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Welcome to the SAE Metropolitan Section

The SAE Metropolitan Section is an outstanding resource for people involved in all aspects of the vehicle mobility industry in and around the New York City Metropolitan Area.

Some ways you can get involved:

  • Develop valuable career skills that will benefit you on the job through a leadership role
  • Offer a tour or event at your facility
  • Suggest ideas for future events or meeting topics
  • Connect with engineering students and young professionals in your region

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Sustainability and Off Road Emissions

NAFA and Metropolitan Section are excited to welcome NAFA Chief Executive Officer, Phil Russo! Phil will be discussing NAFA’s Sustainable Fleet Standard program. Launched in April, 2014. NAFA’s Sustainable Fleet Standard Program signifies a revolutionary step in how fleets define and adhere to sustainability practices. The standard is currently undergoing beta testing and review by 40 Charter Member organizations. The first wave of testing by some of the largest public and private fleets in North America has proven the tool to be very effective. A second wave of organizations will begin testing the sustainable Fleet Standard tool in late October. Phil will brief us on the latest findings and discuss the next steps for this exciting new program. Joining Phil will be Tom LaMano from Cummings. Tom will be giving an update on Federal Off-Road Emissions requirements and how they will be addressed by engine manufacturers.

Transcontinental Railroad -- American Diesel truck

Metropolitan Section is pleased to invite you to join us in another journey into history. Complementing previous meetings on the first transatlantic steam boat, the Wright Brothers contributions to flight, and the automobiles changes to NYC 100 years ago, we are pleased to announce the next in our historical meetings, a look back into two of the great transportation innovations that changed our world – the Transcontinental Railroad and the Automotive Diesel Engine.

Transcontinental Railroad: It is said there are three things that made modern America: Winning the Civil War, abolishing slavery and the Transcontinental Railroad. This mostly forgotten project tied the West Coast to the East Coast as no other activity did. It traded a 20,000 mile voyage of 6 - 8 months for a 3,000 mile rail journey of about a week. It truly was the Apollo Project of the 19th century. SAE Governing Board Member and Prof. Art Vatsky, P.E. will discuss the Transcontinental Railroad from an engineer's point of view: why it was done and how it was done and the role of technology in getting it done.

History of the American Diesel Truck: A second presentation by Truck Historian Dave Read will discuss the engineering aspects of the early diesel engine and how the diesel engine changed the American trucking industry.

Scheduled SAE Met Section Governing Board Meetings

2014 -- 2015 Section Year
November 3, 5:30 pm (Student Support Committee 5:00) @ Vitales, Teaneck, NJ
December -- No Meeting
January 5 5:30 pm @ Vitales, Teaneck, NJ
February 2 5:30 pm @ Vitales, Teaneck, NJ
March 2, 5:30 pm @ Vitales, Teaneck, NJ
April 13, 5:30 pm (Student Support Committee 5:00) @ Vitales, Teaneck, NJ
May 4, 5:30 pm @ Vitales, Teaneck, NJ
Vitales restaurant is located at 293 Queen Anne Road Teaneck, New Jersey
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