An open letter to SAE International members:

For some time now, SAE International has been changing to better meet the needs of our members and the needs of the mobility industry. Some of those changes have involved events and programs; some have involved products and services.

Now, we have come to the exciting next step of that process - a redesign of the foundation of our organization, the membership structure.

We've listened to you over the past several months through focus groups, surveys and direct feedback. As a result of this, we soon will launch a brand new membership model that highlights and accentuates the value proposition you receive through your SAE International membership.

The new model will enable professional members to customize their membership by selecting from more than one level of membership.

The new levels provide different member benefit options covering all stages of mobility engineering professional's career. The higher-level plan that you choose, the more benefits you will receive. But all members, regardless of what plan they choose, will still receive discounts on all SAE International publications and professional development training products, and at least one subscription to an SAE International magazine. Discounts also will be available for SAE International conferences and symposia. And there are many more benefits that will be available.

Much more detailed and specific information about this new membership model will be coming to you over the next few weeks. As you approach your membership renewal date, you will see that, essentially, we are transforming the membership model to enhance the value that you get from being a member of SAE International. We like to refer to it as the "member value proposition." We want to provide the most value to you, but we want to do it in a way that allows you to determine what is best for your own personal needs. This new approach to membership enables you to choose the membership level that best meets your needs.

Also, more member-only benefits and enhancements will be introduced throughout the year, including a new members-only web site that will provide you with the ability to connect with technical experts worldwide and receive exclusive industry news alerts and technical information.

We recognize that some may have questions about these changes. And it's important to note that the new model was done only after careful consideration, diligent research and work by the Membership Services Board and Sections Board, both of which recommended the new model. Ultimately, the plan was fully supported by the SAE International Board of Directors during their meeting in September of 2009.

SAE International has been in existence for nearly 105 years. During that time, there have been many firsts within our organization. This is another one. It's an exciting time to be a part of mobility engineering and it's an exciting time to be a part of SAE International. Time and again the aerospace, automotive and commercial vehicle industries have redesigned how they do business to best meet the needs of the times; now, it's our turn.

Please stay engaged with us throughout this process; we value your thoughts and opinions. As we make changes and as we redesign our organization, we do so with one main goal in mind - and that is to provide you with the most value possible. I will be in touch again throughout the year with more announcements, information and exciting new benefits.

Thank you for your commitment to and support of SAE International. Together we will continue to move mobility engineering forward.

Andrew Brown Jr., PE, FESD, Ph.D., NAE
2010 President
SAE International