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Meet the Authors: Chris Johnston and Ed Sobey

Posted: January 31, 2023

Two running buddies came together with a shared goal: encourage more people to purchase electric vehicles.

But how to achieve that goal?

For Chris Johnston and Ed Sobey, the road clearly pointed toward publishing an accessible, easy-to-understand resource that could reach industry and non-industry folks alike. That road led to SAE International and resulted in The Arrival of the Electric Car, which recently published in its second edition. 

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Mentor Month Matches: Andrea Strzelec and Becca Abbott-McCune

Posted: January 30, 2023

One of the most powerful parts of any mentee-mentor relationship is the ability to pay it forward.

Throughout her 19 years in the automotive field, including grad school and 13 post doctorate, Dr. Andrea Strzelec, Program Director & Associate Scientist at Wisconsin at the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering, has had many mentors.

Now, it’s her turn.

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Catching up with Karun Balachandran: What the Tesla product design hiring manager has gained from SAE contributions

Posted: January 25, 2023

Karun Balachandran wants to get involved in every aspect of SAE International.

As an associate engineering manager at Tesla, he knew SAE for the research and industry standards, but through Tesla partnerships with SAE like hosting an EV workshop for Formula SAE, Karun discovered the wealth of programs SAE offers, ranging from professional development to events to professional networking and beyond.

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Mentor Month Matches: Rebecca Vollmann and Brianna Ipekci

Posted: January 23, 2023

Sometimes the best teachers are the ones who are just a few steps ahead.

For Brianna Ipekci, a rising senior at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, young professional Rebecca Vollmann is that teacher.

“When you’re in college, everything is new…and it’s a bit scary to have all of those choices resting on the shoulders of an 18–22-year-old,” Brianna said. “Being able to speak to someone who was in your shoes not so long ago, who faced the same choices and is now in your goal position, is so invaluable and incredibly important in the development of making a good future engineer.”

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Collaboration Breeds Innovation: A Peak Behind the Standards Curtain with the Minds Behind SAE J1772

Posted: January 20, 2023

SAE International is built around a simple yet powerful idea: mobility works better when industry works together.

And when we do that, we can make a better world for everyone.

This concept shows through powerfully as standards committees work on creating documents and processes that prioritize interoperability and ensure that no matter where in the world you are, you can rely on transportation technology to function properly and keep you safe.

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Mentor Month Matches: Mark Karwowski and Andrew da Cunha

Posted: January 12, 2023

What could a college senior and an engineer 31 years into his career have to talk about?

Quite a bit, it turns out!

“Andrew reminded me very much of myself when I was in college,” Mark Karwowski, Chief Manufacturing Engineer at ZF Active Safety and Electronics, said of his SAE International mentee, San Diego State University Senior Andrew da Cunha. “We have a lot of the same interests, like racing and finances. We connected immediately and our discussions flowed naturally.”

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How Digital Standards Enable Digital Transformation

Posted: January 11, 2023

Part 2 of our series on digital transformation in mobility.

When mobility companies transition from PDF standard documents to integrated standard data, they gain impressive efficiencies and a host of other benefits.


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Digital Transformation in Mobility Engineering

Posted: January 11, 2023 

Part 1 of a 2-part series on digital transformation initiatives in the mobility industry.

The U.S. Air Force’s new T-7A Red Hawk aircraft is a sleek, efficient pilot training platform with fighter-like capabilities. Using digital twin and digital thread technology to model and manage the design/build process, development partners Boeing and Saab were able to take the plane from concept to wheels-up in just 3 years—that’s 2 years faster than the industry average of 5 years.

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Mentor Month Matches: Mohamed Zaher and Xuexuan (Thomas) Peng

Posted: January 9, 2023

Taking the next step in your career can start with a conversation.

For Mohamed Zaher, Senior Manager at American Axle and Manufacturing Inc., and Xuexuan (Thomas) Peng, a graduate student at Duke University, that conversation started with SAE International.

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SAE Contributors Dr. Anita Sengupta and Marilyn Pearson to be Inducted into Women in Emerging Aviation Technologies Hall of Fame

Posted: January 5, 2023

SAE contributors are making an impact on the aviation industry.

Anita Sengupta, Ph.D., and Marilyn Pearson are accomplished leaders in the aviation industry who are making strides towards the newest and evolving aviation technologies. For their efforts, Anita and Marilyn will be inducted into the of the Women in Emerging Aviation Technologies 2022 Hall of Fame on January 6, 2023 as part of CES activities in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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In Demand: SAE talks Battery-Powered Future with Highly Cited Researcher and SAE Journal of Electrified Vehicles Editor Xiasong Hu

Posted: January 4, 2023

Powering the future with research is the way to propel technology forward.

Perhaps no one knows this better than SAE International Journal of Electrified Vehicles Associate Editor and Chongqing University Professor Xiasong Hu. His peers certainly seem to think so.

For the fourth year in a row, Hu earned the prestigious recognition as a Highly Cited Researcher from Clarivate, a designation bestowed on authors whose papers rank in the top one percent by citation in their scientific field.

Hu took a moment out of his busy schedule to talk with SAE about the Clarivate recognition, his focus in lithium-ion batteries, and the future for electrified vehicle research.  

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From Science Fiction to On-Road Application: SAE J2954 and SAE TIR J2954/2 are the Gateway to Wireless Charging Future up to 500kW

Published: December 19, 2022

Picture this.

An electric-powered freight truck rolls down the highway, drawing power from its batteries to support both its powertrain and refrigeration of precious cargo kept at a constant temperature. The driver spots a station where it’s possible to fully recharge with conductive charging with an SAE J1772 heavy cable, but that means an overnight wait for a turn at the port, just a few miles away.

But there’s another option.

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SAE Has Released AMS7032 on Machine Qualification for Fusion-Based Metal Additive Manufacturing: Why You Should Care

Posted: December 2, 2022

Metal additive manufacturing (AM) machine qualification requirements are process intensive—and until the release of AMS7032, standardized requirements for qualification of a metal AM machine in the aircraft industry didn’t exist.

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Safety Standards for EVTOL - Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing Aircrafts

Posted: December 1, 2022

Guest Post by Ashwin K Venkitaraman 

The future of transportation is electric, and this is not only limited to cars. The eVTOL industry is booming, with companies like Uber and Airbus throwing their hats in the ring. But several kinds of safety standards are being put in place for these new aircraft. The eVTOL aircraft industries are on the verge of a boom. The first electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft have been tested in 2018. 

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How Innovation Springs from Decades-Old Engineering Research

Technical Benchmarks Offer Important Insights

Posted: November 29, 2022
By Marc Leduc

Engineering thrives on scientific discovery and technical benchmarking is a well-established tool for measuring progress and focusing research. How well has a given design stood the test of time? Does it answer the consumer’s needs? What’s the next priority for development? As mobility engineers seek to optimize designs wherever they can, benchmarking technical knowledge can give them insights into ways others have approached the problem. At SAE, engineers search our Technical Paper databases for research topics and testing results that can speed this process. Along the way, we’re observing interesting clusters of activity that show just how powerful this level of access to information can be when it comes to making those incremental improvements — including in quite unexpected areas.

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Taking 5 with SAE’s 2022 Contributor of the Year Kunjan Vyas

Posted: November 28, 2022

When you talk to Kunjan Vyas about her work in STEM education, her passion is palpable.

The Detroit Public School Community District (DPSCD) educator is a longtime champion of SAE International’s A World In Motion® (AWIM®), serving for more than 17 years as an advocate for SAE’s STEM learning solutions. She was an integral part in bringing AWIM programs into DPSCD, convincing her principal to bring the programs into district classrooms, and has continued her advocacy across the district and through leadership changes.

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Aviation History Month: A Look Through History with SAE International’s Most Notable Aviators and Achievements

Posted: November 17, 2022

Many aviators wouldn’t have gotten off the ground without SAE International.

Several key aviators and technologies have been a part of SAE’s illustrious history, and this Aviation History Month, we’re looking back and celebrating the impact they’ve had on the development of industry as they’ve shaped today’s aerospace landscape.

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Advanced Air Mobility is Coming. Are We Ready?

Posted: November 9, 2022

Guest Post by Gaël Le Bris, C.M., P.E., Senior Aviation Planner & Senior Technical Principal with WSP USA

Advanced air mobility (AAM) is a new way to travel by air using electric aircraft with, for most of them, vertical and short takeoff and landing (V/STOL) capabilities. AAM should provide point-to-point, on-demand services for both passengers and cargo within five years. Enabled by innovation in aircraft engineering and automation, powered by greener electric and hybrid propulsion systems (EHPS), a new generation of aerial vehicles is on the horizon, and they have a lot to promise. Indeed, advanced electric aircraft have the potential of making air transportation more affordable and socially acceptable, thanks to their quieter propulsion systems and lower operating costs.

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SAE International to Honor Top Contributors of the Year at 4th Annual Contributor of the Year Celebration

Posted: November 2, 2022

SAE recognizes those who made the greatest impact in 2022.

The SAE Contributor of the Year celebration is an annual event dedicated to recognizing our top volunteers for their contributions to the organization. SAE International understands the importance of recognizing our most engaged volunteers for their dedication to the success of our organization.

The 2022 celebration will take place November 6-8, 2022, at the Postcard Inn in Islamorada, Florida. At the celebration event, a Contributor of the Year will be announced from one of the 25 nominees in the 2022 Top Contributors Class.

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Formula SAE Electric Teams Gained Invaluable Knowledge at the First-Ever EV Workshop, Hosted by Tesla

Posted: October 31, 2022

A unique mobility collaboration has college students singing praises for SAE International.

Last month, students from 75 universities gathered in Fremont, California for SAE’s first ever EV Workshop, hosted by Tesla.

“This event provided amazing insight from both SAE and Tesla that was genuinely invaluable. Networking wise, I don’t think I have ever had a better experience,” said Paul Del Vechio, project manager for Rutgers Formula Racing. “The breath of eye-opening information and people that we got to meet was so unique, but in the best way possible. It was amazing; I really loved this event.”

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AM Repair a Focus for SAE through Work With Additive Manufacturing Coalition

Posted: October 21, 2022

Leading conversations around developing technologies is SAE International’s specialty.

On October 13, SAE took part in the Additive Manufacturing Coalition’s Digital Summit on The Use of Additive Manufacturing (AM) for Repair. Dave Abbott, Chair of SAE International AMS-AM Repair Subcommittee on Additive Repair for Aerospace and Senior Staff Engineer at General Electric Aviation presented “The Use of AM For Repair – An SAE AMSAM Perspective” on behalf of SAE.

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Flying Hydrogen: A Follow-Up from the World Hydrogen Congress with Blue Spirit Aero CEO Olivier Savin

Posted: October 20, 2022

By Tory Irwin

Last week, SAE International connected with professionals from around the world at the World Hydrogen Congress in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, leading discussions around hydrogen as a fuel source for mobility.

Oliver SavinBlue Spirit Aero Founder and CEO and Chairman of the joint SAE/EUROCAE Standardization Committee on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells for Airborne Applications, joined an SAE-moderated panel on Airports as Energy Hubs to offer his perspective.

