Nathan Blank

Week 8 Update

Posted by Nathan Blank Feb 6, 2014

     This week, our chapter welcomed Mike Peterson from Joy Global.  Joy Global is a leading manufacturer of heavy duty surface and underground mining equipment.  Mike is an alumni of MSOE and previous member of our SAE chapter.  He was even involved with SAE Supermileage during his studies.  Mike is involved with manufacturing process improvement at Joy Global.  He focused on their methods for heat treating gears to ensure proper strength and long life in operation – a process that sets their products apart from their competitors.  Below, you can see Mike explaining to some students the methods used to measure case depth from the cross section of a gear tooth.



     This process is crucial to the survival of a gear in such extreme applications.  Mike explained their methods of induction hardening and the challenges it can present with the complex geometry associated with gear teeth.  We were excited to have an alum of not only MSOE, but our chapter of SAE, back to share his professional experiences with our members and future engineers.  This is a connection our chapter hopes to maintain with all of its members.  Thanks again to everyone who made it to the meeting to show your interest ands support!



  • This Saturday (February 8th), the chapter is driving down to the Chicago Auto Show.
  • Keep an eye and ear out for announcements for a student networking night.  We’ll be inviting SAE chapters from local colleges to have a chance to socialize and see what the other schools are up to.  We may also be hosting a guest speaker for this event.
  • The officer board will also be reviewing proposals from the SAE design teams to appropriately distribute funds awarded at Student Night.  This will be decided early next week and advisors for each team will receive a check for the awarded amount shortly thereafter.
  • Week 10 meeting will be presentations from the design teams.  Come check out what your classmates have been up.  This is a great opportunity to see what the projects are all about if you’re interested or to or show support for your design team if you’re already involved.