SAE Marks 100th Anniversary with Special Commemorative Events Throughout the Year

PITTSBURGH, PA, Jan. 19, 2005 - January 20, 2005, marks the 100th anniversary of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). To commemorate its 100 years of continued service to the automotive community — 1905 to 2005 — SAE has planned special events at several of its conferences and expositions throughout the year. From several gala events to specially commissioned 100th anniversary artwork and an interactive, traveling exhibit, there will be ample opportunities to join SAE in toasting its first century.

"We've reached a milestone in our history as an organization," said Ray Morris, executive vice president/chief operating officer of SAE International. "With activities spanning all areas of the mobility industry — automobiles, aerospace, commercial vehicle and motorsports — our members now have access to a level of cutting-edge information unheard of a century ago." To reach its membership in diverse industries, special SAE 100th anniversary programs are being planned at the following events:

  • SAE 2005 World Congress - April 11-15, Cobo Center, Detroit, MI. This event will feature a number of centennial-related highlights, including host company General Motors' unveiling of a unique SAE 100th anniversary technology integration vehicle; several networking events, including the SAE Centennial Partner Appreciation Ceremony on Sunday, April 10, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Marriott Renaissance Center; an interactive 100th anniversary exhibit that incorporates a theater to present an exciting new video documenting the first 100 years of SAE; a beautiful, richly illustrated "coffee table book" entitled The SAE Story: 100 Years of Mobility, which will be available for purchase in the SAE Store on the exhibit floor; and the display of SAE's specially commissioned centennial artwork by accomplished artist John P. Glover. Several sessions and panels will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of SAE, including the Tuesday, April 12 "Significant Milestones in 100 Years of Mobility Engineering" daylong session in the Innovation Forum on the show floor.

  • 2005 SAE Foundation Banquet - May 24, GM Wintergarden, Detroit, MI. This event is special in both scope and significance as it augments the festivities surrounding the centennial celebration of SAE. In addition to awarding its annual prestigious Manufacturing Leadership Award, the Foundation has designated 2005 the year of the OEM and will honor manufacturers for achievement across various categories.

  • 2005 Govt. & Industry Meeting - May 10, National Air & Space Museum, Washington, D.C.

  • 2005 Student Competition - 100-Mile Mini-Baja, June 1-4, southern Arizona, AZ. This year, SAE has transformed the Mini Baja West event into the SAE Mini Baja 100 to honor the Society's 100th Anniversary. Because Mini Baja is the longest running Collegiate Design Series event, SAE will be celebrating the event in true Baja the desert of Arizona. To run with the 100th anniversary theme, the competition's four-hour endurance event has been increased to a 100-mile race.

  • 2005 SAE AeroTech Congress and Exhibition - Oct. 3-7, Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX. A banquet and other events will spotlight the 100th Anniversary. New to the SAE lineup in 2005, this event will also feature numerous centennial-related highlights, including the interactive 100th anniversary exhibit and centennial video; The SAE Story: 100 Years of Mobility, which will again be available for purchase in the SAE Store; and the display of SAE's specially commissioned centennial artwork by John P. Glover.

  • 2005 Commercial Vehicle Congress and Exhibition - Nov. 1-3, Chicago, IL. A banquet and other events will spotlight the 100th Anniversary. The 2004 Commercial Vehicle Congress was a tremendous success, and the centennial event is sure to be even more exciting, incorporating all of the features listed in the 2005 AeroTech Congress and Exhibition above.

For more information, please call SAE World Headquarters at (724) 776-4841 or visit

SAE is a non-profit engineering and scientific organization dedicated to the advancement of mobility technology to better serve humanity. Nearly 85,000 engineers and scientists who are SAE members develop technical information on all forms of self-propelled vehicles, including automobiles, aircraft, aerospace craft, trucks, buses, marine, rail and transit machinery. This information is disseminated through SAE meetings, books, electronic products and databases, technical papers, standards, reports, and professional development programs.