This program provides a unique opportunity for SAE Faculty Advisors and Students to invite an industry lecturer to interact with students and faculty on campus. Please note that this benefit is for SAE Chapters only (chapters and CDS teams are different entities). Don’t have a chapter? Not sure if you have one? Contact Allie Fetchko for more information.
SAE, through the Teetor Awards Fund, covers the lecturer's travel expenses. The lecturer's employer covers the lecturer's time away from the office, and sometimes will also sponsor the lecturer’s travel expenses. The lecturer is responsible for making his or her own travel arrangements; a lecturer may ask for assistance in locating a hotel near campus and determining the best mode of transportation to and from the airport and to campus. As a host, you are not required to make reservations for the lecturer. Any assistance, such as providing transportation for the lecturer to the hotel or providing a parking spot on campus, would be appreciated but not mandatory. Hosting meals before or after a lecture or having snacks available during the lecture is at your discretion. SAE covers expenses of the lecturer's travel but does not cover these additional optional food and beverage items.
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Engineer II FAAC Incorporated, Michigan
Project Management in Formula SAE
This lecture is intended for current Formula SAE students who wish to improve upon their project management concepts. This lecture is appropriate for both new members to team captains and is presented in a fashion that is easy to understand without prior project management knowledge. Each section will focus on changing how the team thinks about project management problems with examples from Emily’s experience in Formula SAE and industry and provide questions for student leaders as a starting point for discussion and improvement. Students will learn how to perform FMEA, build a gantt chart, generate lessons learned documentation, and more.
Emily Anthony is currently a Mechanical Design Engineer at FAAC Incorporated and a student in the Masters of Mechatronics Systems Engineering program at Oakland University.
Emily has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and focused in Biomechanics. As a student, Emily was active in Formula SAE for 4 years and was the team captain of the 2016 team. After graduation, Emily continues to be involved in the program as an SES reviewer, technical inspector, and a Cost Auditor. In addition, Emily organizes the Pittsburgh Shootout autocross at Pittsburgh International Race Complex.
Design Criteria Engineer SpaceX
Vehicle Dynamic Testing for Formula SAE: Utilizing vehicle dynamic testing for design
For many Formula SAE teams, vehicle testing ends up as an afterthought. In the testing that does happen, the idea of whether the car is driveable or controllable is usually lost in the myriad of reliability testing. So while reliability is critical, the vehicle also has to be designed to be operable by a human driver. Similar to how factors of safety are design goals for reliability, handling goals can also be design goals. This presentation will cover fundamentals of vehicle handling related to human perception, simple testing procedures such as skidpad and slalom, and use of data from vehicle testing and tire testing to tune handling of the current car and set design goals for future cars. The presentation will also cover some simple simulation tools that can be used to quickly evaluate high level handling design goals. Finally, the presentation will address using a 'systems engineering process' to plan vehicle design.
*Get an idea of Sid’s condensed presentation on vehicle dynamic testing here, presented at COMVEC 2019.
Siddarth 'Sid' Attravanam is currently a systems engineer with SpaceX focusing flight hardware and concepts-of-operations leading to successful completion of missions while meeting or exceeding design requirements. Sid was also engineering manager with Cooper Tire & Rubber Company in the field of vehicle dynamics with the primary area of research being in understanding the links between human perception of driving and objective measurements of vehicle and tire dynamics. As part of this, he has led the development of new objective and subjective vehicle testing methods. Sid has also co-developed and teaches a training program for Cooper that teaches engineers the basics of vehicle/tire dynamics along with subjective evaluation.
Outside of Cooper, Sid is a technical scrutineer with the FIA at the World Endurance Championship race at the Circuit of The Americas, Austin, TX. Sid is also active with the Formula SAE community, having worked with Cooper to re-enter the Formula SAE competition as a sponsor, and through the Tire Test Consortium. In addition, Sid is also a design judge specializing in Suspension/Tires at both Formula SAE Michigan and Lincoln competitions.
Available any weekday. Weekend could also be accommodated. Please provide request 4-5 weeks in advance.
Consultant Motivo Engineering / Grassroots Motorsports, Redondo Beach, CA
Graduating engineers today have more technical skills than ever before, but many have minimal comprehension of what life in the real world is like. Dean shares lessons learned that were not included in his BSME education. He will cover how to leverage active SAE participation into career opportunities, the good, bad, and ugly aspects of modern professional motorsports, and the ever changing politics of alternative fuels. Dean has given this presentation to over two-dozen times to schools from across the country. His presentation is designed to motivate first and second year students to become more involved with SAE. He welcomes a lively Q&A session.
*Preview Dean’s presentation, where he presented a shortened version of his lecture at WCX 2019.
Dean Case has been an active SAE member since his freshman year at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1981. He grew up in a motorsports family and progressed from race fan as a kid, to automotive engineer as an adult. He has devoted the past 15 years of his professional career to automotive communications with an emphasis on motorsports and technology PR, and an interesting inclusion of non-profit partnerships.
Within SAE, Case was a student leader, including being an SAE-sponsored WISE intern. He served as a board member with both the SoCal and Detroit Sections. He has been a Distinguished Younger Member, awarded a FISITA Young Engineer Fellowship, sponsored over 50 new SAE members, served on multiple SAE International committees, published two SAE papers, and spoken at dozens of universities over 30 years, 14 of them in the most recent 2016-17 school year.
After graduation from Cal Poly, Case started his professional career with Mazda R&D in Irvine, CA. While at Mazda he worked on the original Miata, second-generation MX-6, first-gen MPV, and third-gen RX-7.
After seven years with Mazda he joined Ford in Michigan as a layout engineer in the electric vehicle department before transferring to Ford Motorsports. While the Ford experience was professionally rewarding, Case wished to return home to Southern California. That move came in 1998 when he joined Nissan as a Product Investigation Engineer where he fell back into the EV world, being one of the lead American engineers on the Nissan Altra EV, and Nissan Hypermini EV programs, the predecessors to the Nissan Leaf.
