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THIS MONTH'S DOSSIER SUBJECT parlayed his studies
at Kettering University and his involvement in the SAE
International and General Motors sponsored AutoDrive
Challenge competition into an engineering job at May
Mobility. The company operates autonomous shuttles in
several cities with the goal of creating "a better, cleaner,
and more accessible way to get around.
Lukins was a Sobey Scholar at Kettering and earned
a BS in mechanical engineering in 2018. He joined May
Mobility in January 2019, where his title is field autonomy
engineer. "We launch our vehicles on fixed, pre-mapped
routes through public and private partnerships in several
different cities. My job is to spin up these sites ensuring
that our shuttles are able to function autonomously and
also maintaining the sites as technology, infrastructure,
and traffic patterns change," he said.
Read on to learn more about Lukins.
Why did you decide to become an engineer?
From an early age, I always loved to tinker. I often got
in trouble for disassembling various items throughout
the house. While my parents mostly encouraged this,
finding the coffee maker in pieces or the car radio stuck
at maximum volume was not something they were
particularly excited about. As I got older, I started to take
interest in becoming an automotive technician.
Starting in the Auto Tech program at Lansing
Community College, I learned how to work with my
hands more effectively, gaining basic problem-solving
skills along the way. Attending a four-year institution
was expensive and not part of the plan for me until I
started to ask more questions. What are the advantages
of a unibody platform over body-on-frame? How are

After a long day of testing, Lukins enjoys some much-needed
shenanigans on a tandem bicycle.
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Noah Lukins in front of one of May Mobility's shuttles on the public launch date of
Little Roady, a public driverless shuttle service in Providence, RI.
suspension geometries calculated? How does a vehicle interpret
data from an IMU? Rather then repair or replace faulty components,
I wanted to understand how these components were designed and
integrated. That's when I started to think about engineering. Far from
direct, the journey I took to engineering was more of a discovery then
a decision, but I would not want it any other way. Gaining this technical
background prior to pursuing engineering was far more valuable then I
understood at the time, and continues to serve me today.
To what character traits do you attribute your success to date?
From the very beginning, a strong sense of curiosity has put me on
the path to where I am today. However, it is the ability to effectively
communicate and ask constructive questions that allowed me to
understand information and leverage my curiosity, first at Kettering
University and now at May Mobility. Early in my freshman year, I was
nervous about asking questions both in the classroom and on the job at
my co-op assignments. But later that year I took Calculus I with Professor
Masha, and initially I was struggling. Fed up with poor grades, I would
go to his office hours and ask questions, but doing so in front of my
peers was frankly frightening. "Everyone will think I have no clue what I
am doing", I would think to myself. Through consistent encouragement
and pushing for excellence Professor Masha taught me to get over my
haughtiness and take responsibility for my education in the classroom.
That principle continues to be foundational to how I approach my work.
Of what accomplishment are you most proud?
Graduating from Kettering University as a Sobey Scholar was a dream
I had from freshman year and it represents four years of hard work.
Completing my senior capstone and thesis on solar-powered irrigation
systems with Dr. Laura Sullivan taught me more then I could have
imagined. But being offered a job at May Mobility is what I am most
proud of.


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Momentum - March 2020

Momentum - March 2020
Building a career in mobility
Making sense on sensors
Victory at last
Keeping it light
GM’s Cruise self-driving vehicle built for upgradable hardware
New seal improves performance
SAE 101: personal and financial well-being, SAE style
SAE 101: personal and financial well-being, SAE style
Dossier: Noah Lukins of May Mobility
Occupational benefits of competing in technical collegiate competitions
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Momentum - March 2020 - Contents
Momentum - March 2020 - Building a career in mobility
Momentum - March 2020 - BENEFITS U
Momentum - March 2020 - Making sense on sensors
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Momentum - March 2020 - Victory at last
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Momentum - March 2020 - Keeping it light
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Momentum - March 2020 - BRIEFS
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Momentum - March 2020 - GM’s Cruise self-driving vehicle built for upgradable hardware
Momentum - March 2020 - New seal improves performance
Momentum - March 2020 - SAE 101: personal and financial well-being, SAE style
Momentum - March 2020 - SAE 101: personal and financial well-being, SAE style
Momentum - March 2020 - Dossier: Noah Lukins of May Mobility
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Momentum - March 2020 - Occupational benefits of competing in technical collegiate competitions
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