We caught up with Olivier after the event to gain his vision on next steps.

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In Conversation: A Moment with Trevor Elliott, Ph.D., Ralph Teetor Award Winner

Posted: October 14, 2022

Winning an SAE International Award is a big deal.

The SAE International Awards Program span across all areas of the mobility industry and come with a rich and prestigious history. Awards honor achievements made by professionals in industry, faculty, and students. Nominations for the 2022 SAE International Awards Program are in full swing.

We sat down with 2022 Ralph Teetor Education Award winner Trevor Elliott, Ph.D. to hear what receiving this recognition meant for him.

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Passion and Dedication: Celebrating the Life and Impact of Suzanne Royce

Posted: October 6, 2022

Suzanne Royce may not have had the title, but she always thought like an engineer.

Through her grit, tenacity, and love of motorsports, Suzanne served as a trailblazer for women in a traditionally male-dominated field, becoming the Chief Scrutineer at the Formula One US Grand Prix in 1986 as the first woman to be given an FIA International Chief Scrutineer License.

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DEI Chat: AWIM Volunteer Ana Logan Joins SAE for Hispanic Heritage Month to Talk Diversity in the Classroom

Posted: October 5, 2022

Ana Logan likes to joke that she’s married to SAE International.

Her love affair with the organization started when she met her husband, Derek Logan, at the University of Arizona, where he was involved in Baja SAE. Derek stayed steadily involved with SAE in a variety of areas. That connection led to both Derek and Ana becoming involved with SAE’s A World In Motion (AWIM) at the Chandler Unified School District when their children were in school, a commitment Ana has continued even now that her kids have graduated.

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Mobility Engineering’s Best Vie for SAE Awards—Will You Be The Next Honoree?

Posted: September 7, 2022

Every day, industry leaders are contributing to the strides that SAE International is making in the world of transportation and mobility—and we want to be sure that those contributing are honored for their hard work.

The SAE Awards program recognizes and connects the engineering community by acknowledging technological achievements at every level of the mobility industry. This prestigious recognition not only allows SAE to celebrate these important innovations, but also demonstrates to industry the weight of these efforts.

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Digital Standards are Our Future

By Raman Venkatesh
Posted: September 1, 2022

Many industries are digitally transforming at a rapid pace—and the multitude of industries that we call ‘mobility’ is leading the transformation in all forms of transportation, whether we move people or goods.  As we look at the digital transformation at SAE International, we are investing to stay ahead of the curve.

For our work, that starts with digital standards.

This is not a new venture for SAE. Since 2016, we’ve had resources available digitally through our SAE Mobilus platform, the definitive online library for SAE Standards—updated in real-time—that serves as a single point of access to timely technical content for the modern engineer. This platform prioritizes the user experience to make searching more efficient and accessible.

But true digitization is more than just going from paper to PDFs.

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Thoughts on EV Power Battery Structure Development

Posted: September 1, 2022

Guest Post by John Chen

NPI Manager, Vehicle Programs and Business Operations, BYD

At present, one of the most technical indicators of electric vehicle (EV) performance – which is also of high concern to consumers – is the range. In addition to the vehicle weight reduction, the component that has the most direct impact on improving the range is the battery capacity, so increasing the battery capacity has become and effective solution to increase the range of EVs.

To achieve higher capacity, innovations are generally focused on the electrochemical materials of the cell and the structure of the battery. Due to the long development cycle of the former, the innovation of battery structure is a feasible strategy in the short term, and integration is one of its important directions.

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5 Things You Support When You Support SAE

Posted: August 17, 2022

How do you advance technology for the benefit of humanity?

At SAE International, we’re focusing on mobility solutions that do just that.

SAE International is a global non-profit organization with the vision of connecting and educating mobility professionals to enable safe, clean, and accessible mobility solutions. With a global community of engineers, technical experts, and volunteers, we are continuing to develop the most reliable and comprehensive collection of engineering resources and standards.

But there is so much more to SAE than what is on the surface.

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5 Things You Need to Know When Buying an Electric Vehicle

Posted: August 9, 2022

How many times have you found yourself asking the question, “Should I buy an electric car?”

Electric vehicles (EVs) can be a great choice for many drivers, but only you know what will work best for you. There are many things to consider when thinking about buying any vehicle, and the same is true for EVs. Authors Chris Johnston and Ed Sobey are here to help with their new free e-book, Is an Electric Car Right for You? Quick Reference Guide to Buying an Electric Vehicle.

This no-cost quick reference guide takes the mystery out of electric vehicles. Check out these five quick tips that can help you on your car buying journey.

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What’s the Buzz About? Additive Manufacturing in a Nutshell

Posted: July 21, 2022

Guest Post by Vidya Srinivas
Senior Materials and Process Engineer

In recent years there’s been a lot of buzz about 3D printing to create products using Additive Manufacturing techniques. In this piece, we’ll explore what additive manufacturing is, what current additive manufacturing techniques are, and provide an overview of various industry use cases.

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SAE International's A World In Motion team is ready to learn, connect and recharge at the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) Conference on Science Education.

Posted: July 18, 2022

SAE International’s A World In Motion (AWIM) team is steaming ahead in STEM education.

Members of SAE’s AWIM team are ready to connect with educators from across the country this week at the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) National Conference on Science Education Chicago, one of the largest conferences focused exclusively on science and STEM teaching for K–12 teachers.

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David Liu weighs in on SAE International’s role as convener of government and industry mobility professionals

Posted: July 13, 2022

In January of 2022, SAE International’s Government/Industry (GI) meeting once again facilitated important, industry-defining conversations about the future of mobility.

White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy and Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm emphasized the importance of industry’s shift to electric vehicles—and SAE’s place at the center of it all.

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Abdelrahman Waleed Mohamed Elmagdoub and Antonio Garcia Martinez weigh in on exciting industry trends and possibilities ahead of SAE’s PF&L Conference

Posted: July 12, 2022

Transportation is about transformation.

As time moves on and technologies progress, so too, must the approaches to how we address the mobility industry’s challenges and the age-old question of how we get from point A to point B.

Thinking about those challenges on a daily basis are Abdelrahman Waleed Mohamed Elmagdoub, Artificial Intelligence Ph.D. Student, AAPS CDT, Cohort 2, and Antonio Garcia Martinez, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Thermal and Reciprocating Engines at the Universitat Politècnica de Valencia.

With industry’s push toward electric vehicles (EVs) and their own work with internal combustion engines (ICEs), Elmagdoub and Martinez talked shop with us at SAE International about their work and how their involvement with SAE factors in to furthering the future of mobility.

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Challenges of Next-Generation Automotive and Mobility Innovations’ Productization and Industrialization

Posted: July 11, 2022

Guest Post By Umar Zakir Abdul Hamid
Lead Strategist, CEVT AB, Sweden

Each day in the media, we are seeing a lot of discussions regarding the transformation of the automotive and mobility industries. A lot of marketing materials have been distributed, promoted and disseminated in the media concerning the future strategy and vision of automotive companies on this topic. However, if one is working on turning the vision into reality, one will realize that it is not as easy as it may sound. Productization and industrialization of the emerging technologies in the automotive and mobility industry are facing a lot of challenges due to the rapid transformation of the industry as a whole. Before we proceed further, it is better to understand the definitions of productization and industrialization terminologies.

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SAE Member and Author Pranab Saha named Gold Medal Winner of IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for Acoustic Materials

Posted: June 30, 2022

Earlier this month, SAE International announced that the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) awarded SAE author and member Dr. Pranab Saha the Gold Medal Award in the 34th annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program’s Professional Reference category for his book Acoustical Materials: Solving the Challenge of Vehicle Noise.

Dr. Saha, a global authority on automotive noise, body interior systems and sound package materials, earned recognition in the IBPA competition in a pool of 1,900 entries. As we celebrate Dr. Saha’s well-deserved recognition, we want to help you get to know the man behind the award-winning book.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Marcos Pinares, Jr.

Posted: June 29, 2022

After 12 years in the industry, Blue Origin, LLC, Aerospace Systems Engineer Marcos Pinares, Jr., has worked with a number of professionals—and found the value of mentorship.

“It’s important to share lessons learned and to help students establish a sense of what’s going to be expected of them when they enter the industry,” Pinares said. “After 12 years of engineering, I’ve had a plethora of mentors across different sites and functions- from my latest mentor at Blue who helped me grow into the Thermal Analysis/Cognizant Engineer role to the many senior engineers who both helped me learn the ropes and challenged my critical thinking and reasoning skills.”

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Waving the Green, Checkered and Rainbow Flags: How Racing Pride is Bringing LGBTQ+ Representation to Motorsports

Posted: June 27, 2022

Racing is for everyone.

It’s that simple yet powerful idea that drives the work that Racing Pride does and inspired co-founder Richard Morris to pursue the organization’s mission to positively promote LGBTQ+ inclusivity within motorsports.

“The whole issue in motorsport and the automotive industry was that we weren’t having these conversations on any level,” Morris said. “I really believe that there are lots of very supportive people in our industry who want to make an inclusive environment and want to make things better, they just haven’t known how to start those conversations.”

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Volunteer Spotlight: Nishatha Nagarajan

Posted: June 23, 2022

Nishatha “Nisha” Nagarajan knows the challenges presented by a knowledge gap.

As the Global Technical Specialist in Advanced Semiconductor Applications at General Motors can attest, training the next generation of engineers is essential for the future of mobility.

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A New Generation of Mobility Professional: CU Boulder Senior Hattie Rice Talks Gen Z’s push for Inclusion in the Workplace

Posted: June 22, 2022

When Hattie Rice came to the University of Colorado, Boulder, as a first-year student, she knew what she wanted—an inclusive space to learn and grow.

Now entering her senior year, the aerospace engineering major and computer science minor is challenging potential employers to provide the same support and opportunities as her lab at CU Boulder.

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INCOSE International Symposium on Systems Engineering coming to Detroit featuring Automotive and Aerospace Sectors

Posted: June 21, 2022

Guest Post from INCOSE

INCOSE is bringing the International Symposium to Detroit at a time when the Automotive sector is seeing dynamic change.

The symposium will take place June 25-30 with a theme of The Power of Connection, featuring experts in aerospace, energy, healthcare, ground transportation and mobility, the internet of things, AI, and cyber-physical systems. 

Carla Bailo, President and CEO of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), will deliver a keynote address and take part in the Automotive Executive roundtable session along with other leaders from the Automotive sector.

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Flying Toward the Future: A Peak into the World of Airbus VP Amanda Simpson

Posted: June 20, 2022

You might expect Amanda Simpson to play things close to the chest.

After all, as the current Vice President of Research and Technology at Airbus America, she has a lot of responsibility on her shoulders. There’s also her government background, both in the U.S. Department of Defense advising military energy projects and a presidential appointment in 2010 by Barack Obama as Senior Technical Adviser to the U.S. Department of Commerce. In that role, she advised on policy and export control issues to protect the security of the United States, that some might see as prompting secrecy.

