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While returning students focused on next year's car,
graduating students were busy preparing for their new
careers. "This experience gives students exceptional
opportunities to develop their skillset," shared Nelson.
"By the end, they're fully prepared engineers entering
the workforce. They not only get jobs because of it, they
excel in their jobs because of this experience. We're
focusing on our team members by making sure that we're
trying to design winning racecars, but we're also trying to
prepare our students to be great employees that make an
incredible impact on our world."
Christopherson is now pursuing a Ph.D. in aerospace
engineering sciences at the University of Colorado
Boulder. Roberts is taking his automotive knowledge
to Honda R&D Americas and working with chassis and
suspension design. Both thank the FSAE program for
equipping them with invaluable skills.
"I still would maintain that FSAE is the best program
because of the experience that you get working with
other students. The leadership that goes into it, the
cooperation; there's definitely a lot of nontechnical things

Team members pose with their car at Michigan International Speedway following the
2019 competition.
that are really crucial for success in any path that you want to take in
the future. It teaches you how to go beyond the standard stuff in the
classroom," said Christopherson.

Mary Ellen Klukow of Lynn Gorman Communications LLC
wrote this article for MOMEMTUM on behalf of CNC Software, Inc.

"Volunteers do not necessarily have
the time; they just have the heart"
- Elizabeth Andrew

This quote has been a part of my
signature line since I became part
of the Collegiate Design Series
(CDS) staff team in 2004. At my
first event, I was amazed at just how
important volunteers are. Over the
years, as the programs have grown
in complexity and team size, it has
become an even more important
aspect of CDS.
The 13 events for the 2019
competition drew 822 teams and
over 11,250 students on site. These
events were made possible with
the help of nearly 2,000 volunteers.
If you have ever volunteered for
an event or participated, then
you know just how important our
volunteers are.
Volunteers serve in the following
roles: local event organizers, event
captains, technical inspectors, course


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workers, report judges, design judges,
general site workers, and cleanup
crew. CDS volunteers are committed
to what they do and go out of their
way to ensure everything at an event
runs smoothly. They take time away
from their regular jobs, they take
vacation days, give up weekends,
and are on site in the sun, rain, wind,
and snow. And when I ask why they
do it, they tell me it's a privilege to
be able to give back to CDS, a large
majority of our volunteers being
CDS alumni. Others just simply say
it's fun and they love it!
In today's hectic world, I
want to acknowledge the great
contributions these individuals give
to the CDS. Without the strong
commitment and dedication of our
volunteers, our programs would not
be able to expand and grow to what
they have become.
"Great moments happen due to
the work of many."

"So how do I get involved?" you
ask. With events all over North
America in eight states and Canada
for 2020, there is always an event
near you! I encourage anyone who
has an interest to volunteer. In
addition to all the satisfaction you
will get, we will toss in lunch and a
free shirt.
Want to be part this group?
Let us know. You can email us at
Thank you, take care,
Sam Barill, SAE Collegiate Design

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Momentum - April 2020

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

Momentum - April 2020
Start a new SAE Chapter in your life
Focused on design
Taking the classroom to the racetrack
Great moments happen due to the work of many
ONE-ON-ONE – Emily Kerr
Sticking to the schedule
GM deploying electricals of the future in new architecture
Myers Awards winners named
SAE 101: Industry Leadership Award
Dossier: Justin Lange of John Deere
Focusing on the ‘E’ in STEM
Momentum - April 2020 - Momentum - April 2020
Momentum - April 2020 - Cover2
Momentum - April 2020 - 1
Momentum - April 2020 - Start a new SAE Chapter in your life
Momentum - April 2020 - BENEFITS U
Momentum - April 2020 - Focused on design
Momentum - April 2020 - 5
Momentum - April 2020 - 6
Momentum - April 2020 - Taking the classroom to the racetrack
Momentum - April 2020 - 8
Momentum - April 2020 - Great moments happen due to the work of many
Momentum - April 2020 - ONE-ON-ONE – Emily Kerr
Momentum - April 2020 - 11
Momentum - April 2020 - Sticking to the schedule
Momentum - April 2020 - 13
Momentum - April 2020 - BRIEFS
Momentum - April 2020 - GM deploying electricals of the future in new architecture
Momentum - April 2020 - Myers Awards winners named
Momentum - April 2020 - SAE 101: Industry Leadership Award
Momentum - April 2020 - Dossier: Justin Lange of John Deere
Momentum - April 2020 - 19
Momentum - April 2020 - Focusing on the ‘E’ in STEM
Momentum - April 2020 - Cover3
Momentum - April 2020 - Cover4