Case was acting as the EV technical expert on a Nissan media event in 2000, which led to his career change from engineering to communications. Case became the Nissan Product PR Manager in 2001 and retained that position until 2006. In 2006, when Nissan relocated its U.S. headquarters to Nashville, TN, Case began a freelance consulting career.
His first client in 2006 was SAE International, managing the first two Formula SAE West competitions.
Case was then reunited with Mazda, becoming the Communications Officer for Mazda Motorsports in 2006. He spent the next 11 years on the road promoting the Zoom-Zoom nation from the SCCA Runoffs to Le Mans.
He is currently a consultant to Motivo Engineering and Grassroots Motorsports Magazine. Motivo is a product engineering company noted for efficiently turning complex ideas into clever products. Dean met the Motivo engineers via Formula SAE, so it was a great fit.
Case has been an active volunteer with SAE, the Motor Press Guild, Friends of Torrance Animals, PAWS/LA, and the Motorsports Hall of Fame over the years.
No set restrictions - however, certain obligations might arise between now and when a lecture is requested, so some scheduling flexibility may be necessary. Ideally one-month lead is requested. Working with the local SAE section is encouraged such that a second nearby school might also be scheduled.
President / Director of Engineering PowerTrain Technology, Inc, Algonquin, IL
Formula SAE, A Design Judge's Perspective
Steve currently heads an innovative manufacturing company, specializing in lightweight low-inertia drivetrain products for motorsports. In addition to 'off the shelf' solutions, he oversees one-off engineered drivetrain solutions for industrial and street use.
Previously, Steve was Engineering Director for Quarter Master Industries, Inc. (QMI), where he was employed for two decades. Steve is well versed in manufacturing engineering and materials selection and served as a design engineer responsible for all new product design, development and manufacture for most of his tenure with QMI, while at the same time dealing with many of the top racing teams from around the world.
Steve is an expert in I.C. engine technology and power transmission. One notable example of his development capability is the drivetrain package for Dodge's return to NASCAR in 1999. With a motorsports career that spans nearly 40 years, He has engineered, constructed, wrenched on, driven, broken, or piloted almost everything imaginable with 2, 3 or 4 wheels, a hull, or wings. He is a licensed aircraft pilot, racecar driver, scuba diver, and firearms instructor.
Steve was selected by Carroll Smith to participate in Formula SAE (FSAE) as a Motorsports Design Judge in 1999. He has been giving back to future engineers with FSAE involvement ever since. He has judged Baja SAE events, served as the Design Event Captain at FSAE - Virginia, and Chief Design Judge at Formula Student Austria. Steve is currently the Chief Design Judge for FSAE - Michigan, and also serves as Chief Design Judge at Formula Student Germany.
Steve's presentation 'Those Who Cannot Remember The Past Are Condemned To Repeat It' is specifically targeted towards FSAE teams who wish to build a better car, without re-inventing the wheel. This presentation can be adjusted to suit the experience level of each team being visited. Historically, FSAE championship-winning teams, as well as new teams, have benefited from his presentations.
Subjects that Steve will cover include: Vehicle Design Principles; Chassis; Suspension; Steering; Brakes; Engine; Drivetrain; Gearing; Ergonomics; Team Management; Manufacturing; DFM (Design For Manufacturability); Material Selection; Heat Treat; Testing; Points Strategy Considerations; and most importantly, Project Management. Steve covers a LOT of material. Many teams video or audio record these meetings for review later.
After his formal presentation, your team may present your efforts to date. He will help you evaluate your design choices, and offer advice on selected optimization techniques. The informal question and answer session which follows can cover any area of FSAE competition. Your team's efforts are treated in the strictest of confidence. Steve will not share ANY information between schools.
Please understand Steve does not give your team 'the answers to the test'. He has to remain unbiased in order to be able to fairly and impartially judge at the competitions. He does provide insight and ideas from a design judge's perspective. Most importantly, he offers methods for 'thinking outside the box' that have driven past teams to new heights.
Friday evenings, Saturdays (or Sundays) are preferred, but weekdays can sometimes be accommodated.
Research Engineer, Autonomous Vehicles & Controls Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI
Autonomous Vehicles: The Role of HIL (Hardware-in-the-Loop) Simulation in Testing Ford's Autonomous Vehicle Platform
The automotive industry is heading towards the path of autonomy with the development of autonomous vehicles. This presentation will provide an overview of autonomous vehicles and discuss why there is an urgent need for this technology. It will also focus on the requirement of redundant mechanical systems and controls as part of the autonomous vehicle platform since there will be no driver backup present in highly automated vehicles. This presentation will elaborate on the role of simulation in accelerating development and testing of autonomous vehicles as in-vehicle testing for autonomous vehicles will be considered expensive, time-consuming, and unsafe due to the number of scenarios and driven kilometers required for validation. In particular, a powertrain and chassis hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation of the autonomous vehicle platform and the correlation of the performance of the corresponding subsystems with those of the actual autonomous vehicle will be presented. The testing setup for HIL simulation which includes powertrain controllers and actuators, redundant brakes and steering controllers, alongside full brake hydraulics hardware will be discussed in detail.
Mr. Adit Joshi is currently working as a Research Engineer in the Controls and Automated Systems department at Ford Motor Company. His current responsibilities include supporting the hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation of Ford’s Autonomous Vehicle Platform alongside supporting other CAE simulation activities for electrification, mobility and connectivity.
Mr. Joshi’s previous experience includes working as a HIL Engineering Specialist at General Motors. Before joining automotive industry, Mr. Joshi graduated with a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering specializing in Vehicle Dynamics and Controls, and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering specializing in Controls, both from The Ohio State University.
He has authored six SAE technical papers and one SAE journal article on HIL simulation. He also volunteers as a lecturer for the SAE Industrial Lecture Program and serves as a peer reviewer for the SAE International Journal of Connected and Automated Vehicles. He serves as an SAE Company Ambassador at Ford and is also active in the Ford campus recruiting team for The Ohio State University.
