SAE 2000 Annual Report

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GLOBALIZATION

  • Further the enhancements of SAE's service to members in regions where SAE has ongoing activities
  • Strengthen our partnerships with sister societies
  • Encourage global standards harmonization

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICE FORMED

SAE formed a Global Development Office to help address the ever-increasing opportunities outside North America. The staff office will be responsible for coordinating the implementation of SAE's globalization plan, carrying out SAE Board of Directors' initiatives, and developing global markets for SAE's products and services.

SAE 2000 INDIA MOBILITY CONFERENCE

Four SAE Sections in India held the first SAE 2000 India Mobility Conference at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi, January 13-15. The first TOPTEC in India - On-Board Diagnostic II - was presented by Dr. Subra Ganesan during the third day of the conference.

SAE HOLDS CONFERENCE/WORKSHOP IN THE PHILIPPINES

General Motors Corporation and Ford Motor Company, partners in the Emerging Economies Initiative, in conjunction with SAE, sponsored the first Philippine Automotive Technology Conference/Workshop in Manila, April 10-14, 2000. The conference served as a forum for industry experts, engineers, researchers and academics from the Philippines and the United States to address automotive, components, and transportation strategies as they applied to the Philippines.

CHINESE DELEGATION VISITS SAE HEADQUARTERS AND CONGRESS

Thirty engineers and other decision-makers from China visited the United States to enhance opportunities for harmonized standards and promote China's recognition of U.S. standards and conformity assessment practices. The entourage visited SAE Headquarters in Warrendale and the SAE 2000 World Congress in Detroit, Michigan, where they witnessed selected technical standards committee deliberations, and toured Detroit-area automotive plants to learn how standards are implemented.

GLOBAL TOPTECS LAUNCHED IN 2000

TOPical TEChnical symposiums, focusing on emerging technologies, new applications to emerging technologies, or other expanded technical subjects, spread internationally to include the "Electronic Powertrain Controls TOPTEC®", Copenhagen, Denmark and "Reducing the Environmental Impact of Heavy-Duty Vehicles TOPTEC®", Gothenburg, Sweden.

FIRST INTERNATIONAL SPRING FUELS & LUBRICANTS CONFERENCE HELD IN PARIS

In June, the Coordinating European Council (CEC) and SAE, in cooperation with JSAE and supported by EAEC, held the first international Fuels & Lubricants Conference in Paris. More than 40 technical and panel sessions focussed on fuels, lubricants, combustion, emissions, statistical applications and environmental issues.

SAE 2000 WORLD CONGRESS ADDS NEW FEATURES AND SETS ATTENDANCE RECORD

For the first time ever, the general chairperson of the SAE World Congress was the head of an OEM from outside the United States, BMW AG's Wolfgang Ziebart. Eighty German companies exhibiting on the show floor marked the largest contingent from any one country outside North America.

As the first Congress of the new century, SAE 2000 World Congress set a new attendance record with 49,249 attendees over the four-day period. There were many new features at this Congress, including the Automotive Computer Technology Showcase, the SAE Driving Experience at the Pontiac Superdome, a Cultural Awareness Workshop and a luncheon panel focused on "Women's Role in the Auto Industry."

PRESIDENT BARANESCU SIGNS MOU WITH CATARC

SAE President Rodica Baranescu signed a memorandum of understanding on behalf of SAE with China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC). The agreement calls for CATARC, as a follow-up to the China Standards Initiative, to assign five representatives to SAE technical committees. In addition, both parties will proceed with a joint training project on standards writing and related matters. A co-sponsored international seminar will be held in Tianjin for the benefit of engineers from local companies.

"Nations on the verge of a personal mobility boom may be willing to compromise conditions in the interest of lowering costs. Technologically sound, globally accepted standards can prevent such situations. SAE has a seat on the United Nations Working Party 29 to make that happen." Rodica A. Baranescu, 2000 SAE President

FIRST EUROPEAN FORMULA STUDENT COMPETITION HELD IN ENGLAND

The National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, England was the setting for the first Formula Student-UK Competition in July, 2000. Twenty college teams participated in the event, including five U.S. entries. Formula Student is an offshoot of the long-established Formula SAE competition, held each year in Detroit, Michigan.

California State Polytechnic University-Pomona won the overall event and four British universities scored in the top ten finishers as well as an entry from the University of Maribor, Slovenia.

NEW BRAZILIAN MAGAZINE

SAE's affiliate society, SAE Brasil, in July launched their magazine titled Engenharia Automotiva e Aerospacial (Automotive and Aerospace Engineering). The cover design is similar to Automotive Engineering International, and the articles are written in Portuguese. The magazine will be published six times a year and will be distributed to 10,000 engineers in the ground vehicle and aircraft industries.

