Wednesday, September 13, 2023

SAE BC Speaker Series: "Biomimicry: Sustainable Designs Inspired by Nature"

On Mon, Sep 25th, 2023 @ 6:00 pm PST SAE BC will host Amanda Nummy at the UBC campus in MacLeod room 2002 for her presentation on "Biomimicry: Sustainable Designs Inspired by Nature". Sign-up now at! The event will also be available online via Webex, the Webex link will be emailed to online attendees the day before the event.

Abstract: Nature has been solving problems and refining solutions for 3.8 billion years. Humans can leverage the vast knowledge of nature as a model to design efficient and sustainable products, infrastructure, and processes. This methodology can be useful for students and professionals across a variety of industries. The lecture will cover the following key points:

  • What is biomimicry
  • How and why we can use it
  • The benefits of multi-disciplinary design teams
  • Case studies of biological strategies emulated in biomimetic applications
  • A short brainstorming or scoping activity
  • Several resources and tools to add to your design thinking

Bio: Amanda Nummy is a senior polymer materials engineer with a decade of experience in the automotive industry, specializing in alternative energy and sustainable materials. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Polymer, Textile, and Fiber Engineering from Georgia Tech, a master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Wayne State University, and a master’s degree in Biomimicry through Arizona State University. She works at the Hyundai America Technical Center outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan. In her current role, she is responsible for plant support and new application development of all plastic components in North and South America, and leads several global collaborations for hydrogen fuel cells and electric vehicle development. Previously, she has worked on research and product development for hydrogen fuel cells, biomedical devices, specialty textiles, nanomaterials and quantum computing. She has an interest in alternative energy, sustainability, and the prevention of plastic waste in the oceans.

Directions to the venue are available on Google Maps under this address: Macleod Bldg, 2356 Main Mall. Food and drinks will be provided, admission will be $5 for SAE professionals and students and $10 (payable in cash on the day of the event) for non-SAE professionals and students.

Friday, April 7, 2023

SAE Speaker Series: "Part Design and Manufacturing by Reverse Engineering"

SAE Speaker Series: "Part Design and Manufacturing by Reverse Engineering"

On Mon, April 24, 6:00pm PST, SAE BC will host Wego Wang. He will present his "Part Design and Manufacturing by Reverse Engineering" topic. This event will be freely available online via Webex; sign-up now at!

Reverse engineering is becoming a common and acceptable practice utilized by many part suppliers in aftermarket as well as the original equipment manufacturers (OEM) for repairs in recent years. This presentation focuses on the application of modern technologies used to reinvent the design details and manufacturing processes of an existing part in the absence of original design data. It introduces reverse engineering from both engineering development and legal ratification perspectives. It emphasizes the real-life practice of reverse engineering in the industry with illustrative demonstration.

Monday, March 13, 2023

SAE BC Event Summary: Dipale Ghodake "Aeroacoustics Problems and Modelling Challenges in Electric Vehicles"

On 13Mar2023 Dr. Dipali Ghodake, who’s mission is to “…make the world free from unwanted noises and achieve more peaceful, quiet, and calm life for everyone”, graciously provided a presentation surrounding her lifelong work relating to vehicles aeroacoustics. The event was a virtual one for SAE BC, giving our members from out of town , along with sister chapters in nearby regions, a chance to participate. Dr. Ghodake’s covered a range of highly technical topics regarding vehicle acoustics modeling, including the importance of modeling and testing to confirm the accuracy of models that solve complex Navier stokes equations and more.

by Colin Keddie, P.Eng, MBA

SAE BC Chair

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

SAE SoCal: Scorpion EV: Creators of the 100% Electric Cobra Tribute Car March 9th @ 6PM PT

Scorpion EV, a company that is designing and manufacturing Cobra tribute cars that are 100% electric. Utilizing a Tesla S performance powertrain, Scorpion EV is packaging over 600hp in a 2,600lb roadster to achieve incredible acceleration and 400-mile range. In this talk Bill will talk about x-ray inspection, electric cars, and entrepreneurship. Register now!

