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Metropolitan Newsletter

About Metropolitan Section

Perhaps you are wondering about the size and scope of the Metropolitan Section of SAE. Here are a few particulars: The Metropolitan (Met) Section serves members located in NJ (northern and central), in NY (Rockland, Westchester, NYC, and Long Island), and in Connecticut (Fairfield). With more than 1,700 members, it is one of SAE's largest Sections (Detroit, of course, wins the prize for the largest Section). It is also one the most diverse Sections, with members working in virtually every area of mobility engineering. Most activities are held within a 50-mile radius of the Statue of Liberty, which the Section has adopted as part of its official logo.

Like all Sections, the Met Section is operated through an elected Governing Board, consisting of Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer. Numerous appointed officers assist in setting meetings, coordinating with students, and doing the work necessary to run a Section. The governing board usually meets for about two hours on the first Monday of each month at a restaurant in northern New Jersey to discuss Section strategy, set objectives, and provide progress reports. If you are interested in serving on the governing board, please let us know.

SAE and its Sections are tax-exempt, not-for-profit organizations. All Section officers are volunteers and receive no payment for work on behalf of either the SAE or the Section.

Please feel free to contact us at saemet@aol.com with your questions and suggestions. THANK YOU.

2014-2015 Officer Election

A slate of officers for Metropolitan Section was developed by the Nominatinng Committee chaired by past Chair and active Board Member, Rossa Cole, Jr. The slate was vetted by Headquarters and submitted and approved at the June 2014 Governing Board Meeting. As the first activity meeting in the new Section Year was the September 18th Infineum Trends Meeting, the slate was presented at this meeting and other nominations solicited. The proposed slate was unanamously adopted by vote at the meeting:
  • Ed Anderson - Chairman
  • Stan Sikora - Vice Chairman
  • Bob Santora - Secretary
  • Jeff Trilling - Treasurer
  • Werner Porsch & Dan Buckley - Co-Chairs - Membership
  • Bob Santora & Art Vatsky - Co-Chairs - Math/Science
  • Art Vatsky - Chairman Student Activities
  • Lev Klyatis - “ Delegate to Annual Meeting

2014 Rossa Cole Sr. Memorial Scholarships

At the September 18th Infineum Trends Activity Meeting, SAE Metropolitan Section presented $1,000 checks for the Rossa Cole Sr. Memorial Scholarships to Mr. Anthony Shalagin and Mr. Kyle F. Scanlon.

Established in 2003, the Rossa Cole Sr. Memorial Scholarship encourages children and grandchildren of Metropolitan Section members, or SAE Student Members, to pursue careers in Engineering or the sciences.

Anthony is entering his Junior Year at CUNY City College and is majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Kyle is in his Senior Year at NJIT majoring in Biomedical Engineering. Please join us in wishing them success in their studies and a successful and enjoyable Engineering career.

Infineum Trends 2014 Meeting

On September 18th, SAE Metropolitan Section and NAFA New York-Intercounty Chapter hosted the annual Infineum Trends Meeting at the Carteret Holiday Inn. Infineum USA L.P., presented Infineum's annual look at trends in the automotive industry. Infineum Trends 2014, Driving to a Sustainable Future, marks the 51th Anniversary of this program which looks at the “Trends” in the broad automotive industry and their potential impact on the Global Fuels and Lubricants Industries. Sections will cover “Industry Drivers” for changes in the automotive, fuels and lubricants industries, Diesel Fuels, Automatic Transmissions and their fluids, Small Engines, Passenger Car and Heavy Duty Engine Oils, and Growth Economies.

Oshkosh Self Driving Vehicle Meeting

Oshkosh Self driving Vehicles was a joint SAE Metropolitan Section and NAFA New York & Inter-County meeting held at the JFK International Airport Press Room on February 20, 2014. Nearly 40 were in attendance. The speaker, Mr. John W. Beck, Chief Engineer of Oshkosh's Unmanned Systems Advanced Products Division took the audience through the evolution of unmanned vehicles for use in military applications. He explained the advantages of being able to convoy vehicles and to reduce the number of exposed troops to IED's and other threats. In addition, the system developed by Oshkosh can be installed on many different combat vehicles. Following his presentation Mr. Beck took many questions from the audience.

CNG Mobile Fueling Solutions (MFS)- Virtual Pipeline

Sixty SAE and NAFA members and guestas attended the meeting 'CNG Mobile Fueling Solutions (MFS)- Virtual Pipeline' on Thursday, September 19, 2013, at the Clean Vehicle Solutions plant in West Nyack, NY. The presentation was given by Mr. Dean Sloane, Managing Director of Clean Vehicle Solutions, and Luis Pereira, CFO of Clean Vehicle Solutions. The Mobile Fueling Solutions (MFS)- Virtual Pipeline, is a method of providing fueling infrastructure for CNG vehicles without the investment in a CNG station. Using one or more 'POD' type self contained fueling containers, CNG can be a viable alternative to gasoline or diesel powered vehicles. This technology, which is currently in service in South America and Europe, provides CNG through mobile fueling units, reducing the need for an expensive independent CNG fueling site or the need for a nearby high pressure CNG gas supply. After the presentation there was lunch and a tour of Clean Vehicle Solution’s new facility which was constructed to meet increasing demand for CNG vehicles and can convert 5,000 vehicles annually. This is the second CNG related meeting by Met Section, and both were sellouts. This definitely is a hot topic in the region. Date: Thursday, September 19, 2013 Location: Clean Vehicle Solutions, 169 Western Hwy N., West Nyack, NY 10994 Registration: 11:30 -- 12:00