Collegiate Chapter Project Presentation Competition

SAE Collegiate Cup
Speaker: Collegiate Student Leaders

SAE MidMichigan Traveling Trophy
The 2021 winner was Kettering AutoDrive Team
Photos available here

Feb. 25, 2021

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.

During this unusual year the Leadership Team of the Mid-Michigan Section, SAE will run our Student Night competition a little differently. Following SAE International guide lines, the event will be virtual using the Zoom platform. Student teams will create a 15 minute video outlining their Collegiate Design Series program. These videos will be evaluated by a judging team consisting of Mid-Michigan SAE Governing Board members before the Collegiate Cup is awarded.  Additionally, because of time constrains, the judging will take place in two phases.

Phase 1 will be conducted during the week of February 14 – 20, 2021. Phase 1 will select the top three (3) video presentations.

Phase 2: The top three will be shown during our Student Appreciation Night Zoom meeting. The full Mid-Michigan Section membership will be invited and after each video a short question and answer period will follow.    

Following the February 25th event ALL submitted videos will be displayed on the Mid-Michigan video page SAE MidMichigan website  for SAE member and public viewing.

2020-2021 Detroit Section Event

2021 Nissan Rogue – SAE Detroit

SAE Detroit

When: Tuesday, February 23
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EST
Virtual (online) event

SAE members and guests will have the opportunity to hear a presentation from key members of the Nissan Team surrounding the development of the 2021 Nissan Rogue. 

When Nissan began designing the 2021 Rogue, its best-selling model in the industry’s largest segment, the company focused on delivering functionality, flexibility, technology, and safety aimed at simply making life easier. 

The all-new Rogue has the most standard safety technologies in its class, and is the latest Nissan model to feature Nissan Safety Shield 360®, ProPILOT Assist with Navi-link, and an all-new Vehicle Motion Control system. 

In addition to the technology and engineering of the all-new Rogue, Nissan’s manufacturing and engineering teams used the latest technologies to bring it to life. Nissan used enhanced applications of advanced manufacturing technology such as virtual reality and collaborative robots to build the vehicle. 

Click here to view the February Supercharger for additional details on the Nissan Rogue.

Important Note: You must register in advance to receive a personalized link. 

For more information, email or call (248) 324-4445 ext. 1. 


2020-2021 Chicago Section Event

Mining Equipment Technology – Autonomous Mining Solutions Improve Safety and Production Cost – SAE Chicago

Speaker: Denise Johnson, Group President Caterpillar Inc.

A FREE Zoom Webinar

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
6:00 pm EST


6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Presentation – Denise Johnson
6:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Hosted by Caterpillar – open for Live Q&A

Speaker Biography:

Denise C. Johnson is group president of Caterpillar Inc.

Denise C. Johnson is group president of Caterpillar Inc., responsible for the $10 Billion resources industries portfolio that supports customers using machinery and technology in mining, construction, and quarry and aggregates applications, including many of Caterpillar’s most iconic products.

She is a member of the National Mining Association, National Association of Manufacturers, Mosaic board of directors and is a member of the MIT Leaders for Global Operations governing board. She also is part of the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA.)


Autonomy is about automating every movement, pulling out waste, making it more repeatable, like a factory. Our customers are seeing a step change in safety with autonomy and upwards of 30% improvement in productivity. We’ll talk about how our customers have been able to deliver those results using Caterpillar Command for Hauling. We will explore the history of Caterpillar autonomy journey, highlight demonstrated results from our customers and talk about the mine of the future where we believe that someday the complete mining process could be automated — from drilling and digging, to loading, hauling, processing and transporting mined materials. We envision an operation where most of the equipment could be autonomous, which will result in the safest, most efficient mine sites in the world.

To Register:

Free and required in advance here

A link to the Zoom meeting will be provided upon registration.

PDH Credit:

SAE Chicago Section will provide a certificate for 1 PDH hour to attendees from SAE and qualifying organizations (IEEE/ASME). PDH credit may be requested via the registration process or by sending and email to

Learn more about these upcoming events on
January 31 – SAE Chicago Membership Promotion Deadline
February 18 – Virtual Collegiate Design Competition
March 30 – ClearFlame Engine Technologies Webinar

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2020-2021 Michigan Auto Heritage

7th Annual Michigan Auto Heritage Day & Awards of Excellence

Nov. 18 10 AM – 12 PM

2020-2021 Detroit Section Event

Mobility Talks: Opportunities for Training in Mobility

A Detroit Section Event available to Mid-Michigan members

Wednesday, November 11 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET

(Complimentary FREE virtual event)

Mobility is a fast-changing, high-growth industry, with a plethora of avenues for self-starter learning. As a talent development specialist, HR leader, or mobility professional, you may be left asking the question, “What mobility path is the best?”. This session will further define training opportunities that are available and have proved effective for those interested in mobility careers. Details


Cyber Truck Challenge

Connecting next generation talent with the heavy duty industry to keep vehicles secure.

Speakers: Dr. Jeremy Daily and Karl Heimer
Date: Nov. 9, 2020
Location: via Zoom

CyberTruck Challenge Mission

Help develop the next generation workforce by bringing awareness, excitement, professional involvement, and practicum based training to the heavy vehicle cyber domain.

Help establish a community of interest for heavy vehicle cybersecurity that transcends individual companies or departments and reaches across disciplines and organizations to make a more universal and experienced base of engineers and managers.

The class of 2019 at the CyberTruck Challenge

Dr. Jeremy Daily

Associate Professor of Systems Engineering

Dr. Jeremy Daily

Jeremy Daily served as an Assistant and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Tulsa (TU) from 2006-2019.

In 2019, Dr. Daily accepted a position as an Associate Professor of Systems Engineering at Colorado State University where he continues to work on heavy vehicle cybersecurity and forensics.

Jeremy Daily and Karl Heimer co-founded the CyberTruck Challenge in 2017. Dr. Daily serves as a director for the CyberTruck Challenge non-profit organization and actively recruits students to participate in this unique opportunity.

In 2013, Dr. Daily started a technology company, Synercon Technologies, LLC, that has developed a data extraction tool for heavy vehicle event data recorder information. Law enforcement and crash reconstruction professionals all over the US and Canada use the Synercon Technologies systems for reconstructing crashes involving heavy vehicles. Synercon Technologies was acquired by DG Technologies in 2018.

Karl Heimer

Senior Technical Advisory , Michigan Economic Development Corporation & Founder and Partner, AutoImmune

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Karl Heiner

Karl Heimer is the senior technical advisor for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, as well as the founder and partner of AutoImmune. Heimer has been on both the attack and defense side of “cyber” with roles on red teams, cyber forensics, and basic research.  Heimer was the manager for several technical projects creating secure mobile solutions for both Department of Defense and the consumer market. In 2011, Heimer joined Battelle to examine and develop new growth areas and founded its Center for Advanced Vehicle Environments to focus cyber-security practices on the modern car environment. In 2014, Heimer also founded AutoImmune to exclusively address the cyber-security challenge in the automotive space.


2020-21 Back to the Bricks – MidMichigan SAE Presents the Harlow H Curtice Award

Sat., Aug. 15, 2020 <– Cancelled
Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center, 3501 Lapeer Rd, Flint, MI

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.


Drone Technology & How it Serves Society During Times of Crisis

Watch the video recording of the meeting

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


Formula SAE Racing

Wed.-Sat., July 7-10, 2021 *** UPDATED DATE ***
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.

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