Thursday, February 28
Exploring Noise and Vibration Technology Tour
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 
Material Sciences Corporation and Brüel & Kjær
6855 Commerce Blvd., Canton

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.  Social Hour (cocktails and light food)
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.  Strolling tour of facility and interactive tools

As we prepare for the next generation of vehicles, take this opportunity to explore the hidden art of vehicle Noise, Vibration, and Harshness (NVH). Explore the tools and technologies that are used to shape the sounds and feels we have come to expect in vehicles today and how we can drive the sounds of tomorrow.

The state of the art NVH facility will be on full display offering attendees the opportunity to interact directly with the tools and facility that help make vehicles sound the way they do.

This self-guided tour will take you through semi-anechoic testing chambers, full anechoic chamber, structural testing suite, and an environmental controlled four wheel drive chassis dynamometer. Each room will be equipped with interactive tools and equipment for guests.


Important Note: Tour is limited to SAE Members and their guests. Registration closes February 25. No onsite registration or refunds after February 21.

For more information, email Roxanne Loeffler or call (248) 324-4445 ext. 3.


Hosted by Material Sciences Corporation and Brüel & Kjær

Tuesday, March 5
HP 3D Printer Demo Center Tour
8:00 - 10:00 a.m. 
12901 Newburgh, Livonia 

Additive manufacturing is bringing about a revolution in the way products are designed, prototyped, and manufactured – including the creation of manufacturing tools such as jigs, fixtures, and molds.

Since NovaStar began selling and servicing HP Jet Fusion 3D Printers in 2017, the technology has been adopted by Michigan Automotive OEMs, Tier One suppliers, medical device manufacturers, robotics manufacturers, material handling companies, and a host of contract digital manufacturers.

Come meet HP’s newest 3D Printer – the 580-that prints in black, white, and color. It is ideal for prototyping with an all-in-one compact form, at one third the cost of HP’s original 4200 jet fusion printer. HP's 3D printed parts have extreme dimensional quality, are printed at surprising speeds and capacities, and at a lower cost per part compared to other 3D technologies.

Join us for a guided tour and a breakfast buffet while you:
  • Observe HP's 3D printers creating parts
  • Examine hundreds of HP Jet Fusion 3D printed parts
  • Have discussions with HP experts
  • Learn about the design freedom 3D technology enables
  • Take home a 3D printed part


Important Note: Tour is limited to SAE members and their guests. Registration will close March 1 (or when sold out). No onsite registration or refunds after February 28. 

For more information, email Roxanne Loeffler or call (248) 324-4445 ext. 3.

Thursday, March 14
Various companies

Student Engineer Day gives collegiate students the opportunity to spend a day on the job shadowing the routines of a practicing engineer in the student’s field of choice. This is a unique opportunity for students to gain insight into the engineering field and for companies to discover future engineering talent. Although the day is broad in scope, it still allows for individualization as students are matched with engineers who have similar interest. Participating students and engineers are encouraged to attend the Ford Ranger Vehicle Event at Burton Manor in Livonia that evening from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Tickets are complimentary for Student Engineer Day participants and must be reserved by Monday, February 18.

Student Engineer Day may include a variety of activities, including tours, technical projects, hands-on experience and a chance to meet other colleagues. The format is flexible to meet the engineer’s schedule and is personalized to add a greater depth of experience for both the student and engineer.

This is open to SAE student members only. Students are responsible for their own transportation and for making the initial contact with their assigned engineer. Companies generally assume the cost of the student’s lunch. Participants will be notified by email prior to the event with respect to company/student placement.

Event Details

Important Note: Registration closes on Monday, February 18.

For more information, email Roxanne Loeffler or call (248) 324-4445 ext. 3.

Students - Collegiate
Thursday, March 14
Ford Ranger Vehicle Event
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Burton Manor
27777 Schoolcraft Rd., Livonia

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Social Hour
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Dinner
7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Presentation

SAE members and guests will have the opportunity to hear a presentation from key members of the Ford Team surrounding the development of the Ford Ranger.

Rick Bolt, Chief Program Engineer
North American Ranger, Ford Motor Company
Brandon Cameron, Brake Controls Development Engineer
North American Ranger, Ford Motor Company
Keith Erickson, Vehicle Engineering Leader
North American Ranger, Ford Motor Company


Important Note: Registration will close March 8 (or when sold out).
No onsite registration or refunds after March 7.

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

Vehicle Event
High School Poster Competition
Wednesday, March 20
Lawrence Technological University
21000 West Ten Mile Road, Southfield

Posters due Wednesday, March 13

High school students in Metro Detroit can win a scholarship or cash award. Students are challenged to be creative by designing a poster. The top ten posters will be on display at various SAE Detroit Section events. This year’s theme is "Exploring Innovation and New Possibilities"

Judging is based on originality, artistic excellence, and aesthetic effect. Students must incorporate the SAE Detroit Section logo and the theme into their posters.

