DG’s Mark Pope Awards SAE Collegiate Cup to SVSU

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. April 5, 2024 DG Technologies product specialist and education coordinator Mark Pope was in Frankenmuth in February and awarded the winning mid-Michigan school with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Collegiate Cup.

The cup is presented each year at the SAE Mid-Michigan’s National Engineers Week Annual Banquet and Meeting to the team that places highest in the SAE Collegiate Chapter Project Presentation Competition at the annual meeting. The event’s competition is judged based on the quality of the oral presentation of the teams’ “Design Series” projects, with top honors this year going to Saginaw Valley State University.

Attendees and judges saw presentations by Central Michigan and Kettering universities’ teams for their BAJA SAE Series, in which each team designed and built a prototype of an all-weather, rugged, single-seat, off road recreational vehicle for competition this fall. Students from Central Michigan, Kettering and Saginaw Valley State universities gave presentations on their work in the Formula SAE Series, for which they conceived, designed, fabricated and developed small formula-style vehicles for competition this May. And students from Kettering presented on their participation, in partnership with General Motors, for the AutoDrive Challenge, in which they developed a full autonomous driving passenger vehicle to navigate an urban driving course this summer.

“They actually use what they learn in the classroom to build these vehicles,” Pope said of the student competitors. Pope, one of many at DG Technologies who volunteers time and expertise with SAE, organized and presided over the banquet meeting this year.

Pope noted that companies hire students from these competitions because they know the students already have training and experience. “They know they can hit the ground running,” he said.

DG Technologies works in association with many domestic and foreign original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and tier 1 and 2 suppliers to the automotive, heavy-duty, agriculture, off-road, cybersecurity, military and recreational vehicle transportation markets and has a long affiliation with SAE International, the American Trucking Association’s Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) and tier 1 and 2 supplier organizations. The company is a leading provider of secure aftermarket diagnostic products, engineering development tools and heavy-duty vehicle digital forensics. In 2019, DG Technologies’ parent company, the Dearborn Group Inc., acquired Synercon Technologies, which specializes in vehicle crash data extraction. Zachos runs both companies from his offices in Farmington Hills, Mich.

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