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STUDENT
GENERATION

Landing a jump at Baja SAE Rochester is the University of Akron car.
For the 2019 season, "for the first time ever, we have
designed a completely new version of our electronic
CVT," Gagnon continued. "This subsystem had been
designed in 2017, and in 2018 we had only reworked bits
and pieces of the software. But this season, we decided
to move away from a heavier and less efficient brushed
dc actuator towards a brushless dc actuator. This would
allow for a 63% weight reduction as well as a 42% power
draw reduction. The counterpart to this change meant
that we had to develop a completely new drive for our
ECVT that could control a BLDC actuator."
About RIT's season, Christopher Mehalakes said: "It
is always nice to do well during the competition, as
our successes are used to justify the long hours and
sleepless nights it takes to keep competitive. As the
team manager, it is incredibly satisfying to see the team
do well at competition because you see how hard each
individual works all year, leading up to the race."
"Our most significant engineering decision has to
be the implementation of MR shocks to our vehicle,"
Mehalakes continued. "With this being their first year
on the car, we have had some minor issues, but in
most cases, the change has been for the better. The
decision to change to the MR shock system stemmed
from our inability to adjust the vehicle to create the
proper damping rate during the Endurance Event and
even some of the short course events. In the past, our
shocks were adjusted based on testing and driver input.
Now the shocks are adjusted multiple times a second
according to the terrain."
The most significant engineering decision made by
the Cornell University team related to brakes, said cocaptain Melany Chen. "This year we spent significant
time discussing what brakes to use. The competing
ideas included different permutations of inboard brakes,
fixed calipers, floating calipers, mountain bike brake
calipers, custom-made calipers, etc. Eventually we
chose to use mountain bike brake calipers, and these
performed very well."
Asked how meaningful it was to have led a team that
did so well, Chen answered: "As captain of an incredibly

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Cars lined up for the start of the Endurance Event, Baja SAE Rochester.

Ecole de Technologie Superieure (ETS) placed first, second, and third at the three Baja
SAE competitions in 2019. Team captain Gabriel Gagnon is at far right.

The RIT #1 car rounds a turn at the start of then Endurance Event at Baja SAE California.

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

Momentum - September 2019
Contents
Editorial
Briefs
Student Generation
Air Mission
Baja Believers
Passing Tech Inspection Proves Difficult for Teams at Sae Clean Snowmobile Challenge
Competition Comes to Mcity
Penn State Behrend Repeats as Champ at 40th Anniversary of Sae Supermileage
Victory for Victoria at Formula Hybrid
Engineering the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette
F-16 Anti-Collision Software Now Used in the F-35
Sae 101: Innovations in Mobility Conference
Miscellaneous News for Sae Student Members!
DOSSIER: Samuel Brennan of Millersville University
Navigating the Hiring Process in Industry
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Momentum - September 2019 - Contents
Momentum - September 2019 - Editorial
Momentum - September 2019 - Briefs
Momentum - September 2019 - Student Generation
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Momentum - September 2019 - Air Mission
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Momentum - September 2019 - Baja Believers
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Momentum - September 2019 - Passing Tech Inspection Proves Difficult for Teams at Sae Clean Snowmobile Challenge
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Momentum - September 2019 - Competition Comes to Mcity
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Momentum - September 2019 - Penn State Behrend Repeats as Champ at 40th Anniversary of Sae Supermileage
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Momentum - September 2019 - Victory for Victoria at Formula Hybrid
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Momentum - September 2019 - Engineering the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette
Momentum - September 2019 - F-16 Anti-Collision Software Now Used in the F-35
Momentum - September 2019 - Sae 101: Innovations in Mobility Conference
Momentum - September 2019 - Miscellaneous News for Sae Student Members!
Momentum - September 2019 - DOSSIER: Samuel Brennan of Millersville University
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Momentum - September 2019 - Navigating the Hiring Process in Industry
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