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Win Prizes During Spring Student Days
May 25 and May 26

What is "Student Days" in Member Connection?
This is an activity that takes place in the NEW Student Community in Member Connection. The student community is a space for students to interact with their peers and discuss technical topics, vehicle competition topics (Baja, Formula, or Aerodesign), exchange ideas around SAE Collegiate Chapters, and more. 

This spring "Student Days" includes: the Dream Job Chat* (more information on that below), a survey/questionnaire, and a poll.  By participating in these activities, you'll have a chance to win $50 digital Amazon giftcards (see contest rules below).

There will also be some announcements made over the course of the two days to inform you of new student member benefits and happenings. Questions? Send a note to or @AmandaHildabrand here in Member Connection. 

"Your Dream Job" Chat with the Experts May 25 and 26:
Join the chat here. 

During this spring Student Days session, if you're trying to figure out what type of engineering degree you're interested in and what career path you’d like to go down…or if you're already down a path but would like to ask a practicing engineer questions, this chat is for you!* 

Chat Hosts:
David Craig
Chief of Maps; General Motors; Vehicle Engineering Center

David graduated in 1992 from Oklahoma State University with a Masters in Business Administration and a bachelors in Electrical Engineering and Technology.  He immediately went to work for Lowrance Electronics as a design engineer for the “new” GPS technology and to design GPS receivers, localization systems, and eventually mapping systems.  Over the next 13 years, he worked his way up to Sr. VP of Engineering and Manufacturing, having approximately 1300 people reporting up to him.  David left Lowrance in 2005 to start his own company.  This quickly turned into multiple companies.  He successfully started three different companies and sold two of them, with the third still in existence today.  In 2016, David decided to join General Motors after they reached out to him via LinkedIn; a new role was created.  His internal title is Technical Specialist – Automated Driving – Mapping Solutions.  As one can tell, this doesn’t lend itself to print, so his external title is Chief of Maps.  He is ultimately responsible for the strategy and execution of GM’s automated driving maps, including their content, data, structure, update process, map modules, and suppliers.  In addition to his current role, he also co-chairs two different US-DOT subcommittees, speak at many industry conventions, and is actively involved in several Engineering/GM outreach activities. 

Tynan Kassman
Quality Engineer, Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA)
Tynan went to Oregon State University and graduated with a degree in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. He has worked at DTNA for over 6 years in several roles, but his primary role has been in Corporate Quality. Tynan's primary function is project management for over 100 customer quality topics and working cross-functionally in the organization to solve those problems, as DTNA focuses on system and process improvements to solve customer quality problems quickly and robustly.

Amanda Nummy
Senior Polymer Engineer with Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center, Inc.

Amanda is a senior polymer engineer with almost nine years of experience in the automotive industry. She graduated from Georgia Tech with a Bachelor's of Science in Polymer, Textile, and Fiber Engineering, and also received a Master's degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Wayne State University. She is currently pursuing postgraduate studies in Biomimicry through Arizona State University. Amanda works at the Hyundai-Kia Technical Center just outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan. In her current role, she is responsible for plant support and new application development of all plastic components for North and South America. Previously, she has worked on research and product development for hydrogen fuel cells, biomedical devices, specialty textiles, nanomaterials and quantum computing. She has an interest in alternative energy, sustainability, and the prevention of plastic waste in the oceans.

Marna Renteria
Technical Support Engineer; Raytheon Technologies

Marna Renteria has been interested in how things work since she was a young girl. She studied Spanish translation and interpretation, business and mechanical engineering in college, earning her bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Florida A&M University. She worked in various internships in business and in the automotive industry, then landed her first professional job at International Truck and Engine Corporation, later Navistar International, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She enjoyed working in product design and project engineering. She also presented the topic Globalization and Terminology in Diagnostics and Service at the 2008 SAE Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress, based on her technical paper of the same title. Then she worked in quality engineering for Michelin North America at a BF Goodrich plant. She took a hiatus from engineering for 6 years, working as a freelance translator and interpreter for various agencies, while maintaining her interest in engineering as a board member of both the Fort Wayne Engineers Club and the local SAE Professional chapter, as well as serving on various SAE standards committees. She recently has branched into the aerospace and defense side of the industry, currently working for Raytheon Technologies as a Senior Technical Support Engineer, in the Engineering Documentation Coordinator role. 

Ryan Reynolds

Senior Program Manager, Lockheed Martin Skunk Works

Ryan currently manages the NASA X-59 Low Boom Flight Demonstrator program at Lockheed Martin.  Previously, he was an Engineering Functional Manager and Aerodynamics Engineer supporting 14 programs in 15 years as a Skunk.  Before joining the aerospace industry, Ryan exhausted his student discount, including completion of a PhD in experimental aerodynamics in England.  Ryan is the California Competition Director and a Rules Committee Member for SAE Aero Design.

Kelly Schmitz
Executive Director – New Business Programs; Cummins Inc.

Kelly graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and later obtained his MBA while working for Cummins.   He has worked with Cummins Inc. for 22 years, in many different locations and engineering roles.   He has also had roles that are outside of engineering.  Kelly is engaged in SAE in many different ways, finding SAE at as a great place to meet and connect people across the industry to help everyone achieve their aspirations.

Jessica Engwis Swan
Design System Engineer Autonomous Vehicles; General Motors

Jessica received her undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering, and a minor in Spanish, from Michigan Technological University.  She then received her Masters in Information Technology in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.  She has worked at General Motors for 13 years in various roles in the Embedded Controller space; including transmission software, engine controller electronics, and now the autonomous vehicle space as design system engineer.

Prizes and How to Win:

  • 10 $50 digital Amazon giftcards
  • Simply participate in the Dream Job chat! We’ll randomly award 8 lucky participants with a $50 digital Amazon giftcard.
  • And/or…you can participate in a poll or survey/questionnaire. We’ll randomly pick two winners (one from the poll, and one from the questionnaire) to win a $50 digital Amazon giftcard.

 Contest Rules:

  • Eligibility: All winners must be a current, paid SAE International Student Member.
  • Ten $50 digital Amazon giftcards will be awarded randomly to those that participate (8 that respond to the Dream Job Chat, one if you answer the poll, and one if you answer the questionnaire). Only one person per activity and prize (you cannot win more than once, even if you participate in the discussion, answer the poll, and answer the questionnaire.)
  • Responses can either be written or video.
  • Entries must be posted by 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. Winners will be announced on Monday, May 31, 2021, and notified via email and Member Connection.

    *Please note: this is not a recruiting event/activity.

    Previous Student Activities: You can view past discussions to see what your peers had to say!
    Chat with the Expert: December 15 & 16; Theme: Our Mental Wellness: COVID & Job Uncertainty with @Gina Covarrubias​, aerospace engineer, Certified Life Coach for the STEM community, speaker, and blogger. View discussion here.
    October 2020 Student Days here.
    September 2020 Student Days
    September 2019 Student Days Go to this discussion thread.
    August 2019 Student Days Go to this discussion thread.