Drone Technology & How it Serves Society During Times of Crisis

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Speaker 1: Andrew Dennison,
Director of Professional Services at DroneDeploy
Speaker 2: SAE Aero Design Competition Students
Kettering University

July 22, 2020 3:00 PM EDT
Presented jointly by MMSAE & Detroit Section as a Virtual Zoom Webinar
This is a no-charge event

Registration required

3:00 DroneDeploy
3:30 Kettering University AeroConnect

Join us for a discussion with DroneDeploy and Kettering Aviation to learn how drones are being used during times of crisis today and their role in education.

DroneDeploy transforms how businesses collect, manage, and interpret drone data. Andrew Dennison, Director of Professional Services at DroneDeploy will provide an overview of the value of drones and drone data as it relates to maintenance planning, site assessments, inspections for damage on disasters, and emergency response in light of the dam failures in Edenville and Sanford, Michigan.

Kettering Aviation is Kettering University’s SAE Aero Design competition team. Every year, they use advanced manufacturing and design to build an aircraft with trusted performance. The Kettering Aerospace Team has been using Drone Technology for their latest Collegiate Design projects and will discuss its role in education today.

For more information contact Steve Davis by email  or telephone: (517) 295-2973


Royal Bobcat GTOs

Speaker: Milt Schornack
President and CEO, Center for Automotive Research
Sept. 21, 2020
Location TBD

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

Milt Schornack, one of Detroit’s top mechanics in the 1960s, who pioneered the Ram Air system and, as a tuner and driver, became the face of Pontiac’s legendary GTO. Motor City Muscle has been responsible for the powerplant in the “new” 1966 Pontiac GTO that Milt has put together. 1966 was a good year for Milt and the Royal Team. The ’66’ finished the year winning its class at the Super Stock Nationals at York, PA. Perhaps one of the most famous Royal Bobcats was this Grenadier Red 1964, built on November 2,1963, and eventually shipped to Royal on November 8. What happened to the car during that six-day period is open for conjecture; however, it most likely spent a few days next door at the Pontiac Engineering garage before finding its way to Royal Oak. Equipped with the 348 hp Tri-Power and four-speed transmission, the GTO was given the “Royal Treatment” with the assistance of Milt and then delivered with an identical GTO painted blue over to Car and Driver magazine. Car and Driver wrung both cars out at Daytona, rigorously testing both cars. 

The Royal Bobcat GTOs accelerated from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds and turned the quarter mile in the low-thirteens. Car and Driver made no bones that the cars were tweaked by Royal, and pronounced the Pontiac GTO to be the equal of its Ferrari namesake in its March 1964 issue, which elicited howls of protest from the magazine’s European-oriented readers, but provided Pontiac with reams of copy and great PR. It was after the Car and Driver test that GTO sales went ballistic.


American Battery Solutions

American Battery Solutions Mfg Line

Speaker: Josh Payne
Director of Product Engineering, American Battery Solutions
Oct. 26, 2020
Location TBD

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

As electrification creeps into the realm of performance vehicles, a new Detroit-area supplier is preparing for low-volume production of batteries for the segment.

American Battery Solutions, formed in late May, plans to design, integrate, test, validate and assemble battery packs using cells from other battery manufacturing companies, said Subhash Dhar, the company’s founder and CEO.


Collegiate Chapter Project Presentation Competition

SAE Collegiate Cup
Speaker: Collegiate Student Leaders

SAE MidMichigan Traveling Trophy

Feb. 25, 2021
Bavarian Inn Lodge Conference Center, 1 Covered Bridge Ln, Frankenmuth, MI 48734

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 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.


Formula SAE Racing

Wed.-Sat., May 5-8, 2021
Michigan International Speedway, 12626 US-12, Brooklyn, MI 49230 

Details here

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.


Charging & Fueling the Next 100 Years

Speaker: Carla Bailo
President and CEO, Center for Automotive Research
Nov. 16, 2020
Durant-Dort Factory One, 303 W Water St, Flint, MI

Carla Bailo

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

Carla Bailo is a leader in engineering and vehicle program management, with 35 years of experience in the automotive industry. As the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) President and CEO, she leads the overall mission, manages day-to-day business, and is the face for the automotive industry in several venues. In her role prior to CAR, she was Ohio State University’s Assistant Vice President for Mobility Research and Business Development. In this role, she accelerated the university’s sustainable mobility and transportation innovation, while integrating related research and education across Ohio State’s academic units. She also led Ohio State’s involvement as the primary research partner for Smart Columbus, a $140 million program to transform central Ohio into the nation’s premier transportation innovation region. Bailo was the 2016- 2018 Vice President of Automotive for SAE International. She has 35 years of experience in the automotive industry, including 25 years at Nissan. In her most recent role at Nissan, she served as Senior Vice President of Research and Development for Nissan North America Inc.

The presentation 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. Currently there is Advanced Driver Assistance on all new vehicles which will transition into Autonomous shared vehicles.

The shift to electric vehicles will be analyzed. Because of range anxiety with battery powered vehicles the future of fuel cells will be presented. Internal Combustion Engines may be utilized until 2050 and the use of IC power in Autonomous vehicles will be reviewed.

The transition from IC powered “Dumb” vehicles to alternate energy “Smart” vehicles will be discussed as a trial and error development system to find “How good is good enough” using simulation software rather than building actual vehicles. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.