ACTAR-Approved SAE Courses

The following SAE Professional Development courses have been approved by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction for ACTAR Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Upon completion of any course listed, accredited accident investigators and reconstructionists should mail a copy of their course certificate and the $5 student CEU fee to ACTAR, PO Box 1493, North Platte, NE 69103.

 

SAE ID # Course Title Days ACTAR CEUs Instructor
85049 Injuries, Anatomy, Biomechanics & Federal Regulation 3 18 Jeffrey Pike
99020 Vehicle Dynamics for Passenger Cars and Light Trucks 3 18 Richard Lundstrom
C0101 The Tire as a Vehicle Component 1 7 Joseph Walter
C0102 Tires and Wheel Safety Issues 1 7 Joseph Walter
C0202 Automotive Lighting: Design and Technology 2 13 Jianzhong Jiao
C0233 Commercial Vehicle Braking Systems 3 18 Paul Johnston
C0315 Introduction to Brake Control Systems: ABS, TCS, and ESC (Also available as an On Demand Course, #PD530501) 2 13 James Walker, Jr
C0414 Applied Vehicle Dynamics 3 24 James Walker, Jr.
C0415 Advanced Vehicle Dynamics for Passenger Cars and Light Trucks 3 18 Richard Lundstrom and Timothy Drotar
C0509 Hydraulic Brake Systems for Passenger Cars and Light Trucks 3 18 Thomas Hall
C0618 Automotive Lighting: Testing and Requirements 1 6 Jianzhong Jiao
C0621 Vehicle Frontal Crash Occupant Safety 2 12 Stephen Kang
C0716 Fundamentals of Steering Systems 2 12 Timothy Drotar
C0717 Side Impact Occupant Safety 2 12 Stephen Kang and Zhibing Deng
C0727 Automotive Lighting: LED Applications 1 6 Jianzhong Jiao
C1022 Accessing and Interpreting Heavy Vehicle Event Data Recorders 4 24 Timothy Austin, Timothy Cheek, David Plant, John Steiner
C1210 Applying Automotive EDR Data to Traffic Crash Reconstruction 3 20 Richard R. Ruth
C1423 Basic Tire Mechanics and Inspection 1 7 Thomas Giapponi
C1424 Tire Forensic Analysis 2 13 Thomas Giapponi
C1502 Reconstruction and Analysis of Rollover Crashes of Light Vehicles 1 7 Gray Beauchamp
C1506 Reconstruction and Analysis of Motorcycle Crashes 1 7 Stein Husher
C1712 Photogrammetry and Analysis of Digital Media 3 21 William Neale & Toby Terpstra
C1728 Vehicle Crash Reconstruction: Principles and Technology 3 20 Wesley Grimes & Nathan Rose
C1729 Photography for Accident Reconstruction, Product Liability, and Testing 3 20 Thomas H. Vadnais
WB1140 Driver Distraction from Electronic Devices: Insights and Implications Web Seminar Also a Web Seminar RePlay. .5 4 Jeffrey Hickman
WB1413 Brake System Balance for Passenger Cars and Light Trucks Web Seminar .6 6 Thomas Hall

 

Guidelines for Classroom Seminar Instructors

SAE Professional Development is always seeking experienced engineering professionals with industry/academic backgrounds to propose and instruct seminars.

SAE contracts with instructors to present seminars on current, applications-oriented subjects, and fundamental and advanced process theory courses. The instructors are responsible for the course outline development; class notes including activities, practice sets, and case studies; presentation aides and materials; and instruction of the material on mutually agreeable dates.

All SAE seminars are subject to peer review by the Technical Review Committee (TRC) of the Continuing Professional Development Group before presentation. The TRC evaluates, approves and recommends whether a seminar should be included in the schedule. This process takes approximately 6-8 weeks to complete. If the reviewers have suggestions for a course, a SAE program developer will work with the instructor to incorporate those recommendations.

Other important points include:

  • SAE handles all course administration: scheduling, promotion and advertising, registration, and post-course evaluations.
  • SAE Seminars are usually one to three days in length and consist of approximately six and a half teaching hours per day.
  • SAE Seminars are presented at the SAE International Troy Office in Troy, Michigan, in conjunction with the SAE Annual World Congress, and as in-house education and training for requesting companies.
  • A seminar honorarium is offered with travel expenses reimbursed by SAE.
  • The instructor is responsible for developing the master support materials and obtaining permission to reprint copyrighted material from outside sources. SAE will then handle all reproduction and forwarding to the seminar site. When required, special texts can also be supplied, as long as arrangements are made before the seminar is promoted.