About the Speakers
Dr. Bill Cardoso founded Creative Electron in his Carlsbad garage in 2008. Bill and his team grew the company from a garage startup to the largest US manufacturer of X-ray machines. Located in San Marcos, CA, Creative Electron designs and manufactures X-ray inspection systems used to check the quality of medical devices, electronic boards, golf balls, and many other industries. 
Following on the success at Creative Electron, Bill founded (back in his garage) Scorpion EV, a company that is designing and manufacturing Cobra tribute cars that are 100% electric. Utilizing a Tesla S performance powertrain, Scorpion EV is packaging over 600hp in a 2,600lb roadster to achieve incredible acceleration and 400-mile range. In this talk Bill will discuss the intersection between electric cars and entrepreneurship.

Dr. Karen Salvaggio brings a wealth of motorsports, education, and leadership experience to any project. A military veteran and master mechanic, Karen served in the U.S. Air Force as a crew chief on B-52 and KC-135 aircraft. After nine successful years, she left the military, and secured her advanced education.
A gearhead at heart, Karen began her career in automotive and motorsports while still in the military. She currently serves as a business development consultant for Scorpion-EV, a company that engineers and builds EV powered MKIV Cobra Roadsters (Factory Five Racing platform) based on the Tesla Model S. Karen also holds Master Instructor certification as a driving coach, and when she's not racing or performance driving, she teaches advanced race craft to licensed racers.

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

SAE Speaker Series: "Aeroacoustics Problems and Modelling Challenges in Electric Vehicles"

On March 13th, 2023 @ 6:00 pm PST, SAE BC will host Dipali Ghodake. She will present her topic "Aeroacoustics Problems and Modelling Challenges in Electric Vehicles". This event will be available online via Webex for free. Sign-up now at


The presentation introduces a brief history of noise generation by Lighthill acoustics analogy and its extension. Different solver approach such as Navier-Stokes and Lattice Boltzmann method, their modelling challenges are discussed. Then, various flow induced noise sources in electric vehicles and their modelling techniques are showcased with examples. In summary, this presentation gives the overview of problems in the automotive industry and unveils the skills required to become an aeroacoustics expert.

Monday, December 5, 2022

Thank you to our student teams and organizers for a great event!

We had a great student night showcase last month! Thank you to our organizers and the student teams (UBC Formula, BCIT Racing, UBC Aero design, UVIC Formula, and UBC Super mileage) for presenting! The board will assess the submissions and announce our winners soon. See you next year!

Monday, November 7, 2022

SAE BC: Student Night Showcase and Competition

On November 21st at 6:00 pm PST, SAE BC will be hosting SAE student teams at the UBC Vancouver campus and online via Webex. Sign-up now at!

After 2 years of online-only meetings, we are pleased to announce we will be hosting our first in-person event since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. SAE student teams from UBC, SFU, UVIC as well as BCIT will present their projects and compete for SAE BC sponsorship prizes. Please consider coming out to see interesting technical projects, speak to the next generation of automotive engineers, and search for potential new hires!

UBC Formula

As many of you may know the Society of Automotive Engineers puts on yearly collegiate competitions to challenge and train students for their professional careers. In BC, a variety of vehicles are designed by approximately 10 teams across 5 educational institutions. The 2020 and 2021 SAE seasons were unusual for student teams in BC with all teams suspending in-person work on their vehicles and moving to an online competition model. The main struggles associated with online operations included keeping members engaged in their work and attending weekly meetings. At the beginning of the 2022 season, hopes were high that teams would once again be returning to competing in person however a few of the team leads realized the challenges of building vehicles after an 18-month break. 2 classes of students have graduated during the pandemic causing teams to lose lots of hands-on knowledge. The ongoing pandemic also created further hurdles such as border shutdowns, school closures and various safety protocols. Even with these obstacles, however, many teams were able to assemble their vehicles on time and attend competitions! 

UBC Supermileage

For teams who attended, competitions were generally a lot of fun. In the paddock, students had a chance to present their designs, chat with other teams, network with industry professionals and even interview for work positions! On the track, things rarely went as planned and many repairs & alterations had to be done with various levels of success. Overall the events were great learning experiences which inspired many to continue their education and get more involved. Following an eventful competition season, students are eager to compete again and are hard at work building their 2023 machines. They would like to share their experiences and future plans with the rest of the BC SAE community on November 21st during this year's student night. They hope to see you there!

UVic Formula