Request at least two week notice to fit into work schedule
President EMK Vehicle Dynamics, LLC, Buffalo, New York
Tire Testing and Modeling for Vehicle Dynamics
This lecture will focus on tire performance as it relates to vehicle dynamics. It will include a brief overview of tire construction, a discussion of laboratory tire testing, a discussion of tire model development from measured data, and the application of tire models to vehicle analysis, design and simulation.
Dr. Kasprzak is the President of EMK Vehicle Dynamics LLC and an Associate at Milliken Research Associates, Inc. He has worked in the field of automobile vehicle dynamics since 1996 with expertise in the areas of tire & vehicle testing, modeling and simulation. Customers have included professional racing teams, passenger car companies and their suppliers. Dr. Kasprzak is the co-founder and co-director of the Formula SAE Tire Test Consortium and a co-Captain of the Design Event at Formula SAE Michigan. He is a former Adjunct Assistant Professor (University at Buffalo) where he taught two courses on vehicle dynamics and advised the SAE student chapter. His publications include co-authorship of "Race Car Vehicle Dynamics: Problems, Answers and Experiments" with Bill and Doug Milliken and contributed several chapters in "Learn & Compete". Dr. Kasprzak is the 2012 recipient of SAE's Excellence in Engineering Education award.
None. Allow time to discuss your car/team in your shop in addition to the lecture.
Senior Polymer Engineer Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center, Inc, Ann Arbor, MI
Biomimicry: Sustainable Designs Inspired by Nature
Nature has been solving problems and refining solutions for 3.8 billion years. Humans can leverage the vast knowledge of nature as a model to design efficient and sustainable products, infrastructure, and processes. This methodology can be useful for students and professionals across a variety of industries. The lecture will cover the following key points:
Amanda is a senior polymer engineer with eight years of experience in the automotive industry. She graduated from Georgia Tech with a Bachelor's of Science in Polymer, Textile, and Fiber Engineering, and holds a Master's degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Wayne State University. She is currently pursuing postgraduate studies in Biomimicry through Arizona State University. Amanda works at the Hyundai-Kia Technical Center just outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan. In her current role, she is responsible for plant support and new application development of all plastic components for North and South America. Previously, she has worked on research and product development for hydrogen fuel cells, biomedical devices, specialty textiles, nanomaterials and quantum computing. She has an interest in alternative energy, sustainability, and the prevention of plastic waste in the oceans. Amanda has presented several times at the SAE World Congress, and is excited to join the SAE Industrial Lecturer program.
3-4 weeks notice preferred
Technical Director Essex Parts Services Inc, Cramerton, NC
Racing Brake Systems – Understanding FSAE Design Judging – Effective FSAE Team Organization and Planning
The presentation is multi-faceted, covering the needs of different team members. Almost all students express the need for better team organization and planning. Most also want to know more about how their program can help them to be more successful in the Design scoring category, which can also help them in all areas of performance. Then there is the brake system, which is more powerful than the engine. Yet, it is an area that most SAE teams do not address to near its full potential. The presentation does not get into the math as much as it does explain how the brake system works, the important details that are often unknown or missed, and what to consider when designing the brake system. One needs this understanding before one can properly use the equations and develop a top-notch system.
Mike O’Neil has earned his living in professional motorsports since 1995 and has been involved with Formula SAE even longer. As a student, he competed in FSAE for four years at the University of Akron, where he received his BS and MS mechanical engineering. He was on a first-year team, team captain for three years, and was an adviser while in graduate school. Fellow industry professional Carroll Smith recruited him for design judging, for which he was the Chief Design Judge for all FSAE California events. O’Neil was Technical Director for Tilton Engineering Inc. for 14 years and has been Technical Director for Essex Parts Services Inc. since 2010. His technical areas of expertise include brake, clutch, and driver control systems. He is in charge of all new-product development, designed the brake system dynamometer, and is in charge of all brake system testing at Essex. He also designed the brake bedding machine for which he holds a patent. During his career, he has worked with NASCAR, Indycar, professional sportscar, off-road, and other teams with their brake and driveline systems. As one who builds and races his own machines, he was a 2009 AMA flat track motorcycle amateur champion. He is still active on the amateur national level.
Chief Technology Officer Moon Wind Enterprises LLC, Sylvan Lake, Michigan
Paradigm Shifts in Transportation Architecture and The Role Of Lightweight Design
There are multiple paradigm shifts occurring that impact the transportation industry: 1. The transition to substantially more energy efficient vehicles; 2. The change from human control to machine control; and 3. The expanding development of personal 3D transportation modules that replace 2D based vehicles.
This presentation addresses each of these areas using production examples, where appropriate. It verifies relevant postulations using math models derived from first principles and includes a discussion of the fundamental physics that engineers must consider when designing safe and efficient vehicles.
The presentation will assess the specific contributions of enabling technologies, including aerodynamics, mass reduction and tire/wheel/chassis systems. Example cases, based on Lotus public domain projects, will be cited to demonstrate the potential for improving vehicle energy efficiency. The review will cover the ground up design of a lightweight vehicle that weighs 30% less than the identical size steel baseline vehicle; the body structure is almost 40% lighter than the baseline steel vehicle. Key systems will be reviewed in detail including the body structure, chassis/suspension, interior and closures. The structural performance of this vehicle will be reviewed. Animated models undergoing FMVSS crash testing will be shown and compared to NHTSA test results for the baseline vehicle.
This is an interactive presentation; the author typically asks the audience numerous questions meant to challenge participants.
Mr. Peterson is an automotive engineer who worked at Pontiac Product Engineering, CPC (Chevrolet-Pontiac-Canada group) Advanced Vehicle Engineering, DaimlerChrysler SRT (Street and Racing Technology) and Lotus Engineering, the US division of Lotus Cars UK. He also raced a Formula Vee and was part of Herb Adams’ NASCAR (Pontiac Grand Am) race team.
He holds fourteen patents in multi-disciplinary fields and has been published by the Society of Automotive Engineers, IMechE, the International Appliance Technical Conference and Purdue University as well as numerous magazines. He has written and presented over 50 technical studies and is a regular speaker and chairman at national and international engineering conferences. He has been a keynote speaker for multiple organizations, including NASA.
