Engineering Events in Detroit

Metro Detroit engineers are among the best innovators in the nation. In fact, Southeast Michigan ranks 1st in the number of technology engineering degrees earned. That being said, we’re striving to keep engineers in the loop by announcing the top engineering events in Metro Detroit at the beginning of every month. From networking meetups & seminars to volunteering opportunities, we’ll keep you be posted! Have an event you’d like us to promote? Contact Us.


Thurs, July 2 – Transformation Optics & Application to Antennas

When: 10:00 – 11:00 pm | Where: U of M EECS building – 1301 Beal Ave., Ann Arbor, MI


Join Oscar Quevedo-Teruelm, Assistant Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering/Electromagnetic Engineering, as he discusses transformation optics & application to antennas.


U of M EECSOptical transformation can be used to link one coordinate system of one space to any other, while retaining the same electromagnetic propagation behavior of the original. The outcome of such a transformation is the necessity to fill the space with a material with both magnetic and dielectric properties. There are several routes to take when employing transformation optics, and three of these are: non-Euclidean, analytical and quasi-conformal transformation.


Tues, July 7 – Future of Work to 2030

When: 1:00 – 2:00 pm | Where: Webinar


SWEThis session will address how the global workplace, organizations, and employees will change in the next 10-20 years. By exploring the implications of these developments, individuals will be in an excellent position to be both productive and competitive in the workforce of tomorrow.


Speaker: Alexandra Levit’s goal is to help people succeed in meaningful jobs, and to build relationships between organizations and top talent. She was recently named an American Management Association Top Leader for 2014, Money Magazine’s Online Career Expert of the Year and the author of one of Forbes’ best websites for women.


Thurs, July 9 – Engineers Without Borders

When: 6:00 pm | Where: Farmington Library – 32737 W. Twelve Mile Rd. Farmington Hills, MI


EWBThe Detroit Professional Chapter of Engineers Without Borders is a group of dynamic and hard-working professionals from around Metro Detroit committed to helping communities in our region and around the world attain a better quality of life. We are a chapter of Engineers Without Borders-USA, a non-profit organization with over 13,000 members and 300 chapters across the country.


General meetings are a great way to get started if you’re interested in getting involved with EWB-Detroit. These meetings are open to everyone, whether you’re a registered EWB member or not. We meet at 6pm on the second Thursday of most months, pizza is provided. Click over to the Calendar of Events page for dates and locations of upcoming general meetings.


Thurs, July 9 – Automation Alley Morning Member Mingle

When: 8:00 – 10:00 am | Where: Shinola Ann Arbor – 301 S. Main, Ann Arbor, MI 48104


It’s time to Rise and Shinola! Join Automation Alley for a Morning Member Mingle at Shinola’s new location on the corner of South Main and East Liberty in downtown Ann Arbor, on Thursday, July 9, from 8-10 a.m.

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Enjoy networking with fellow Automation Alley members, coffee and pastries from Commonwealth of Birmingham, and explore Shinola’s newest digs. Shinola — known for its Detroit-made watches, bicycles and leather goods — opened its Ann Arbor location on June 10.


Fri, July 17 – IEEE SEM Humanitarian Technology Conference

When: 6:00 – 10:00 pm | Where:  Burtor Manor – 27777 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia, MI


IEEEConference Mission:

– Promote science, engineering and technology as a solutions to humanitarian problems

– Foster exchange of information and networking in the humanitarian field

– Focus attention of businesses on emerging market and social entrepreneurship opportunities

– Impact in positive and meaningful ways the lives of residents of South Eastern Michigan


Sat, July 25 – Sun, July 26 – Detroit Maker Faire

When: 9:30 – 6:00 pm | Where:  The Henry Ford – 20900 Oakwood, Dearborn, MImaker faire


On July 25-26, 2015, The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Mich., in collaboration with our partners at Maker Media, will be the place to visit when Maker Faire Detroit returns to The Henry Ford for two days of unconventional ingenuity, unbridled creativity and a whole lot of forward thinking.


Hundreds of makers will bring their wares, ideas, inventions and solutions to this two-day festival offering everything from robots, flame shooters and animatronics to solar-powered mechanical sculptures and fashionable finds. Go to The Henry Ford, roll up your sleeves, and make something.


Tues, July 27 – Sat, Aug 1 – Human Factors Engineering at the U of M

When: Times Vary | Where:  U of M Integrative Systems building – 1075 Beal Ave., Ann Arbor, MI


U of M EECSAnywhere there is a person using a system, human factors engineering concepts inevitably apply. This human factors engineering training program provides hands-on user interface design experience for anyone looking to improve their organization through proven user interface evaluation techniques.


This two-week human factors course, now in its 56th year, concerns the design of systems, products and services to make them easier, safer and more effective for human use. The first week of the course focuses on human factors concepts and is a broad survey of human factors topics important to designers and researchers. Human-computer interaction is the focus for week two of the course and presents an overview of major topics and issues in human-computer interaction through workshops on selected concepts, methods, and procedures that provide the foundation for design of effective human-computer systems and web applications.


Mon, July 27 – Olympics of Industrial Technology

When: 11:30 – 1:30 pm | Where:  Automation Alley – 2675 Bellingham Dr., Troy, MI


automation alleyIs your small or medium-sized business looking to expand its industrial technology offerings overseas? Discover why attending Hannover Messe 2016 is the right decision for your Michigan-based business. Join Automation Alley on July 27 for an info session about Automation Alley’s trade mission to Hannover Messe 2016, taking place April 25-29.


Held annually in Hannover, Germany, Hannover Messe is the world’s largest industrial fair and is often billed as a world of technology under a single umbrella. Last year, the event attracted more than 6,500 exhibitors from 70 nations around the world and was attended by 200,000 visitors representing more than 100 countries. The fair will showcase new products along the entire industrial value chain while featuring groundbreaking solutions in smart manufacturing, additive manufacturing, lightweight construction, energy efficiency, smart grids and more. The opening ceremony will be keynoted by President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.


Fri, July 31 – SAE Golf Outing

When: 8:00 am | Where:  Fox Hills Golf & Banquet Center – 8768 North Territorial Rd., Plymouth, MI


The day will begin at 7:00 a.m. with a networking breakfast followed by an 8:00 a.m. shotgun start (scramble format) and end with a sit-down dinner. Fox Hills is proud to be a Certified Audubon Sanctuary golf course providing the best in course conditions while being dedicated to the care and preservation of the environment. The jewel of Fox Hills is the Golden Fox, an upscale links style 18-hole championship course, designed by Arthur Hills. Reminiscent of the great Scottish seaside courses, it features prairie grasses, wetlands, steep bunkers, and large gently-undulating bent-grass greens.


SAE DetroitSAE International was founded by a small group of industry pioneers in 1905. As membership grew, the SAE Detroit Section was established in 1911 and has grown to become one of the largest in the Society with members from southeastern lower Michigan, including metropolitan Detroit, Ann Arbor, Jackson and Toledo.