DIVERSITY

Strengthen diversity in SAE's leadership.

FORD EXECUTIVE GIVEN FIRST SAE WEC/BREED AWARD FOR LEADERSHIP

Janine M. Bay, Director of Global Vehicle Personalization in the Automotive Consumer Services Group for Ford Motor Company, was recognized for her exceptional accomplishments as the first recipient of the SAE Women's Engineering Committee (WEC)/BREED Award for Women's Leadership.

As one of the first women to oversee an entire product line, Bay led efforts to redefine the value equation for the Mustang and developed and implemented a comprehensive quality upgrade strategy. In addition to her assigned responsibilities, she works with process teams to improve diversity and transitional work arrangements for professional men and women.

"I am personally committed to driving the kind of change necessary for Ford to become an employer of choice. The very initiation of such an award helps to heighten the awareness, which is the first step in driving the change." Janine Bay

The SAE Women's Engineers Committee established a women's leadership award to recognize women who have exhibited outstanding performance or made significant contributions professionally and personally. The program is also intended to help identify role models for young women pursuing careers in the mobility industry and strengthen SAE's commitment to expanding diversity within the mobility community.

STS HONORED FOR ITS GIRL SCOUT CAR SENSE PROGRAM

The Service Technicians Society (STS) was elected to the Associations Advance America Honor Roll for two unique programs, the Girl Scout Car Sense Chapter Program and Online Video Training.

Created to educate girl scouts on automotive maintenance and automotive career options, the program was conducted twice in Arizona to complement the Girl Scout Car Sense Merit Badge.

"The Service Technicians Society's programs truly embody the spirit of the Associations Advance America campaign," said ASAE President Michael S. Olson, CAE. "It is an honor and an inspiration to showcase this activity as an example of the many contributions associations are making to advance American society."

ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

  • encourage increased commitments by mobility professionals for environmental responsibility
  • apply SAE's resources to enhance the use of new technologies to meet environmental needs
  • use SAE's processes for developing recommended practices and test procedures for a better global environment

SAE ALTERNATIVE REFRIGERANTS PROJECT HEATS UP

  • New cooling technologies were evaluated at the 2000 SAE Automotive Alternate Refrigerants Symposium in Arizona in July. Technical presentations and discussions, and vehicle evaluation rides formed the core of the symposium.
  • SAE, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) formed the Mobile Air Conditioning Partnership to create the SAE Cooperative Research Program (CRP) on Alternate Refrigerants. This global effort will evaluate new air conditioning technology and encourage improved designs and service methods. The Alternate Refrigerants CRP will determine the risk and performance levels of super-critical or absorptive carbon dioxide and HC, or HFC-152a using HFC-134a as a baseline for environmentally compatible A/C refrigerants.
  • A Mobile Air Conditioning Professional Knowledge Center has been created as a result of the partnership developed between SAE, EPA and MACS. The center will offer industry professionals access to the latest information, research projects and results, professional development opportunities, product/systems introductions and company news.

CLEAN SNOWMOBILE CHALLENGE

Snowmobiles present an ongoing environmental challenge in the form of excess exhaust emissions and high noise levels. To find solutions to these problems, SAE, together with the EPA, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality and a number of other governmental and corporate participants, sponsored the first Clean Snowmobile Challenge held in March in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

The National Park Service donated seven identical snowmobiles to be re-engineered for the competition. The University of Buffalo won the event, which included tests for design, noise, exhaust emissions, fuel economy, cold start, acceleration, safety, handling and hill climb performance.

"It's really easy to reduce emissions, but you would sacrifice performance. The real engineering challenge is maintaining high performance levels and keeping costs low." Dr. Lori M. Fussell, environmental engineer and founder of the CSC2000.

SAE ESTABLISHES AWARD FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE IN TRANSPORTATION

SAE has established the first award ever to recognize individuals for pollution prevention in transportation. The award, "Environmental Excellence in Transportation" is open to any individual or team of individuals that demonstrates environmental innovation in the form of product or activity that is currently in use. Winners will be announced at a special awards luncheon in Washington, D.C. in May, 2001.

TOPTEC ADDRESSES ISSUE OF SUVS AND POLLUTION

With the huge popularity of SUVs and light trucks, the issues of fuel efficiency and emissions are more relevant than ever. In June, SAE's Professional Development dealt with this issue in the "Clean SUV and Light Truck TOPTEC: Focus on EPA's Tier 2 Standards" in Dearborn, Michigan.