But Simpson is a straight shooter, and open about many things. She’ll frankly tell you that sustainability must be a priority for the global mobility industry for the survival of humanity. She’s vocal about her thoughts on industry inclusivity, and the need for diverse perspectives to advance technology.

And she doesn’t shy away from sharing her identity as a transgender woman.

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AutoDrive Challenge II Participants Offer Advice to the Next Generation of Engineers

Posted: June 17, 2022

SAE International’s social media team headed up to Ann Arbor, Michigan to check out all the buzz at year one of SAE’s AutoDrive Challenge II, a four-year competition for participating university teams from the United States and Canada to develop and demonstrate an autonomous vehicle (AV) that can navigate urban driving courses as described by SAE Standard (J3016™) Level 4 automation.

While we were there, we talked to some of the university participants talking to some of the university participants on their experience with the competition and asked them what advice they had to offer for the next generation of engineers.

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Worth the Wait: CMU Team earns first place win at Formula Hybrid after 8-year absence from competition

Posted: June 17, 2022

Who says you can’t go home?

Carnegie Mellon University returned to SAE International’s Formula Hybrid for the first time in eight years, coming out on top of the electric class over a field of 18 competitors at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in May.

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Volunteer Spotlight: John Ochab

Posted: June 15, 2022

For John Ochab, a career of volunteering is one well spent.

The retired GM Powertrain Engineer has leant his time and talent to SAE International as a volunteer for 22 years, during which time he’s worked to teach and coordinate various STEM education programs at schools across the country.

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SAE’s Sven Beiker to chair the session on smart sensors and sensor fusion at Sensors Converge 2022

Posted: June 13, 2022

Dr. Sven Beiker, Managing Director of Silicon Valley Mobility and External Advisor for SAE International, will chair a session at the upcoming Sensors Converge conference June 27-29 in San Jose, California.

The session, called Smart Sensors & Sensor Fusion, will provide a day-long insights for to understand new developments in the sensors space. Speakers on the track will cover sensor market growth, testing, software trends, safety requirements and more.

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Let’s get Physical: The SAE G-32 Solution for the Cyber-Physical Cyber Menace

Posted: June 9, 2022

On June 2, SAE International’s G-32 Cyber Physical Systems Security Committee published its first joint Aerospace and Automotive standard JA7496: Cyber Physical Systems Security Engineering Plan. The new standard is intended for broad industry use for both commercial and defense applications along with other high reliability and/or critical systems in aerospace, transportation, medicine, and finance.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Kam Salehi

Posted: June 8, 2022

From competing in college engineering challenges to coaching students, Kam Salehi’s professional journey has made him an integral part of SAE International.

Salehi is currently a lead product integrity engineer at General Motors, where he’s spent the last 7 years of his career, with two years of relevant research at the Pennsylvania State University into lithium-ion battery safety for automotive vehicles prior to assuming his role at GM.

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PSU AutoDrive Challenge II team lead looks ahead to first year competition

Posted: June 3, 2022

You could say Zach Kerr’s interest in SAE International’s collegiate programs drove itself.

In preparation for this year’s emergent technology series, AutoDrive Challenge II, we sat down with Kerr, team lead for Penn State’s Advanced Vehicle Team (AVT) and recent Penn State graduate, to learn about his involvement and the team’s preparation for this year’s competition.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Randall Duchesneau III

Posted: June 2, 2022

Randall Duchesneau III knows the value that standardization brings not only to the mobility industry, but to its users—the millions of every day people trying to get from point A to point B.

As an Accessibility Specialist at the United States Access Board, Duchesneau is uniquely positioned to consider a specific group within those users, people with disabilities, and how industry developments can help these folks gain back some of their independence when it comes to transportation.

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DEI Chats: Anmol Sharma Reflects on his involvement with SAE International for AAPI Month

Posted: May 27, 2022

Anmol Sharma has faced challenges and experienced triumphs as he entered the world of engineering—and he credits SAE International for opening these opportunities to him.

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SAE’s Pascal Thalin to Moderate Hydrogen Aviation Panel at Hydrogen 2022 Conference

Posted: May 26, 2022

Guest Post by Pascal Thalin

Sustainability is heavy on the mind of many industry leaders as they contemplate the mobility of tomorrow. While multiple alternative fuel sources are being considered as a part of this future, hydrogen as a fuel source has captured the imagination of many aerospace engineers as they consider the potential benefits of hydrogen over other sustainable aviation fuels.

At the Hydrogen 2022 Conference in Amsterdam, June 8-9, Leaders from EasyJet, Airbus, ZeroAvia, and Boeing will discuss what the future of hydrogen could look like for aviation, led in conversation by Pascal Thalin, Director of Aerospace Standards, Technology & Innovation at SAE International.

As he prepares for the upcoming panel, Thalin stopped by the SAE International Blog to give us a tease of what’s to come.

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From Aerospace to Auto Racing: How Eric Cowdin’s Formula SAE Experience Changed the Course of his Career

Posted: May 24, 2022

It’s a week and a half before one of the biggest events in IndyCar racing when SAE International dials into a non-descript office at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The energy in the room is palpable even through a Zoom connection as the Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) team is prepping the No. 48 Carvana Racing Dallara-Honda for Jimmie Johnson’s Indianapolis 500 debut after a successful career in stock car racing with NASCAR.

While Johnson may be a relative newcomer to Indy racing, his engineer, Eric Cowdin, is a seasoned pro—though both have had interesting career journeys that have brought them to Indianapolis Motor Speedway on this day. During a free moment before day two of practice begins, Cowdin sits down to share his story with SAE.

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SAE Senior Celebrations: Dylan Konop

Posted: May 18, 2022

A lifelong love for vehicles inspired Dylan Konop’s journey into engineering.

“After working on cars with my dad and frequently being in a machine shop, I knew I wanted to continue designing, building, and maintaining cars and other vehicles,” the Bradley University mechanical engineering major said.

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SAE Senior Celebrations: Katarina Rodak

Posted: May 17, 2022

Katarina Rodak wants to connect people through transportation.

“I was inspired to pursue a degree in the mobility industry as I and most of the people I know drive as their main form of transportation,” Rodak said. “To work in mobility, you’re providing people with the freedom to travel to new opportunities and also allowing the transportation of goods and services that society needs to operate.”

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SAE Senior Celebrations: Beatriz Acuna

Posted: May 16, 2022

Beatriz Acuna is ready to explore.

The mechanical engineering major is finishing up her degree at California State University, Northridge, where she was a member of the SAE Collegiate Chapter.

“I wanted to learn more about the world, how everything functions, and how everything arounds us is designed,” Acuna said.

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SAE Foundation honors Bosch, GM’s Mark Reuss at Annual Celebration

Posted: May 5, 2022

Industry came together to recognize the importance of STEM education and celebrate the contributions of SAE collaborators who allow us to promote this goal at the SAE Foundation’s Annual Celebration on May 3, 2022.

As part of the celebration, the SAE Foundation recognized industry leaders for their contributions to the world of mobility, awarding the Gordon Millar Award for philanthropic support of STEM education efforts to Bosch; the DENSO Young Industry Leadership Award to Leslie Heinzen, General Motors Co., and Kanwar Bharat Singh, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company; and the Industry Leadership Award to Mark Reuss, President, General Motors Co.

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SAE’s A World In Motion® Announces Winners of 2022 Chowdhury STEM Innovation Contest

Posted: April 20, 2022

Future scientists are getting their start with SAE International’s A World In Motion® (AWIM®)—and getting recognized for their efforts.

Results from the 2022 Chowdhury STEM Innovation Contest—generously sponsored by the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Foundation through the SAE Foundation—are in, recognizing projects across a wide array of topics that present a STEM solution to a real-world issue:

  • First Place: John T., Grade 7, of Grand Blanc, Michigan, for his project “Traffic Smart”
  • Second Place: Nicole H., Grade 4, of St. Augustine, Florida, for her project “Scalable and Fertilizer-Free Energy/Self-Sufficient Carbon Neutral Aquaponics”
  • Third Place: Ephraim A., Grade 7; Zachary B., Grade 5; Arthur J., Grade 7; and Malachi J., Grade 6, of Washington, Maryland, for their project “Sustaining Landlocked Countries”

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People-Driven Mobility: DEI Perspectives from Industry Leaders Show a Path Forward that Focuses on the Occupant Over Vehicle

Posted: April 13, 2022

Transportation in America over the past century has grown with personal vehicles as the anchor bias, Alisyn Malek says, and this default has led to many putting the car before the trip.

“In many places, if you can’t afford your own vehicle, you’re essentially deprived of the freedom of movement,” Malek said during her keynote address on equitable mobility at SAE International’s 2022 World Congress Experience (WCX).

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A Shared Future: Technology and Business Expert Talks the Democratized Future of the Internet and What It Means for Mobility Innovators

Posted April 13, 2022

A digital revolution is coming, Shelly Palmer predicts, and the direction it takes is up to you. 

“We are on the cusp of a financial revolution where democratized transactions get financed,” Palmer said during his talk at SAE International’s 2022 World Congress Experience (WCX). “Creators and users will be able to share in the power they create.”

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Reflections from a Leader: SAE Arnold W. Siegel Humanitarian Award Winner Subir Chowdhury Shares his Perspective on Giving Back

Posted: April 12, 2022

Guest Post from Subir Chowdhury, Ph.D.

Improvement is a value I have strived for ever since I was young. Not just for myself, but for the betterment of my community. It is my belief that if you bring enough good people together who are not afraid to communicate and exchange ideas openly, you can solve every problem you can imagine; you just have to have a willingness to open your mind to new ways of thinking.

Throughout my career, I have prioritized these types of conversations and have continuously sought opportunities to solve problems that I have encountered as a leader in mobility. I have been fortunate enough to get involved with smart and talented collaborators in the world of higher education, where I can use my resources to pay forward opportunities for the engineers and mobility professionals of tomorrow to hone their own problem-solving skills.

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SAE International Recognizes Top Mobility Professionals at 2022 SAE Awards Ceremony

Posted: April 12, 2022

On April 6, 2022, SAE International gathered with some of the best and brightest in the mobility industry to recognize their contributions to the future of transportation.

Among those honored were Alan Nye, Ph.D., Department of Mechanical Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and Subir Chowdhury, Ph.D., Chairman and CEO, ASI Consulting Group, LLC, receiving the SAE Medal of Honor and Arnold W. Siegel Humanitarian Award, respectively.

These awards highlight members of the industry who have contributed substantially to its continued evolution and whose work has far reaching impacts on the world at large.

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Sustainability Panel Highlights Charging Infrastructure during WCX

Posted: April 12, 2022

“How do you bring together so many different elements of a lived environment to make it sustainable?”  

SAE Chief Growth Officer Frank Menchaca asked this question as he opened a panel discussion featuring the recently launched SAE Office of Sustainable Energy (OSE). 

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Innovation in the New World of Work: Jeff DeGraff Kicks Off Day Two of WCX 

Posted: April 11, 2022

Trying to fit the new into the old is the number one way to fail in the new world of work, Jeff DeGraff says.  

