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CAREER PATH

WHAT'S NEXT?
YOU'RE AN ENGINEERING STUDENT on
a team competing in an SAE International
design challenge. It's a lot of work. The
whole thing is a lot of work: homework,
studying, work, social life, and on top of it
all, the SAE club. So why does it matter?
What is coming next? Do you really think
that life suddenly gets easier?
I hate to break this to you, but you will
always juggle competing challenges.
Those challenges will most definitely
change as you move on, but they don't
get easier.
Once you graduate, you will get your
first engineering job. More times than
not, you will see that the same challenges
you faced as part of that SAE team still
surround you and will be an elemental
part of your career until you walk away.
Regulations, rules, requirements, design
challenges, that delicate balance of
specifications and functional requirements
across subsystems, not to mention the
ever-present budget AND schedule
pressures to keep a project on track or
to get a new project started will be all
around you.
Large company or small, technology
development or manufacturing, the
challenges will be fundamentally the
same. But take heart, this is one of
the significant advantages you gain
from your participation in these design
challenges. Immerse yourself in your club.
The experiences you will gain as a team
when fully committed to the challenge of
successfully competing will provide real
working knowledge in aspects of project
management, true engineering, and even
fundamental machine and shop skills that
will allow you to stand apart from peers in
the work place.
And while you will look good, the
experience will not reduce the pressure
on your time. There will always be more
work to be done, another project that
need attention, a new issue that needs
resolution.
As you grapple to sort your everincreasing schedule of responsibilities,
remember that there is another significant
advantage that follows you from your time
in the club: camaraderie. The friendships
that you are developing right now within
24 November 2019

2019 marked the first time that Grand Canyon University students designed and built a racecar that
competed in Formula SAE competition.
your team and within the SAE community
are special and will be enduring. You will
have special bonds with these people
despite the time and distance that you
travel after the club.
There is even an unmistakable
connection when two engineers recognize
that they have endured that same
design challenge even if they had never
met before. This provides you with two
enormous advantages. First, you have
resources that you can talk to. Exchange
ideas, thoughts, difficulties, and especially
successes. Continue the forward pull
offered by this community. These contacts

can provide insight and knowledge to help
balance competing challenges, whether
that be engineering challenges within or
personal challenges around the workplace.
And don't forget the second, and really
more important advantage: you have
friends, good friends. Find the time to
keep those active-and together, you will
be unstoppable.
Kevin Williams, who teaches
mechanical engineering at Grand
Canyon University and serves as
faculty advisor for the university's
Formula SAE team, wrote this
article for MOMENTUM.

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Momentum - November 2019

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

Momentum - November 2019
Contents
EDITORIAL
BRIEFS
STUDENT GENERATION
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
What’s next?
Momentum - November 2019 - Momentum - November 2019
Momentum - November 2019 - Cover2
Momentum - November 2019 - Contents
Momentum - November 2019 - EDITORIAL
Momentum - November 2019 - BRIEFS
Momentum - November 2019 - STUDENT GENERATION
Momentum - November 2019 - 5
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’
Momentum - November 2019 - 13
Momentum - November 2019 - 14
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?
Momentum - November 2019 - Cover3
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