He has had experience in virtually all vehicle systems, including EV architectures, and has held a wide variety of engineering positions including Development Engineer, Senior Technical Specialist, Assistant Staff Engineer, Director of Engineering and Vice President.
He led the Lotus 2025 fuel economy study, funded by ARB, the California Air Resources Board, that documented that a 30% lighter vehicle could be as safe as heavier vehicles, provide substantially improved fuel economy and be built at near cost parity relative to heavier, all steel vehicles. This study was used by the federal government to assist in setting the original 2025 fuel economy standards. Mr. Peterson made multiple presentations of this peer reviewed study to government agencies, including NHTSA and the EPA.
Request 3 weeks advance notice to fit into work schedule
Principal Consultant Rinek Consulting Services, Santa Clara, California
Defects in Aircraft Design & Materials: Engineering Lessons Learned
Why have preventable mishaps in aircraft occurred (which are not the fault of pilots), resulting in loss of life and property? Many of these incidents are directly attributed to human error and negligence in aircraft design as well as processing of materials (manufacturing issues). How can engineers prevent or at least minimize such unpleasant events, thus improving aircraft safety? What lessons can we learn from historical mishaps, so that they might be avoided in the future? Answers to these questions will be addressed, while exploring 12 case studies, involving some well-known civil and military aircraft programs. We will see how engineers recovered from hidden defects, and developed workable solutions.
Larry Rinek is the Principal Consultant at Rinek Consulting Services. He was formerly a Senior Technology Consultant in the Technical Insights Division of Frost & Sullivan, where he had more than 17 years of service. His focus there was evaluation of emerging technologies and their commercial potential in aerospace & defense, automotive & transportation, industrial machinery, as well as advanced engineered materials. He is a trained engineer, a published historian (author of more than 25 items, including 6 SAE publications) focusing heavily on U.S. aviation technology history, a former USAF officer, a former student pilot, and veteran of the U.S. aerospace industry. Mr. Rinek is an active member of the AIAA and SAE technical societies, as well as the American Aviation Historical Society (AAHS), the Aircraft Engine Historical Society (AEHS), the Society for Aviation History (SAH), and the Wings of History (WOH). He earned a BS (with honors) in Industrial Engineering and an MBA in Marketing, both from UCLA. He has also been a guest lecturer in aero engineering for 9 colleges and universities across the US and Canada, with most of these visits sponsored by the SAE. Mr. Rinek has over 40 years of business and technology consulting experience. Many of his consulting projects have been sponsored by leading aerospace and motor vehicle builders/system suppliers around the world.
Request a few weeks advance notice, to fit into work schedule
Consultant Albion Associates LLC, Clarkston, MI
Lamborghini Engineering—Chrysler's Foray into Formula 1
In 1987, Chrysler purchased Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. and decided to design and build a Formula 1 engine for sale to F1 teams. They formed a new company, Lamborghini Engineering S.p.A. for this purpose. This presentation covers the history of Lamborghini Engineering from its birth until its demise in 1994, when it was sold to an Indonesian consortium, focusing on Mr. Royce's time in Italy as the Technical Director from November 1991 to May 1994.
Detroit to Austin—A Look at 35 Years of Formula 1 in the USA
This presentation looks at 35-plus years of Formula 1 in the USA from Royce's perspective as a scrutineer (technical and safety inspector) at the Detroit, Phoenix, Indianapolis, and Austin events from 1982 to 2021, and highlights some of the changes that have occurred in that time.
Grades Do Count-But That's not All—Tips for Engineers in Training
Good grades and technical skills are not all that employers are seeking. Based on his forty years in the automotive industry, Michael Royce will review the other attributes and skills that employers are seeking in their new hires, and how programs like the SAE's Collegiate Design Series can supply a number of these attributes. He will also suggest some tips when preparing for job interviews and give his thoughts about continuing education.
A number of presentations pertaining to Formula SAE and Formula Hybrid, specifically:
Michael Royce, now working as a consultant for Albion Associates LLC, retired from the DaimlerChrysler Corp. in June 2004 after almost 41 years within the Chrysler family. During that time, he held a number of management positions, including assignments in Truck Engineering, Product Planning, Engine Development and Powertrain Program Management. Between late 1991 and 1994 he was the Technical Director at Lamborghini Engineering in Italy, managing the Chrysler-Lamborghini Formula 1 engine program. His last assignment at Chrysler was that of Senior Manager of Advanced Engine Technologies & USCAR Programs.
He has been an active member of SAE International since 1965, served on the organizing committee of all the SAE Motorsport Engineering Conferences and is a long-standing member of the Motorsports Engineering Committee. From SAE, he received the Excellence in Engineering Education Award in 2005 and the Forest R. McFarland Award in 2010.
Royce has been actively involved in Formula SAE since 1986, was a member of the Formula SAE Rules Committee from 1996 to 2009, its Chairman from 2000 to 2009 and Chairman of the University Programs Committee from 2004 through 2007. He is currently on the Rules Committee for Formula Hybrid. He has officiated at over 85 Formula SAE, Formula Hybrid, Formula Student (UK), Formula SAE-Australasia and Formula SAE-Italy competitions. He, his late wife Suzanne, and a number of other leading FSAE experts recently published the second edition of the book "Learn & Compete, a Primer for Formula SAE, Formula Student and Formula Hybrid Teams."
He has been a licensed scrutineer (technical and safety inspector) since 1973, officiating at local SCCA autocrosses, club and pro races, stage rallies, FIA-GT, World Endurance Championship, Formula E, Moto GP and Formula 1 competitions. He was the Assistant Chief Scrutineer at every Formula 1 Grand Prix in the USA from 1986 until 2021 when he retired from professional motorsports events.
Royce has master's degrees in Mechanical Sciences from the University of Cambridge, in Automotive Engineering from the Chrysler Institute of Engineering, and in Management from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
Projector (and microphone in large classrooms or auditoriums)
Owner, Lead Human Systems Integrator System Solutions Research LLC
Why Care About Human Factors: A Case Study Approach
It doesn't matter how good a technology is if humans can't use it effectively to accomplish their goals. As technology capabilities advance rapidly, it is often the human in the loop that is the performance bottleneck. Worse, "human error" is often blamed for failures and accidents where the design of the system didn't effectively support the operator's performance.