DeGraff, the Dean of Innovation and founder of the Innovatrium, kicked off day two of WCX™ World Business Congress with his keynote highlighting his innovator’s mindset. 

DeGraff stressed the importance of diversity that allows an organization to grow.  

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SAE Tomorrow Today: Meet Sherry Nigam, Head of SAE Books

Posted: April 8, 2022

Sherry Nigam’s passion for knowledge started at an early age.

As the daughter of the local newspaper printer and the library bookmobile driver, Nigam spent a lot of time in her youth around the written word, and those who were passionate about it. She developed her own love of reading and incorporated that love into her 30-year career in publishing, culminating in her current role as Head of Books at SAE International.

The team behind the SAE Tomorrow Today podcast caught up with Nigam to talk about her work anticipating trends critical to aerospace and ground vehicle mobility, searching out authors who are experts in their fields, and helping them develop the books they think they don’t have time to write. Get a preview with snippets from that conversation here and check out the latest episode of SAE Tomorrow Today for the full story.

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Tireside Chats: Meeting Industry Members on the Floor at WCX

Posted: April 6, 2022

SAE International’s WCX is back in-person for the first time in three years, and there’s a lot of buzz happening throughout Huntington Place. We stopped and chatted with a few exhibitors and attendees about their experiences at WCX and what is exciting them in the industry today. Check out what they had to say!

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“Great Design is Storytelling Design”
Jon Snoddy kicks off WCX 2022 with Opening Keynote

Posted: April 5, 2022

How do you create something that not only fits the market need, but is memorable? 

Following the Disney model, as WCX keynote speaker and Advanced Development Studio Executive SVP at Walt Disney Imagineering Jon Snoddy does, means crafting a narrative that fits into the life of the user.

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SAE to Join CoMotion Miami ’22, Linking People, Infrastructure, and Services

Posted: April 1, 2022

The connected city isn’t just a part of the civilization of tomorrow; it’s a key component of our world today.

At CoMotion Miami ’22, global mayors, leading technologists, public transport operators, venture capitalists, start-ups and established players are all talking the landscape of new urban mobility—and SAE International partnering with CoMotion to push those conversations forward.

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DEI Chats with Women in Mobility: Cora Taylor, Michigan Technological University

Posted: March 31, 2022

Cora Taylor’s philosophy is to just go for it.

Growing up, she didn’t have a passion for engineering. In high school, she was convinced to join the robotics team (with pressure from her best friend), as the PR captain. She was in charge of designing the team t-shirts, getting sponsors, making presentations – basically all the artsy stuff. She soon realized she wanted to help design and construct the robot. That is how her love of engineering began.

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DEI Chats with Women in Mobility: Rhonda Walthall, Collins Aerospace  

Posted: March 30, 2022

Rhonda Walthall wrote the book on finding success as a woman in aerospace.  


In 2021, Walthall co-authored Flight Paths to Success: Career Insights from Women Leaders in Aerospace with Brenda Mitchell. The book profiles the personal journeys of 33 women who have been, and continue to be, successful in aviation, space, and academia. 

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Metaverse to Motorverse: Shelly Palmer is Sharing His Insights on the Road Ahead

Posted: March 28, 2022

“We’ve got a chance to invent the future. Is that future three years away, five years away, ten years away, twenty-five years away, none of the above? The answer is: all of the above.” 

Technology and business expert Shelly Palmer shared these words with SAE as he described the focus of his upcoming WCX session, From Metaverse to Motorverse: A Roadmap, which he’ll present April 7 at Huntington Place in Detroit, Michigan.

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Paving the Way to the Future: The Hydrogen Highway

Posted: March 25, 2022

Imagine you have a 4 metric ton pile of waste sitting on your front lawn. Your neighbors would probably hate it. The surrounding community wouldn’t appreciate it either, and it’s hard to tell your kids to go play in the yard with literal tons of waste hanging around.

It’s tough to imagine such a thing but the reality of waste hanging around is actually closer to reality than you might think.

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The Democratization of Innovation: A Look Inside Jeff DeGraff’s Innovator Mind

Posted: March 25, 2022

Innovation starts as an idea—a tiny seed in the garden of invention. But that seed can only take root with the proper mentality, and the right nurturer to help in grow.

So says the Dean of Innovation, Jeff DeGraff, who has achieved success in bringing innovation across industries by tackling the perceived problems at hand with a mindset for organizational development. And he’s bringing that approach to SAE International’s WCX™ World Congress Experience on April 6 in Detroit, Michigan.

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DEI Chats: WCX to tackle the Future of Mobility and How to Achieve Equitable Mobility for All

Posted: March 24, 2022

When it comes to the future of mobility, these women are making a CASE for the transformative power of technology to empower equitable access to transportation for all.

SAE International will host a women-led panel discussing connected, automated, shared, and electrified (CASE) technologies and the power they have to transform mobility as part of WCX, April 5-7, 2022, in Detroit, Michigan.

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Exoskeletons: The Bridge Between the Human Body & Robotics

Posted: March 24, 2022

Individuals from across industries are taking their mobility knowledge and applying it to the Medical Devices (MedDev) market. There are many different things that can come to mind when thinking of MedDev such as implants, surgical instruments, drug delivery and more. Exoskeletons may not be what first comes to your mind, but they probably should be, given the way experts are saying they are revolutionizing the MedDev market.

To many, exoskeletons are becoming the bridge between the human body and robots.

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Disney’s Jon Snoddy is Designing the Future at SAE International’s WCX

Posted: March 23, 2022

Jon Snoddy has told many stories through design throughout his career, and he’s getting ready to share a juicy one at SAE International’s WCX.

As the current head of Walt Disney Imagineering’s R&D, Ride Engineering, Technology, and Show Systems studios, Snoddy leads the team responsible for the tech behind Disney’s theme parks, resorts, ships, and immersive experiences. Throughout his career Snoddy has worn many hats, working as a machinist, a car mechanic, a recording engineer at NPR, founder of GameWorks LLC,, TimePlay Entertainment, and Big Stage Entertainment, and an impetus for THX at Lucasfilm. He developed the ride system for Disneyland’s Indiana Jones ™ Adventure and the Disney VR Studio.

We sat down with Snoddy ahead of his appearance at WCX to get a peak behind the curtain with this Imagineering innovator and provide a glimpse of how a little Disney magic can make its way into the wonderful world of mobility.

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DEI Chats with Women in Mobility: Rebecca Vollmann, ABB 

Posted: March 23, 2022

Rebecca Vollmann started chasing her dreams in the automotive industry as a teenager, and she hasn’t looked back since.  

“I worked as a mechanic at an auto shop in high school, and the more I worked on cars, the more I wanted to design them better,” Vollmann said.  

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AeroTech Sends Off Attendees with Mission to Embrace Trial and Error to Advance Industry

Posted: March 17, 2022

You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs, as the old adage goes. And you can’t find the solutions to tomorrow’s aviation challenges without taking some chances today.

During the third and final day of SAE International’s AeroTech, keynote speakers highlighted a focus on the future and the need for experimentation to get there.

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Industry Collaboration Theme of Keynotes as AeroTech tackles Sustainability, Advanced Air Mobility, and Space Technology

Posted: March 17, 2022

While many things about the future are uncertain, one thing we can count on is that the only way we’re going to reach it is together.

“At SAE, we’re asking ourselves, ‘How can we bring across more collaboration in these sectors in a meaningful way?’ We need to bring about a very integrated approach,” said SAE Board of Trustees President Sri Srinath in his opening remarks.

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AeroTech Shines Spotlight on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with Women-Led Keynote and Panel

Posted: March 16, 2022

The modern workforce functions better with multiple perspectives. Just ask Annabel Flores.

“Research shows that when we create an environment that is open for all employees to share their ideas and viewpoints, productivity improves,” the Raytheon Technologies President of Electronic Warfare Systems said during her IDEAL (inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility, and leadership) keynote address Wednesday at SAE International’s AeroTech.

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Changes Coming to ARP4754B and ARP4761A

Posted: March 16, 2022

On Tuesday, March 15, SAE contributors joined in a panel discussion at AeroTech® moderated by Jonathan Archer, SAE International Manager of Aerospace Standards Business Development and Outreach, to discuss upcoming changes to ARP4754 and ARP4761, commonly referred to as the Twin Pillars of Aviation.

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Building the Future of Aerospace and Enabling the Future of Mobility: Boeing and SAE share approaches to what’s next at AeroTech

Posted: March 16, 2022

Boeing's Dr. Naveed Hussain kicked off SAE International’s AeroTech for 2022 with a focus on the future of aviation—and those who keep the industry moving.

“It’s a very dynamic time in the industry, a time when we have to ask ourselves, ‘What is an aerospace engineer?’” Dr. Hussain said.

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DEI Chats with Women in Mobility: Holly Olson, Bradley University ’23

Posted: March 16, 2022

Holly Olson is a builder.

As a student at Bradley University, Holly is putting together her classes, experience with mentors, and involvement with SAE to create her own platform to success.

But before all that, she was inspired by another strong woman.

“[My sister] is three years older than me, and she earned her bachelor’s in mechanical engineering with a concentration in aerospace and is now going for a masters in material engineering. I saw and heard all the cool things she was working on, and it inspired me to do the same,” Olson said.

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Catching Up at AeroTech: 5 Minutes with Folks on the Floor

Posted: March 15, 2022

There’s so much happening at SAE International’s AeroTech 2022 (presented jointly with ASM’s AeroMat) and we’re keeping up with it all—as are our attendees! We stopped and chatted with a few to see what they’re getting from the experience so far, and their outlook on what’s to come for the world of aerospace. See what they had to say!

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DEI Chats with Women in Mobility: Heather Smith, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Posted: March 9, 2022

Heather Smith is all about paying it forward.

In her less than one year with SAE International, the Graduate Program Director and Faculty Member, Master of Engineering: Engineering Management at University of Wisconsin-Madison is already passing on wisdom to young women engineers while engaging with the industry she loves.

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DEI Chats with Women in Mobility: Allison Collins, Ford Motor Company

Posted: March 2, 2022

Allison Collins recognizes the importance of diverse voices in engineering—and works hard to make sure her own is heard.

“Research shows that diverse opinions in the workplace lead to more innovative business development as well as helping the bottom line,” the Ford Motor Company Materials Engineer said. “As the automotive industry tries to shift and become more flexible and mobility focused, the opinions of women and other minorities in the industry are more valuable than ever. As an early career woman, knowing this motivates me to gain technical expertise to be a part of those diverse voices the industry needs.”

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Your Burning On-Board Diagnostics Questions, Answered

5 minutes with CARB’s Fred Garza

Posted: March 1, 2022

As the mobility industry progresses toward a more environmentally friendly future, emission monitoring and regulations are only going to get more robust.

Understanding the on-board diagnostics (OBD) system’s functions and capabilities is becoming increasingly important, but as regulatory and standards requirements evolve, so do questions around these technologies.

