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DOSSIER: STEVE REHAK OF
DETROIT FLEX DEFENSE
WHEN SOMEONE TAKES an unusual post-secondary
educational path, there's most likely solid reasoning
Of his unusual path, which includes two bachelor's
degrees separated by 10 years, Steve Rehak of Detroit
Flex Defense said: "By blending educations from two
different disciplines, I wanted to be able to take the
viewpoint that the automotive industry is a complex
industry. Many people view a vehicle as an engineering
system, with many components and subsystems working
together. While on the other hand, many people view
it as a commodity and overtime can be bought and
sold. In fact, it is both, and I felt that it was important to
understand both sides of the industry to have a better
understanding of either side, wherever my career will
He earned a bachelor's degree in business
administration (with a concentration in marketing) from
Walsh College in 2009. Then, from 2010 to early 2019, he
worked full-time in various capacities at several different
companies to pay his way through night classes at
Lawrence Tech. In May 2019, he completed his bachelor's
degree in mechanical engineering (with a concentration
Detroit Flex Defense hired him as product engineer
before he completed his Lawrence Tech degree. The
company develops fluid transfer solutions for various
applications, including aerospace, defense, niche
automotive, and the oil and gas industry, as well as other
industries that require media transfer.
Learn more about Rehak, including his two U.S.
patents, in the following Q/A:
Why did you decide to become an engineer?
Having grown up in the metro Detroit area, and having
been influenced by the automotive industry, becoming
an engineer was something that seemed to be a natural
One of Rehak's patents,
"Pedestrian Protection Hood
Actuator," is designed to
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In 2014, renowned automotive industry engineer and executive Bob Lutz (right)
visited Lawrence Technological University. While there, he posed with Formula SAE
teammates Steve Rehak (middle) and Blake Rentfrow.
To what character traits do you attribute your success to date?
I have been told that I can communicate with people and can
understand other people's viewpoints without being over-bearing. Also,
being naturally curious about how things work has driven me to expand
Of what accomplishment are you most proud?
This is somewhat of a two-part answer. First, I am proud of my
education and having completed two bachelor's degrees, within two
different disciplines. Second, I am proud of obtaining two engineering
patents that I received while working at Takata. Both patents are
involving pedestrian protection within vehicle safety. Being able to
obtain two patents before graduating was something that I never
thought would happen. I was grateful for engineering lessons I learned
and the staff that I was able to work with.
What is the most interesting project on which you are working?
Currently I am working on a fuel application hose for an aerospace
customer, while using a Detroit Flex Defense proprietary manufacturing
process. This will help contribute to the ongoing new-generation
space race. This project has allowed me to expand my knowledge of
manufacturing, while having ownership of process control and product
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One-on-One – Matt Heywood
Experience and innovation walk hand in hand
Baja SAE 2019: a tale of wind, rain (sleet/ mud), and sunshine
‘Complete, finish, win’
Low-speed controlled flight top of mind for Cal State Northridge team
Big data, big benefits for big machines
Mercedes-Benz EQS concept: the S-Class of electric vehicles?
SAE 101: EDGE Research Reports
New SAE student challenge centers on connected aircraft
Miscellaneous news for SAE Student Members!
Dossier: Steve Rehak of Detroit Flex Defense
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Momentum - November 2019 - Contents
Momentum - November 2019 - EDITORIAL
Momentum - November 2019 - BRIEFS
Momentum - November 2019 - STUDENT GENERATION
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Momentum - November 2019 - 6
Momentum - November 2019 - One-on-One – Matt Heywood
Momentum - November 2019 - Experience and innovation walk hand in hand
Momentum - November 2019 - 9
Momentum - November 2019 - 10
Momentum - November 2019 - Baja SAE 2019: a tale of wind, rain (sleet/ mud), and sunshine
Momentum - November 2019 - ‘Complete, finish, win’
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Momentum - November 2019 - Low-speed controlled flight top of mind for Cal State Northridge team
Momentum - November 2019 - Big data, big benefits for big machines
Momentum - November 2019 - Mercedes-Benz EQS concept: the S-Class of electric vehicles?
Momentum - November 2019 - SAE 101: EDGE Research Reports
Momentum - November 2019 - New SAE student challenge centers on connected aircraft
Momentum - November 2019 - Miscellaneous news for SAE Student Members!
Momentum - November 2019 - 21
Momentum - November 2019 - Dossier: Steve Rehak of Detroit Flex Defense
Momentum - November 2019 - 23
Momentum - November 2019 - What’s next?
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