USS Edson

Presented on the deck of USS Edson
Speaker: Michael J. Kegley, President
Program Chair: Dale Stephan
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Onboard the USS Edson, Bay City, MI 

Food available prior
1:00 PM Social Hour and Ship Tours
1:30 PM Program
2:30 PM Ship Tours


Extreme Indoor Kart Racing

Speaker: You race! Not a presentation
Program Chair: Mark Pope
March 26, 2015
Extreme Indoor Kart Racing, 2259 W Vienna Rd, Clio, MI 

Time to be announced


National Engineers Week Annual Banquet

Collegiate Chapter Project Presentation Competition
Speaker: Collegiate Team Members
Program Chair: Mark Pope
February 19, 2015
Bavarian Inn Lodge, 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 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.


GM Customer Care & Aftersales

Speaker: Charlie Hyndman, GM Vice President Global Aftersales, Supply Chain, Warehousing and Logistics
Program Chair: Mark Pope
November 18, 2014
Holiday Inn, Flint, MI 

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

GM Customer Care and Aftersales (CCA) markets automotive replacement parts worldwide for GM and non-GM vehicles through four distinct distribution channels, which include GM dealers, wholesale distributors, ACDelco warehouse distributors, and consumer- related outlets such as auto parts and general discount stores. CCA manages over 350,000 parts delivering to over 5,100 dealers, 168 DDG locations & 78 export countries. GM’s Customer Care & Aftersales is the only business unit that supports the vehicle from cradle to grave.

Approximately 4,800 hourly and salaried employees work within GM North America CCA including 25 warehouse facilities, Central Office, Engineering and Technical Centers, and field sales regions within the United States, Canada and Mexico. CCA’s headquarters is in Grand Blanc, Mich.

GM Retail channel provides GM & ACDelco parts and service retailing consulting to GM car and truck dealerships across North America.

GM Wholesale channel is a subset of GM Dealers that sell into the wholesale market with emphasis on collision and powertrain.

ACDelco channel sells and markets primarily to the independent aftermarket sales including all makes, with a broad base of service parts commonly replaced during the lifetime of a vehicle.

CCA’s Service Operations is the organization responsible for supporting GM’s NA dealer service business with training, service information and warranty assistance.

CCA’s Global Service Engineering has responsibility for the service launch readiness of every GM vehicle launch globally.

Hyndman has over 37 years of experience with General Motors. He joined GM as an hourly employee in GM of Canada. He progressed to many key manufacturing salaried positions in Canada and in the US, before moving to Customer Care and Aftersales. He is now the Vice President of Global Aftersales, Supply Chain, Warehousing and Logistics. He leads an organization to improve Safety, Quality, Cost and Customer Service around the globe. He has responsibility for 74 warehouses in 32 countries where his team continues to deliver benchmarklevels of customer service.


Keweenaw Copper, A Michigan Story

Joint Meeting with ASM/AFS
Program Chair: RON SEAMON
October 2, 2014
Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth 

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

Chuck Edwards, a GM retiree and lifelong Michigan resident will discuss the history of Copper Mining in the Keweenaw area of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. He will cover the mining era from it’s early history over 4,000 years ago to the early discoveries by French explorers in the 1600’s to the present. He will share his knowledge and insights into a nearly lost industry and this beautiful area known as Michigan’s Copper Country.

Chuck grew up in the Michigan UP, where he graduated from Michigan Technological University before moving to Saginaw where he worked in the Engineering and Quality departments at General Motors Saginaw Malleable Iron Plant. Chuck retired after 37 years and spends much of his time enjoying the UP.


Factory Drag Racing: Mustang Cobra Jet Winning, Then and Now

Speaker: Jesse Kershaw, Ford Racing
Program Chair: Bill Owen
September 29, 2014
Watson Engineering, 18703 Toledo Rd, Brownstown Township, Michigan

5:30 PM Social Hour
5:30 PM Tour & Buffet Dinner
7:00 PM Program

One of drag racing’s winningest factory programs of the 1960’s was the Mustang Cobra Jet. In an era where the big 3 took their showroom battle to drag strips across the country, a win on Sunday resulted in sales on Monday. These factory battles provided marketing value and trickle down engineering that helped create the iconic muscle cars we worship today.
In 2008, Ford revisited those roots and introduced a modern version of the Mustang Cobra Jet. This presentation will provide a fact-filled and light-hearted walk through the how, why, and what of the modern day Cobra Jet program.
A panel of Ford Racing employees and industry experts will cover the following topics:

  • Historical context of the original 1968 Cobra Jet program and how it is still relevant today.
  • The modern hurdles transforming a production car into a race car
  • Trickle down engineering and how racing improves the brand
  • The modern context of drag racing and how it promotes vehicle sales
  • Market competition
  • The future of production drag racing

This presentation is a must for any drag racing fan, especially those familiar with NHRA Stock and Super Stock!
Jesse Kershaw, Ford’s Drag Racing Parts and Competition manager will manage the presentation. For more information:
Presentation to take place at Watson Engineering, supplier and assembly source for the Cobra Jet and Boss 302S Mustang. For more information:
Take the Watson tour, meet the race teams, and hear the Cobra Jet story.


Advanced Propulsion & First Responders Needs

Speaker: Todd Mackintosh, Technical Specialist, General Motors
Program Chair: Mark Pope
September 15, 2014
Holiday Inn Flint, 5353 Gateway Center, Flint, MI 

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

Electrified vehicles involved in unplanned events such as mechanical breakdowns, collisions, and vehicle fire scenarios can present new hazards associated with the stored energy in the vehicle’s Rechargeable Energy Storage System (RESS).

These hazards include potential for chemical, electrical, and thermal exposure and injury for members of the emergency responder community.

Other incidents such as garage structure fires and flooding/water submersion may also present risks to these responders as well when a HEV or EV is involved.

A standardized hybrid and electric vehicle identification methodology is necessary to protect 1st- and 2nd-level emergency responders including fire, rescue, emergency medical, law enforcement, tow and/or recovery, storage, repair, and salvage personnel during and after an unplanned incident has occurred with an electrified vehicle.

Todd Mackintosh has been in the battery business for over 17 years. He chairs the SAE J2990 task force ‘Hybrid and EV Recommendations for First and Second Responders’ and holds a Masters of Energy Systems Engineering degree from University of Michigan.


2014-15 Back to the Bricks – MidMichigan SAE Presents the Harlow H Curtice Award

August 12-16, 2014
Flint, MI

Join Mid-Michigan SAE at Flint’s Back to the Bricks

Judging with award presentation on August 16th 2014

6:00 am – 5:00 pm 111 years of Buick party on Water St at the Durant-Dort Carriage Company building, all Buicks invited, DJ, food and drinks
6:00 am – 4:00 pm 5th Annual Corvette Reunion Car Show
8:00 am – 5:00 pm Car Show

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.

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