Robofest 2017 Summary Report for IEEE SEM and Region 4

Robofest is a world-wide autonomous robotics competition for pre-college (4th ~ 12th grade) and college students to inspire interest in engineering. Student teams design, construct, and program their robots to compete for trophies in a variety of competitions using any computing controllers, sensors, actuators, and parts.
This year a total of 2,846 students in 948 teams participated from 11 countries (Canada, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, South Africa, and South Korea) in addition to 11 States from the U. S. (California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, and Washington). Figure 1 shows students advanced to Michigan Championship. Each of 1,406 students who participated in competitions in the USA received IEEE SEM and Region 4 Pace sponsored medal. (See Figure 2). In addition, Robofest teams demonstrated projects at the Spring SEM conference at Macomb Community College on May 4, 2017 and IEEE RAS Humanitarian Technology Day at MSU on Oct 14, 2017.

Figure 1 Robofest Michigan Championship

Figure 2 IEEE medal awarded to the USA students
IEEE Florida West Coast Section (FWCS) was one of the sponsors for the Final World Championship held in St. Pete Beach, Florida. Florida IEEE members who helped with Robofest include: Sean Denny (FWCS Secretary), Russell Grieshop, Craig Ross, Peter M. Blackford, Kenneth Fiallo, and among others (See Figure 3 and 4). Sean Denny, Bill Collins, Mike Okneski, and David Steele also volunteered for Robofest Thanksgiving Parade on November 4th at the St. Pete Beach Recreation Center, FL. IEEE SEM members who served as Judges include: Thassyo Pinto, Javier Alcazar, Vamshi Thatipally, Maria Castano, and Dhrubajit Chowdhury (See Figure 6 and 7). Robert Neff, IEEE SEM Section Chair, received plaques of appreciation from LTU (See Figure 8). 13 minute 2017 overview video can be accessed at: https://youtu.be/gLf188cUGTw

Wednesday, December 6 2018 GMC Terrain Vehicle Event 🗓

Wednesday, December 6 2018 GMC Terrain Vehicle Event
register
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
San Marino Club
1685 E. Big Beaver Road, Troy

Agenda
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Social Hour sponsored by Magna International
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 GMC Team surrounding the development of the 2018 GMC Terrain.

Speakers
Mark Cieslak, Chief Engineer, GMC Terrain, General Motors
Sean Greatex, Marketing Manager, GMC Terrain, General Motors
Jeff Giacobbe, Product Manager, GMC Terrain, General Motors

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Important Note: Registration will close Monday, December 4 at 4:00 p.m. (or when sold out).
There will be no onsite ticket sales and no refunds after November 29.

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

SAE Detroit Section is partnering with Toys for Tots again this holiday season. You can help us bring Christmas gifts to children in the Metro Detroit community by bringing a new, unwrapped toy to this event.

Thursday, November 16 GM Heritage Center Tour 🗓

Thursday, November 16
GM Heritage Center Tour
register
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
6400 Center Drive, Sterling Heights

Thinking of a team building holiday activity. Maybe you would like to meet up with a customer before the holiday rush or would just like to spend some time around a cool car collection. Back by popular demand as requested by our members, SAE Detroit Section has arranged this exclusive afternoon tour, which normally is only open to GM employees, analysts, and the media.

The GM Heritage Center is not just a museum, but a cross between the ultimate automotive enthusiast’s garage and a living repository of automotive history.

This is a great opportunity for SAE members to invite a young professional, take advantage of the landscape, and experience the history.

More than 165 vehicle exhibits and historical memorabilia over 10 decades are represented. The vehicle collection showcases a wide range of GM design, technology, and innovation. Guests will have the opportunity to see past and current concept vehicles, muscle cars, as well as historically significant vehicles from various eras. The Center is always changing with vehicle exhibits.

By highlighting the exciting designs, groundbreaking technology, and powerful brands that have comprised GM’s first century, the GM Heritage Center will help inspire new generations of enthusiasts and make the company even stronger in years to come as GM moves toward a second century of operations. This is evident by great designs, both legendary and recent, like the sixth generation Corvette, Cadillac 16 Concept Vehicle, and the Pontiac Solstice.

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Sponsorship Details
GM Heritage Center website

Important Note: Registration closes at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, November 13. There will be no onsite ticket sales and no refunds after Thursday, November 9.

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

Wednesday, November 8 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Vehicle Event 🗓

Wednesday, November 8
2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Vehicle Event

register
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
San Marino Club
1685 E. Big Beaver Road, Troy

Agenda
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Social Hour sponsored by Brembo North America Inc.
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 FCA Team surrounding the development of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.

Speakers
Chris Cowland, Director, Advanced and SRT Powertrain, FCA US LLC
Darryl B. Smith, Vehicle Line Executive – SRT & Performance Engineering, FCA US LLC

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Important Note: Registration will close Monday, November 6 at 4:00 p.m. (or when sold out).
There will be no onsite ticket sales and no refunds after November 1.

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

WIE CY2018 Kick-Off Event 🗓

Meeting of WIE Administrative Committee members and potential Volunteers to outline events for CY2018 and plan resource distribution.

Please join us, get involved, give back to your community, and advance your professional goals! No prior experience is necessary and you need not be a Committee member to come!

Agenda:

Further details will be added in early December!

Location:
Exact location within City of Fenton is TBD
Fenton, Michigan
48430

IEEE SEM Computer Society Chapter Officers – Thank You Dinner 🗓

Co-sponsored by: Subramaniam Ganesan

A dinner invitation to Chapter 5 (Computer Society) Officers and their significant others to join us for a “Thank You” celebration of all that you have done, and continue to do, for the IEEE Southeastern Michigan Computer Society Chapter.

Agenda:

8 PM Assemble and mingle with Wine. 8:30 PM Order Dinner 10:00 PM Adjourn

Location: TBD

Location:
TBD, Michigan