Thursday, December 9, 2021

December newsletter, and change to calendar back end

In case you've missed it, the December newsletter has gone out:

As always, you can access these from the Newsletter archive (tab above).

The next speaker's topic is sure to be interesting, with the December 13 Future Fuel technical event, as mentioned in a previous post.  Be sure not to miss it!

Also, please note the calendar has had to change recently, so if you had subscribed to our past calendar and it is no longer working, please go over to the Events Calendar tab and subscribe to the new one.  We had to make a change for a back end platform tweak.

Monday, December 6, 2021

SAE NW Technical event: Engineering Challenges of Placing Light Rail across a Floating Bridge


SAE NW Technical event: Engineering Challenges of Placing Light Rail across a Floating Bridge with John Sleavin, Deputy Executive Director of Design Engineering and Construction Management at Sound Transit is on Dec 7 at 5PM PST.

Running light rail over a floating bridge has never been done before anywhere in the world. Sound Transit will be the first agency to ever do this. Installing light rail across the flexing, twisting I‑90 Lake Washington Floating Bridge presented a host of unique engineering challenges including weight limitations, ensuring electric-powered trains could travel safely across a large body of water, and more. We’ll cover a few of them and go into detail on how they placed light rail tracks from the fixed bridge to the floating bridge across eight transition joints, each of which had to accommodate six degrees of movement. We’ll trace the engineering challenges from early concept, through design, testing, and installation. John Sleavin’s engineering career includes an impressive array of transportation projects, including several in Malaysia, Singapore, and Portland. In Seattle, the projects he’s been involved with are almost the history of major engineering projects within the region. They include Link Light Rail in Tacoma, the South Lake Union Streetcar, Sounder Commuter Rail between Seattle and Tacoma, the original Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, construction of the light rail segment from downtown to the airport including Beacon Hill tunnels, the University and Northgate Link Extensions, and the 14-mile East Link Extension which includes the I‑90 Floating Bridge. Currently John oversees Link Extensions to the Tacoma Dome, West Seattle, Ballard, and Everett, and Operations and Maintenance Facilities North and South.


Sunday, November 28, 2021

OPEN REGISTRATION: "Fueling Our Future Transporation Needs" technical meeting

Our next free online event on "Fueling Our Future Transportation Needs" is on Dec 13, 6PM-7:30PM. Register now and join us!

Our guest speaker will be William (Bill) Chamberlin. Conventional petroleum-based transportation fuels have undesirable impacts on health, the environment, and geopolitics. Advances in fuels, and power/storage systems may address issues that are concerning without sacrificing mobility expectations. Bill Chamberlin will draw on his 30+ years in R&D and participation in alternative fuel developments to highlight some of the obstacles to progressing these advances to reality. The current desire to move away from the hazards of current fossil fuels will not be a success if it results in exchanging known problems for new ones. Previous efforts to develop alternatives can highlight some of the issues that need to be considered for a successful transition. Some examples of the areas that will be discussed are safety, cost, and resource supply. 

Brief Biography  (William Chamberlin) 
MS, BA Chemistry, Miami U. (Ohio).  Thirty four years R&D at Lubrizol developing lubricants for advanced power plants and alternative fuels; retired (to consultant) 2004.  Fellow Society of Automotive Engineers, 2003 Outstanding Chemist of Year Award (Northeastern Ohio Am. Chem. Soc. Section); 19 publications, 2 book entries, 15 U.S. Patents

Saturday, November 13, 2021

SAE NW Technical Event: Seattle’s Clean Transportation Electrification Blueprint


SAE NW Technical event: Seattle’s Clean Transportation Electrification Blueprint with Andrea Pratt, Climate and Transportation Advisor for the Seattle Mayor’s Office of Sustainability & Environment on Nov 16, 2021, 5 PM Pacific.

Seattle’s Transportation Electrification Blueprint is a first-of-its-kind, comprehensive citywide plan that outlines how the City will move toward a clean and equitable transportation system to reduce climate emissions and air pollution, increase electric mobility options, and create a pipeline of green jobs and workforce diversity. The result of this collective, multi-departmental effort is a 2030 vision for Seattle’s electrified future and outlines concrete actions City departments will take over the next two years that will make progress towards those goals.

Andrea Pratt manages the citywide transportation electrification program and works to advance policy, pilots, strategic planning, stakeholder engagement and pushing market transformation to electrify everything that moves people, goods and services. Her efforts are centered on racial equity and environmental justice. She coordinated and authored Seattle’s Transportation Electrification Blueprint:

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Registration is open for hybrid and electrical vehicle technical meeting event

Registration is now open for November 22 hybrid and electric vehicle technical event:

Dr. Mohamed Zaher will be our guest speaker for the meeting, discussing "what every automotive engineer needs to know" with regards to electric and highly-electrified vehicles.

This and more can be found in the November newsletter.

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Featured Company: Volterra

SAE BC is proud to support Volterra, a Vancouver-based software company with a focus on electric vehicle battery health management and performance. Check out their 3 job openings: backend developer, EV telematics engineer, and frontend developer on our website: 

Learn more about Volterra EVCare technology!



Sunday, October 24, 2021

MCI battery bus sets a world distance record in BC

Canadian highway bus darling MCI had a demonstration coach run through the province recently, where it set an electric bus distance record, going from Vancouver to Kelowna on a single charge:

The same bus had actually set the previous record on a prior trip, from Kelowna to Delta, but had so much charge left in reserve, the crew gained confidence that the trip could be done in reverse, climbing up the Coquihalla Highway.