We asked SAE International collaborators for their most pressing questions around what’s new in OBD and tapped Fred Garza, OBD Branch, Emissions Certification and Compliance Division for California Air Resources Board (CARB) to share his expertise.

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Meet Sri Srinath: Get to Know SAE’s New President and his Plans for SAE

Posted: February 28, 2022

When Sri Srinath walks into a room, there’s a buzzy energy that follows. Srinath knows how to lead a conversation that gets people talking, but even more so, makes them want to lean in and listen to what he has to say.  

He’s bringing that energy to SAE as President of the Board of Directors, with a vision to unite industry, with SAE at the helm as mobility professionals tackle new technologies and challenges.

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DEI Chats: Making STEM Education Accessible for All

Posted: February 23, 2022

Our AWIM partners will tell you a one-size-fits-all approach to education belongs in the past.

They say understanding a student—their personal identity, their background, their learning style—is vital to providing experiences that will prepare them for the next stages of their life.

But how does a teacher uncover and fulfill those needs?

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Leading minds at Boeing to present keynote addresses at 2022 SAE International AeroTech

Guest Post By Boeing

Posted: February 22, 2022

Boeing is proud to support the mission of bringing together the top innovators and thinkers in aerospace, during the annual SAE International AeroTech conference and exhibition. This year, as we are able to attend in person once again, Boeing will offer unique and interesting insights and information during six keynote addresses. Some of the company’s most innovative and creative minds will share their thoughts on advancing the aviation industry, during times of challenge and beyond.   

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Push the Boundaries of What’s Possible at AeroTech® 2022

Posted: February 8, 2022

AeroTech® is taking your aviation industry knowledge to a whole new level. The event happens March 15-17 in Pasadena, California.

With the rapid change and constant innovation in aerospace and defense, it is critical to connect and collaborate with industry professionals to advance technology, processes, and industry.

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Looking at ARP4754 & ARP4761: A Case Study for The Twin Pillars of Aviation Safety

Posted: February 8, 2022

In modern transportation, creating and measuring safe practices in aviation is streamlined through industry standardization—though that wasn’t always the case.

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Mentor Spotlight: Paul E. Jacobs, Environmental Compliance Consultant

Posted: January 31, 2022

Throughout the month of January, we’re recognizing members of our SAE Mentor community who share their experience and expertise with young professionals and engineering students as they shape the future of mobility.

In the early 1980s, a young Paul Jacobs was researching automotive emissions at UC Berkeley when he first encountered SAE International. His interest piqued, Jacobs quickly got involved with the organization, soon becoming a member, recruiting others to join him, publishing papers of his own, and eventually joining the SAE J1667 standards committee.

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SAE Showcase: Start Your Engines

Posted: January 28, 2022

John Lloyd's involvement with SAE International goes back to grade school. 

John shares his own personal STEM story starting with the SAE A World In Motion® (AWIM) in elementary school, to Kettering University and the Formula SAE team, to a vehicle engineer at Ford Motor Company. 

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SAE Showcase: Think you know SAE? Think again. 

Posted: January 25, 2022


Like any good organization, SAE International has a core mission driving all we do: to advance mobility knowledge and solutions for the benefit of humanity.

But what does that really mean?

We’re taking a look at who SAE International is and how we can help you during the SAE Showcase Feb. 1-2. This free online event offers a unique opportunity to learn directly from SAE leaders on their plans to facilitate innovation through new projects and initiatives in 2022.

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White House Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy outlines U.S. plan to transition to EV at SAE International’s Government/Industry Meeting

Posted: January 25, 2022

Electric vehicles (EVs) are the future, and the U.S is looking for leaders to bring that future home, said White House Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy at SAE International’s Government/Industry Meeting last Wednesday.

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Mentor Spotlight: Andrea Strzelec, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Posted: January 24, 2022

Throughout the month of January, we’re recognizing members of our SAE Mentor community who share their experience and expertise with young professionals and engineering students as they shape the future of mobility.

Andrea Strzelec has always been a champion of the curious mind. She first became involved with SAE as a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UWM) where she connected with peers who shared her automotive passions, and now 19 years later, she’s passing on the knowledge she’s gained during that time in her current role as Program Director, Master of Engineering in Engine Systems Program & Associate Research Scientist at UWM and a mentor in SAE’s mentoring program.

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Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm Talks SAE’s Role in EV Future During Government/Industry Meeting

Posted: January 21, 2022

As SAE International kicks off 2022 with its critical Government/Industry Meeting, one member of the presidential cabinet is touting the organization’s importance to the future of transportation in America.

“I know that SAE International and the Department of Energy really have a valued partnership that goes back for over two decades,” said Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm during the event’s opening keynote session. “And I know that in that time, our program offices and our national labs have worked with you to develop standards that we’re still using today to keep our transportation sector secure and the American people safe. This is a really important relationship not just for the DOE, but for the entire country.”

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SAE International leading conversations at Transformative Vertical Flight Conference 

Posted: January 21, 2022

SAE International will support and participate at the Vertical Flight Society’s (VFS) Transformative Vertical Flight Conference Jan. 25-27 in San Jose, California. The event provides a forum to advance new vertical flight concepts and technologies. SAE is honored to be a sponsor of this event.

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Students Race for Gold at the Virtual JetToy Competition Supported by Kia Georgia

Posted: January 21 2022

At the end of every year, children excitedly anticipate school breaks, snow days and holiday traditions, but added to that list for nearly 500 elementary students this December was SAE International’s Virtual JetToy Competition

Sponsored by Kia Georgia, the signature culminating activity of SAE’s A World In Motion® (AWIM®) program brought together students from 17 schools in Georgia, Alabama and this year, an ENCU affiliated bilingual school in China. Students, supported by teachers and volunteers, squared off in the friendly competition with balloon-powered toy cars that met specific performance criteria on distance, accuracy and creativity.

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DEI Chats: Vehicle Accessibility for the Visually Impaired

Posted: January 18, 2022

Across the globe, more than 2.2 billion people deal with some form of visual impairment, according to the World Health Organization. For those dealing with vision impairment, traveling can become anything from a nuisance to a full-on nightmare, depending on the availability of accessible public transportation, ridesharing or ridesourcing, or reliable family or friends who can help facilitate transportation. The hurdles folks with visual impairment or other disabilities face when trying to simply get from point A to point B can be frustrating and feel dehumanizing as they become dependent on these systems that are not always a reliable or efficient resource.

As the automotive industry moves toward an autonomous future, those in the visually impaired community stand to reap some of the greatest benefits from an investment in this technology, giving them back their independence and agency to get around, especially those living in car-dependent communities.

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Mentor Spotlight: Jay Zhou, Ph.D., JHZ Strategic QA

Posted: January 17, 2022

Throughout the month of January, we’re recognizing members of our SAE Mentor community who share their experience and expertise with young professionals and engineering students as they shape the future of mobility.

In his more than 17 years as a member of SAE International, Jay Zhou, Ph.D., has accomplished quite a bit. Throughout his career, Zhou has the opportunity to interface with industry leaders as one himself. During his professional journey, Zhou worked with the Ford Motor Company for 28 years where he ascended to Vice President of China and Asia Pacific Quality and New Model Programs, growing a professional network through his SAE International connections, and eventually becoming a mentor to young professionals—and that all started with an SAE mentor of his own.

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Mentor Spotlight: Michele Kaiser, John Deere

Posted: January 10, 2022

Throughout the month of January, we’re recognizing members of our SAE Mentor community who share their experience and expertise with young professionals and engineering students as they shape the future of mobility.

Michele Kaiser has had a lot of opportunity to grown in her career since her days as a student member of the SAE chapter at University of Dayton. Now Business Development Manager at John Deere, Kaiser has been finding ways to pass on her expertise and know-how as a mentor through her SAE International membership.

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DEI Chats: Scholarships and Equitable Access to Education Opportunities

Posted: December 29, 2021

Each month, SAE International is having honest conversations with our members, volunteers, and employees about diversity, equity, and inclusion in the world of mobility. We reflect with our partners on how their identity has shaped their experience in the field and how we can work toward a more equitable and inclusive future.

This month, we sat down with SAE’s  Nicol Lachimia, Awards, Scholarships, and Events Associate, to talk about equitable access to education, and how SAE is fostering opportunity for students from or seeking to support low-income communities.

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Autonomous Trucking, Supply Chain Woes, and Infrastructure: Torc Robotics Weighs In on crucial topics ahead of SAE Government/Industry Meeting

Posted: December 21, 2021

The holiday season has emphasized stresses for many as they prepare for family gatherings and gift exchanges, but the brightest spotlight has fallen over the global supply chain issues that have been amplified by the pandemic.

Shipping delays and inflation brought on by a shortage of truck drivers unable to deliver goods show no signs of going away any time soon, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Mobility innovators are hard at work trying to crack autonomous trucking, which would provide some much-needed relief to these supply chain woes. Still, there’s the questions of road safety, and how such technology would work within the larger transportation infrastructure of the United States and other countries.

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An Inside Look at the Next Evolution of Vehicle Safety Systems

Posted: December 14, 2021

Something big is happening in the automotive industry, and we’re here for it. Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) — combined with regulatory, consumer and societal pressures — are driving the shift to a whole new level of vehicle connectivity and safety performance.

A live roundtable from the 2021 WCX Digital Summit tackled this exciting topic head-on. Led by moderator John Waraniak, CEO and Co-Founder of Have Blue, the Next-Generation Safety Performance: Safety is the New Horsepower session featured a notable panel of thought leaders and influencers from across the industry, who discussed the key safety takeaways in mobility to keep an eye on over the coming decade.

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Come along for the RIDE: SAE digital events provide flexible and free opportunities to stay updated on mobility innovations

Posted: December 10, 2020

When SAE was founded in the early 1900s, its first president, Andrew Riker, and vice president, Henry Ford, had a vision to advance mobility knowledge and solutions for the benefit of humanity. Riker and Ford were forward thinking innovators and probably wouldn’t be surprised to hear that more than 100 years later, their vision lives on, as SAE serves as a leader in connecting and educating mobility professionals to constantly improve mobility technology around the world. They might, however, be amazed to learn how that’s being done—and the new branches of technology that SAE has extended to even beyond mobility.

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DEI Chats: Native American Heritage Month and A World In Motion

Posted: Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Each month, SAE International is having honest conversations with our members, volunteers, and employees about diversity, equity, and inclusion in the world of mobility. We reflect with our partners on how their identity has shaped their experience in the field and how we can work toward a more equitable and inclusive future.

This month, we sat down with educator partners Rae Herman, Beau Herman, Evelyn Bigby, and Mary Ellen Earnhardt to discuss their experience incorporating SAE International’s A World In Motion (AWIM) program through their work with Native American students from reservation communities in Montana and Oregon. They talk about the ways personal experience and culture come into play in the classroom, why representation in education matters, and how AWIM brings equitable access to STEM education for different types of learners.

