2016 SAE Battelle CyberAuto Challenge

July 25-29, 2016

Warren, Michigan, USA

Student Nominations

The SAE Battelle CyberAuto Challenge™ is looking for bright minds who have never heard the phrase "this is the way we've always done it." Know an ethical, cyber-minded high school or college student? Nominate them for The Challenge!

The Challenge is a 5-day workshop where students participate in a series of classroom discussions moderated by leading cybersecurity experts, as well as hands-on work - real cars, real equipment, real communications protocols, and real industry experts. Students play a critical role on The Challenge's vehicle teams, bringing fresh perspectives and unique approaches to problem solving. Together with teams comprised of automotive industry experts, academics, government officials and more, students seek to challenge the status quo and learn about the issues of tomorrow.

The Challenge is an invaluable resource to the automotive industry, providing a confidential environment to explore cybersecurity issues as a community of industry, government, academics, researchers and students. Students benefit from interacting with seasoned industry professionals, developing strong relationships, and experiencing engineering teamwork first hand. In addition, students are issued a "certificate of merit/completion" to be included on resumes and college applications. Professionals benefit from the unencumbered thinking of students, and both groups benefit from mentor-protégé relationships.

Here's how to apply:
    Step 1: Students need a teacher, school administrator, coach, pastor, scout leader, etc. to provide a nomination. Send nominations describing the student's academic prowess and integrity to cyberautochallenge@sae.org

    Step 2: Students submit a resume or letter about their interests and skills with their teacher's or school administrator's recommendation to cyberautochallenge@sae.org

    Step 3: Participate and complete the preparatory educational screening sessions online (during April - June). Pre-work includes subjects such as cryptography, automotive communications protocols, and programming basics

    Step 4: Sign the NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) and get your parent's signed permission

    Step 5: Score at the top of the applicant pool to win a slot and be selected

    Step 6: Come to Detroit - the automotive center of cybersecurity - to join The Challenge
The Challenge is free for students, and attendance is merit based. Students are responsible for getting to either to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) where we will pick you up by shuttle, or to Macomb Community College. Guest and parents are welcome to attend the social activities on Tuesday and the graduation ceremonies on Friday.

Key Dates:
  • April 1-29 - Student Enrollment, Review of ethical foundations
  • April 29 - Student Nominations Due
  • April 30-May 30 - Students Complete online preparatory courses
  • June 1-12 - Students Selected
  • July 24 - Students Arrive for 2016 SAE Battelle CyberAuto Challenge™
All students applying to attend the Challenge are gifted and passionate about the STEM disciplines. Though not all students will be selected to participate, by completing the pre-work applicants take away new skills and knowledge they can't find anywhere else- learn engineering fundamentals like automotive electrical architecture, CANBUS, scripting, etc. with real-world practice. They develop a deeper connection between their classroom courses and the application of the content they are studying.

For more information contact:
SAE Challenge Officer: Marc LeDuc
(248) 273 4085


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