This presentation takes a case study approach to engage a general technical audience. It analyzes three to six cases of failure with human factors design as a primary contributing factor with discussion of lessons for engineers that are applicable to any type of system and industry. The goal is to develop an appreciation for the importance of human factors engineering in the design of modern, complex systems.
Ben Schwartz is a human factors engineer, systems engineer, and human-systems integrator. He has experience with a variety of complex commercial and military systems including helicopters, autonomous aircraft, and command and control systems. He currently provides consulting services through his company, System Solutions Research.
Ben is an INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP). He participates in the SAE committees G-45, Human Systems Integration, and G-47, Systems Engineering. He was a co-author of ANSI/HFES Standard 400-2021, Human Readiness Level Scale in the System Development Process. You can read his thoughtful analysis of current industry trends and events at engineeringforhumans.com.
Projector and slide remote
Managing Director Fastway Engineering, Chicago, IL
This lecture is intended for current Formula SAE students who realize that in order to optimize your design, you need to try to as many design variations as possible. To do so, the use of Computer Aided Design and Engineering (CAD/CAE) tools, including Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is required. These skills are not necessarily a part of the current academic curriculum, but they are almost certainly required by hiring companies. The Formula SAE program provides the perfect environment for establishing robust CAD/CAE practices.
This seminar does not focus on a single specific software package, but rather it addresses the benefits (and limitations) of the software as a whole, and attempts to establish methodologies that can be applied to any CAD/CAE software. Discussions and hands-on projects include:
Prior knowledge of 3D CAD/CAE tools is required. Each seminar can focus on which ever software the school wants, such as those from: Ansys , Autodesk, CD-Adapco, Dassault Systems (CATIA & Solidworks), Onshape, OpenFOAM, PTC, Siemens PLM, Simscale, etc.
Jim Shaw is currently the Managing Director of Fastway Engineering, an engineering firm dedicated to helping companies get the most out of their CAD/CAE software. Using hands-on, project-based curriculum, Fastway Engineering helps Designers, Engineers, Makers, and Manufacturers climb up the learning curve as fast as possible. Prior to that, he's designed, analyzed, tested, built, and broken a wide range of products. LinkedIn profile
Strategic Management of Oil LLC Southeast Michigan
Dr. Smolenski's presentation will cover the more interesting anecdotes from different segments of his career. He will show how taxi tests helped elucidate the effects of subtle differences in antiwear chemistry on wear results. He will discuss how they gained deep insights into engine hardware (things that the engine guys didn't even know) when developing engine tests. Don will share his part in a small team that developed the GM Engine Oil Life Monitor. He will recall his experiences an expert witness for the Department of Defense. When Don transferred to Worldwide Facilities Group, he spent a significant amount of time in plants and will reveal some unique insights into plant culture. Don developed energy efficiency tests and will relate how he used them to debunk claims of miracle aftermarket additives. He also developed a comprehensive used oil program, and used a beer analogy to get plant buy in. Don returned to R&D and survived deep headcount cuts during GM's bankruptcy. He chaired the GM global engine oil team, and will relate the great diversity of this team and how amusing it was at times. Don will also share his observations on life after GM.
Smolenski has a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Michigan–Dearborn and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Wayne State University. He has formed and is president of a consulting firm, Strategic Management of Oil, LLC. Previously, he was OEM Liaison Manager - North America, Evonik Oil Additives USA; responsible for OEM contacts and management of fuel economy projects. Smolenski retired from GM after a 33-year career spanning R&D and Worldwide Facilities. He developed and ran engine dynamometer and field tests, is a co-inventor of the GM Engine Oil Life Monitor installed in nearly all GM North America vehicles since 2000, developed GM industrial lubricant standards and lead the GM used oil management and recycling program, championing the use of recycled oil in plants. Smolenski is a Fellow of the Engineering Society of Detroit and SAE International. He jokes that he has 22 kids all over the world—19 were foreign exchange students.
Request one month's advance notice to fit into work schedule
Associate Professor Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
Vehicle Assembly Manufacturing—Operations, Management, and Development
This seminar is intended for engineering students, entry-level manufacturing engineers, and all levels of the non-manufacturing professionals of the automotive industry. The seminar might be viewed as 80% engineering and 20% technical management in nature. The seminar covers the assembly processes, operations management, development of vehicle assembly systems, and/or process planning pertaining to the automotive manufacturing, specific topics include:
Each topic may be presented in about one and a half hours. For an introductory seminar, two or three topics can be combined. The technical content of presentations and time may be adjusted upon request. The presentation file may be shared with audience before seminar. These subjects are also covered in the speaker's two books: "Automotive Vehicle Assembly Processes and Operations Management" and "Manufacturing System and Process Development for Vehicle Assembly" published by SAE.
Dr. Tang is an associate professor at Eastern Michigan University (EMU). Before joining EMU, he was a lead engineering specialist at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). At FCA for about 16.5 years, Tang had worked on manufacturing system development and launch support for five vehicle programs, and led the specialist team to evaluate, analyze, and help improve the manufacturing system performance and capability of other two new vehicle programs.
Tang’s technical expertise is in the areas of assembly system development, process planning, tooling development management, lean manufacturing, dimensional quality control, welding, launch support, and project management. Tang completed his doctorate study at the University of Michigan in 1999 and earned an MBA degree in industrial management from Baker College. Tang is an active member of SAE, ASME, SME, AWS, and ASQ, has authored two books published by SAE recently and served as associate editor and reviewer for several scholarly journals and conferences.
Sales Engineer ABB/B&R, Orlando, FL/Atlanta, GA
Effective Planning: Transition from IC to EV
This lecture is intended for Formula SAE students who wish to develop a successful plan for transitioning from internal combustion to electric vehicle. This includes a discussion of reorganized team dynamics, project management, and design and material planning. Each presentation is tailored to individual teams and their current operating standards. Rebecca will provide questions for team leaders to organize and discuss EV evolution for their car's systems and learn how to seamlessly transition from IC to EV from a competitive standpoint.
