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Issue 40 | August 2016
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Welcome to Issue 40 of insidetrack

The summer holiday season is drawing to a close and as reported in last month’s newsletter, there’s plenty of FISITA activity to focus on!

I’m delighted to report that the international Work Experience Programme is now live, with a number of opportunities available from our Honorary Committee members, exclusively for student members of FISITA Member Societies. We are in discussion with a number of Honorary Committee members and will be announcing further placements in due course. 

I am personally delighted that FISITA now offers this programme and am excited by its potential and value to the FISITA community for years to come. Whether you’re a Member Society or an Honorary Committee member, I hope you’re able to support the programme and in doing so support the next generation of engineers create career pathways just as you and I have done over the years.

We are now only a few weeks away from the World Automotive Congress - everything is in place and final arrangements are being confirmed between ourselves and colleagues at KSAE. I’m looking forward to travelling to Korea in September and hope to see many of you there.

The FISITA Honorary Committee continues to grow, with two influential organisations joining recently in American Axle and Manufacturing and Borg Warner. I would like to welcome both to our community and look forward to building our relationships with them in the months to come.

Finally it’s great to see this year’s Formula Student competition taking place, with so much activity and innovation from students around the world - what a wonderful time it is to be planning a career in the automotive mobility area; it's also great to see Porsche and JLR announcing significant investments in their engineering capability.

All the best
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FISITA Work Experience Programme now live
Earlier in the year we announced plans for an exciting new Work Experience Programme - a 
completely unique initiative within the industry to support the international automotive engineering community with the education, training and experience of students and young engineers. We are thrilled to announce that the Programme is now live, with a dedicated section on here

Our Work Experience Programme offers students an unrivalled opportunity to apply for work placements.
Details of the current placements are advertised online hereThe first set of opportunities include:
The process works through members of the FISITA Honorary Committee making their work experience placements available to engineers via our 37 Member Societies around the world – extending a reach to over 210,000 engineers.  If you are looking for a work experience placement, you can sign up to our email group here which will inform you of all live opportunities as they are posted.

If you are interested in offering work experience opportunities via this programme and are a current member of the FISITA Honorary Committee please contact Hayley Millar, FISITA's Education Officer, at or +44 (0) 1279 883477. To find out more about FISITA corporate membership please read the joining FISITA page here.
Click here to find out about the FISITA Work Experience Programme
FISITA 2016  - a closer look at the programme
Colleagues from FISITA will be joining the Korean Society of Automotive Engineers in Busan, Korea, next month for FISITA 2016, which takes place from 26-30 September 2016.

FISITA 2016 - a focus on the Programme
Each month leading up to FISITA 2016,
insidetrack will focus on a specific element of Congress. This month we'll look in more detail at some of the technical sessions taking place at FISITA 2016.

We are honoured that Dr. Woong-Chul Yang, FISITA 2016 Congress Chairman and Vice Chairman, Hyundai Motor Group, will deliver the special Keynote to open Congress. Dr. Yang has renowned experience in the automotive mobility industry and his technical knowledge will provide delegates with valuable insight regarding the future of the industry.

A number of Executive Tracks will take place throughout FISITA 2016 - these will be daily presentations by international experts, who will provide their vision for the industry. These Tracks will create opportunities to explore scientific topics in greater detail than a conventional paper to offer fresh insights and new perspectives. Some of the topics include:
  • Active and Passive Safety Technology
  • Advanced Vehicle Concepts
  • Autonomous and Connected Vehicles
  • Noise, Vibration and Harshness
  • Transmissions and Hybrids
There will also be two Plenary sessions - the first will be chaired by FISITA CEO Chris Mason, who will lead a discussion on 'Creative Thinking for Future Automobiles'. This will feature executives from Hyundai, FEV, Bosch and AVL, all of whom are corporate members of the FISITA Honorary Committee. The second session will be chaired by Professor Sunwoo Myoungho, from Hangyang University, Korea, who will oversee dialogue on 'Vehicle IT Convergence'. This will feature speakers from Hyundai, LG Electronics, HERE and Toyota.

FISITA 2016 will also feature 600 technical paper presentations, 100 Interactive Progress Sessions and Partner's Forums - designed and planned by some of the world's leading automotive mobility companies, in coordination with the Organising Committee. Look out for the Final Programme, which will be published early in September, while the Preliminary Programme provides a useful guide to all technical content as well information on the leading exhibition featuring some of the world's leading organisations.

We would like to remind those wishing to register for FISITA 2016 that tickets can be purchased online, in advance of Congress. Individual membership to any of FISITA's 37 Member Societies entitles attendees to a reduced registration fee.

Click here to register for FISITA 2016
FISITA welcomes new Honorary Committee members
We're delighted to report that two new corporate members have recently joined FISITA's Honorary Committee - American Axle & Manufacturing and BorgWarner Inc. - who will be able to connect with over 60 other influential companies in the global mobility industry. This select group works with FISITA in support of its mission to advance automotive engineering technology, mobility solutions and promote the global professional development of engineers.

