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Justin (far right) with the three other interns at General Motors'
Warren tech center.
50:50 machine- and person-run. Parts are installed
manually by hand and then permanently bonded by
machines. This process will be drastically changed with
the installation of an automated assembly cell that
features five robotics packs, each with a large robotic
multi-axis arm and an assembly conveyor. The amount
of fine-tuning and testing required is huge. So being
able to be one of the engineers to work on such a
project is a blast.
Who most influenced you on your journey to becoming
a professional engineer?
My interest at a young age in cars was sparked by my
family. I grew up going to our family's collision shop,
where my brothers all also worked (all four of them),
to hang out after school when I was probably in fifth
grade. Even before that, my stepdad sparked my interest
through his own interest in the classics; I often got to
ride in his 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air, still one of my favorite
After a short time, I started working in the shop.
My stepdad gave me kind of an accelerated course on
everything automotive. He would sit me down most days
and give me a new task to perform and have me do it
until I was proficient at it and he could trust me to do it
on my own-everything from detailing cars, body work,
and even painting cars. Over the years I got really good
at all of it. I still use all of those skills to this day on my
own projects and side jobs.
In what ways have you been involved in SAE?
My first experience with SAE was reading the articles in
their magazines. They were always easy to get my hands
on in school and made great reading material to burn
time between class.
Also, while at college, my best friend, Kyle Wood, and
I had befriended one of our professors, Jason Kruse. He
asked us to try to light the club up again. With the help
of the acting secretary for the club at the time, Nina
Trandel, the three of us undertook the huge process of
creating the foundation for the club. After two years, we
With fellow members of the 2018 Formula SAE Electric team (Justin is second from
left in middle row).
raised several thousands of dollars and raised the number of members
of the team from 3 to 14. One cool thing is we actually had a large
variety of people in different majors involved with the team. We had
successfully built the foundation for the next generation's team by the
time Kyle and I left last fall.
From all of this I learned a lot. In engineering, before you do anything,
you need a well-thought-out plan, a structure set up, and good people
who think in the same way as you, and just as important, different ways.
I experienced all of that through SAE, and that's very close to the way
the real engineering world works.
Why did you decide to transfer your SAE Student Membership to
Professional Membership after you graduated?
SAE student membership is great for growing engineers. It offers
abundant information and pathways to research a variety of topics.
One of the cool aspects is it gives you insight on the job market you
will be in and increases your exposure to different companies. In hand
with the SAE collegiate groups such as the race teams, you also get the
opportunity to learn new skills and connect with people just like you.
What do you like to do for fun?
Kayaking, hiking, camping, and doing an assortment of things outside
are among my favorite things to do. Building cars or things that go fast
is always a good time, and I enjoy woodworking as well. I played rugby
all through college, and that remains a favorite also.
Any final thoughts?
A few words to the wise: Always keep pushing your limits. Failing is
learning and hesitation will always be worse than learning from a failure.
Don't turn down the chance to learn something new. Being an engineer
means you should be well versed in a variety of things, so you can
literally learn something from anything and everything you might do.
Honesty, perseverance, and kindness will be some of the best tools you
will ever have.
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Getting a grip on costs
One-on-One – Kaitlyn Baron
It’s all about suspension simulation for Zuura Formula Racing
Engineering the future of two-stroke
Digital suspension keeps cabs stable
Motion sickness meets autonomous adaptable dynamics
SAE 101: Books
Miscellaneous news for SAE Student Members!
Dossier: Justin AndresMooi of Yanfeng Automotive Interiors
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Momentum - October 2019 - Contents
Momentum - October 2019 - EDITORIAL
Momentum - October 2019 - BRIEFS
Momentum - October 2019 - STUDENT GENERATION
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Momentum - October 2019 - 6
Momentum - October 2019 - Getting a grip on costs
Momentum - October 2019 - 75 points
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Momentum - October 2019 - Major redesign
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Momentum - October 2019 - 12
Momentum - October 2019 - One-on-One – Kaitlyn Baron
Momentum - October 2019 - It’s all about suspension simulation for Zuura Formula Racing
Momentum - October 2019 - 15
Momentum - October 2019 - Engineering the future of two-stroke
Momentum - October 2019 - 17
Momentum - October 2019 - Digital suspension keeps cabs stable
Momentum - October 2019 - Motion sickness meets autonomous adaptable dynamics
Momentum - October 2019 - SAE 101: Books
Momentum - October 2019 - Miscellaneous news for SAE Student Members!
Momentum - October 2019 - Dossier: Justin AndresMooi of Yanfeng Automotive Interiors
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