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STUDENT
GENERATION

Kettering University placed first in the Concept Design Report Event.

A moving pedestrian dummy was one of the obstacles teams had to avoid during
track events. Shown is the Virginia Tech car approaching one.

The University of Waterloo's car stops for a representative railroad crossing.
The competition posed a real opportunity for developing
interdisciplinary teamwork, Kettering co-captain Keegan Laporte added.
"Each task involved learning new technologies and developing solutions
closely intertwined with the success of your teammate's work-no
single solution could be made alone, and trusting their efforts and
coordinating with their piece of the puzzle was an invaluable skill for the
success of the project."

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University of Toronto team captain Keenan Burnett works on the
car's rooftop sensor.

After finishing in third placed overall in the first year
of the AutoDrive Challenge, the Virginia Tech team had
some problems in this year's competition.
"One of the major things we incorporated in our
design which makes our system unique is that we used
a "real time operating system-QNX," Virginia Tech team
captain Bhavi Kotha told MOMENTUM. "We believe that
such an operating system is required for an autonomous
vehicle especially concerning safety and for precise
reaction times for the vehicle. It is a steep learning curve
for the students, and that delayed the overall development by two to three months."
Another problem was the team's server, which "gave
up on the first day of the competition," said Kotha.
The good news for Virginia Tech's team is that there
are lessons learned.
"The main take-away from this was that we have to
have spare parts and stuff beforehand," Kotha said. "We
were able to transfer some of the main modules to a
different computer for the functioning of the car, but this
was not easy and we made a lot of mistakes due to this."
Like Virginia Tech's team, the one from the University
of Waterloo faced adversity, including high turnover
among team members and lack of standardized
development processes, according to team co-captain
Rowan Dempster. However, the team did earn some
measure of success, finishing second in the Social
Responsibility Report Event and the Social Responsibility
Event (the latter is a presentation that students makes to
judges at the season-concluding competition, based on
the Report, which is submitted beforehand).
A team-management lesson-learned for Dempster,
the hard way, is that "if nobody tells someone what to
do, that person will not do anything," he said. On the
upside, he pointed to several achievements by the team,
including a roof sensor rack that was designed to be
modular and adjustable. Also, "the team's Perception
Group had high retention and accomplished a lot."

By Patrick Ponticel, MOMENTUM editor

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Momentum - September 2019

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 - Cover2
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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