This TOPTEC examined the challenges that lie ahead for car manufacturers and oil producers and also highlighted methods of forming alliances between the two industries. New technologies surrounding advanced vehicle technology, catalysts and new and formulated fuels were also discussed.

SUPPORT "A WORLD IN MOTION" AND VISION 2000

  • Assuring a technologically based society of the future

SAE CO-SPONSORS CAPITOL HILL LUNCHEON ON MATH AND SCIENCE

SAE, along with six other engineering societies, sponsored a luncheon briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. to raise awareness of the importance of K-12 math and science education. The session was titled "Strengthening Pre-College, Science, Math and Engineering and Technology Education: The Technological Literacy & Workforce Imperative." The briefing was intended to create dialogue between organizations actively involved in developing programs and positions on this issue and Congressional members and staff.

ACTOR/RACER PAUL NEWMAN SUPPORTS STUDENT RACING TEAM

Actor and former racer Paul Newman contributed much needed financial support to engineering students at the University of Hartford, who were competing in the Formula SAE event.

Part of the Formula SAE program requires teams to obtain sponsorships to defray expenses for building the vehicle and cover the cost of travel to the event. Faculty advisor and professor Frank Lahey had his students apply for a grant to "Newman's Own" foods company foundation.

"Everybody knows he's a great actor, and most people are aware of his involvement in driving and owning racing cars. I wasn't aware that all of his company proceeds are used to fund so many good things." Professor Frank Lahey, University of Buffalo

"A WORLD IN MOTION" STUDENTS TRAVEL TO GREENBRIER

The SAE Detroit Section hosted nine middle school students from Swissvale, Pennslyvania who displayed their "A World In Motion" projects at the section's annual Greenbrier, West Virginia meeting for attendees and retired General Colin Powell.

General Powell delivered the keynote address, in which he charged industry executives to get involved in putting young people on the path to success. SAE has been a member of General Powell's "America's Promise: The Alliance for Youth" since it was established in 1997. After delivering the keynote address, General Powell visited with the students and discussed their "A World In Motion" program.

"I just want to compliment you to high heaven for the A World In Motion program. And I want to thank you for being a partner with America's Promise" General Colin Powell (U.S. Army ret.)

DETROIT TEACHER WINS LLOYD REUSS AWARD

Janice A. Henderson, 5th grade teacher at the Amerman Elementary School in Northville, Michigan won the 1999 Lloyd Reuss Award for Teaching Excellence, sponsored by the SAE International Foundation. Given to recognize teachers who have made creative and exemplary use of SAE's "A World In Motion," the award of $2,000 is equally shared between the teacher and the elementary school.

INFORMATION TO KNOWLEDGE

Champion the information to knowledge transformation of SAE to better serve the membership and the mobility community

SAE WEBSITE CITED BY DOW JONES

The SAE website (www.sae.org) was chosen as a Select Site by the editors of the Dow Jones Business Directory. Considered along with thousands of other business sites, www.sae.org was chosen because, according to Dow Jones, "nearly everything in SAE's website is accessible within two clicks of the home page and site-navigation tools are consistent. We are glad to see that this is a regularly updated, dynamic website and not a static online brochure."

SAE WEBSITE USERS CAN PERSONALIZE THEIR VIEW

A new feature of www.sae.org is the "My SAE/Login" tab that allows users to select industry and technology categories that are pertinent to them. A unique profile will then provide a customized experience when the user visits the online bookstore and the library of papers and standards.

SAE PURSUES IMPLEMENTATION OF AEROSPACE QUALITY STANDARDS

  • SAE recently published AS9100, Quality Systems - Aerospace - Model for Quality Assurance in Design, Development, Production, Installation and Servicing. As the first international aerospace quality systems standard, AS9100 is a globally harmonized standard that meets the requirements of aerospace companies worldwide.
  • Using input from airframe OEMs, component suppliers and airline operators, the Contamination and Filtration Panel developed ARP 5376, Methods, Locations and Criteria for System Sampling and Measuring the Solid Particle Contamination of Hydraulic Fluids, concerning sampling aircraft hydraulic fluids.
  • The International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) agreed in March to align the existing requirements of the international aerospace quality management system standard to the 2000 revision of ISO 9001, while retaining the existing version of the 9100 standards until November 2003.

SSA ANNOUNCES FUEL CELLS TECHNOLOGY COLLABORATION

The SAE Strategic Alliance (SSA) has formed a collaboration of organizations and government agencies involved in the fuel cell technology deployment rather than delaying time to market. Using the full complement of delivery mechanisms of the SSA, the collaboration will expand SAE's current standards development committee efforts. The collaboration will address all aspects of the safety, performance, operations, maintenance, serviceability and reliability issues of fuel cell technologies.

