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

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

SAE Alberta: AMTA Truck AI Co-pilot "Platooning"

SAE AB is hosting a webinar on March 17, 2022 at 11am PST. It will be on Canada's first on-road truck platooning testing, presented by the Alberta Motor Transport Association and the University of Alberta. The registration link is at

Driver-assist technology – provided by Pronto – will allow close-proximity following in platoon formation, reducing drag, and increasing fuel efficiency. Other sensors, radar and camera technology will end information between the trucks to ensure safe operations including, active braking and acceleration systems responding to any acceleration and deceleration by the lead vehicle.

More info on truck platooning


Thursday, March 10, 2022

Recording of SAE SoCal's last event!

In case you missed it, check out the recording of SAE SoCal's last event on "Commercial Fleet Engineering Trends & Technologies" by Patrick Couch, senior VP at Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA), a clean technology consulting firm


Thursday, March 3, 2022

SAE SoCal event: "Commercial Fleet Engineering Trends & Technologies"

Register now for SAE SoCal's event on March 10 at 6PM!

It will be on "Commercial Fleet Engineering Trends & Technologies" and be an exciting preview to the upcoming Advanced Clean Transportation Expo this May in Long Beach, CA!

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

February Newsletter, with Business of Motorsports tech meeting announcement

Hey friends,

The February newsletter is out, and it includes the announcement for the February 28 technical meeting, featuring Mr. Dean Case, and the Business of Motorsports:

This talk is tailored for students and young engineers, given Dean's extensive experience with the SAE Collegiate Design Series, but should be energetic and informative for all.  Please join us as we host this exciting speaker!

We look forward to your attendance!

Sunday, February 13, 2022

SAE SoCal: Motorsports History

Check out SAE SoCal technical event! "Motorsports History" on Feb 15 6PM PST!


They will host 3 speakers:
1. Sylvia Wilkinson (DIRT TRACKS TO GLORY: The Early Days of Stock Car Racing)
2. Neal Bascomb (FASTER: How A Jewish Driver, An American Heiress, and a Legendary Car Beat Hitler’s Best)
3. Randall Cannon (CAESARS PALACE GRAND PRIX: Las Vegas, Organized Crime, and the Pinnacle of Motorsport).

Monday, February 7, 2022

Hydrogen Fire Safety slides ready!

Peter B. Sunderland's slides from his previous talk last month are now available for download here:

Thank you Peter for the engaging talk and members for fostering a great discussion!


Saturday, February 5, 2022

SAE NW Technical event: Crowley Electric Autonomous Tug Boat "eWolf"

SAE NW Technical event: Feb 8th, 7 PM PST Crowley Electric Autonomous Tug Boat "eWolf" presented by Coulston Van Gundy. 

Add this meeting to your calendar (Cannot add from mobile devices): 

Coulston Van Gundy is vice president of construction and engineering and leads Crowley’s vessel design and engineering, construction management and project engineering teams. Most recently, Van Gundy was instrumental in the design of the all-electric tugboat platform to be used first in the U.S., the eWolf, Crowley’s zero-emission ship assist and escort tug currently under construction. Van Gundy holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with a U.S. Coast Guard license from the California Maritime Academy, where he also later earned a master’s degree in transportation and engineering management in 2016.

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Portable Electric Job Posting: Controls and Firmware Engineers


Job Posting: Portable Electric is hiring a Controls Engineer and Firmware Engineer to develop and support their line of portable power systems. They are a Vancouver-based cleantech equipment manufacturer, connecting teams to clean power all over the globe. PE designs, builds, rents and sells VOLTstack® Power Stations – industrial grade, robust, clean energy alternatives to traditional gas and diesel generators that provide instant power whenever and wherever it’s needed. PE is actively providing clean energy to the film, events, and construction industries and mobile EV chargers in Western Canada, while rapidly integrating into new markets throughout North America and around the world.

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Hydrogen Vehicle Fire Safety tech meeting announcement

January newsletter is out:

Within it, the technical meeting announcement for the Hydrogen Vehicle Fire Safety tech meeting, January 17, 6:00 PM.  Please join us and speaker Peter Sunderland as we tackle this topical issue, by registering for the event at this link: