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2015-2016

2016 Chevrolet Volt

Speaker: Andrew Farah
Program Chair: Mark Pope
Monday, May 16, 2016
Holiday Inn, 5353 Gateway Center, Flint, MI 48507 
6:00 PM Social Hour
7:00 PM Dinner
8:00 PM Program

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2016 Nissan Maxima

Program Chair: Mark Pope Monday, May 16, 2016
Holiday Inn, 5353 Gateway Center, Flint, MI 48507 
6:00 PM Social Hour
7:00 PM Dinner
8:00 PM Program

Please join us to see and hear about the 2016 Nissan Maxima. The Maxima was unveiled at the April New York Auto Show in 2015. Sporting an athletic body redesign, it features Nissan’s “Four-Door Sports Car” positioning, a return to a marketing term used on the Third Generation J30 series (1988-1992). The vehicle is 82 pounds lighter than before, and it presents the revamped interior taking inspiration from aerospace designs. The VQ35DE engine was carried over with 10 more horsepower which is now rated at 300 hp (224 kW) and 261 lb·ft (354 N·m) of torque. The Maxima is available with 9 exterior color options and 5 trims: S, SV, SL, SR, and Platinum. The 2016 Maxima is assembled at Nissan’s advanced Smyrna, Tennessee facility and is currently on sale in North America.

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FREE EVENT – Formula SAE Racing”

Participants: Mid-Michigan Section Collegiate teams from 
Central Michigan University
Kettering University
Michigan State University, and 
Saginaw Valley State University

will be competing with Formula SAE teams from Asia, Europe, and the Americas
May 11-14, 2016
Michigan Internation Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan 
the best days to see the teams in action are Friday and Saturday (May 13-14) from 8AM to 5PM.

About Formula SAE® Series

In 1981, SAE International (formerly known as Society of Automotive Engineers) developed and managed the first Formula SAE® (FSAE®) student competition with assistance of Ron Matthews, Professor at University of Texas. SAE International operated the only Formula SAE competition for 17 years before its partnership with IMeche (Institution of Mechanical Engineers) in England where the brand “Formula Student” was developed. Since its inception, Formula SAE has expanded and includes many spin-off events. In the North America there are three competitions managed by SAE International one in Michigan, California and Ontario, Canada. Internationally, the expansion of Formula SAE/Formula Student brand has exploded to over 20 competitions currently hosted by engineering societies or private business.

The Formula SAE competitions challenge teams of university undergraduate and graduate students to conceive, design, fabricate, develop and compete with small, formula style vehicles. The competition is an engineering education competition that requires performance demonstration of vehicles in a series of events, both off track and on track against the clock. Each competition gives teams the chance to demonstrate their creativity and engineering skills in comparison to teams from other universities around the world.

Teams are to assume that they work for an engineering firm that is designing, fabricating, testing and demonstrating a prototype vehicle. The vehicle should have high performance and be sufficiently durable to successfully complete all the event at the Formula SAE competitions. Each student team design will be judged and evaluated again other competing designs in a series of Static and Dynamic events to determine the vehicle that best meets the design goals and profitably built and marketed.

Formula SAE promotes careers and excellence in engineering as it encompasses all aspects of the automotive industry including research, design, manufacturing, testing, developing, marketing, management and finances.

In 2006, Dartmouth College (partnered with SAE International) created the fuel alternative event Formula Hybrid using Formula SAE cars with gasoline-electric hybrid power plants.

In 2013, Formula SAE saw the implementation of battery electric class to the portfolio already containing internal combustion gasoline.

