Friday, November 3, 2023

SAE BC Student Project Showcase Night

🗓️ DATE: Monday, November 27th, 2023
⏰ TIME: 6:30PM
✍️ Sign-up:
📍 VENUE: UBC Vancouver Campus - Room 2002, 2356 Main Mall, Macleod Building (also available online, link will be provided)

On Monday, November 27th at 6:30 pm PST, SAE BC will be hosting SAE student teams at the UBC Vancouver campus and online via Webex. Sign-up now at!

SAE student Collegiate Design Series teams from the region will be showcasing their latest projects. Whether these teams are building mision ready performance cars, or high payload airplanes, they exhibit excellent teamwork to tackle today's mobility related challenges. Each year, SAE BC invites students from UBC, SFU, BCIT and UVIC to present their projects and compete for monetary sponsorship prizes. This will be a great opportunity for industry members to learn about student technical projects and network with the next generation of automotive engineers. The connections you build here could be a valuable addition to your company.

In past years, we have had participation from the following teams and we hope to see them again.

* Formula SAE UBC
* UBC Formula Electric
* UBC Supermileage
* UBC Baja
* UBC Aero Design
* SFU Formula SAE Electric
* BCIT Racing
* UVIC Racing

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.