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In the early 1900's, there were dozens of automobile manufacturers in the United States, and numerous others in countries around the globe. A need for patent protection, common technical design problems, and the development of engineering standards was quickly emerging, however, and many engineers in the automobile business expressed a desire to have "free exchange of ideas" in order to expand their individual technical knowledge base.

The organization grew over the next few years, adding Aircraft and Off-Highway Machinery engineers in 1916 to become the Society of Automotive Engineers, an organization chartered to represent engineers in all types of mobility professions.

Over the past 100 years, SAE has grown in ways that its founders could have only imagined.

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