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During the 2017/2018 season, Greg and a sponsor worked to characterize the team's
new motor with a Sevcon controller.

Turning a part on one of the shop's lathes.
I will really enjoy watching the team grow, change, and
hopefully win a few competitions, in the years to come.
What is the most interesting project that you are working on
at the moment?

Kelsey and I are working on converting a 1971 Corvette
Stingray to electric. Before you blow a gasket, we will be
matching the factory stats, if not exceeding them. It is
definitely a different ball game from FSAE where you get
to make the chassis around your drivetrain, instead of the
other way around. But it is a challenge we are having fun
figuring out.
Who most influenced you on your journey to becoming a
professional engineer?

I was lucky enough to have a lot of amazing people
influence me throughout my career, from Dr. George
Youssef, our team's faculty advisor and life mentor, to
my girlfriend, partner in crime, and co-founder of AER,
Kelsey Winter. But I would have to the say the man who
started it all for me was Mr. Mena Abdo, my high school
engineering teacher.
During my freshman year of high school, I took a class
called Green Technology, which was taught by Mr. Abdo.
He would always encourage his students to push the
bounds of what we thought was possible, and have fun
while doing it. Senior year we had to design and build
a device to launch tennis balls as far and as accurately
as possible. I built a scaled version of a Roman ballista,
which was about the size of a pickup truck, that would
shoot tennis balls roughly the distance of a football field.
It was one of those mad-scientist moments that made me
realize this is what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.


That relationship would develop throughout high school. He was an
amazing mentor. In my junior year, I ended up helping him start our
high school's FIRST robotics team, team 4139: Easy as Pi, and went on
to lead the team in my senior year. Sadly, Mr. Abdo passed away a few
years ago, but his legacy has lived on through all the lives he touched.
In what ways were you involved with SAE International as a student?

I was heavily involved in our university's Formula SAE (FSAE) teams
(both IC and EV), but I also engaged in SAE SoCal Section events. I
can't think of a way that SAE hasn't prepared me for the workforce.
FSAE teaches countless life skills as well as technical skills. Beyond that,
SAE has taught me how to be more of team player, how to be a better
listener, and how to think like an engineer. I also learned more advanced
things like management of resources such as time, people, and finances.
Additionally, I have established a huge network of engineers and
students that are only a phone call away when I get stuck on a hard
problem, or vice versa. I can honestly say there is not an aspect of my
professional career that hasn't been shaped for the better by being an
SAE Member.
Why did you continue your SAE Membership after you graduated?

During my time in college, SAE SoCal held many events-from tours to
interviews, workshops, etc. Every time I went to these events, I always
learned something new, met fun people who shared my interests, and
got something out of it. Transferring from student membership to
professional was free for the first year and I was absolutely going to
take that opportunity. We are lucky to have such a good team running
SAE SoCal; they do a great job, especially with student and industry
What do you like to do for fun?

On a day-to-day basis, I like to build and fix things. Besides the EV
Corvette conversion, I am building a custom 3D printer, and we just
finished renovating a bathroom. I love the outdoors, hiking, camping,
backpacking, and snowboarding.

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

Momentum - April 2019
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
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Momentum - April 2019 - DOSSIER: Greg Sawvelle
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