports of the planned 200 were produced by Buick Engineering in 1966 and one very special FLINT FLYER has survived with its original powertrain and very rare metallic racing brakes… This is its story finally told! 

GMC Hummer
2024 GMC Hummer EV

Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021
Zehnders of Frankenmuth
The 2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV is an all-electric reimagining of one of the most iconic, bad-ass off-road machines of the last century. While the Hummer brand now lives under the GMC umbrella, its unmistakable design and remarkable off-road capabilities are faithfully upheld in EV form.  

Giga Press
The “Giga Press”

Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021
Zehnders of Frankenmuth
A representative from the North American Die Casting Association (NADCA) will discuss the Giga Press. The Giga Press are a series of aluminium die casting machines manufactured by Idra Group in Italy. They are notable for being the largest high-pressure die casting machines in the world, with a clamping force of 55,000 to 61,000 kilonewtons (5,600 to 6,200 tf). Each machine weighs 410–430 tonnes (900,000–950,000 lb). 

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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