Photo by Jay Munoz of Caption Photography Media

Congratulations to the team behind the vehicle, from engineering, to craftsmen to operators, and thank you for making beautiful British Columbia a part of the record attempt!

Monday, October 4, 2021

SAE BC Student Night

It's time to kick off another season of technical meetings with our annual traditional Student Night event:

October 2021 newsletter

Click on the newsletter link above for some more details.  The event will be October 18, 6:00 PM.  Register here:

Also within the newsletter is mention of the event topics survey, from our earlier post.  Make sure to have your say in what we get to cover this year:

Monday, September 27, 2021

SURVEY: 2021/22 SAE Speaker Selection

SAEBC is back for a new season and we need your help to select excellent speakers for our webinars! Click here:

If you recall last year, we had great success hosting speakers with topics like lightweight design, vehicle assembly manufacturing, autonomous vehicles, race car history, and Lyft's Mirai ride sharing.


Sunday, June 13, 2021

UVic Formula Racing speakers lineup

The UVic Formula SAE team has rounded up an exciting lineup of speakers for mobility engineering, racing, and electrical vehicle engineering in particular.  See the lineup here:

Wednesdays at 7 PM, if you would like to attend, just click on this Zoom link at the appropriate meeting start times in order to participate:

This is quite the lineup of industry experts in their respective topics, so big thank you to the UVic Formula team for coordinating and sharing this resource with all of us!

Monday, May 17, 2021

Lyft Toyota Mirai event

As mentioned, the Lyft Toyota Mirai event is coming up.  SAE Alberta post here:

Our usual registration link will redirect you to their sign-up page:

I need to make a correction.  The Mirai fleet is not open to the general public for driving.  It is strictly available to the Metro Vancouver Lyft drivers.  But given the low barrier to registration as a Lyft driver, these vehicles are still fairly-accessible.

Tune in to hear some more!

Thursday, May 6, 2021

May newsletter, with official Lyft Toyota Mirai fleet meeting announcement

The May newsletter is out:

The invitation to the SAE Alberta Lyft/Toyota partnership for a Mirai fuel cell ride-sharing fleet meeting is on the newsletter.  If you're available May 19, do register and join us for that event. 

Photo from Toyota Canada

You can register at the usual link:

We'll see you there!

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Upcoming Formula UBC technical event, and SAE Alberta Toyota Hydrogen Fuel Cell Lyft technical event notice

Reminder to register for and attend the Monday Formula UBC technical presentation event, at 6:00 PM.  Registration link here:

Also, Lyft, along with Toyota, have announced a partnership to operate a fleet of hydrogen fuel cell Mirai vehicles for a ride-sharing program, right here in the Metro Vancouver area.  Please note, this is not to be confused with Lyft's better-known ride-hailing program.  These Toyota Mirai vehicles will be available for short-term rental, for your own driving and experience of an electrically-motivated, hydrogen-fueled propulsion.  SAE Alberta was fortunate enough to land a technical talk and we will jointly promote this exciting online event, May 19, 6:00 PM Pacific, with them. Official announcement here:

Photo credit to Lyft Canada
Registration link here:

Be sure to join us!

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Formula UBC technical presentation event, and race car design history event summary

Our April newsletter is up with the Formula UBC Racing Formula SAE team technical presentation event invitation, May 3, and a great summary of our last event, Race Car Design and Innovators History.  Find it here:

Register your attendance here:

This will wrap up our technical meetings season, and we otherwise won't see you again until after the summer break.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

March Newsletter, Race Car History technical meeting event notice and registration

 Enjoy our latest newsletter, now in archivable, self-managed Mailchimp format:

Inside it, you will find the meeting notice for the Race Car History technical meeting coming up March 22, 6:00 PM.  Register here for that exciting event:

Please don't hesitate to provide feedback on the new newsletter format, archival, and self-subscribing feature.  Drop a message to for any comments, good or bad.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Register for the hardware-in-the-loop autonomous vehicle simulation technical meeting

Just a reminder that the hardware-in-the-loop autonomous vehicle technology simulator on Ford's vehicle platforms technical event is coming up on Monday.  Register here for this exciting topic:

Also within this registration form is a survey for another highly-anticipated technical event topic.

Monday, February 8, 2021

2021 Nissan Rogue technical event from SAE Detroit Section


As most meetings throughout the world are remote in these pandemic-affected times, this opens up a lot of opportunities, local and afar, for cross-boundary events.  In this light, here's an announcement for a technical event from SAE Detroit Section February 23, for the 2021 Nissan Rogue:

If you're available, do consider registering and attending!

Sunday, February 7, 2021

February Newsletter and Autonomous Vehicle Event Registration

The February newsletter is up:

And within it, the registration link for the February 22 autonomous vehicle technical meeting:

As we've mentioned before, this is a unique and exciting year for technical meeting topics, so do take advantage of our unprecedented access to industry leader speakers.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Vehicle assembly manufacturing talk next week

A friendly reminder  to everyone that we will be hosting Dr. Herman Tang next week for a talk about Vehicle Assembly Manufacturing - Operations, Management and Development, on Monday, January 25, 6:00 PM.  Please register your attendance at the following link:

We have many exciting talks coming up so we hope to see you at this one!

Thursday, January 7, 2021

January newsletter, with Vehicle Assembly technical meeting announcement

Happy new year to our membership and all.

Below is a link to the January 2021 newsletter, which includes the registration link for the January 25 tech meeting:

The pandemic restrictions has had the unexpected effect of really opening up our selection of available speakers, as we now do things virtually and have access to all of North America and beyond.  Hoping to see all of you at some point throughout this exciting technical meetings season!