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Diversity, Inclusion, and Innovation: How SAE International’s Tools Are Aiding in Cummins Inc. Success

Posted: November 19, 2021

In our modern workforce, it has become more apparent how integral diversity, equity and inclusion are to cultivating an environment of success where employees can thrive. Savvy employers recognize that celebrating and supporting a host of different backgrounds strengthens their business, making room for growth as these diverse perspectives breed new, innovative ideas—and as forward-thinkers, SAE International and its partners push for this shift across the mobility industry.

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Blockchain Can Save Lives

Posted: November 16, 2021

By Raman Venkatesh, Chief Operating Officer, SAE International

From the early days of the cryptocurrency, bitcoin has been steadily growing and now has become somewhat mainstream, with even a recently launched exchange-traded fund (in addition to several trading platforms and financial instruments). With this rapid growth, it should be no surprise that financial technology (“fintech”) became a pioneering application of blockchain; it is estimated that over 8 million Americans own bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies, making it the most popular application of blockchain technology.

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Move with Mobilus: Meet an Expert, Urban Air Mobility with Anna Dietrich

Posted: November 11, 2021

Watch the Move with SAE Mobilus October guest speaker replay, featuring Anna Dietrich, industry expert in the urban air mobility and eVTOL industries. Learn about her contributions to the SAE EDGE Research Reports and her recent title, Unsettled Issues Regarding the Certification of Electric Aircraft.

Watch the full conversion and make plans to join us for the next Move with Mobilus Webinar taking place Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. EDT.

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Evolution of the Vehicle Architecture: What’s Next?

Posted: November 9, 2021

Domain consolidation has long been a concept just around the corner for the mobility industry. But we’re only now reaching a turning point that requires new thinking about what the E/E architecture of a vehicle should look like for the future. At the recent 2021 WCX Digital Summit, the Evolution of the Vehicle Architecture roundtable discussion explored the speed and scope at which these changes will happen. Here are some of the key takeaways.

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Dr. Sven Beiker to lead AV capabilities panel at Autonomous Technologies Summit

Posted: November 1, 2021

Automated vehicles are closer than ever to wide commercial availability, but we’ve only just begun to explore all their capabilities. With advances in technology including LiDAR, radar and camera sensor updates, it’s time to start thinking about all the ways these vehicles can potentially benefit our communities in addition to the reduced accident risk, improved traffic flow, and lower transportation costs that we’ve already seen.

During Fierce Electronics’ virtual Autonomous Technologies Summit, this November 8-9, Sven Beiker, Managing Director of Silicon Valley Mobility and External Advisor for SAE International, will lead the conversation assessing the full potential of autonomous vehicles on behalf of SAE International.

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Data and the Connected Vehicle: The Holy Grail?

Posted: Friday, October 8, 2021

Imagine all vehicles on the road — both old and new — linked through a high-speed, low-latency connection to a smart, powerful infrastructure. This vision of the future is radically changing the way we think about infrastructure and the role it plays in the collection, analysis and delivery of data to and from the vehicle.

During the recent 2021 WCX Digital Summit, industry thought leaders came together to explore this topic during the session “Is Data and the Connected Vehicle the Holy Grail or a Panacea?” In part two of our series, we break down some of the discussion highlights from the insightful WCX Leadership Summit.

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DEI Chats: Myra Blanco, Director of Advancement, Partnerships & Outreach, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Each month, SAE International is having honest conversations with our members, volunteers, and employees about diversity, equity, and inclusion in the world of mobility. We reflect with our partners on how their identity has shaped their experience in the field and how we can work toward a more equitable and inclusive future.

This month, we sat down with Director of Advancement, Partnerships & Outreach at Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), Myra Blanco, Ph.D.

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SAE and BorgWarner: Advancing Diversity in STEM Across the Globe

Posted: Friday, October 1, 2021

Access to STEM education impacts students in every community around the globe. Over the next two years, our SAE Foundation, together with BorgWarner’s PowerDrive Systems business unit, will bring the A World In Motion® (AWIM) Fuel Cell Challenge STEM curriculum to middle school students in eight countries with new translated materials and classrooms being supported by local BorgWarner volunteers. 
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Solving the Challenge of Vehicle Noise 

Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2021

For our September installment of Move with SAE Mobilus, we were joined by Dr. Pranab Saha, Principal Consultant, Kolano & Saha Engineers, Inc., who shared insights from his new SAE book, “Acoustical Materials, Solving the Challenge of Vehicle Noise.” The conversation looked at key areas: What is acoustics? What is noise? How is sound measured? 

Watch the full conversion and make plans to join us for the next Move with Mobilus Webinar taking place Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. EDT.

Jonathan Archer to Lead New Standards Development for SAE Aerospace Standards 

Posted: Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Jonathan Archer has joined the organization as the Aerospace Standards Business Development & Outreach Manager, based in Washington, D.C. In this new role, Jonathan will provide a dedicated focus on new standards development for the organization, overseeing a team dedicated to engaging and supporting the diverse aerospace industry: addressing near-term and future needs for standards to advance technology, maintain integrity and safety, and support certification.

David Alexander, our director of aerospace standards, noted: “We are delighted to bring Jonathan on board with SAE International. He is a great addition to the team and for the organization, and his experience and expertise will enhance our role in building consensus among the aviation stakeholder community, developing standards and harnessing thought leadership to shape an innovative and sustainable future of flight.”

Jonathan brings three decades of experience to his new role. Most recently, he was the director of engineering & airworthiness at GAMA. In that role, he developed a deep understanding of the role of standards in industry and regulation as well as where we have opportunities in key current and future spaces. His career has also taken him through roles with Booz Allen Hamilton, Hawker Beechcraft, Raytheon and BAE Systems in the UK.

Systems Engineering: Fueling a Powertrain Revolution

Posted: Monday, September 13, 2021

As the development of vehicle electrification systems becomes more complex, there is a greater urgency to assess the impact that electric consumables have on internal combustion engine (ICE) and electric vehicle (EV) performance. “The Criticality of a Systems Approach to Today’s Propulsion Environment” roundtable talk at the 2021 WCX Digital Summit explored the challenges and tradeoffs. The panel included several notable executives familiar with the applications and management of electrification on battery and powertrain/propulsion systems. 

We are breaking down some of the discussion highlights from the insightful WCX Leadership Summit. This is the first in the series.

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STEM Contest Keeps Students Engaged During Pandemic

Posted: Wednesday, September 1, 2021

In any normal year students would flock to STEM competitions, looking for opportunities to keep their minds growing. From science and history bowls, to robotics competitions and math challenges, COVID-19 dramatically limited their ability to compete.
When parents and students found the Chowdhury STEM Innovation Contest, the flexible format immediately resonated.

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One-on-One with Noise and Vibration Conference Keynote Dr. Pranab Saha

Published: Wednesday, August 25, 2021

In advance of our 2021 Noise and Vibration Conference & Exhibition (September 7-10, 2021, in Grand Rapids, Mich., and online), keynote presenter, Dr. Pranab Saha, the principal consultant at Kolano and Saha Engineers, Inc., discussed the important role that volunteering with SAE International has played in his career. Dr. Saha’s lifelong support of SAE is being recognized with the prestigious SAE Ralph K. Hillquist NVH Lifetime Achievement. 

Dr. Saha recently published a new book, “Acoustical Materials: Solving the Challenge of Vehicle Noise,” which is available now.

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The Future of Additive Manufacturing 

Posted: Wednesday, August 18, 2021

For our July installment of Move with SAE Mobilus, we were joined by two dynamic industry leaders: Eliana Fu, Industry Manager TRUMPF NA, and Dr. Kevin Slattery, Principal ADDvisor, The Barnes Global Advisors, who shared their insights on the future of additive manufacturing. Watch the full conversion and make plans to join us for the next Move with Mobilus Webinar taking place Wednesday, September 15th 2021, at 11:00 a.m. EDT.

SAE AS6500A™, Filling the Critical Need for Standardization in Manufacturing Management Operations 

Posted: Thursday, August 5, 2021

The defense industry has long identified a need for improvement and standardization in manufacturing requirements for the defense industrial base. Enter SAE AS6500A™: Manufacturing Management Program, an updated commercial standard providing best practices for manufacturing management that encourages consistent best practices throughout the defense industrial base.

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One-on-One with Toyota’s Koichi Nakata

Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2021

In advance of our 2021 Powertrains, Fuels and Lubricants Digital Summit (September 28-30, 2021), keynote presenter, Koichi Nakata, the general manager of Toyota’s advanced powertrain planning & management division, shared some exclusive insight into what led him to a career in advanced powertrain planning, engine thermal efficiency enhancement and future fuels.

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SAE A World In Motion® Wins Prestigious SIIA CODiE Award 2021 

Posted: Tuesday, July 15, 2021

The mission of the A World In Motion® (AWIM®) PreK-8 STEM program to engage students with hands-on learning that forges a path of lifelong learning and discovery was further affirmed as the SIIA CODiE 2021 Awards named AWIM the "Best Foundational Technology/ Engineering (STEM) Instructional Solution." 

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SAE International and GM Declare a Year 4 Winner of the AutoDrive Challenge™

Posted: Friday, July 9, 2021

The University of Toronto was announced as the overall year four winner of the AutoDrive Challenge™, during a recent virtual ceremony. With a combined score of 370.38, the University of Toronto came out on top after remaining steadfast in their goal of developing an SAE J3016™ Standard Level 4 autonomous vehicle (AV).

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Pooja Chaudhari to Lead New Mobility Efforts at SAE International

Posted: Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Pooja Chaudhari has joined the organization as the Head of New Mobility, based out of Silicon Valley. In her new role, she is helping integrate the organization’s shared mobility efforts with micromobility, automation and connectivity into industry roadmaps. She will liaise with public sector agencies at different levels and contribute to establishing accelerated and modern standards as applicable to the new mobility industry. 

Additionally, she is serving as the Director of the Mobility Data Collaborative (MDC)—a multi-sector forum where mobility partners gather to establish a framework for mobility data sharing. Her leadership will promote the MDC’s mission and vision of leveraging mobility data to promote safe, equitable, and livable streets for all.

As an active transportation and shared mobility advocate, she is enthusiastic about sustainable, equitable and inclusive urban landscapes. Her experience in both private and public sectors as well as transportation research institutes helps position the organization at the intersection of innovation, policy and design.

SAE AS13100 – The NEW Industry Standard for Quality

Posted: Friday, June 11, 2021

For our May installment of Move with SAE Mobilus, we were joined by two dynamic leaders from GE Aviation: Barbara Negroe, executive supplier quality leader, and Larry Bennett, principal engineer supplier quality. Throughout the conversation, Negroe and Bennett dive into SAE AS13100, an exciting new standard that creates a common language for quality throughout the supply chain.

Watch the full conversion and make plans to join us for the next Move with Mobilus Webinar taking place Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. EDT to learn more about the SAE Aerospace Journal, upcoming Special Issues and 2021 focus.

