2017 Annual Report


Responding to industry change, embracing new technologies, and engaging our membership all contributed to this year’s success. Our collective efforts delivered opportunities for personal and professional growth along with innovations that can positively impact the global issues we face. These efforts culminated and reinforced the SAE International position as the ultimate resource for the mobility engineering industry.

Engineering Events

Producing 26 events in 2017, the SAE Events group developed collaborative meetings for attendees and mutually beneficial events with external groups and associations through various restructuring efforts.

These events provided opportunities for attendees to connect, engage, and collaborate in various settings such as the Learning Lab and Knowledge Bars at WCX; and the Connect2Car Executive Leadership Forum. The group concentrated its efforts on reinvigorating these brands with a strategic focus on event content to excite and encourage new attendees. Most important, the events generated occasions to connect with new partners such as Amazon, Tesla, and SEMICON as SAE reinforced the brand.

Following the collaborative event approach of WCX and Connect2Car, plans are in place to redevelop AeroTech into a model that provides increased flexibility and an industry-wide approach. The new model will create opportunities for SAE to connect and engage with outlying industry sectors.

In 2017, Engineering Events undertook an extensive analysis of the event portfolio. The result led to vertical events that enhanced the event experience and created cost efficiencies. The group also explored new opportunities in markets with an eye toward increasing profits in countries such as China and Israel.

With the goal of implementation of a new Call for Papers procedure in 2018, the group began the process of improving the paper and presentation submission system that will advance information flow among various SAE departments.


Information Products

Relationships drove success for Information Products within the Global Product Management Group in 2017, as the group focused its attention on expanding connections globally. For SAE, these relationships support the development of unique global solutions such as online Knowledge Hubs, expanded publications, and reseller partnerships. More important, the ability to provide timely information on topics such as cybersecurity, powertrain, and additive manufacturing via a single launch point reinforced current global relationships. The advantage afforded by these platforms strengthened the SAE position as the ultimate knowledge source in the global mobility industry.

A cohesive visual design strategy for all products was implemented in support of brand initiatives, content reuse, and a broader e-book initiative. New reseller relationships were established in Italy and India, along with e-book sales agreements with EBSCO, ProQuest, and Gale. The visual improvements and availability of information digitally led to nearly $2.5 million in product purchases.

Over 3,600 content pieces were sold, leading to significant increases over the previous year.


Ground Vehicle Product Group

Addressing the ever-expanding global role that ground vehicles, and in particular autonomous and unmanned vehicles, continue to play, SAE International utilized its leadership position to begin several initiatives in 2017.

SAE utilized meetups and business meetings in the United States, China, Germany, the Netherlands, and Italy to expand and strengthen relationships globally among the ground vehicle industry. These connections ensure additional content, thought leadership, and advocacy from Europe in particular, continue to flow into the SAE International resources. In Germany, a cooperative letter of intent was signed with the German Institute for Standardization along with solidifying relationships with academic and government agencies.

The introduction of the Cybersecurity Knowledge Hub and Powertrain Knowledge Hub expanded opportunities to distribute trending topics visually and digitally.


The aerospace industry is in dynamic flux due to the increasing reliance on electronic power and hypersonic propulsion. SAE established the Aerospace Power and Propulsion product as well as the Advanced Manufacturing Knowledge Hub to respond to these fluctuations. In support of the dynamic industry, SAE also produced the first video in a series titled, The Visionary’s Take along with 20 new titles in the So, You Want to Design A … printed series.


Improvements to MOBILUS®, the destination resource for the mobility industry, include new user experience, improved search and filter capabilities, and the establishment of platform expansion, setting the stage for future enhancements based on user feedback.


Nearly 6,000 new members joined SAE International in 2017, including 1,100 student members who transferred to professional memberships. The increase in membership has created added opportunities for SAE International to impact the professional lives of the mobility industry.

The SAE Membership group strengthened its impact through a variety of operational improvements. In 2017, three new episodes of the Career Counselor soft skills video series were produced, an online Mentor Program was launched, and each SAE Section received its own Member Connection microsite. In addition to the microsites, all sections acquired process improvements such as improved compliance reporting and access to a revised Section Operations Manual. Sections in the U.S. saw additional improvements through banking centralization that permitted adherence to the same nationwide operational standards.