The Value of Diversity on Your Team
This lecture is intended for all SAE students who wish to create an inclusive team culture on their teams. This discussion involves an in-depth look at internal bias, external factors that inhibit diversity, what actions can be taken to actively prevent marginalization, and how a diverse team breeds more effective and professional members.
Rebecca is a Sales Engineer at B&R as a part of a rotational development program in robotics and automation at within ABB. She has a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida. As a student, Rebecca was active in Formula SAE for 5 years, serving as business lead, interim treasurer, outreach director, and president. She is passionate about SAE and how it shaped her academic and professional career.
Technical Manager American Axle & Manufacturing, Detroit, MI
Propulsion: From Scratch till Advanced
This lecture is intended for Aerodesign SAE students and any interested engineering student in the propulsion overall, this lecture offer a deep understanding for the Aerodynamics forces affecting the aircraft throughout the flight phases, providing the basic-to-advanced analysis techniques to students with examples to learn and apply them effectively, furthermore giving brief background on how to design, analysis and process theses techniques while being restricted with many variable which needs to be validated using complex algorithms, numerical analysis and Computational fluid dynamics tools. This Lecture is very important regarding the technical and experimental aspects, a follow-up tutorials can be provided as a training examples and resources for interested students.
How to Design your RC Aircraft: from Blueprints till Flight Test
This lecture is intended for Aerodesign SAE students who wish to create get an overall conceptual view on the design phases for RC Aircrafts in general or simply want a simple roadmap to the rc aircraft design phases. Due to the overwhelming details needed to be covered during the design phases especially for a first-time teams joining the aerodesign competition, most students tend to shadow whole phases which could have increased their competitiveness or being vital to the scoring and pre-flight. This lecture is considered as a blueprint plan which teams can build upon and improve according to there needs and timeline to get their optimum results.
Mahmoud is a Electromechanical Engineer. he has a dual degree major in Electromechanical Engineering (Renewable Energy and Propulsion) from the University of Alexandria. Egypt. Also, he has a degree in Business Administration from University of Nevada. As a student, Mahmoud was active in Aerodesign SAE for many years, serving as technical design and analysis head, public relations and main speaker, research and development for his local Team and propulsion subteam lead. Furthermore, Mahmoud worked as SAE Aerodesign Oral Presentation Judge, Technical Reports Judge and Technical Inspection Volunteer.
Request one month's notice to fit into work schedule
Reliability of Autonomous Vehicles
This lecture provides an introduction to Reliability for Autonomous Vehicle Design and Analysis. It proposes a failure mode avoidance framework for autonomous vehicle reliability development. The lecture will discuss the following topics:
Reliability of Electrical Vehicles
This lecture provides an introduction to Reliability Design and Analysis for Electrical Vehicles. It includes a failure mode avoidance framework for electrical vehicle reliability development. The discussion will include the following topics:
Dr. Jay Zhou is a Fellow of American Society for Quality and CTO at JHZ Strategic QA. Prior to this, he worked for Ford Motor Company for more than 28 years. At Ford, Jay held various positions including Vice President of Ford China Quality and New Model Program Launch, Vice President of Ford Asia Pacific Quality and New Model Program Launch, Ford Corporate Executive Technical Leader and Member of Technology Advisory Board. Jay is Associate Editor for SAE Journal of Materials and Manufacturing and SAE Journal of Passenger Vehicle Systems. He also serves on Advisory Board for Eastern Michigan University School of Engineering QMP. Over years, Jay has trained more than 15,000 people in more than 20 countries. Jay has published more than 30 technical papers, held a US patent on vehicle durability. He has been a keynote speaker and panelist at various international conferences. He was a three-time award winner of Taguchi Robust Design. Jay earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Projector with a computer or a cable to HDMI connect to a laptop for presenting a MS PowerPoint presentation, a laser pointer, a wireless clip-on microphone optionally needed if a large auditorium is planned.
No set restrictions. four-week advance notice would be appreciated. Some scheduling flexibility may be necessary depending on other obligations.
Principal Consultant, Kolano and Saha Engineers, Inc.
Acoustical Materials to Reduce Vehicle Noise - From the Past to the Future
The presentation covers some aspects of sound package materials work that have been done in the ground vehicle industry over the last 50 years or so. This includes the automotive industry, heavy trucks, off highway vehicles, and many more. The presentation also discusses sound package materials for EVs including similarities and differences with ICE vehicle and ends with a look at the future from the presenter's perspective.
With over 40-year experience, Dr. Pranab Saha is recognized worldwide as an authority on automotive noise, body interior systems and sound package materials. In his role as principal consultant at Kolano and Saha Engineers, Inc., he leads automotive, commercial vehicles, other transportation systems, appliances, and product noise related programs in addition to serving as the direct link between the client and company’s staff and resources. Throughout his career, Dr. Saha has directed and participated in numerous advanced noise control engineering programs and training seminars for various OEM companies and suppliers worldwide. As a lifelong contributor to SAE International, Dr. Saha received the 2021 SAE International Medal of Honor as well as the 2021 SAE International Ralph K. Hillquist NVH Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2021, he also authored a book on Acoustical Materials – Solving the Challenge of Vehicle Noise, published by SAE International and was named the Gold Medal Winner of Independent Book Publishers Association’s (IBPA) Benjamin Franklin Award. In 2019, he was named SAE International Volunteer of the Year for his outstanding support of the organization and is a two-time recipient of SAE’s Forest R. McFarland award. Dr. Saha led the development of the SAE document, “How to Write an SAE Technical Paper,” which guides professionals through the writing process. He has received the Technical Standards Board Certification of Appreciation. Involved in every facet of SAE International, Dr. Saha assisted in the development of several SAE Standards on acoustics. A professional development instructor, lead faculty member of the SAE Vehicle Interior Noise Academy, he finds time to serve as an associate editor for the SAE International Journal of Vehicle Dynamics, Stability and NVH. As an experienced presenter of numerous technical papers, he has organized, and chaired numerous technical sessions sponsored by SAE and other professional organizations. In addition to SAE International, Dr. Saha is also a member of ASA, ASME, ASTM, ESD, INCE-USA and NSPE/MSPE. Dr. Saha is a Fellow member of SAE International and ESD, Director of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering (INCE-USA), practicing Professional Engineer (PE), an INCE-USA Board Certified in Noise Control Engineering, and has been named an SAE Master Instructor.
