Level 4: The AutoDrive Challenge Podcast

SAE International

As the official must-listen podcast of AutoDrive Challenge, expect authentic, amusing conversations about all things related to AutoDrive Challenge. Hosts include SAE International staff, former competitors, volunteers, and organizers. Topics range from ruleset discussion to career advice and everything in between. This is the perfect podcast to listen to in the shop.

All Episodes

We chat with employees at General Motors to discuss diversity efforts at the company.

May 17

46 min 34 sec

We talk with General Motors about the initiatives and oppurtunies for students of Autodrive Challenge! Find out more at https://search-careers.gm.com/

May 4

18 min 41 sec

We talk with Kevin Dietrich from General Motors about GM's vision of: Zero crashes. Zero emissions. Zero congestion. How does this align with the Autodrive Challenge? Find out here!

Apr 12

14 min 39 sec

In this episode, we talk with students from Mexico and Egyptian teams in Baja, Aero Design, and AeroConnect to discuss tips for team development, project management, and dealing with unforeseen circumstances like this past year’s world pandemic.

Mar 31

30 min 10 sec

We talk about the changes for the 2021 season including what to expect from Knowledge and Validation events and how you can make the most out of connecting with sponsors and volunteers! Registration How-To Video: https://cdsfallkickoff.pathable.co/meetings/virtual/ZTi7RSiokP4cLgZYr Sponsor Portal Video: https://cdsfallkickoff.pathable.co/meetings/virtual/gQPRJX2y9ucWY8MNR

Nov 2020

30 min 55 sec

We talk with Jeffrey Reinemann, Technical Consulting Engineer for Intel System Studio about V-Tune Profiler, it's advantages in the Autodrive space. As mentioned, you can find testimonials on now the software is being used in industry at https://software.intel.com/en-us/vtune/reviews

Apr 2020

12 min 27 sec

We talk with Lauren Tabolinsky, Sam Reinsel and Mark Corless join us from Mathworks to talk about MATLAB and Simulink and how those products are used in the automotive industry and in the Autodrive Challenge itself. Check out careers at Mathworks at https://www.mathworks.com/company/jobs/students.html?stid=crnav_ov 
Find more information about MATLAB at https://www.mathworks.com/academia/student-competitions/racing-lounge.html

Feb 2020

23 min 40 sec

We chat with Chris Heise and Andrew Mathers from Transportation Research Center Inc. who will be hosting Year 3 of Autodrive Challenge. We chat about the facility's history, the new SMART Center, career oppurtunities, and what people can expect when they arrive for this year's competition. Learn more about TRC at http://www.trcpg.com/ Find out about TRC Careers at http://www.trcpg.com/careers/

Jan 2020

18 min 53 sec

We chat with Nancy Martinelli from General Motors about what it's like to work for the company and how you can apply!

Dec 2019

22 min 17 sec

Amanda Paciorkowski joins us to talk about the new SAE AeroConnect Challenge including its mission to create new connected aircraft solutions to help fight forest fires. Find more information and register for the competition at www.saeaeroconnectchallenge.com

Nov 2019

19 min 20 sec

We talk with Mike Zieman and Spencer Fowler about the updates and changes to the scoring system for Year 2 of the Autodrive Challenge.

May 2019

24 min 42 sec

Today we talk with three current General Motors employees who participate in the Autodrive Challenge in the first year. We learn about how the competition helped prepare them for their career, how they found themselves at their jobs, and what the day to day of their positions entail.

Mar 2019

24 min 24 sec

This week we talk with the team mentors from General Motors including Akram Abdel-Rahman, Bill Materna, and “Mentor of Mentors” Matthew Boyle as we discuss their involvement with the teams, what they learned from the first year of competition, and a little about their careers and the projects they are involved in.

Feb 2019

24 min 24 sec

Chris Ciuca, Director of Pre-Professional Education at SAE International and Mark Johnson a Steering Committee Member for Autodrive Challenge from General Motors discuss where did the idea for a collaborative autonomous collegiate competition start, how the partnership between General Motors and SAE International formed for this new technology competition, how are the goals of the competition are relative to the changing mobility industry, how has the end goal of competition at Level 4 been seen in the first Year and moving into Year 2 and how AutoDrive Challenge™ has engaged students in different and new fields?

Jan 2019

22 min 20 sec