ETTN LRP Recap
What: ETTN Long Rang Planning Meeting
Where: Georgia Institute of Technology - Engineering Competition Center
Why: To discuss strategic plans to promote and further our member company and industry's goals of furthering technology and innovation
New Student Program Emerges from the ETTN Long Range Planning Meeting
The LRP meeting was held at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, GA, the alma mater of our ETTN chair-elect, Ian Lehn President & Chief Engineer at BOOSTane. While attending GA Tech, Ian was a member of a racing team in the Competition Center and thought we would benefit from seeing what they do there and he was right!
We were hosted by Dr. Kenneth Cunefare, who oversees the Competition Center at GA Tech. He arranged for us to meet and observe the impressive young engineers who are members of the different competition teams that are focused on building vehicles equipped with ADAS and future technology. The competition teams varied from Formula SAE, SAE Baja, EcoCar to an under $2,018 build. We were impressed by their ingenuity, drive and range of skills from fabrication to computer programming and knew immediately these 300+ entrepreneur engineers were a perfect match for the aftermarket.
While at Georgia Tech, it was determined that we must develop a program in order to proactively engage the students at GA Tech along with other institutions of higher education who are familiar with the ever-changing landscape of technologies in our industry (ADAS, Advanced Vehicle Technology, vehicle electrification).
A task force lead by Ian Lehn has been created to research and make recommendations to the ETTN select committee for a program that will deliver the most impact and create awareness for our member companies. The plan will allow for access to these students by SEMA members to potentially bring their innovation to our industry.
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Cross-Council Tech Sub-Committee Powered by the ETTN
To better serve all SEMA members, the Cross-Council Tech Sub-Committee Powered by the ETTN has been working with SEMA staff, SEMA Garage staff, SEMA Board of Directors and volunteers to create tangible solutions that will help SEMA members overcome tech challenge or capitalize on a tech opportunity. Some of the current discussions have been centered on recommendations of the impact of having a 3D Metal Printer available at the SEMA Garage, the possibility for an aftermarket tech transfer beta program, and how a database of suppliers could assist the membership.
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Cross Council Tech Subcommittee Powered by ETTN Roster:
ARMO - Amy Fitzgerald, Co-owner Cool Hand Customs
HRIA - Josh Henning, Director, Business Development Roaster Shop
LTAA - Troy Hudson, Manufacturer Rep Bob Cook Sales
MPMC--Dan Dolan, VP of Engineering Powerteq
PRO - Jeff Varick, President Brandmotion
WTC - Scott Muser, Ultra Wheel Co.
MRN- Bill Eagan, Agency Principal Airheart Sales, Inc.
SBN - Jennifer LaFever, Director of Quality, NASCAR Production Roush Yates Racing Engines
YEN - Stephanie Ortega, Product Development Design Engineer TAP Manufacturing
ETTN - Rob Simons, Vice President, R&D Edelbrock; Marla Moore Marketing Director Coker Tire Group; Ian Lehn, President BOOSTane; Robert Vogt, CTO Voyomotive; Regis Finn, ETTN IPC
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