Automotive engineers golf outing fundraiser Sept. 6

By: Maria Allard | C&G Newspapers | Published August 27, 2019

 Southwest Macomb Technical Education Consortium instructor Fred Cook, left, congratulates Lincoln High School student Sean Goodwin April 11 for receiving an award from the American Society of Body Engineers Foundation, or asbe. The asbe Foundation is hosting its annual golf fundraiser Sept. 6 at Springfield Oaks Golf Course.

Southwest Macomb Technical Education Consortium instructor Fred Cook, left, congratulates Lincoln High School student Sean Goodwin April 11 for receiving an award from the American Society of Body Engineers Foundation, or asbe. The asbe Foundation is hosting its annual golf fundraiser Sept. 6 at Springfield Oaks Golf Course.

File photo provided by Fred Cook

METRO DETROIT — High school and college students who are considering design and engineering careers may want to check out the American Society of Body Engineers Foundation, also known as the asbe Foundation.

The nonprofit organization, based in Rochester, consists of volunteers who promote automotive design and engineering as a career choice. With a board of directors, the asbe Foundation is involved in a number of projects that benefit designers and engineers, and also encourages students who want to work in the design and engineering field. 

The foundation members are active and retired industry professionals, college presidents and deans, educators, and business owners from southeastern Michigan. None of the group’s 24 members are paid for their participation in the organization. 

The group will hold its annual golf outing fundraiser Sept. 6 at Springfield Oaks Golf Course, located at 12450 Andersonville Road in Davisburg. Entry costs $90 per golfer and includes 18 holes of golf with cart, a scramble format, a deluxe lunch buffet with beverage, first- and second-place cash awards, door and hole-in-one prizes, and more. Shotgun start is at 8:30 a.m., and golfers are asked to arrive 45 minutes prior. 

“It’s a lot of fun, a lot of camaraderie,” said foundation member Arthur Bryant, a Grosse Pointe Woods resident and retired Ford engineer who has been with the organization for several years. “The guys get to meet each other and have a lot of fun.”

The golf benefit will raise money to fund the various programs within the asbe Foundation. The organization also receives contributions from private and corporate donors to help keep its programs going.

Throughout the year, the asbe Foundation offers a design challenge, plant tours, industrial workshops, technical seminars and the Michigan Industrial Technology Education Society, or MITES, competition. Volunteers also sponsor technical briefings to keep designers and educators informed. 

Bryant, who is a member of the Grosse Pointe Woods City Council and serves as mayor pro tem, said the foundation members also provide scholarships to students entering the fields of automotive design and engineering. 

An awards dinner also is held every year to honor local students. This year’s awards dinner was held April 11 at Macomb Community College’s Center Campus in Clinton Township. 

Two Lincoln High School students in the Southwest Macomb Technical Education Consortium were honored at the event. Senior Sean Goodwin received an award in the engineering design category, and senior Chiyeng Lee was recognized with an award in the design concept category. Lincoln is part of Van Dyke Public Schools.

Another activity that organization members participate in is the annual Autorama held at Cobo Center in Detroit, according to David Barran, asbe Foundation president. About 3,000 high school students from the Midwest meet with asbe Foundation members and other local organizations, who talk to the visitors about pursuing careers in design and engineering. 

“We have a large booth there, there are inspirational speeches, and sometimes they have a famous race car driver,” Barran said.  

Several college representatives bring information about classes offered at their schools. One year, for instance, members of the Grizzlies Racing group at Oakland University were on hand to discuss how they made a race car. 

Barran, who is retired now but still remembers his first high school design class, enjoys his work with the asbe Foundation.

“It’s our chance to give back,” he said. “A lot of people did a lot of things for me when I was coming up to allow me to have a wonderful career.” 

For more information on the golf outing, contact Jerry Klein at (248) 403-8365 or via email at asbeGolf@asbeFoundation.org.

To become a corporate sponsor, contact David Barran at (810) 459-0310.

Call Staff Writer Maria Allard at (586) 498-1045.