SAE Blog Text

Advancing the conversation around mobility knowledge with news and trends to benefit humanity.

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.

Read the full article.

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.

Read the full article.

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.

Read the full article.

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. 

In partnership with Ford, GM and other organizations, students can now start exploring new areas of opportunities and interst in fun and engaging ways.

Read the full article.

blog post 12_28_2020 sm.png

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.

Read the full article.

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. 

Read the full article.

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.

Read the full article.


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. 

Read the full article.


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.