None, available for 2-hour lecture
Senior Technical Specialist, Vehicle Dynamics, Stellantis NV
Suspension Development and Tuning
While the design and manufacture of a Formula SAE vehicle is important, the development of the vehicle, its systems, and sub-components is critical to achieve success in the competition event. Development is part science, part engineering, and part art, and lots of hard work. The science part of development is mostly based on simple physics. The engineering aspect is the application of that science, as well as making use of existing knowledge; experience from previous years, rules of thumb, guidelines, standards, all of which are important in developing a vehicle. This presentation will guide you through planning, preparation, and execution of a development plan for the steering and handling characteristics of your Formula SAE vehicle. The focus of the presentation is on developing a reliable vehicle and improving its vehicle dynamics performance. Conducting handling testing and tuning to improve performance are covered with emphasis on making the most of your test sessions.
Darrell Hancock graduated from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with a BSME in 1985. Darrell joined SAE as a student member in 1980, and served as Secretary-Treasurer, Vice President, and President of the SAE student chapter, receiving an Outstanding Service award in 1984. While at Rose, he was involved in building several cars, including a pro-stock drag race car, and 5 Baja SAE cars. After graduating, Darrell joined BFGoodrich as a tire engineer, working in the high performance and racing tire group. After BFGoodrich merged with Uniroyal, he worked as a test engineer at the Chrysler proving grounds. Starting in 1986, he worked for Special Chassis, a race car design and development company, first designing and developing the Jaguar XJR-7 IMSA GTP car, then developing Indy Cars and various other projects ranging from Pike’s Peak cars to Top Fuel drag race cars. At the end of the 1987 Indy Car season, he joined the Patrick Racing Indy Car team as both a data acquisition and shock absorber development engineer, and a fuel economy strategist. In 1989, Darrell went to work for Rockwell International’s Off-Highway Products division, designing axles for mining, logging, and construction equipment. In 1993, Darrell joined Gabriel Ride Control Products, designing, developing, and testing shock absorbers for OEM vehicles. In 1995, Darrell started working at Chrysler Corporation as a steering & suspension engineer. Two years later, he became the supervisor of the Truck Vehicle Dynamics group, developing the ride, steering & handling of the 2000 and 2002 Ram pickups. In 2000 he became a Technical Specialist in Truck Dynamics and later moved to the Core Vehicle Dynamics group, supporting all DaimlerChrysler North American products. In 2016 Darrell became a Senior Technical Specialist for Fiat Chrysler, focusing primarily on kinematics and compliance testing. He now leads the global harmonization of kinematics & compliance testing for all 7 test machines in 5 countries for Stellantis. Darrell has remained active in SAE throughout his career and is currently the secretary of the Driving Skills Standards committee, and a reviewer for Technical Papers and articles for SAE Journals. He has served as a technical reviewer for several books on vehicle dynamics. Darrell received his SAE Vehicle Dynamics certification in 2013, has presented several times at the Detroit Section FSAE Workshop, and has consulted for several FSAE Teams.
Restrictions: Available Friday through Monday, is also flexible.
Engineer Lead, Scherdel NA.
Introduction to Brake System
This presentation provides a brief introduction to brake systems used in modern EV, and how it compares to racing cars like F1. Concepts like basic hydraulic function, basic physics behind braking, regenerative braking, Brake-by-Wire (BBW), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) System etc. are introduced. The target is to show to students all the awesome and amazing developments in brake system to make cars better and safer.
Ziyan is application engineer lead for Scherdel NA. He has a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Ziyan has focused on brake abutment clip and other brake components for over five years. He really enjoys discussing and communicating with engineers from the industry about all new thoughts, developments, and technologies to make automotives better and more cost efficient. One of his biggest motivations is to see a project from concept or sketch all the way to mass production and end up in a specific vehicle on the road that he can show to friends and families.
Senior Adjunct Faculty, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Part Design and Manufacturing by Reverse Engineering
Reverse engineering is becoming a common and acceptable practice utilized by many part suppliers in aftermarket as well as the original equipment manufacturers (OEM) for repairs in recent years. This presentation focuses on the application of modern technologies used to reinvent the design details and manufacturing processes of an existing part in the absence of original design data. It introduces reverse engineering from both engineering development and legal ratification perspectives. It emphasizes the real-life practice of reverse engineering in the industry with illustrative demonstration.
The audience will learn the applicability and limitations of reverse engineering through case studies. Various analytical instruments, ranging from traditional test machines to modern computer-aided digital probes, will be compared for their respective merits and shortcomings. Advanced metrological technologies are introduced with videos showing their respective operations. The statistics of material data and the acceptable tolerance of variations, with emphasis on industrial standard practice, will be discussed and analyzed with hands-on exercise, if feasible. Material identification, manufacturing process verification and the system compatibility of the subject part being reverse engineered will be covered in detail.
