Cyber Security During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Recording available

Join us on a special WebEx based virtual presentation featuring our own Mark Zachos, a world recognized expert in cyber security and automotive electronics.

Speaker: Mark Zachos
President, DG Technologies
May 11, 2020

Online WebEx Meeting. (WebEx link to be emailed to all Section members)

7:30 PM Presentation

Mark will discuss the following timely topics:

  • Maintenance of good password hygiene
  • Updating systems and software
  • Securing WiFi access point
  • Utilizing a virtual private network (VPN)
  • Examples of COVID-19 scams
  • Not mixing personal and work email
Mark Zachos
President, DG Technologies

Formula SAE Racing

Wed.-Sat., May 6-9, 2020
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.


Collegiate Chapter Project Presentation Competition

SAE Collegiate Cup

Feb. 20, 2020
Bavarian Inn Lodge Conference Center, Frankenmuth, MI

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.


MSU SAE Shop Tour

The FSAE project manager Christopher of the MSU’s Spartan Racer, hosted the MMSAE board for the SAE student shop tour.

Photos in flickr
MMSAE Board Introductions video
MMSAE Presentation about the value of SAE membership. Part 1 of 2
MMSAE Presentation about the value of SAE membership. Part 2 of 2

Accident Forensics Investigation

Melissa Simpson, PE

Envista Forensics

Melissa Simpson, PE

Oct. 3, 2019
Zehnders of Frankenmuth

Ms. Melissa Simpson is a Project Engineer with over 10 years of experience as a Mechanical Engineer with a background in design, manufacturing, quality, and forensics. She is knowledgeable about the manufacture, usage and quality issues related to most materials, including elastomers, alloys and specialty steels. Melissa is experienced with the investigation of safety incidents, including those that involve machine guarding and personal injury. At Envista, Melissa applies her expertise to consult with clients regarding the scope or cause of damage and determination of repair ability after a reported incident.

Melissa holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and is a licensed Professional Engineer. 

Melissa will present the topic of Material Failure Analysis as applied to product failures including mechanical, metallurgical, and corrosion related failures. She will explan the wide varity of analytical techniques utilized including electron microscopy and X-Ray spectroscopy to conduct material failure analysis following incidents of corrsion, defective material, or fatigue failure.


My Favorite Cars – Lingenfelter Collection

Ken Lingenfelter

My Favorite Cars
Speaker: Ken Lingenfelter

Sep. 16, 2019
7819 Lochlin Dr, Brighton, MI 48116

5:00 PM – 7:30 PM Tour
7:45 PM Program

Our September meeting is a tour of the Lingenfelter Collection. This is the premier car collection in the Mid West. It is not open to the public but it is available for special events. This event is scheduled for Monday Sept. 16, 5 pm to 9 pm, at 7819 Lochlin Dr. in Brighton, Michigan. View classic, exotic, and unique automobiles as Ken Lingenfelter speaks about his collection and presents his favorite automobiles.

Do not miss this opportunity to visit the Lingenfelter Collection and meet Ken Lingenfelter. What started out as five cars packed into a modest three-car garage has grown into a huge, beautiful collection of unique cars in a 40,000 square foot space. While the collection is not open to the public, it is available for corporate and charity events. Ken supports the American Cancer Society with moneys from tour events. This tour is a charity event.


2019-20 Back to the Bricks – MidMichigan SAE Presents the Harlow H Curtice Award

Sat., Aug. 10, 2019
Downtown, Flint, MI

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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