Student Chapter Presentations on SAE Projects

Speakers Student Project Members
Program Chair: Mark Pope 
FEBRUARY 23, 2012
Bavarian Inn Con

The Student Chapters of Mid-Michigan Section, SAE International, will report on their efforts to compete in the SAE Collegiate Design Competitions.
The Collegiate Design Series events include the Clean Snowmobile Challenge, Formula SAE, Supermileage, and Mini Baja. By competing in these events, students learn more than just engineering.

Meet Dr. Richard Kleine, 2011 President, SAE International

Students from CMU, Kettering, SVSU, and Baker College’s FIRST Robotics team

The students that participate in these events are clearly “the best and the brightest”. We are looking forward to their presentations.


Bio-Fuels Project

Speaker: Anna Brynas, Swedish Biogas
Program Chair: Mark Pope
NOVEMBER 7, 2011
Campus Center, 4th Floor, Gold Room
Kettering University

A Look at the Swedish Biogas International Plant in Flint, MI

Presented by Anna Brynås

Lab Manager and Lead Process Engineer at Swedish Biogas International LLC of Mich.

Biogas is methane produced from renewable organic raw materials. The gas is part of a natural eco- cycle and, therefore, there are no net emissions of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The production and use of biogas

as an energy source represent an efficient use of resources with minimum environmental impact. In the production plants we design and build, the biogas is produced in a completely natural process. The raw material is digested in oxygen-free tanks, where highly specialized micro-organisms convert the organic material into biogas.


Anna Brynås is the Lab Manager and Lead Process Engineer at Swedish Biogas International (SBI) LLC, a Michigan based firm specializing in the development, ownership and operation of biogas production facilities. SBI is a State of Michigan Center of Energy Excellence (COEE) dedicated to the advancement of biogas / biomethane technology in North America

Before taking the opportunity to come to the U.S., Anna had been working as a Biogas Process Engineer at the Swedish Biogas parent company in Linköping, Sweden. She has previously worked at Tekniska Verken in Linköping as a part of their advanced biogas research team. Before that she worked as a process engineer at Siemens Industrial Turbo machinery.


Anna holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Science Degree in Energy & Environmental Engineering, both from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.


A Materials Engineer in the White House – An Inside Look

Speaker: Dr. Jack Simon
Program Chair: Susan Manyen/Mark Pope
OCTOBER 6, 2011
Zehnder’s, Frankenmuth
AFS/SAE/ASM Joint Meeting

Presented by Dr. Jack Simon, FASM
Dr. Jack Simon experienced his own version of “Mr. Smith goes to Washington” when he was selected as an SAE White House Fellow and worked in the White House Science Office under Presidents Reagan and Bush 1. During this service, Dr. Simon was in the “hot seat” to block a foreign sale of U.S. aerospace technology as the lead witness before Congressional hearings.
He also represented the U.S. at the first United Nations meeting on Global Climate Change.
Dr. Simon suddenly had to leap from his automotive and foundry roots to create a five year master plan for superconductivity research when President Reagan’s science advisor resigned.
Based on these experiences and a long record of public service, Dr. Simon will offer a frank discussion on the role politics plays in science and technology decisions that affect our country. BIO:
Dr. Jack Simon is an old friend of the Saginaw Valley ASM and AFS Chapters, having been Chief Metallurgist at two of GM’s Saginaw foundries and Manufacturing General Superintendent at GM’s foundry in Tonawanda, NY. In reviewing Jack’s diverse professional accomplishments, the theme of collaboration connects a career that spans industry and government, research in cast iron and alternative energy materials, and stretches from the Saginaw Valley to Europe and Asia. Since 1999, Dr. Simon has run a consulting business, Technology Access Incorporated,
specializing in developing research partnerships between industry and government. He has been honored by many technical societies and has served as Vice Chair of the Detroit SAE Section and President of ASM.
Welcome home, Jack!