SAE FORMS 42-VOLT ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The SAE 42-Volt Advisory Committee was formed to investigate 42-volt issues including regulatory and consumer safety issues, technical issues and compliance systems. The purpose of this effort is to harmonize standards in advance to prevent time-to-market delays. SAE will maintain communication with other international standards development organizations to avoid duplication of effort by development of various regional standards.

SAE ADMINISTERS TWO NEW CONFERENCES FOR FEDERAL AGENCIES

SAE was picked to administer two new conferences for the U.S. Federal Government. In April, SAE organized the Future Car Conference in Arlington, Virginia for the Department of Energy. The Future Car Conference was attended by more than 800 delegates from 15 countries. This event focused on development of technologies to reduce the world's dependence on petroleum and to create greater energy efficiency to reduce vehicle emissions.

In July, SAE teamed with the Department of Transportation to hold the first National Intelligent Vehicle Initiative Meeting. The IVI conference kicked off with intelligent vehicle driving demonstrations followed by an afternoon of government policy sessions and an industry panel. Rodney Slater, Secretary of U.S.DOT, opened the meeting. The second day was devoted to technology application sessions

FIRST SAE VEHICLE DYNAMICS CONFERENCE HELD

A special Ride and Drive of the AM General Hummer vehicle was a highlight of the first Automotive Dynamics & Stability Conference held in Troy, Michigan in May. During the conference, the American Iron and Steel Institute unveiled the designs of the UltraLight Steel Auto Suspension project and auto industry leaders discussed the future of vehicle systems and the approaches and concepts of dynamic control.

STS INTRODUCES SERVICE TECH MAGAZINE

The Service Technicians Society introduced Service Tech magazine in September. The bimonthly magazine reaches 10,000 service professionals with information on repairs, new products and tools, and critical technology issues.

OFF-HIGHWAY

  • Support the ongoing initiative and plan for strengthening SAE's service to the professionals in the heavy-duty community.

SAE SPONSORS HEAVY-DUTY HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLES TOPTEC

A TOPical TEChnical symposium on new ways of building better heavy-duty vehicles was held in May in New York. Users and industry and government leaders exchanged the latest information about hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) design efforts, field experience, potential applications and markets for heavy-duty hybrids. The participants examined heavy-duty HEV emissions test results, and discussed environmental policy issues that have arisen with the arrival of HEVs, including questions about emissions test protocols and certification procedures.

OFF-HIGHWAY CONGRESS PROGRAM STRENGTHENS

Building on the 1999 event, the 2000 Off-Highway & Powerplant Congress & Exposition expanded and improved on last year's technology tracks to include electronics, hydraulics, powertrain, integrated product development (IPD), design processes and business/management issues.

In addition to the technology tracks, special sessions on electronics took place, including business-to-business e-commerce. Other sessions included clean snowmobiles, featuring the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge 2000.

SSA COLLABORATES ON INTERACTIVE J1040 ROPS

SSA has identified an interactive standard for verifying designs and certifying rollover protective structures (ROPS) for Construction, Earthmoving, Forestry and Mining Machines. Compliance testing is expected to be performed by a computer 50 percent of the time in five years and 75 percent in eight years.

SAE AND DOT VALIDATE J1802

Two government/industry programs, conducted under the SAE umbrella, have resolved many issues surrounding foundation brakes for heavy-duty trucks and trailers. The foundation brake of choice for heavy-duty trucks and trailers is the air-operated S-Cam. As defined in SAE J1802, Brake Block Effectiveness Rating, the S-Cam is cost-effective, easy to maintain and readily available.

ANA AND SAE COMBINE AEROSPACE MEETINGS IN 2001

Aerospace North America (ANA) and SAE announced a new partnership to combine four aerospace meetings into one major event, the Aerospace Congress and Exhibition (ACE), to be held September 11-13, 2001 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle, Washington. The hallmark event will co-locate the highly successful Aerospace North America exposition and trade show with three SAE aerospace technical conferences. The three SAE conferences included in ACE are Advances in Aviation Safety, World Aviation Congress and the Aerospace Manufacturing Technology Conference.

FAA ASKS SAE TO ESTABLISH ICE AND SNOW EQUIPMENT COMMITTEE

At the request of the Federal Aviation Administration, SAE formed the Airport Snow and Ice Control Equipment Subcommittee to prepare industry specifications for airport snow and ice control equipment. The first meeting of this subcommittee was held in Chicago in October where members began the process of enhanced standardization to provide the aviation industry with state-of-the-art specifications.

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