Dr. Wego Wang has been an instructor and a researcher in mechanical engineering and materials science for four decades. He is a senior adjunct faculty teaching machine design and other engineering course at University of Massachusetts Lowell, and also taught full-time at Northeastern University, and part-time at Harvard Extension School and Boston University before. He was elected Fellow of ASM International in 2009, and has received many awards, commendations, and recognitions from Army Research Laboratory, Federal Aviation Administration, ASM International, TMS International, and SME. Dr. Wang has authored and co-authored a number of technical and professional articles and presented lectures and reports at numerous seminars and conferences; for example, he has presented at various SAE events on the subject of reverse engineering for 11 times since 2006. He is an expert on reverse engineering. His book “Reverse Engineering: Technology of Reinvention” with 357 pages and approximately 200 illustrations was published by CRC Press-Taylor and Francis Group in 2010. This book is available at hundreds of libraries in industry and on campus such as MIT and Harvard University. Dr. Wang earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from National Cheng - Kung University, a Master of Science degree (MS) in Mechanical Engineering from National Taiwan University, as well as a second MS and a Doctor of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Propulsion: From Scratch till Advanced
This lecture is intended for Aerodesign SAE students and any interested engineering student in the propulsion overall. This lecture offers a deep understanding for the Aerodynamics forces affecting the aircraft throughout the flight phases, providing the basic-to-advanced analysis techniques to students with examples to learn and apply them effectively. Furthermore, giving brief background on how to design, analysis, and process these techniques while being restricted with many variables which needs to be validated using complex algorithms, numerical analysis, and computational fluid dynamics tools. This Lecture is very important regarding the technical and experimental aspects. Follow-up tutorials can be provided as a training examples and resources for interested students.
How to Design your RC Aircraft: from Blueprints till Flight Test
This lecture is intended for Aerodesign SAE students who wish to create get an overall conceptual view on the design phases for RC Aircrafts in general or simply want a simple roadmap to the RC aircraft design phases. Due to the overwhelming details needed to be covered during the design phases especially for first-time teams joining the Aerodesign competition, most students tend to shadow whole phases which could have increased their competitiveness or being vital to the scoring and pre-flight. This lecture is considered as a blueprint plan which teams can build upon and improve according to their needs and timeline to get their optimum results.
Senior Lead Product Strategist, CEVT AB (GEELY), Sweden
Autonomous Racing: Overview of the Backend Technology
As the world is seeing the adoption of more autonomous systems across different fields, we are also witnessing a growing interest in autonomous racing. However, despite this, due to the very rapid growth of the industrial transformation, the knowledge of how autonomous racing vehicles work is still exclusive to experts and specialists. This presentation aims to provide a high-level overview of how the core components of autonomous vehicle system software operate, i.e. motion planning and control, positioning and mapping as well as environmental awareness. The speaker expects that the presentation will be beneficial, particularly for students who aspire to join the fast-evolving connected and autonomous vehicle sector.
Autonomous, Connected, Electric and Shared Vehicles: Future Job Sector in the Automotive and Mobility Industry
The transformation in the automotive and mobility industry is also disrupting the future career and job landscape. What does this mean for young generations and university students? What kind of skills are needed to remain relevant in the next-generation automotive industry ecosystem landscape? What is the importance of having cross-disciplinary skills as future potential employees? This presentation aims to provide an overview of the future job sector in the automotive and mobility industry. The speaker expects that the presentation will be beneficial and inspiring, particularly for students who aspire to join the fast evolving connected and autonomous vehicle sector.
Biography: A PhD holder, Umar Zakir Abdul Hamid has been working in the future mobility (connected and autonomous vehicle) field since 2014 with various teams in different countries and continents. Previously, he led a team of 12 engineers (of 10 different nationalities) working in the Autonomous Vehicle Software Product Development with Sensible 4, Finland. Umar is one of the recipients of the Finnish Engineering Award 2020 for his contributions to the development of all weather autonomous driving solutions with the said firm. With more than 30 scientific publications as author and editor under his belt, Umar actively participates in global automotive standardization efforts where he is a Secretary for a Society Automotive Engineers (SAE) Committee. Since the end of Summer 2021, Umar has been working as the Senior Lead Product Strategist for CEVT AB (Geely Group) in Sweden.
Restrictions: Virtual Presentation Only.
Design Engineer, Milwaukee Tool
Dylan’s basic presentation will cover leadership, teamwork, and the engineering design process from several angles, including academics, CDS teams, and the professional workforce. Additional topics and points of emphasis can be discussed prior to the presentation and included.
Dylan Konop graduated from Bradley University in 2022 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Returning to Wisconsin, he started a professional career with Milwaukee Tool in their Outdoor Power Equipment (OPE) division. As part of the advanced engineering and new product development teams, he has had the opportunity to see both the concept and production side of engineers.
In addition to his time at Milwaukee, Dylan has spent time with Generac Power Products and Bell Helicopter as an intern. With roles from R&D testing to FEA analysis, he has had a chance to see all sides of engineering in several environments on an array of teams.
While at Bradley, Dylan helped found their collegiate chapter of SAE, where he was the president for three years, team captain of the Formula team, and member of the Baja team. He now serves as an advisor to both teams to provide leadership and technical advice.
Restrictions: No restrictions. Available on weekends.
Equipment: When in-person, a projector with the ability to connect to a laptop
Vehicle Dynamicist, Stellantis NV
The FSAE Steering System from the Road Wheel to the Steering Wheel
Design and development of the FSAE steering system influences vehicle response to steering wheel input, driver effort, comfort, and safety. In this presentation, participants will analyze the steering system from the road wheel to the steering wheel.
The presentation will begin with a deep dive into the anatomy and architecture of the lower steering system (wheel end suspension geometry, linkages and steering gear), its effect on vehicle response and how forces and moments at the contact patch are converted to a torque at the pinion. Next, the anatomy and architecture of the upper steering system (steering column and intermediate shaft) will be explored as well as the topics of steering non-uniformity, and how torque and angle at the pinion is converted to torque and angle at the steering wheel.
Tim Drotar is currently a lead engineer in advanced vehicle dynamics at Stellantis. Previously, he spent 30 years at Ford Motor Company where he specialized in chassis systems and vehicle dynamics for passenger cars and light trucks. Tim is a member of SAE, SCCA and The Tire Society. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
Tim also teaches the following professional development seminars for SAE:
Marketing Manager for Area-I
Capitalizing on FSAE
Helping students navigate FSAE to build an “A” Team while providing insight on how to transition into industry successfully.
Marketing Manager for Area-I, has worked in Aerospace for four years. Previously involved in motorsports, stemming from involvement with Formula SAE at Southern Poly. Was a member of FSAE for five years, rising to become the elected Team Captain during Senior year. Has volunteered countless hours to motivate young professionals to pursue careers in STEM. Has served on the Board of SAE Atlanta since 2018.