Instructor Qualifications

Complete and submit the Seminar Proposal Form using the Seminar Proposal Guide as your first step to becoming an SAE seminar instructor.

Guidelines for Online Seminar Instructors

SAE Professional Development is always seeking experienced engineering professionals with industry/academic backgrounds to propose and instruct web seminars.

SAE contracts with instructors to present web seminars on current, applications-oriented subjects, and fundamental and advanced process theory courses. The instructors are responsible for the course outline development; class notes including activities, practice sets, and case studies; presentation aides and materials; and instruction of the material on mutually agreeable dates.

All SAE web seminars are subject to peer review by the Technical Review Committee (TRC) of the Continuing Professional Development Group before presentation. The TRC evaluates, approves and recommends whether a seminar should be included in the schedule. This process takes approximately 6-8 weeks to complete. If the reviewers have suggestions for a course, an SAE program developer will work with the instructor to incorporate those recommendations.

Other important points include:

  • SAE handles all course administration: scheduling, promotion and advertising, registration, and post-course evaluations.
  • SAE Web Seminars are usually two to eight hours in length taught in a series of two-hour sessions.
  • SAE Web Seminars are offered publicly via WebEx on a mutually agreeable schedule and reach participants around the globe.
  • An honorarium is offered, as well as free coaching on making effective web seminar presentations and orientation to the WebEx Training Center.
  • No travel is required. The instructor participates from his/her own home or office equipped with a PC, dedicated internet connection and a separate telephone line.
  • The instructor is responsible for developing the master support materials and obtaining permission to reprint copyrighted material from outside sources. SAE will then handle all conversion and digital protection to make the materials accessible to participants. When required, special texts can also be supplied to participants, as long as arrangements are made before the web seminar is promoted.

Complete the proposal form as your first step to becoming an SAE web seminar instructor.

View our Master Instructor Registry for insight on how to achieve the SAE Master Instructor designation.

Guidelines for Becoming an SAE Online Seminar Instructor

One of the SAE Continuing Professional Development Group's (CPDG) primary missions is to promote and advance effective learning for engineers through the development and delivery of well-designed learning programs. SAE maintains a roster of approximately 100 contract instructors and CPDG encourages and assists those instructors to continuously study, apply, reflect, and dialog about the application of new skills pertinent to the teaching process.

For those exemplary instructors who have effectively incorporated proven adult learning and active learning practices into their programs, who earn consistently high teaching evaluations, and who are recognized in their profession, CPDG confers the SAE Master Instructor designation.

The Master Instructor designation reflects exemplary accomplishment across the following seven criteria:

  • Teaching evaluations, which must average 4.3 or higher on a 5 point scale
  • Teaching experience, which must total at least three years with SAE
  • Evidence of having invested in teaching and learning professional development of their own
  • Demonstrated innovation in instructional design and delivery in their teaching
  • Evidence of refreshing their content regularly and adhering to SAE guidelines for design and delivery
  • Documentation of being a distinguished or recognized leader in their field
  • Continuous SAE membership for at least five years

Master Instructors Registered to Date

Name Portfolio of Courses/Learning Products
McVea, William Mark Fundamentals of Modern Vehicle Transmission (e-Seminar and seminar)
The Basics of Internal Combustion Engines (e-Seminar and seminar)
Fundamentals of Gear Design and Application Internal Combustion Systems: HCCI, DoD, VCT/VVT, DI and VCR
Introduction to Gears
Palazzolo, Joseph A Familiarization of Drivetrain Components (e-Seminar and seminar)
Fundamentals of All-Wheel Drive Systems (e-Seminar and seminar)
High-Performance Differentials, Axles, & Drivelines
Saha, Pranab Sound Package Materials for Vehicle Noise Control (e-Seminar and seminar)
Vehicle Noise Control Engineering Academy (Powertrain and Vehicle Interior)
Acoustic Fundamentals for Solving Noise and Vibration Problems Webinar
Walker Jr., James Applied Vehicle Dynamics
High-Performance Brake Systems
Introduction to Brake Control Systems (e-Seminar and seminar)
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