Government Relations at SAE International
- Voluntary-consensus standards development
- Lifelong learning through the many related educational activities
SAE has been engaged in the government relations arena for many years, especially in the areas of promoting the use or referencing of voluntary-consensus standards by government-regulatory agencies and the sharing of technical information and technologies between members of government, industry, and academia at conferences and workshops. In 2010 the Board of Directors approved the Society becoming more engaged in government relations areas, all in support of achieving SAE's Mission, Vision 2020 and the Ten-Year Strategic Roadmap. Show More
A goal of any society is to ensure its citizens are afforded the opportunity to use transportation systems that are safe to both the operator and those who interact with the vehicle. This pertains not only to vehicles but also the interaction of the vehicles with the infrastructures built to accommodate and serve the vehicles (automobiles, trucks, off-road vehicles, personal watercraft, aircraft or spacecraft).
The global community faces a fragile ecosystem, expanding population and economies growing at rapid rates; while consuming greater amounts of natural resources and the knowledge that those resources are limited. Expanding global economies naturally require greater amounts of energy to sustain their growth. Transportation systems consume a significant portion of the energy needs of any economy. All nations and their industry partners need to work together to develop transportation systems that ensure economic growth, but at the same time are sustainable and preserve the ecosystem.
SAE is a global leader in the development of market-driven, voluntary-consensus standards that can be used by industry and governments globally. These standards reduce the cost of product development, increase safety and trade and reduce the cost of government. Government agencies referencing standards reduces the cost of government by eliminating the need to independently create the information. SAE supports the position that the market must have the "right to choose" standards, based on technical merit that meet the provisions of the World Trade Organization's (WTO) agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) rather than arbitrary interpretation, which many times is taken to mean that only International Elecrotechnical Commission (IEC) and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards meet the WTO TBT requirements. Use of market-based standards will ensure the most cost effective and fair use of the process.
SAE believes that the quality of instruction, as well as the quantity of students pursuing careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields, must dramatically increase if the United States is to remain the technological leader in the world. The quantity of STEM-based students must reflect the diverse population of the country. SAE actively participates in the Steering Committee of the Congressional STEM Caucus, which consists of 100+ Congressmen that advocate support for STEM education.