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2016 Chevrolet Camaro

Speaker: Al Oppenheiser, Chief Engineer, GM
Program Chair: Mark Pope
Monday, April 25, 2016 
Bavarian Inn Lodge Conference Center, Frankenmuth, MI 

6:00 PM Social Hour
7:00 PM Dinner
8:00 PM Program

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Bearing Failure Analysis

Speaker: Dean Thayer
Program Chair: Mark Pope & Peg Jones
Monday, March 14, 2016 
Holiday Inn, 5353 Gateway Center, Flint, MI 48507 

6:00 PM Social Hour
7:00 PM Dinner
8:00 PM Program

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Collegiate Chapter Project Presentation Competition”

SAE Collegiate Cup
Speaker: Student Leaders
Program Chair: Mark Pope & Tom Spendlove
Thursday, February 25, 2016 
Bavarian Inn Lodge Conference Center, Frankenmuth, MI 

6:00 PM Social Hour
7:00 PM Dinner
8:00 PM Program

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 Kettering University AutoDrive Challenge Team. The students are members of SAE Collegiate Chapter project teams which compete in the SAE Collegiate Design Series http://students.sae.org/cds/ The design series has grown from a national competition to an international competition featuring students from Asia, Europe, North and South America. During this year’s banquet, the teams present will compete for the annual “SAE Collegiate Cup” presented by the Mid-Michigan Section. This event’s competition will be judged based upon the quality of the oral presentation of the team’s “Design Series” project.

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GM Telematics and Infotainment

Speaker: Matt G. Przybylski, GM Director of Infotainment, Global Telematics and Infotainment Engineering, GM
Monday, November 9, 2015 
Holiday Inn, 5353 Gateway Center, Flint, MI 48507 

6:00 PM Social Hour
7:00 PM Dinner
8:00 PM Program

For the majority of the last sixteen years, Przybylski has focused his work on developing connectivity products and systems for General Motors OnStar subsidiary and Infotainment discipline around the globe. Under his leadership, seven generations of in-vehicle telematics hardware have been launched. Each generation bringing with it additional capabilities to the vehicle including analog, 2G CDMA/GSM and 4G LTE cellular solutions, Turn-by-Turn Navigation, vehicle centric services (remote start, Stolen Vehicle Slowdown, Advanced Crash Response), remote diagnostic emails, enhanced speech recognition and Bluetooth capabilities.

During this time, his teams have adapted the system for use in other global regions such as China, Mexico and Europe, and launched an adaptation of the system as a retail product sold through consumer electronics outlets. In his latest role, he is responsible for future connected Infotainment products, ensuring GM’s global vehicle portfolio will continue to develop compelling and holistic connectivity solutions including GM’s Car-to-Car Communication.

Matt Przybylski is the Director of Global Infotainment and
Telematics for General Motors Company. In this role he manages the design, development and implementation of in-vehicle hardware solutions for Connected Infotainment, OnStar and other government regulated telematics solutions around the globe.
Przybylski holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a master’s of science degree in Engineering Science with a concentration in Technology Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Federal Fuel Regulations, The Pot-Holed Road of Good Intentions

Present and Future
Speaker: Coleman Jones
Program Chair: Mark Pope & Peg Jones
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Zehnder’s, Frankenmuth, MI 
5:30 PM Social Hour
6:15 PM Dinner
7:00 PM Program

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The Steam Railroading Institute and Famous Locomotive #1225

Speaker: Bruce Kuffer, SRI Volunteer, Conductor & Guest Speaker
Program Chair: Mark Pope
Monday, Sept. 21, 2015
Holiday Inn, 5353 Gateway Center, Flint, MI 48507
6:00 PM Social Hour
7:00 PM Dinner
8:00 PM Program

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Back to the Bricks

Best Buick or Chevrolet
Judging: SAE team to award plaque 
Program Chair: Bill Owen
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Downtown Flint

Press Release

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 7th Annual “Back to the Bricks” celebration in Flint, Michigan on August 20, 2011. The award will be presented to either the Buick or Chevrolet that Harlow Curtice would most like to drive.

Harlow H. Curtice, a long time Flint resident and civic supporter, retired as General Motors 11th President on August 31, 1958.

Harlow Curtice began his General Motors Career at the AC Spark Plug Division in early 1915. He was named General Manager of AC in 1929. He 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 Corvette for production in Flint.

Curtice was elected President of GM on February 3rd 1953. During his tenure as President, Curtice championed V-8 engines, including the Buick “Nail-head” and the Chevrolet small block, automatic transmissions, power steering and brakes, GM’s Fuel Injection and air- conditioning.