Awards have been increased!

First Place – $1,500 Scholarship
Second Place – $1,000 Scholarship
Third Place – $750 Scholarship
Fourth – Tenth Place – $100

New this year! The first ten schools that submit a poster will receive a $100 check made payable to the school/teacher to be used to cover incurred expenses for the competition.

2019 Invite
2019 Rules
Sponsorship Details
2018 High School Poster Competition Winners

For more information, email Roxanne Loeffler or call (248) 324-4445 ext. 3.

Sponsored by BorgWarner 

Students - High School
Micro-Electric Vehicle Competition
Wednesday, May 8
4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Registration begins at 4:00 p.m.
Yazaki North America, Inc.
6801 Haggerty Road, Canton

Register by Thursday, April 11

Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are a central focus of SAE Detroit Sections’ K-12 programs. This year marks 26 years for the Micro-Electric Vehicle Competition. This competition provides an opportunity for students to build a mini-vehicle and compete with other schools for cash prizes.

There are three award categories in the competition: Performance, Design, and Overall School Final Results. The Performance Competition is a multi-heat, double elimination head-to-head race. The Design Competition is based on a written paper and an oral presentation. The Overall School Final Results Competition is based on accumulated total points per school from both the Performance and Design events. Teams must build a small vehicle to be powered by one AA alkaline battery capable of pulling a weighted trailer up a steep incline faster than the other competitors to advance.

Teachers can prepare for this competition as an after-school activity or part of a classroom curriculum.

Awards have increased!

Overall Winning Schools
First Place – $2,000
Second Place – $1,500
Third Place – $1,000

Performance (Top Three Teams)
First Place – $200
Second Place – $150
Third Place – $100

Design (Top Three Teams)
First Place – $200
Second Place – $150
Third Place – $100


For schools who have never participated in the competition. The school with the highest number of points in the performance or design category will with this award.

New this year! The first top ten schools registered will receive a $100 travel stipend. Must be present to receive this award.

2019 Invite 
2019 Rules 
Sponsorship Details 
2018 Micro-Electric Vehicle Competition Winners 

For more information, email Roxanne Loeffler or call (248) 324-4445 ext. 3.

Sponsored by Hosted by Yazaki North America, Inc.
Sponsored by Yazaki North America, Inc., Dana Incorporated, DENSO

Students - High School
Friday, July 26
Golf Outing
7:00 a.m. Registration/Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Shotgun Start
Fox Hills Golf & Banquet Center
8768 North Territorial Rd., Plymouth

Register before June 1 to receive discount!

Help fund the SAE Detroit Section Scholarship and STEM Programs

The day will begin with a networking breakfast followed by a shotgun start (scramble format) and end with a sit-down dinner. Fox Hills is proud to be a Certified Audubon Sanctuary golf course providing the best in course conditions while being dedicated to the care and preservation of the environment.

The jewel of Fox Hills is the Golden Fox, an upscale links-style 18-hole championship course, designed by Arthur Hills. Reminiscent of the great Scottish seaside courses, it features prairie grasses, wetlands, steep bunkers, and large gently-undulating bent-grass greens.

The golf outing is open to members and non-members. Each foursome leader will be notified by email approximately one week prior to the event with hole assignments and registration details. Space is limited.

Golf fees include a golf cart, complete event scoring, hot breakfast, lunch on the turn, dinner, and awards banquet, and non-alcoholic beverages (cash bar for alcoholic beverages).

Individual - $175 ($200 after June 1)
Foursome - $600 ($800 after June 1)
*Hole Sponsor - $800 ($1,000 after June 1)

Sponsorship Opportunities:
Gold Sponsor $2,500
- Three foursomes
- Two lawn signs with company logo
- Company logo on print material
- Sponsor sign
- 10 x 10 onsite display space
- Two full-page ads in online Supercharger publication 

Silver Sponsor $2,000
- Two foursomes
- One lawn sign with company logo
- Company logo on print material
- Sponsor sign
- Full-page ad in online Supercharger publication 

Bronze Sponsor $1,500
- One foursome
- One lawn sign with company logo
- Company logo on print material
- Sponsor sign
- Full-page ad in online Supercharger publication

*Hole Sponsor $800 ($1,000 after June 1)
- One foursome
- One lawn sign with company logo
- Company logo on print material

Sponsorship details

Important Note: Registration will close July 16 (or when sold out). No onsite registration or refunds after July 12. Times are subject to change due to speed of golf. Please note, alcoholic beverages are neither supplied nor purchased by SAE Detroit Section. SAE advises attendees to drink responsibly and exercise good judgement at SAE events. 

For more information, email Roxanne Loeffler or call (248) 324-4445 ext. 3.
Jul 26

Golf Outing

Golf Outing