Chat with the Expert

2021 Chat with the Expert Discussions

What is a chat? It's a two-day session in Member Connection with a subject matter expert on a variety of technical topics, soft skill development, leadership, and workforce development. Add your voice to this dialogue—ask questions, provide answers, and ultimately, gain insights from SAE and its members from around the globe.

Upcoming Chat:

Resume Clinic and Career Chat December 8 & 9
1. Post your resume and questions to the public discussion thread to receive advice and comments.

2. Submit your resume to a private board to receive emailed comments one-on-one.
3. Register here to join the experts for a live chat via Webex December 8, 1 - 2 pm ET to ask your questions and hear about their own best practices and advice.

Experts:


Rasha Alkaisee -
Lead Materials Technology Engineer, Volvo AB - Volvo Group Trucks Technology; Goteborg, Sweden
Participating in: Private Message Board

Best resume tip:
It should be focused and short, no more than 2 pages.

Most valuable career advice you’ve received:
Do not sit comfortable on your chair, always seek for developing yourself and your work.
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Haley Antoine - 
Pedestrian Protection Engineer, Toyota; Michigan, USA
Participating in: Private message board, Member Connection discussion thread

Best resume tip: Be precise and concise with your language! This helps you pack your resume with details that show how much of a valuable team member you will be to a prospective company. Make sure each experience tells a story and answers the question "so what?" - Why does the task you accomplished matter?; How was your work used by downstream customers?; How does your contribution fit into the big picture of your group, project, or company? 

Most valuable career advice you’ve received: A mentor of mine taught me about PIE - Performance, Image, Exposure. Performance accounts for 10% of what makes an individual successful - this is the actual work that you do. Image accounts for 30% - this is how others perceive you and how you make others feel. Exposure is the other 60% which is the relationship building you do - always have the mindset of providing value, that is how you will leave a mark on people and grow your personal brand.
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Vikrant Chiddarwar - 
CAE Engineer: powertrain & electrification thermal systems, General Motors Corporation; Michigan, USA
Participating in: Private Message Board, Member Connection Discussion Thread, Live Webex Session

Best resume tip: Be concise and clear. Highlight all major
achievements in a compelling manner.

Most valuable career advice you’ve received: Follow your passions.
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Alba Colon - Director of Competition Systems, Hendrick Motorsports; Michigan, USA
Participating in: Private Message Board, Member Connection Discussion Thread, Live Webex Session

Best resume tip: A great first impression starts with an amazing resume. Keep it simple and proofread!

Most valuable career advice you’ve received: Don't be afraid to fail and NEVER GIVE UP!! There will be difficult times, but it is about how you navigate them that will set you apart!!
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Michele Kaiser - 
Business Development Manager, Deere & Company; Iowa, USA
Participating in: Private Message Board, Member Connection Discussion Thread, Live Webex Session

Best resume tip: Think about the "so what"...it's great that you performed specific job duties, but what are the key accomplishments you can highlight. Also, ensure your resume is tailored a bit to the job you're applying for...if you're applying for a manufacturing job, you don't want your entire resume to be about graphic design.

Most valuable career advice you’ve received: First and foremost, do what you love - the rest will fall into place.
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Hamed Majeed - Thermal Mechanical Engineer, Alten Technology USA; Louisiana, USA
Participating in: Private Message Board, Member Connection Discussion Thread, Live Webex Session

Best resume tip
: Taylor your resume for each job application and highlight your most relevant skills!


Most valuable career advice you’ve received: Focus on the good experiences that you gain from your early career job. Failures provide you great learning opportunities.
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Matthew McAllister - Service Advisor, Plantation Tire Pros; Louisiana, USA
Participating in: Private Message Board, Member Connection Discussion Thread

Best resume tip: Don't overdo it, stick to relevant information for the job you're applying for. Be confident in your skills, but not cocky.

Most valuable career advice you’ve received
: Show up. Do your best. Listen and learn. If you do this everyday your career will lay itself out in front of you.
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Philip Minaudo - Technical Specialist, retired, General Motors; Michigan, USA
Participating in: Private Message Board, Member Connection Discussion Thread, Live Webex Session

Best resume tip: Fresh inviting format that engages the reviewer.

Most valuable career advice you’ve received: Hard work will not always get you noticed. You have to be a little political and you need to market yourself and your accomplishments.
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Mike O'Neil - Technical Director, Essex Parts Services, Inc.; North Carolina, USA
Participating in: Private Message Board, Live Webex Session


Best resume tip: Show that you are more than a list of experiences. It is not just what you did, but what you learned from those experiences. Many people go through the motions without seeing the bigger picture. What is it about your experiences that makes you a candidate with more potential?

Most valuable career advice you’ve received: Continuing education is important for career success. You never stop learning. Technology continues to advance. Accepted standards evolve. You must keep an open mind and be aware that what is best today may not be best tomorrow.
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Samarth Bapu Ravi
 - Test Engineer, Scania CV; Sodertalje, Sweden

Participating in: Private Message Board

Best resume tip: 
Make a short resume and use terms that are suitable for the position. Your CV must show your passion through your projects or career trajectory. If possible, add references.

Most valuable career advice you’ve received: 
Make your vision your passion.

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Kausalya Singuru -
Senior Manager Device & Vehicle Controls, American Axle & Manufacturing Inc.; Michigan, USA
Participating in: Private Message Board, Member Connection Discussion Thread, Live Webex Session

Best resume tip:
Highlight your accomplishments with data and numbers and do not exceed a page limit of 2.

Most valuable career advice you’ve received:
Find a passion and ensure that it is highlighted in your resume.
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Sundar Vaideeswaran -
Specialist, ACTALENT; Chennai, India
Participating in: Private Message Board, Live Webex Session

Best resume tip: Provide skills and achievements in first page to match the skills which organization needs 2. Write some details on the project undertaken and findings, if any.


Most valuable career advice you’ve received: Your resume is the index and first step to attract the interview panel/recruiter confidence. 2. Develop skills and have a short term goals to achieve desired skills. 3. Look into yourself and ask where you shall be positioned in future.
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Previous Chats (jump back into these discussions in case you missed them!)



Technical Chats:


Vehicle Dynamics


Range Extenders for Electric Vehicles: Opportunities for New Internal Combustion Engines

Virtual Reality (VR) Tools and their Contributions in the Automotive Industry


V2X and How It Assists Automation and Creates Better Roadmanship  


Quality, Reliability, and Data Analytics

Lightweight Structure Design for Durability & Reliability   

High Voltage Vehicle Charging for EVs and PHEVs

Powertrain Calibration Controls NVH

Getting the Most Out of System Analysis

Fuel Consumption and Emissions Improvements of Advanced Cylinder Deactivation

Shared Mobility and Micromobility

High Efficiency Internal Combustion Engine Technologies

Cybersecurity 1

Cybersecurity 2.

Automated and Connected Technologies 1

Automated and Connected Technologies 2

Electrification

Advanced Materials

Advanced Propulsion


Women Leadership Chats:

 Women Leaders in the the Commercial Vehicle Industry

Women Leaders in the Aerospace Industry

Women Leaders in the Automotive Industry



Workforce and DEI Chats:


Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion and the Future of the Workforce


Workforce Development 1

Workforce Development 2


Workforce Development 3