GL-SPIN To Talk Infrastructure At Bastone: The next Great Lakes Software Process Improvement Network meeting will be held at Bastone, 419 South Main St. in Royal Oak, on Thursday, Sept.15. Light refreshments and networking start at 6 p.m. Steve Baker, of DTE Energy, will lead a discussion on “Inciting Infrastructure Insights” based on his experience in leading his company’s focus on software engineering maturity. Baker is the chief of staff for the CIO at DTE Energy.  He has led the company’s focus on software engineering maturity, and he has published numerous papers on process improvement with IEEE and the Cutter Consortium.  Steve is also a council member of the city of Berkley. RSVP to by 6 a.m. the day of the meeting. If your RSVP-name is drawn and you are present at the meeting, you may receive a desirable process improvement tool. More at

Auto Innovation Competition returning: The SAE Detroit Section and MIT Enterprise Forum Great Lakes Chapter will host the Fourth Annual Automotive Innovation Competition. Do you have a technology innovation with potential high value application on automotive vehicles or for improved manufacturing or engineering?    Or do you know associates who might? Then this rapid automotive commercialization program might be for you or your associates. The competition is free to enter. A business plan summary and PowerPoint presentation is due by Sept. 15. The winner of the competition will receive more than $50,000 worth of the business commercialization acceleration services. The prize includes automotive-centric consulting time to put the winner in front of at least two target companies with people that have a need, a budget, and decisionmaking authority. For more information or to submit an application, contact Lisa Moore at the SAE Detroit Section office at (248) 324- 4445 or


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