SAE's Globalization Initiative
As the world becomes one large marketplace, SAE must meet the challenge of serving its members by responding to the changing needs of practicing engineers worldwide. SAE's desire to have a worldwide network of technically trained mobility practitioners is indicative of the plans SAE has to achieve its vision of capable practitioners worldwide.
Mobility engineers, whether they work in Moscow, London, Beijing, or Seoul, are very interested in SAE and the benefits it can offer. SAE is positioning itself as a leading international society dedicated to providing technical information and other benefits to the mobility industry.
SAE is currently involved in many activities to achieve its vision. Some of the more notable activities are:
- Annual visits to sister mobility societies, industry, academia, and members around the world by the SAE President. These meetings are a forum for discussions about ways that SAE can partner with these entities to advance mobility technology worldwide.
- SAE has local chapters (known as sections) around the world, including Russia and India, as well as the United Kingdom, Taipei, Mexico, Beijing, and Belarus. These chapters are organized by the local members who organize technical meetings, tours, and other activities.
- SAE has a global network of local volunteer members known as International Advisors. These individuals function as communication points between SAE and the local members and they also provide feedback from the local members to SAE. The International Advisors also work with local members to help them organize local technical activities and to network with one another.
- SAE's affiliate society, SAE BRASIL, which was established in 1991, has served a valuable role in meeting the local technology needs of Brazilian mobility engineers. SAE BRASIL holds an annual mobility technology conference in Sao Paulo, has over 1,500 members, sells SAE technical publications, and administers the work of seven local sections in Brazil. SAE BRASIL is considered a benchmark for technical societies worldwide as they work to develop their own global affiliate programs.
- SAE has worked to address the needs of mobility engineers worldwide through special membership programs designed to accommodate a range of engineering salaries. Through creative concepts like SAE's Team Membership and Reduced Dues Program, engineers of all salary ranges are able to avail themselves of SAE's benefits and services.
- SAE's publications are available for purchase through distributors around the globe. SAE publishes three periodicals which are delivered throughout the world. We also provide electronic products that make it easier for engineers to access current mobility technology wherever they reside.
- SAE sponsors mobility technology meetings with sister societies in many countries around the world. The sponsorship of meetings by more than one society tends to enhance their visibility, credibility, and success. In addition, SAE offers exhibitors pavilions at its major meetings. These pavilions are comprised of many vendors and other representatives of a particular country in proximity to one another.
- Professional development programs are beginning to be offered on a worldwide basis, to provide continuing education for mobility technology practitioners.
- SAE is working to harmonize its technical standards with those of other societies and government bodies on a global basis.
- SAE also plays a key role in the global mobility technology society, FISITA. This society is striving to become the forum for global solutions to global mobility technology issues, transcending country borders or regional issues. FISITA's vision meshes with SAE's in its desire to enhance mobility technology on a global basis.
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