The membership anniversary program was reinstituted to recognize membership milestones. As part of the program, members receive an anniversary pin for every decade of membership up to 50 years, with 60- and 70-year members being bestowed with membership anniversary plaques.

To showcase SAE’s thanks to volunteers, a draft recognition program was developed that, when approved, will spotlight volunteers’ efforts from an organizational standpoint. Designed to increase both satisfaction and engagement, this recognition program will strengthen opportunities to continue impacting members’ lives.


Pre-Professional Development

SAE International’s STEM programs continue to set the path for educational opportunities within the mobility engineering industry. In addition to solidifying our leadership position, more students were impacted by our programs in 2017 and several new partners engaged with students to share work and industry experiences along with developing relationships for future workforce development.

A World In Motion (AWIM)

Designed to meet educational standards at local and national levels, the program delivers community-based STEM education to support local workforce development needs. Reaching more than 100,000 students in 2017, the program incorporated a cybersecurity component titled Keeping Our Networks Secure that focused on learning engineering software and secures a strong development factor for future pipeline preparation.

Additionally, a first-of-its-kind teacher credentialing system was funded to further AWIM as a leading program in STEM education. To further prove the efficacy of AWIM in the classroom, SAE has partnered with Clemson University to conduct a study that validates the curriculum and ensures teachers are prepared to teach STEM via AWIM.

Collegiate Design Series (CDS)

In 2017, over 10,000 students participated in CDS in 10 sold-out events. Traditional sponsorship in the program exceeded $1 million for the first time. New communication tools ensured ongoing outreach and included the official CDS YouTube channel, containing a library of 43 videos that produced 20,000 views and over 430 subscribers. In addition, the CDS Podcast continues its growth with the introduction of Formula SAE FastCast. The CDS Podcast library now offers 40% more episodes compared to 2016.

As the AutoDrive Challenge prepares for actual competition in 2018, a variety of preparatory efforts were completed. The final rules structure and training for university partners was accomplished. Additionally, sponsorship partners such as Velodyne, Intel, Continentalm and MathWorks realized opportunities to engage and foster relationships with students to develop software that will ultimately allow the vehicles to operate at SAE Level 4 automation.

Professional Development

Training for global mobility engineering professionals continued at a rate of 1.5 courses provided daily in 2017, delivering a total of 571 classes. Thirty-five new courses were introduced in 2017, including 10 new additions to the on-demand online course library, now numbering 105 titles. Instructor-led training options included over 50 web seminars, 235 in-house training engagements, and 385 public classes globally. To address new course development, the increased need for on-demand and e-learning courses, and enhance the customer experience, the Professional Development team implemented a new, cloud-based learning management system labeled the SAE Learning Center.

Specific training targeted a variety of course topics for aerospace and ground vehicle industry segments. A record number of 2,500-plus learners completed the Aerospace Supplier Quality Delegated Product Release Verification (DRPV) course as 153 classes were offered in 22 countries by 30 instructors and delivered in six languages.

Globally, courses were offered based on regional need. For example, the majority of European training focused on DPRV and various aerospace regulations and standards. Due to the heavy demand for vehicle electrification, a number of courses in automotive topics were offered in China. Showcasing customer need, SAE held several private, in-house training engagements for companies in India. The Professional Development team will continue to address customer requests in course offering and development.

The Workforce Readiness Academy also evolved over the year. As a pilot program, SAE International is formalizing a global workforce development program that addresses the gap between knowledge learned in university settings and the skills required to be productive in the mobility environment, including technical, organizational, and personal disciplines.

SAE Foundation

The SAE Foundation successfully inspired the next generation of STEM professionals through a variety of programs, events, and scholarships in 2017.

Funding came from more than 1,350 donors, including nine new organizations and 700 individual donors, totaling nearly $2 million. These donations impacted over 110,000 students with 4,600 industry professionals volunteering their time to inspire and share experiences. This investment of time and expertise reinforces the SAE leadership position in STEM education.

Strengthening this position, the SAE Foundation coordinated a research-based project with the Clemson University Center for Workforce Development. The project, when complete, will determine student, teacher, and curriculum impact on STEM learning. Ultimately, these findings will establish AWIM as a model for curriculum delivery and reform while improving the program for all participants.

Additional partnership efforts were strengthened in 2017 as relationships with General Motors, Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Nissan, BorgWarner, Toyota, and Arconic led to increases in student opportunities and participation. For example, SAE and BorgWarner planned to expand their partnership to deliver AWIM Kindergarten in 13 locations in nine countries, which includes six language translations.

