SAE September 2023 Event – DeltaHawk

WHAT: September 2023 SECTION EVENT – DeltaHawk

WHEN: Wednesday, September 13th 5:00 – 8:00 PM

WHERE: DeltaHawk, 2300 South Street, Racine, WI 53404

COST: $40 (NON-MEMBER), $35 (MEMBER), $25 (RETIREE), $10 (STUDENT)




5:00 – 5:30 PM – Registration
5:30 – 6:30 PM – Presentation/Q+A
6:30 – 7:30 PM – Plant Tours, Dinner, and Networking (with Q&A)

About the Event:

Join the Milwaukee SAE Section at DeltaHawk for a discussion on around the many constraints on aircraft engine design and the problems that need to be solved as they have brought their engine to FAA Certification. We will also have a tour of their test and development areas followed by dinner and social hour.

Volunteer Opportunity – Baja SAE @ Oshkosh

Baja SAE is Coming to Oshkosh, and We Need You!
Baja SAE® is an intercollegiate design competition run by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), where teams of students from universities design and build small off-road cars. The competition consists of multiple dynamic events, including a four-hour endurance race and various development opportunities. Click here for a peek behind the scenes of an exciting Baja SAE event. 

Oshkosh Corporation will host an upcoming Baja SAE competition May 4-7, 2023, where 1,300 students from the United States, Canada, India and Brazil will join us. This is an incredible opportunity for students to learn more about Oshkosh’s impact and innovation while putting their own skills to the test. 

We are seeking volunteers* for a wide variety of event support positions, including parking and registration, kick-off dinner, course workers, flaggers, safety inspections, sales and design judging, awards banquet, Oshkosh car show and more. Sign up for one event, one day or the entire competition.

When: May 4-7, 2023
Where: Sunnyview Expo Center – 500 E. County Rd Y, Oshkosh, WI 54901

Sign up to volunteer through Baja SAE’s volunteer portal.  Let’s rally your teams and have some fun while making an impact for future engineers!

SAE April 2023 Event – Wells Vehicle Electronics

What: May 2023 Section Event – Wells Vehicle Electronics

When: Thursday, April 20 4:30 – 7:30 PM

Where: Wells Vehicle Electronics, 385 W. Rolling Meadows Drive, Fond du Lac, WI 54937

Cost: $40 (non-member), $35 (member), $25 (retiree), $10 (student)

Registration: Register on Our events website or Contact Garrett Herning @ (856) 313-0581,

Deadline: April 15th at Noon – Max attendance 60

Agenda :
4:30 – 5:00 PM – Registration
5:00 – 5:30 PM – Presentation
5:30 – 7:30 PM – Plant Tours, Dinner, and Networking (with Q&A)

About the Event :
The presentation will include a company overview of Wells Vehicle Electronics by Greg Burneske, VP of Wells Engineered Products. This will be followed by a business overview by Dallas Kissinger, Engineering Manager, and an overview of the Fond du Lac facility by Jason Strange, Production Manager. Finally, Wells Vehicle Electronics will present on their Automation & Test Services business unit (

About the Tour :
Our hosts will give us a guided tour of the Wells Vehicle Electronics Fond du Lac facility. Please wear closed-toed shoes to this event. ESD smocks, eye protection, and grounding straps will be provided by Wells.

Parking :

Battery Abuse Testing – AEI Presentation at Generac

About the Event:


  • Lithium Ion Batteries (LIB) are quickly becoming the new source of energy for on-road and off-road vehicles.  As LIB energy densities increase, so too do the level of hazards, such as in the form of heat and gas.  Regulating agencies are becoming aware of these hazards and are reacting by creating protocols to test the safety integrity of LIB packs. 

Companies who’ve tested liquid and gaseous vehicles within their facilities have a deep understanding of the risks associated with those types of energy sources within their building.  Now, however, many are questioning the similarities and differences between testing with traditional fuels and testing with LIB packs.  We will compare the differences between designing a traditional fuel source test cell and the design of a test cell that contains a LIB.  We will discuss abuse bunkers and what cautions to be aware of when designing a LIB abuse bunker.  We will share heat and gas release data used to determine the air exchange rate in a LIB test cell and abuse bunker, and touch upon the emissions mitigation techniques, such as a scrubber or RTO system, used to manage the gas and particles expelled during a LIB thermal runaway event.  We will discuss the defense-in-depth strategy used to protect a LIB testing facility and its personnel, including blast panel area, gas/heat detection, air exchange rates, electrical classification and the abundance of water, to name a few.  Finally, how we consider prevention, detection, and reaction techniques to ensure a safe and effective testing environment.

This presentation is unique in that we will share heat and gas related information that is difficult to acquire given the emerging nature of LIB abuse testing.  We will reference many white papers and national lab studies used in our calculations, information that was used to extrapolate pack level data from single cell data.   

Guest Speakers:

Jeremy Lang, Project Manager and Jacob Weber, Mechanical Engineer (PE) from Affiliated Engineers, Inc.

Jeremy has spent the past 20 years in the engine and vehicle testing market.  Starting in controls and automation, Jeremy traveled globally installing, programming and commissioning test cells, and more recently, leading the design of those facilities. Now, following the market trend to full electrification, Jeremy is applying the facility design practices learned in engine and vehicle test cells containing hazardous fuels to the lithium ion battery testing market, with some caveats. 

Generac and AEI have been partners for years. AEI has enabled growth in Generac’s engineering test and development facilities, driving record expansion. Come learn about AEI’s technology hosted by Generac at their Kern Auditorium.

Event Agenda

  • Registration………….5:00-5:30pm
  • Networking…………..5:00-6:00pm
  • Dinner…………..………6:00-6:45pm
  • Presentations…..…..7:00-8:00pm

Registration Fees

SAE Members…………………….$35
Retirees …………………………….$25
Guests/Non-members………… $40
Students ………………………….. $10

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