Virtual Mentor Mixers

Virtual Mentor Mixers: November 13 and 14, 2019

Save the dates to engage in a virtual mentor mixer with your peers!

Enroll as a mentor or mentee to become a part of the Mentor Community in Member Connection. Then, not only can you find a mentor in our directory, but you can also take part in the virtual mentor mixers in the community. The mixer will provide expert mentor hosts (see hosts below) available to respond to questions throughout the business hours of the day. This is a unique opportunity to tap into the industry knowledge and advice of SAE mobility engineers.

Theme: TBD

Dean Case
Consultant; Motivo Engineering / Grassroots Motorsports Magazine
Within SAE, Case was a student leader, including being an SAE-sponsored WISE intern. He served as a board member with both the SoCal and Detroit Sections. He has been a Distinguished Younger Member, awarded a FISITA Young Engineer Fellowship, sponsored over 50 new SAE members, served on multiple SAE International committees, published two SAE papers, and spoken at dozens of universities over 30 years. Professionally, he has worked with Mazda, Ford, Nissan, and now consults for Motivo Engineering and Grassroots Motorsports Magazine. Case has been an active volunteer with SAE, the Motor Press Guild, Friends of Torrance Animals, PAWS/LA, and the Motorsports Hall of Fame over the years.

Derek Donovan
Design Engineer, Electrical Design; General Motors
Design Engineer and Talent Scout for General Motors specializing in designing electrical bracketry; which includes injection molded parts, stamped steel parts, and additive manufactured parts. Derek has a strong background in the automotive industry with experiences in automotive engineering and repair. He attended Central Michigan University and obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology while acting as lead engineer for CMU’s SAE Baja team. In addition, he is an avid motorsport enthusiast and dedicated SAE member.

Previous Mixers:

July 16 Mixer Information

Theme: Goal Setting. Watch this Career Counselor episode for background information and to generate ideas for questions. While the theme is goal-setting, other questions can be asked as well!

Discussion: Join the discussion thread here 


Siddarth Attravanam; Manager of Tire & Vehicle Dynamics; Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.  Siddarth 'Sid' Attravanam is a research engineer with Cooper Tire & Rubber Company in the field of vehicle dynamics. Outside of Cooper, Sid is a technical scrutineer with the FIA at the World Endurance Championship race at the Circuit of The Americas, Austin, TX. Sid is also active with the Formula SAE community, having worked with Cooper to re-enter the Formula SAE competition as a sponsor, and through the Tire Test Consortium. In addition, Sid is also a design judge specializing in Suspension/Tires at both Formula SAE Michigan and Lincoln competitions, as well as a lecturer in the SAE Industrial Lecture Series, a benefit to SAE Student Members.

James Shaw; Fastway Engineering.  Jim Shaw is currently the Managing Director of Fastway Engineering, an engineering firm dedicated to helping companies get the most out of their CAD/CAE software. Using hands-on, project-based curriculum, Fastway Engineering helps Designers, Engineers, Makers, and Manufacturers climb up the learning curve as fast as possible. Prior to that, he's designed, analyzed, tested, built, and broken a wide range of products. He is also a lecturer in the SAE Industrial Lecture Series, a benefit to SAE Student Members.

Ian Eickholdt; Manufacturing FCG-PTME; Ford Motor Company.  ​Ian Eickholdt was SAE’s 2017 Rumbaugh Outstanding Student Leader (an award bestowed only upon SAE Student Members, find out more here). He was also president of Central Michigan University’s Baja racing team, and has been an SAE member since his sophomore year. Ian currently works for Ford Motor Company. He is also the chairman of the SAE Student Advisory Panel that is tasked with engaging engineering students to understand the benefits of SAE and membership.

Maura Chmielowiec; Design Release Engineer; High Voltage Hardware and EVSE; General Motors.  In her current role as a Design Release Engineer, Maura is  the Chief Engineer of the components she oversees. She manages everything from the technical aspects of the part to the project management and timing of the parts. In her previous roles she has been a test and development engineer working on Tire and Wheels, as well as an integration engineer in charge of the systems integration of all of the under hood components on a vehicle. Additionally, she's held various roles in a few different manufacturing plants where she was able to understand the importance of quality and design for manufacturing. Prior to entering the workforce full time, she started and acted as the Chief Engineer for an all-female Formula SAE Electric Team called “Hot Wheelz” which really helped her to launch her career as an engineer.