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2016-2017

Cyber Security

Speaker: Dr. Andre Weimerskirch, Vice President, Cyber Security, Lear Corporation
Program Chair: Mark Pope
Monday, May 15, 2017
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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FREE EVENT – Formula SAE Racing

Wed.-Sat., May 10-13, 2017
Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI 

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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2017 GMC Acadia

All new for 2017
Speaker: Paul Spadafora, Chief Engineer
Program Chair: Mark Pope
Monday, Mar. 20, 2017
Holiday Inn, 5353 Gateway Center, Flint, MI 48507 
6:00 PM Social Hour
7:00 PM Dinner
8:00 PM Program

SAFETY The 2017 Acadia mid-size SUV offers a comprehensive suite of driver alert and active safety technologies that rely on a sophisticated network of cameras, radar, and ultrasonic sensors to help prepare you for the unexpected. Safety features are no substitute for the driver’s responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. The driver should remain attentive to traffic, surroundings and road conditions at all times. Read the vehicle’s owner’s manual for important feature limitations and information. 

PERFORMANCE The 2017 Acadia mid-size SUV builds on a solid track record of GMC Professional Grade engineering focused on delivering performance and handling dynamics that help keep you confidently in control – no matter where the road takes you. 

TECHNOLOGY The all-new 2017 GMC Acadia mid-size SUV offers the latest technology and infotainment innovations that help you stay conveniently connected and in control.

EXTERIOR The all-new 2017 GMC Acadia mid-size SUV is designed to make a lasting impression. Its bold, sculptural lines, advanced technologies and refined details are the mark of Professional Grade engineering.

INTERIOR The all-new 2017 Acadia SUV personifies our Professional Grade attitude and dedication to precision. Acadia’s flexible, accommodating space and functionality is seamlessly melded with style, safety, and technology.

Guest Speaker

Paul Spadafora, Chief Engineer of the all-new 2017 GMC Acadia. Prior to his current role, Spadafora was the Vehicle Chief Engineer and Vehicle Line Director for global SUV, North American Programs. Paul in his 25 years at General Motors has had assignments in Engineering, Purchasing, Communications and Manufacturing. Paul holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Engineering from University of Detroit Mercy and a Master of Business Administration from Oakland University. He holds a Design for Six Sigma Black Belt and has two patents for his work on automotive interiors.

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Collegiate Chapter Projects

Presentation Competition
Speaker: SAE Collegiate Members
Program Chair: Mark Pope
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017

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.

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.

Special Guest Speaker David Bakos has been Executive Director, Global Aftersales Engineering & Service Operations at General Motors since February 2015. Prior to this Dave was Executive Director,Sales and Marketing for GM
Customer Care and Aftersales. Dave began his career in 1979 as a Cooperative Student with Pontiac Motor Division. He earned a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

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ACRA Cast Inc, Investment Casting Process, Design & Application

Speaker: Richard Singer
Owner & President of Acra Cast Inc.
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016
6:00 PM Social Hour
7:00 PM Dinner
8:00 PM Program
Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth
Town Hall (downstairs), 
Frankenmuth, MI 

Richard Singer IV, Owner and President of Acra Cast, Inc in Bay City MI will be presenting an overview of the Acra Cast facility/products/processes. He will be giving a detailed presentation about the investment casting process, design and application.

Mr. Singer has 25 years of experience working in the foundry industry. His background includes jobs in production, engineering, sales, purchasing and management in such companies as Cadmet Corporation, Barron Cast and Johnson Controls.

He also has 30 years of experience in the US Army and the Michigan Army National Guard. He reached the rank of Colonel and had top secret clearance. He received 15 decorations and awards during his service to his country.

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Back to the Bricks

Best Buick or Chevrolet
Judging: SAE team to award plaque 
Program Chair: Bill Owen
Saturday, August 20, 2016
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.