SAE A World In Motion® Named SIIA Education Technology 2021 CODiE Award Finalist 

Posted: Friday, June 4, 2021

Proving once again the importance of bringing STEM concepts to life—whether its in or out of the classroom—to help set students on a path of lifelong learning and discovery, the A World In Motion® (AWIM) PreK-8 STEM education program was named a finalist for the 2021 SIIA CODiE Awards in the “Best Foundational Technology/ Engineering (STEM) Instructional Solution” category. AWIM was honored as one of 152 finalists across the 42 education technology categories.

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Students Race for Gold at the Virtual JetToy Competition Supported by Kia Georgia

Posted: Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Laughs and cheers filled classrooms, hallways and gymnasiums last week as balloon-powered toy cars raced across the floor. Nearly 600 elementary students from nine schools in Georgia and Alabama had fun competing in the first Virtual JetToy Competition

Read the full article for the list of winning teams.

New SAE CS-STEM Program Teaches Young Learners Online Safety 

Posted: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Nearly 93% of people in households with school-age children engaged in some form of “distance learning” from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. This unexpected and rapid shift to online learning only underscores the critical need to teach young learners about online etiquette and digital citizenship.

Understanding those trends, we have launched Navigating the Digital Universe, the latest STEM curriculum from our nationally recognized A World In Motion® PreK-8 STEM program. The interactive program is designed to teach elementary students learn how to interact and engage with technology and the digital world in a positive, responsible way. 

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SAE Levels of Driving Automation™ Refined for Clarity and International Audience

Posted: Monday, May 3, 2021

The SAE Levels of Driving Automation™ continues to inform the evolution of driving automation. The latest update to the SAE J3016™ Recommended Practice was announced today and adds several new terms, refines and clarifies concepts that have been misunderstood by readers of the previous version, and restructures some definitions into more logical groupings.

Learn more about the updates to the industry’s most-cited driving automation recommended practice and check out the latest graphic here.

EdTech Awards 2021 Recognizes SAE PreK-8 STEM Programs

Posted: Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Finalists and winners for The EdTech Cool Tool Awards 2021 have been announced, with SAE STEM@Home™ chosen “Best Parent/Student Solution” and “Best STEM Solution” finalist, and SAE’s A World In Motion (AWIM) STEM education program named a “Best Skills (21st Century Skills) Solution” finalist. 

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The Road Forward: More Conversations with Women in Automotive Industry

Posted: Tuesday, April 27, 2021

This month we were thrilled to speak with Carla Bailo, CEO of the Center for Automotive Research, and Terry Barclay, CEO of Inforum during our April installment of Move with SAE Mobilus. As two authors of a new SAE book, The Road Forward (April 2021), our insightful conversion with these female leaders was focused on the industry’s push towards diversity, equity, and inclusion and how these efforts encourage increased innovation and global sustainability. 

Watch the full conversion and make plans to join us for the next Move with Mobilus Webinar taking place  Wednesday, May 19th, 2021 at 11 am EST to learn more about the SAE AS13100, The New Aerospace Industry Standard for Quality.

“We can’t underestimate the importance of role models. There’s an incredible talent pipeline issue in technology-focused fields and a need to elevate and celebrate more diverse voices if we are going to be successful in attracting the next generation.” -Terry Barclay, CEO Inforum

Meet the 10 Collegiate Teams Set for the AutoDrive Challenge II

Posted: Thursday, April 15, 2021

Earlier this week, we, along with our partner GM, announced the 10 collegiate teams set to compete in the AutoDrive Challenge™ II. Over the three-year autonomous vehicle competition, the teams will be tasked with developing and deploying an SAE J3016™ Standard Level 4 autonomous driving passenger vehicle.

The university teams selected to participate are: Kettering University, Michigan Technological University, North Carolina A&T State University, The Ohio State University, Penn State University, Texas A&M University, University of Toronto, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Queens University and Virginia Tech.

Watch the official video announcement and meet the teams. 

What Will it Take to Create a Smart City?

Posted: Thursday, April 8, 2021

In order for mobility to reach the next level with truly connected infrastructure, many traditional and nontraditional institutions will have to come together. While OEMs and mobility engineering will continue to drive the industry forward with innovative vehicles and technology, it’s also likely that regulators and local leaders will step into new roles. To accomplish these synergies, standards will be become mission critical within all sectors of the government when interacting with the smart cities ecosystem and private industries. 

We recently sat down with Sean Gouda, business development manager for electrification at DTE, to get his take on the future of connected cites. 

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Women Moving Mobility Innovation Forward

Posted: Monday, March 29, 2021

Listen in as a panel of women leaders from across mobility, including published authors from our two newly released books, "The Road Forward: More Conversations with Top Women in the Automotive Industry​​​​​" and "Flight Paths to Success: Career Insights from Women Leaders in Aerospace," discuss their approaches for leading teams to create innovative products based upon consumer demand and a need for safer more efficient vehicles.

For continued insight, the WCX World Congress Experience Digital Summit is where you’ll overcome mobility’s biggest hurdles from developmental timelines for autonomous vehicles and new technologies to global supply chain constraints impacting the automotive industry.

Register for #WCX here.

It Takes Deliberate Action to Provoke Any Measurable Change: A Conversation with Kathy Elliott of Rolls-Royce

Posted: Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Continuing our celebration of Women’s History Month, we spoke with Kathryn Elliott, Global Lead SME at Rolls-Royce, for a conversation on the importance of female representation, mentoring, and why her path is just one of many that women can follow in the aerospace industry. Kathryn is a dedicated supporter of SAE, serving as the Chair of the SAE E-32 Aerospace Propulsion System Health Management committee and offering her career insights as a contributor in our “Flight Paths to Success: Career Insights from Women Leaders in Aerospace” book. 

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SAE International 2020 Annual Report Highlights Year's Successes

Posted: Friday, March 5, 2021

2020 was an unprecedented year. As we focus on today and our commitment to prioritizing the health and safety of our members, customers, partners and staff, we also want to look back to embrace and celebrate the successes that we were able to achieve together in 2020. To recognize many of these outstanding efforts, we are proud to release the SAE International 2020 Annual Report.

Some of the highlights of the 2020 Annual Report include:

  • An organizational shift to a “digital first” approach.
  • The release of a revolutionary, first-of-its-kind system digital standards product.
  • The launch of a new podcast that convenes leading industry voices.
  • The expansion and evolution of educational programming and learning opportunities online.


Flight Paths to Success: Celebrating the Women of Aerospace

Posted: Friday, February 26, 2021

As an early kickoff to Women’s History Month in March, we took a look at some of the most influential women making an impact on the aerospace industry. In conjunction with the launch of the new SAE book, “Flight Paths to Success: Career Insights from Women Leaders in Aerospace,” Brenda Mitchell and Rhonda Walthall, the book’s authors, sat down for the latest installment of Move with SAE Mobilus® to discuss their goals with the new book, their roles in aerospace leadership and their thoughts on the importance of mentorship in the aerospace industry.

“Flight Paths to Success” profiles the personal journeys of 33 women who have been, and continue to be, successful in aviation, space and academia. The book is relevant for women at all stages in their careers by providing real-world experiences to demonstrate how to take charge of one’s career. The book’s contributors offer poignant insights on such topics as personal career insights, work-life balance, mentorship/sponsorship, avoiding a career stall and powering through challenging situations.

Our next Move with SAE Mobilus webinar will take place on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. EST, featuring Kristen Tabar from Toyota Motor North America to discuss the SAE WCX Digital Summit. We hope you can join us for that conversation.

The Biggest Issues Impacting Mobility in 2021

Posted: Friday, February 19, 2021

The advancements in mobility continue to push forward, as engineers and researchers, many from their homes, drive the development and adoption of innovative solutions. 

As the global leader in connecting and educating engineers for the advancement automotive and commercial vehicle engineering, we will be hosting the 2021 WCX™ World Congress Experience Digital Summit. Discover some of the technologies and ideas set to be discussed at this year's event.

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McLaren Engines Roars onto the SAE Tomorrow Today Podcast

Posted: Monday, February 15, 2021

The McLaren Engine, known to gearheads for its legendary power and performance in such classic cars as the Delorean, the Diamondback Viper and the Pontiac Grand Prix Turbo, just to name a few. That rich history came to life on our latest episode of the SAE Tomorrow Today podcast as we spoke with Wiley R. McCoy, retired CEO and technical advisor to McLaren Engineering, and Roger S. Meiners, technical advisor and author of SAE’s McLaren: The Engine Company book, to discuss how the legacy of McLaren engineering and racing lives on. 

Hear the stories of how the precision, process, hard work and discipline of developing and creating McLaren’s turbo-charged racing engines attracted manufacturers and influenced the production industry and hear first-hand what it was like to work on some of the world’s most impressive automotive marvels from the people who worked on them. 

The episode, which can be listened to here, is the perfect compendium to the visually stunning McLaren: The Engine Company book, now available for purchase

Expanding the Scope of Mobility

Posted: Tuesday, February 9, 2021

We pride ourselves on being the mobility organization. Over the past century, we have consistently evolved our views on mobility as the modes—and the supporting industries—have evolved. As we look to what’s next for mobility, it is critical to identify the most impactful technologies. Our Chief Operating Officer, Raman Venkatesh, provides insight on how we are expanding the scope of mobility and focus areas to include emerging adjacent technologies, and what that means for the future of mobility.

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New SAE International Brand Video Highlights Our Impact on Mobility

Posted: Friday, February 5, 2021

For over a century, we have stood alongside industry and have witnessed the continual evolution of transportation connect cities and people. In 2021, the SAE mission remains the same – to advance the gift of mobility and ensure the safest, cleanest and most accessible solutions reach the global marketplace.

We are launching a series of brand videos highlighting our contributions to the world and impact on the future of mobility. Watch our new brand video.

SAE: Where We Went & Where We Are Moving

Posted: Monday, February 1, 2021

What were some of the biggest challenges that SAE faced in 2020 and how did we address them? Even during this unprecedented year, we were able to transform our business model to achieve significant successes: We conducted eight virtual events, including WCX, Aerotech and COMVEC, held 255 virtual training classes and published 1,119 new or revised SAE standards. To put that into perspective, in 2019, we published 1,300 new or revised standards, so momentum was maintained in 2020, even in the face of a global pandemic. 

During this month’s installment of Move with SAE Mobilus, David Kurywchak, our vice president of sales and service, was interviewed by our sales manager Amy Shreckengost, to recap 2020 and look ahead at what to expect in 2021 in terms of SAE publications, events, professional development and guest speaker topics. 

Our next Move with SAE Mobilus webinar will take place on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. EST. We hope you can join us for that conversation.

Mazda’s Top 4 Priorities in 2021

Posted: Wednesday, January 26, 2021

In advance of our 2021 Government/Industry Digital Summit (February 2-3, 2021), Jennifer Morrison, Manager of Vehicle Safety Compliance at Mazda, shared an exclusive overview of the Mazda philosophy and four topics of priority for their team moving forward into the new year.