American Axle & Manufacturing is a world leader in the manufacturing, engineering, design and validation of driveline and drivetrain systems and related components and modules, chassis systems, electric drive systems and metal-formed products for light trucks, sport utility vehicles, passenger cars, crossover vehicles and commercial vehicles. 

BorgWarner Inc. is a product leader in highly engineered components and systems for powertrains around the world. Operating manufacturing and technical facilities in 74 locations in 19 countries, the company delivers innovative powertrain solutions to improve fuel economy, reduce emissions and enhance performance.

Honorary Committee members are exclusively invited to attend and contribute towards FISITA’s global events and activities, and take the lead in developing and delivering the by-invitation technical leaders event, the World Automotive Summit. For more information about joining FISITA see our join FISITA pages here.
Find out about FISITA membership here
FISITA partners with Driverless Technology Conference
FISITA is pleased to have partnered 
with the Driverless Technology Conference, which takes place in Milton Keynes, in the UK. The conference addresses the new business models that are linked to driverless technology actively being pursued, researched and sold by major automakers & key disruptors in the market alike.

FISITA CEO Chris Mason will be speaking at the conference discussing collaborative approaches to developing the future of mobility.  

FISITA members are entitled to a 20% discount on tickets by using discount code FISITA2016.

Click here for tickets and more information
Formula Student results

Results of Formula Student competitions from our Member Societies around the world have now been published.
  • Earlier in August, Formula Student Austria took place at the Red Bull race track in Spielberg. The Combustion winners were HTWG Konstanz, while UAS Munich took the electric honours.
  • In Formula Student Germany, München TU were awarded the highest overall scoring results in Combustion and Karlsruhe KIT were first in the electric category. 15 teams handed in concepts to suggest ideas and solutions in the Formula Student Driverless Concept Award, which was won by UAS Zwickau.
  • The Formula ATA Endurance winners in Italy were Cat Racing in Combustion and Elbflorace in Electric.
  • IMechE's Formula Student took place at Silverstone in the UK, where the overall winner was the University of Stuttgart.
  • The University of Stuttgart were also triumphant at Formula SAE in Michigan, U.S. earlier in the year while Auburn University were overall winners in Lincoln back in June.
  • Team Bath Racing from the UK won Formula Student in Czech Republic.
Formula SAE and Formula Student events are a series of competitions organised by a number of FISITA Member Societies around the world, in which teams of university students compete to design, develop, build and race a prototype single-seat formula-style car. 
Click here for a list of Formula Student events
FISITA Honorary Committee members hiring new engineering talent

FISITA Honorary Committee members Porsche and Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) continue to invest in their engineering talent by announcing plans to increase their workforce around the world.

Porsche announced plans to hire more than 1,400 new employees in Stuttgart, Germany to work on the development and production of the first all-electric sports car - focusing on experts in digitisation, e-mobility, smart mobility and vehicle connectivity.

"We are in direct competition with other automakers and suppliers and IT firms in our global search for talented experts. Money alone is not enough to attract these creative minds. You also need to offer exciting challenges, an inspiring environment, the greatest possible freedom to create and, now more than ever, attractive programmes for the work-life balance," said Andreas Haffner, Member of the Executive Board for Human Resources and Social Affairs at Porsche AG.

Over in the U.S. JLR continues to grow its future technology research efforts in Portland, with the announcement of a new state-of-the-art facility, 30 new engineering roles and three new innovative start-up companies joining its technology programme. Over a six month period, as part of the Incubator program, these three new start-ups will be given a combination of direct investment and services, development support from engineers, internal and external mentorship and designated space in the new Jaguar Land Rover Tech Incubator in Portland. 
Read the Porsche press release
Read the JLR press release
New automotive engineering books published

Scientific publisher Elsevier has released three new books in the area of automotive engineering:

On-Road Intelligent Vehicles: Motion Planning for Intelligent Transportation Systems
This book deals with the technology of autonomous vehicles, with a special focus on the navigation and planning aspects. It first addresses the use of different sensors to perceive the environment, then maps the multi-domain senses to make a map of the operational scenario.

Tribological Processes in the Valve Train Systems with Lightweight Valves: New Research and Modelling
This book provides readers with the latest methodologies to reduce friction and wear in valve train systems—a severe problem for designers and manufacturers.

Lean Combustion: Technology and Control, 2nd Edition
This book outlines and explains the latest advances in lean combustion technology and systems across potential applications, allowing readers to compare and contrast similarities and differences.
Click here for more information
The FISITA Automotive Diary is your online resource for all kinds of automotive engineering events happening across the globe. From conferences, forums, seminars and workshops, be sure to check back regularly to see what is new. 
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