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Noah explains various components of May's driverless shuttle.
Noah presents a technology overview as part of a partner preview
day in Grand Rapids, Mich.
I can truly take little credit for getting to this point.
I was rejected in my first attempt at employment with
May. I was devastated, but still determined to work
there. I turned to Linkedin and found an alumnus from
Kettering, Lukas, was working at May. I messaged him
and he graciously replied. We started to discuss my
goals and interests. This discussion occurred while I still
had several months before graduating, and that's quite
early for potential positions at a startup. He encouraged
me to follow up with him closer to my graduation and,
months later, I received an email inviting me to be
interviewed for the position I had previously applied for.
Unbeknownst to me, another spot in field engineering
opened up and Lukas had put my name back into the
candidate pool.
While I take great pride in my work, I have learned that
I am only able to pursue and achieve my goals because
of the support of others. Creating and developing
relationships with other people can be far more powerful
then the most impressive resume.
What is the most interesting project that you are
working on at the moment?
From a field engineering perspective, I currently own
the Grand Rapids Site. Updating the route, hearing
and acting on feedback from our site staff, providing
demonstrations of our technology to Grand Rapids
partners, speaking at local high schools, and helping
keep the fleet in good working condition are all in
a day's work. My job gives me the opportunity to
share technology that is often reserved for controlled
environments or test labs with the general public. Seeing
the reactions to driverless technology across all different
kinds of people from all different backgrounds is exciting.

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Who most influenced you on your journey to becoming a professional
There are so many, but foremost is my Grandfather. He would let me
work on all of his projects with him and he would teach me how and
why we were doing something. From cleaning a motorcycle carburetor
to putting siding on our cottage, some of my fondest memories are
tinkering with my Grandpa. Secondly, Professors Masha and Sullivan
invested so much time and effort into demonstrating and teaching
not only the content of their classes, but principles of empathy and
excellence that would impact my career, and life in general.
In what ways has your involvement with SAE International as a student
prepared you for the workforce?
I participated in the inaugural year of the SAE-GM AutoDrive Challenge.
Joining the Team at Kettering University, I was not sure what to expect.
Prior to my involvement with AutoDrive, I had no exposure to driverless
technology. A complex system of various sensors, compute platforms,
and algorithms was quite the intimidating combination for me as one
who was studying structural analysis, fluid dynamics, and heat transfer.
There was not much crossover between my completed coursework and
the content of this challenge. This would change as I finished my senior
year, but at the time it was alarming. Little did I know the work I did
during the competition would directly prepare me for my current job.
From observing the output of a lidar sensor to training a neural network,
I was able to learn the language of the space along with the different
systems needed to make a vehicle drive itself. More than just gaining
more experience, the AutoDrive Challenge impacted where I wanted to
start my career.
Why did you decide to transfer your SAE Student Membership to
Professional Membership after you graduated, and how useful is SAE
to you today?
My membership in SAE gave me incredible opportunities as a student.
After graduating, I have continued to attend events hosted by the local
SAE chapter and enjoy and appreciate the variety of programming
available to me as a professional.
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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 - 6
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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