Beyond direct industry partnership opportunities, the SAE Foundation partnered with several like-minded organizations to increase the awareness of SAE’s STEM education programs. The relationships are creating opportunities to utilize existing training and distribution networks, collaborate on funding opportunities, and broaden SAE’s reach as the preferred STEM education provider.

Almost 30 scholarships were awarded in 2017 totaling $69,500 and more than 150 awards were given honoring industry excellence. In conjunction with awards, the newly established SAE/Ramesh Agarwal Computational Fluid Dynamics Award will recognize an important field within the aerospace and ground vehicle industries.


Maintaining an online database of more than 37,000 consensus-based standards developed and used by the global mobility industry and regulatory agencies requires an intense focus on detail. That same focus ensures standards deliver safety, quality, and the necessary productivity for a multitude of mobility engineering products and services. As the largest international ground vehicle and aerospace standards-setting body, SAE International published nearly 1,000 new standards in 2017.


Aerospace Standards

The Aerospace Standards group published or revised 928 standards in 2017—the second highest total in SAE history—marking the second consecutive year of 900-plus standards released. This is a result of the dynamic and innovative change occurring within the aerospace industry, and SAE International continues to be positioned as the global resource.

This dynamism was reflected in 2017 by the establishment of several new technical committees: to develop a standard for a handheld sensor that measures cabin air (AC-9M Cabin Air Measurement); to outline new materials specifications for polymers used in 3D printing (AMS-AM P Additive Manufacturing Polymer Subcommittee); to establish a baseline for proficiency levels of UAS operators in a variety of industries (G-30 Unmanned Aerial Systems Operator Approvals); and to define an alternative to GPS-based positioning (SMC-PNT Position, Navigation and Timing).

The third Aerospace Standards Summit was held at the recently opened offices of the European Aviation Safety Agency in Cologne, Germany. The event drew a record 90 attendees and was the first such SAE summit held in Europe; out of this, the strategically minded SAE Digital & Data Steering Group was created. In addition, a presentation was made to the Japan Aeronautical Innovation Study Group at the University of Tokyo regarding the role of industry standards in global aviation certification.

Safran, a French multinational operating in the aircraft propulsion and equipment, space, and defense markets, joined the SAE Aerospace Council, adding a significant industry and standardization leader to the ranks of the Aerospace Standards governance body.

A multitude of strategic discussions occurred with corporations and government agencies alike, including meetings with Textron Aviation, Sikorsky, Honeywell, Pratt & Whitney, Aviage, IHI, Mitsubishi Research Institute, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp., Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China, Civil Aviation Administration of China, International Civil Aviation Organization, EASA, and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.

Global Ground Vehicle Standards

SAE representatives participated in the first-ever Congressional hearing on SAE Standards. This opportunity to share subject-matter expertise led to SAE’s contribution to the U.S. Senate and Congress as the development of two bills included reference to SAE Connected and Automated Vehicle standards. Additionally, SAE achieved consultative status with WP29 World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations and WP1 Road Traffic Safety. SAE also became Secretariat to ISO TC204 Intelligent Transport Systems, strengthening our position as the ultimate knowledge source for the mobility industry.

Globally, the Ground Vehicle Standards team executed a standards strategy for Europe that included conducting an introductory workshop for European Union government officials and industry representatives to review SAE Standards in advanced technology. Meanwhile, our team participated in the first CEN/CENELEC committee.

Fifty committees coordinated the development of specific standards for passenger and commercial vehicles, including a variety that improve connected vehicles and automation along with wireless charging of electric and hybrid vehicles. The committees issued 19 new standards, revised 37 standards, and reaffirmed an additional five standards. These standards delivered critical guidance as advanced technologies continue to develop. Additionally, the annual contract with NHTSA for WMI/VIN maintenance was extended and four new central receiving point projects were launched in the areas of wireless transfer, refrigerants, and traffic congestion.

Collaborative agreements were signed with several organizations, including National Institute for Science and Technology (NIST), the Wi-Fi Alliance, American Center for Mobility, ITS China, and ISO. Two Partnership agreements with ISO (PSDO) present opportunities to develop standards collaboratively while detailing SAE automated vehicle levels and its recognition in regions beyond SAE jurisdiction.

These efforts would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of thousands of SAE technical committee experts from across the technical community.