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CAREER
PATH

DOSSIER: GREG SAWVELLE

Greg behind the wheel in Aztec Electric Racing's first car, which competed in Formula Electric 2017. "I couldn't have been prouder to have helped build such
an awesome organization," he said.
THIS MONTH'S DOSSIER SUBJECT IS GREG SAWVELLE,
a 2018 San Diego State University (SDSU) graduate
who has distinguished himself to the extent that he has
been named winner of SAE International's Rumbaugh
Outstanding Student Leader Award. The award
recognizes an outstanding student leader of one or
more SAE activities and encourages a vision within the
student to become an SAE leader during his/her adult

career. With his bachelor's in mechanical engineering in hand, Greg
was at the time of this writing waiting on background clearance from a
particular future employer.
Here's how he answered a few questions from MOMENTUM.
Why did you decide to become an engineer?

I have always loved tinkering, fixing, and building things. I was lucky
enough to have the opportunity to take technical classes in middle
school and engineering classes in high school, and ever since then I
was hooked. My grandpa always said, "If you do what you love, you
never work a day in your life," and for me that is getting my hands dirty,
designing new things, and learning something new every day.
To what character traits do you attribute your success to date?

I am very passionate about my projects and tend to have a very
optimistic viewpoint on life, which not only keeps me focused and
productive, but also helps to inspire those around me to believe in what
they are doing. That was apparent in the first year of Aztec Electric
Racing (AER) when Kelsey Winter (co-founder) and I were able to rally
an entire team of people together to start SDSU's FSAE-EV club.
Of what accomplishment are you most proud?

Greg with his girlfriend and AER co-founder Kelsey Winter at the
Grand Canyon wearing their Aztec Racing gear. Aztec Racing is
Internal Combustion team the two started out on before creating
AER.

18 April 2019

AER has been incredibly rewarding in ways that I could not have even
imagined at the beginning. I have gained so many skills and have met
so many amazing people going through the process of creating the
club from the ground up. I stop by the shop when I can, and people
who I have never met before thank me for creating the club. It is so
fulfilling to know that I helped create something that everyone involved
in gains so much from, in all aspects of life, and has so much fun doing.
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Momentum - April 2019

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Momentum - April 2019

Momentum - April 2019
Contents
A better MOMENTUM
Briefs
Reliability overhaul: a lesson in resilience
Turbulence on the track
Full circle
Lap simulation tool shows the way
Baja SAE technical inspection
VW’s MEB platform: a modularity enabler
The F-22 Raptor gets its first metallic 3D-printed part
SAE 101: WCX 2019
Moon shot as metaphor for autonomous vehicle technology
DOSSIER: Greg Sawvelle
Momentum - April 2019 - Momentum - April 2019
Momentum - April 2019 - Cover2
Momentum - April 2019 - Contents
Momentum - April 2019 - A better MOMENTUM
Momentum - April 2019 - Briefs
Momentum - April 2019 - Reliability overhaul: a lesson in resilience
Momentum - April 2019 - 5
Momentum - April 2019 - Turbulence on the track
Momentum - April 2019 - 7
Momentum - April 2019 - Full circle
Momentum - April 2019 - 9
Momentum - April 2019 - Lap simulation tool shows the way
Momentum - April 2019 - 11
Momentum - April 2019 - Baja SAE technical inspection
Momentum - April 2019 - VW’s MEB platform: a modularity enabler
Momentum - April 2019 - The F-22 Raptor gets its first metallic 3D-printed part
Momentum - April 2019 - SAE 101: WCX 2019
Momentum - April 2019 - Moon shot as metaphor for autonomous vehicle technology
Momentum - April 2019 - 17
Momentum - April 2019 - DOSSIER: Greg Sawvelle
Momentum - April 2019 - 19
Momentum - April 2019 - 20
Momentum - April 2019 - Cover3
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