Overview Of Chevy Racing

Corvette Racing, 24 Hours of Le Mans in Le Mans, France, June 11-12, 2011. Compuware Corvette C6.R #73, driven by Olivier Beretta, Tommy Milner and Antonio Garcia won the GTE class, completing 314 laps and finishing two minutes and 29 seconds ahead of the runner-up Ferrari. Today’s victory was the seventh class win at Le Mans for Corvette Racing, and its first in the GTE Pro category. It came as Chevrolet celebrates its 100th anniversary and the 10th anniversary of the team’s first Le Mans victory in 2001. C6.R #74, driven by Oliver Gavin, Jan Magnussen, and Richard Westbrook, led the GTE class for nearly 16 hours but retired following a crash in the 17th hour. (Richard Prince/GM Racing Photo).

Speaker: Jim Campbell
Program Chair: Mark Pope
SEPTEMBER 12, 2011
Room S128, Baker College Technology Center
Bristol Rd, Flint

Overview of GM Racing

Speaker: Mr. Jim Campbell: GM. Vice President, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports

There is no secret that throughout the history of General Motors, racing has been a core of their success with the Chevrolet Division in particular. Before Louis Chevrolet himself ever established the Chevrolet Motor Car Company in 1911, he was a race car driver. Fast forward nearly 100 years and Jimmie Johnson just became the first five time-in-a-row NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion while driving a Chevy powered stock car.

We are honored to have Jim Campbell present “An Overview of GM Racing”. The history of GM Racing includes the development of GM Performance Parts as well as GM’s on- again, off-again and on-again relationship in their support of organized racing. Currently, GM’s support is “on-again” like never before under the leadership of Jim Campbell. Expect an exciting and informative meeting, especially for racing enthusiasts.

Jim Campbell was named vice president, GM Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, in August 2010. Campbell is responsible for integrating the engineering and marketing of performance versions of current production models, performance parts as well as all motorsports activities.

Prior to this, Campbell served as vice president Chevrolet marketing. He also led GM’s Fleet and Commercial Operations and held various positions in field sales, retail incentives, marketing and customer relationship management. He has broad experience with performance vehicles like Corvette and Camaro, and worked extensively across a variety of race series, including NASCAR, American Le Mans Series, Grand Am Road Racing and Indy Car. Jim has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.


2011-12 Back to the Bricks – MidMichigan SAE Presents the Harlow H Curtice Award

Congratulations to Ruth Drury!
Winner of the 2012 B2B Harlow Curtice Award
with his 1959 Buick Convertible!

AUGUST 18, 2011
Back To The Bricks
Downtown Flint, Michigan

Ruth Drury’s 1959 Buick
Add’l photos on flickr

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.


The Building of Performance Vehicles

Speaker: Mike Copeland
Program Chair: Mark Pope
APRIL 25, 2011
Lingenfelter Collection, Brighton, Mich

The Lingenfelter Collection includes over 150 vehicles that make up one of the greatest car collections in the United States. Join us for a tour of the Lingenfelter private museum, where you will see some of the finest Corvettes, Muscle Cars, and Exotics, including the Bugatti Veyron super car. Our Host, Mike Copeland, will give a presentation on the construction of one-off specialty vehicles. Ken Lingenfelter’s custom 1955 Chevrolet pickup (built by Mike) will be the presentation display vehicle. It will be on a hoist to display chassis features and allow total inspection of the vehicle.
The guided tour of the museum will follow and will include information on the various vehicles encountered during the tour. Seating at this event will be limited, so be prepared for a considerable amount of standing.

Mike Copeland is the Operations Manager of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering in Michigan. Mike spent more than 25 years engineering and building performance and show related vehicles at General Motors. These vehicles include the Hot Rod Magazine Solstice, Reggie Jackson’s LSX powered 69 Camaro, and Popular Hot Rodding’s 1957Chevy Project “X” to name a few. Mike’s last position at General Motors was Project Manager, GM Performance Division. Mike is also CEO of Diversified Creations, a performance and off-road business in Brighton, Michigan. He has authored technical articles for several top automotive performance magazines.