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Revolutionary SAE OnQue Digital Standards System Launched Today

Posted: Monday, January 25, 2021

Today, we officially launched the SAE OnQue™ Digital Standards System, a first-of-its-kind system that delivers our expansive library of engineering standards digitally. A system of cloud-based, actionable standards data, OnQue helps engineers and manufacturers to simplify product development processes by: 

  • Helping maintain data integrity  
  • Reducing process complexity 
  • Digitally connecting standards to the products and processes on which they are based

Take a walkthrough of this new product to see how digital standards have evolved to support digital thread initiatives in a trusted format that supports data transfer.

Remote Learning Fuels New STEM Experience for Eighth Graders in Detroit Public Schools

Posted: Thursday, January 14, 2021

Remote learning has caused countless challenges for students. It also created a unique opportunity for eighth graders in Detroit Public Schools Community District, who were exposed to computer science for the first time through our A World In Motion (AWIM) STEM program. 

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SAE Tomorrow Today Recaps the Most Compelling Topics of 2020

Posted: Wednesday, December 30, 2020

To close out the SAE Tomorrow Today podcast’s first year of powerful conversations with leaders and innovators across the mobility landscape, we’re looking back on some of the most compelling episodes, while exploring new issues and topics as we move into the new year. Our three-part 2020 Recap series kicked off last week with “Navigating The Path to Profitability,” featuring conversations with Gatik AI, Penske and Chipotle. This week, we dropped “Engineers Are Transforming the World Around Us,” including PPG, DeepMap, Cruise and Argo AI. We wrap up the series next week with “How Aerospace Innovation Takes Flight” and conversations with Siemens Digital Industries Software, Uber Elevate and Aerion. 

Listen to the SAE Tomorrow Today Recap Series, as well as the entire library of episodes at: Don’t forget to subscribe to stay up to date on all the latest episodes in 2021.

Interconnectivity: What lies beneath the aviation ecosystem that we can’t see or touch?

Posted: Wednesday, December 23, 2020

“If all systems had different standards, would they still be able to connect? And would all of them have the same concerns regarding cybersecurity?”

What are some of the challenges we face in the standardization in cybersecurity and how are our committees tackling them? During this month’s installation of Move with SAE Mobilus, we spoke with Kirsten Koepsel: highly decorated scholar, SAE Author, Standards Developer, Professional Instructor and G-32 Committee Member. Drawing from knowledge gained from attaining multiple law degrees, a 20-year tenure in aviation engineering, production support, research, manufacturing assistance and policy, and 15 years of experience focused on cybersecurity, Koespel offers a unique perspective that sheds light on the key needs, issues, and processes that are necessary to ensure secure operations. Listen in as Koespel talks us through the innerworkings of the aviation ecosystem and points out risks to data security and threats to privacy law.

Join us for our next Move with SAE Mobilus webinar on January 20, 2021 at 11:00AM EST.

3 Trends in Aerospace Standards in 2021

Posted: Friday, December 18, 2020

As we close out 2020 and look ahead to 2021, what are the top trends facing the aerospace standards community? Experts from our aerospace standards development group convened to discuss where their attention will focus in the new year.

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Educating Consumers on ADAS at CES 2021

Posted: Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Vehicle technology has advanced rapidly through the years. With new functions and features in cars, educating consumers—and engineers—on industry terms can help them better understand their vehicles and lead to safer, smarter driving. We shared some insights on this critical discussion that will take place during the Connect2Car@CES Digital Summit on January 14, part of the CES Partner Programming. 

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Helping Science and Engineering Work Together: An SAE/ExxonMobil Case Study 

Posted: Friday, December 11, 2020 

Through science, we aim to answer the “why” and through engineering we find and apply solutions. But the art of communicating results ultimately determines a technology’s market impact. 

In a recent case study, we dove into the history of ExxonMobil and explored the success story of two trailblazers, Mike Ragomo, Products Operations & Testing Dept. Head, R&D, and Steve Kennedy, Senior Research Chemist. In the 1990s they recognized opportunity for the advancement of lubricant technology that could lead to better engine protection in commercial applications. Steve’s task was to formulate new products and Mike’s was to prove their performance in real world applications. By establishing a partnership with a freight hauling company, they were able to put their synthetic lubricant formulations to an “on-the-street” test. Efficacy was proven through rigorous testing, and the two men determined to communicate their work with industry by publishing a technical paper that would be presented at the SAE International Fuels & Lubricants Meeting in 1995. A collaboration now part of the fabric of product development has made way for a global synthetic lubricant market valued at more than four billion U.S. dollars and is growing at a five percent annual rate. This story serves as a testament to the process of recognizing a need, developing a solution, and finding a way to successfully communicate the technology. 

Access the full case study here. 

“SAE promotes an environment where people can collaborate on product information that not only drives the technology, but also the science behind the technology.” 

-- Mike Ragomo, Products Operations & Testing Department Head, Research & Development Operations at ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company 

Unsettled Cybersecurity: What does the regulatory landscape of aviation cybersecurity look like?

Posted: Monday, November 30, 2020

What are the next focal points we can expect from cybersecurity research publications and why are the forward-looking topics detailed in the SAE EDGE™ Research Reports so important to the industry today? During our monthly installment of Move with SAE Mobilus®, Aharon David, Co-Founder and Partner at AFUZION-InfoSec, joined us for a deep dive into the current sets of regulatory documents and their effects on the aviation sector. As an aerospace engineer and Information Systems/Technology-Management MBA with nearly four decades of hands-on experience, David combined perspectives from technology, business, management, civilian and defense, and passenger and UAS aviation development and certification. We tapped into his expertise to review how cybersecurity is affecting the entire aviation ecosystem: the issues, the gaps, inherent dilemmas, and methodological uncertainties. 

Listen in to the full conversation on aviation cybersecurity and join us for our next Move with SAE Mobilus webinar on December 16th at 11:00 a.m. EST, where we will continue our conversation on the future of cybersecurity.

Exploring why 'Data management matters' in Aerospace Manufacturing

Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Industry progress has challenged the way we use and apply standards in the digital era. Audra Ziegenfuss, our director of new product development & portfolio management, wrote an article for Aerospace Manufacturing magazine that explores this important shift and looks at how best to integrate digital standards into modern aircraft development.

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SAE and GM’s AutoDrive Challenge™ Crowns a Year 3 Winning Team

Posted: Friday, November 20, 2020

The third year of SAE International and General Motors' AutoDrive Challenge™ competition looked a bit different from the two preceding years. Following four rigorous days of competition, the University of Toronto was crowned the AutoDrive Challenge Year 3 winner, amassing a total of 895.00 team points. From September 28-October 1, 2020, teams presented virtually to a panel of industry volunteers who scored the competition based on a series of presentations, written reports and a dynamic validation of system testing. 

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SAE Names Top Contributor for 2020 

Posted: Thursday, November 19, 2020

At our core, contributors are essential for allowing us to achieve our goals and promote our mission. With more than 60,000 contributors lending their expertise on standards development, event preparation and execution, student and professional education, and technical content, choosing a single contributor as the Top Contributor of the Year is no simple task. 

Earlier this week, during a virtual gathering to celebrate the accomplishments of the 26 contributors who were selected as part of the 2020 SAE Contributor of the Year class, the top contributor was announced. The 2020 Top Contributor of the Year is Dean Case. 

Get to Know Dean Case 

Arguably the most active member of SAE’s Southern California Section, Dean has his hands on every aspect of the section’s activities—from planning the agendas and booking venues to engaging with local student chapters and recruiting new board officers.  

An inspiring mentor for students and young professionals… 

  • Presented to students and young professionals at the 2019 WCX™ World Congress Experience 
  • Spoke to mechanical engineering students at Carnegie Mellon University as part of SAE’s Student University Recruitment Tour 
  • Featured participant in SAE’s online Mentor Mixer series 
  • The most requested presenter in SAE’s Industrial Lecture Series program 

For Dean, volunteering with SAE is a 52 weeks per year job. Congratulations to Dean Case, a tremendous ambassador who works tirelessly to support SAE International.  

Explore, Build and Investigate with SAE STEM@Home

Posted: Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Sail: a piece of material extended on a mast to catch the wind and propel a boat.

Do you like to swim, snorkel, find shells and ride on boats? Do you know how sailboats propel themselves across the ocean? In partnership with Babble Dabble Do, we have a great program to empower and enable students and parents alike to learn about the way things move. 

Let’s start with a skimmer

For more than 30 years, our A World In Motion® (AWIM) STEM programs have been providing hands-on #STEM experiences in classrooms around the globe. With our PreK-8 SAE STEM@Home resources, learners of all ages can access fun and enriching activities that spark imagination and inspire innovation. 

SAE Eaton Case Study

Developing Mobility Engineers for a Demanding Future: An SAE/Eaton Case Study 

Posted: Thursday, November 5, 2020

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. will need to fill over 140,000 new engineering jobs by 2026. Couple this with a Society of Human Resource Management forecast of a 27% drop in manufacturing sector employees due to retirement in the next decade, and the problem begins to come into focus. 

We recently conducted a case study, in partnership with Dr. Jim McCarthy, Jr., Chief Engineer of Vehicle Technology and Innovation at Eaton, where we reviewed the tools and resources he finds to be most effective in building and maintaining the technical talent pipeline. 

“SAE has so many tools to offer, so several times per year I can find something in almost any country where we can meet work objectives. Their networking ability is second to none.”– Jim McCarthy, Chief Engineer, Eaton 

Access the full study here. 

Aerospace Industry

A Post COVID-19 View from the Aerospace Industry

Posted: Thursday, October 29, 2020

The aerospace industry has endured some of the most significant challenges brought forth by the COVID-19 pandemic. From production slowdowns to travel restrictions in the commercial sector, the industry is looking to rebound for the future.

As part of our SAE Roundtable Series, we spoke with a long-time aerospace engineering veteran who situates the disruptions brought by the COVID-19 pandemic within the larger context of other downturns and provides valuable perspectives on which changes may be passing and which are likely here to stay.

To read the full conversation, visit: Aerospace Industry View

Digitization of Standards: Advancing the Next Wave of Mobility Innovation

Posted: Thursday, September 24, 2020

For more than 110 years, our standards have helped advance mobility engineering throughout the world, foster innovation and create uniformity within industries. As the world has shifted to an increasingly digital format, integrating standards more seamlessly with engineering workflows has become paramount for creating efficiencies and automation throughout the product development lifecycle. 

Audra Ziegenfuss, our Director of New Product Development and Portfolio Management, sat down to share her perspective on this digital transformation and our vision for standards development and implementation.


Post COVID-19 Academic View

A Post COVID-19 View from Academia

Posted: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

How is COVID-19 impacting the industries that we support? What solutions are being developed to overcome today’s challenges and create a stronger mobility future? We recently launched a new series of conversations, called the SAE Roundtable Series, where we uncover insights with industry experts in the middle of these changes.  

We spoke with both ends of academia, two professors and two graduate students, to learn more about how the pandemic is impacting their efforts and get advice, from their on-the-ground perspective, on what the industry needs to do to support future success in academia. 

What are the benefits and drawbacks of virtual versus in-person learning? How difficult has it been to receive research grants, let alone conduct research studies? And what is the pulse on the future from professors and graduate students?

To read the full conversations, visit: Academia World View and Graduate Student View.