Wind Turbine Project

Speaker: Dr. David Benson , Kettering University
Program Chair: Mark Pope
NOVEMBER 1, 2010
Kettering University – Flint, MI

An overview of the student research opportunities and the future directions for Kettering’s Wind Turbine Facility will be presented along with an assessment of the potential for and issues facing small-scale wind power systems.

Speaker: Dr. David Benson Assistant Professor, Kettering University

Dr. David Benson joined Kettering in the Summer of 2006. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University in 2004 and was a post-doctoral researcher in Solar Magneto-Convection just prior to coming to Kettering. His main teaching responsibilities are in the Thermo- Fluids area and his engineering research focus is on active and passive control methods for mixed-compression inlets. Dr. Benson just completed a summer faculty fellowship at the United States Air Force Academy where he did both experimental and computational research on micro-ramp flow control.

Dr. Benson is also very interested in engineering education research and classroom material development. The purchase and installation of a small- scale, architecturally-mounted wind turbine last Fall for Kettering was the beginning of an effort to develop a hands-on laboratory for students as well as a platform for developing interdisciplinary efforts related to power generation and power management.


PHEV Charge Coupler and Cordset Practices

Speaker: Gery Kissel
Program Chair: Mark Pope
OCTOBER 7, 2010
Zehnder’s Frankenmuth – Frankenmuth, MI

SAE J1772 is the recommended practive for the general physical, electrical, functions, and performance requirements to facilitate conductive charging of EV/PHEV vehicles in North America. This standard defines a common EV/PHEV and supply equipment vehicle conductive charging method including operational requirements and the functional dimensional requirements for the vehicle inlet and mating connector. Gery Kissel is the author of this document and his presentation will review what J1772 is, its importance, and continuing work.

Speaker: Gery J. Kissel Engineering Specialist, Global Battery Systems Engineering

Gery has BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and MS degree in Engineering Science from Purdue University. In his current position, he is the General Motors Charging Systems Lead Engineer for Codes, Standards, and Infrastructure. He has been the GM High and Intermedadiate Voltage Subject Matter Expert for the past five years. In the past, Gery worked on the GM EV1, Precept Hybrid, and Sequel Fuel Cell. In SAE he is the Task Force Lead for J1772, Task Force Co-Lead for SAE J2894 (Vehicle On-Board Charger Power Quality), Task Force Lead for SAE 1776 (Recommended Practive for Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Battery Systems Crash Integrity Testing). He is also a member of the SAE Fuel Cell Standards Committee, Fuel Cell Safety Workshop, and SAE Hybrid Standards Committee.


Chevrolet Fuel Cell Vehicle

Speaker: Carlos Franca , GM Manager of Propulsion Systems Lab
SEPTEMBER 13, 2010
Baker College Technology Center – Bristol Rd, Flint

The Chevrolet Fuel Cell Vehicle represents a significant departure from conventional vehicles. Project Driveway is the world’s first large-scale market test of fuel cell electric vehicles. Chevrolet is placing more than 100 vehicles with celebrities, policymakers, media, businesses, and members of the general public free of charge to gain real world experience and data

Speaker: Carlos Franca Manager Milford Proving

Grounds Building 42-B GM Research and Development

Franca joined General Motors in 1976 as a Technician working for Advanced Engineering Staff (AES) in the emissions chassis dynamometer. From AES he moved on to the Project center, Current Product Engineering, Portfolio Development Center and was transferred to R&D with the GMT101X Chevrolet Fuel Cell Vehicle. He was responsible to deploy all Chevrolet Fuel Cell Vehicles on the road today and now is the Resident Manager for R&D Building 42-B at the Milford Proving Grounds. He still has responsibility for the Fuel Cell within Southeast Michigan.

He earned his Mechanical Engineering degree from Lawrence Institue of Technology. Carlos has been involved in auto racing for many years and he currently drives a Formula Continental in SCCA National Series.


Tutorial on Plug-In Hybrids

Speaker: Dr. James E. Gover
Program Chair: Mark Pope
April 20, 2009
Kettering University – Flint

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