Bill Agnew Award for Outstanding AWIM Volunteers

Established in 2003, this award recognizes volunteers who further develop students' understanding and experience in math and science by helping teachers use the A World In Motion (AWIM) materials in the classroom. The nominee must be a volunteer that has assisted a teacher integrating the AWIM program in the classroom and must have participated in classroom activities during the current academic year. Nominees do not have to be professional engineers. College and/or high school students who have served as volunteers and non-engineers are eligible for the award as well as professional engineers.

The award honors Dr. William G. Agnew, retired from General Motors Research Laboratories. His concept for establishing the AWIM program and his support of AWIM since its inception deserves recognition by this award.

The award consists of a framed certificate and an honorarium. It is presented at either an SAE Section meeting or at the school where the engineer volunteered.

Excellence in Engineering Education–Triple “E” Award

This award annually recognizes outstanding contributions made by an individual toward activities related to the SAE Education related programs. The award is given for any of the following types of service: promotion of SAE student activities at the international or local levels, contributions that advance engineering education, contributions in support of the SAE Collegiate Design competitions, and promotion of educational related activities at any level.

Candidates may be former members of the EB or related committees, faculty advisors, and other individuals who have made impactful contributions toward SAE Education related activities.

Gary Dickinson Award for Teaching Excellence

Established in 2001, this award recognizes an outstanding middle school teacher or a team of teachers who have made creative and exemplary use of the A World In Motion (AWIM) program to further develop students' understanding and experience in math, science and engineering.

To be eligible for this award, nominees must be middle school teachers (individuals or teams) from public, parochial, or private schools, and must have demonstrated exemplary use of the AWIM program curriculum.

This award was funded by the SAE Detroit Section to commemorate the life of industry leader, Gary Dickinson, and is intended to foster math and science education for middle school students.

Dickinson played a major role in the development of the A World In Motion program Motorized Toy Car and Glider Challenges for middle school students as the Chairman of the Vision 2000 Advisory Committee. His dedication to students was also evidenced by his leadership with the student design competitions, particularly the Methanol Marathon, the NGV Challenge, and the Solar Car competitions.

In addition, Dickinson served as the first chairman of the Emerging Technologies Advisory Board and was actively involved with the Mobility Technology Planning Forums, which brought a future technology focus to SAE. Also, his early involvement in the SAE Government/Industry Meeting was significant in linking SAE with the government. In recognition of his outstanding achievements, Dickinson was awarded the SAE Medal of Honor in 1994 and the Long-Term Leadership Award in 2000.

This award consists of a framed certificate and a $2000 honorarium presented to the teacher and middle school.

Lloyd Reuss Award for Teaching Excellence

Established in 1998, this award recognizes elementary school teachers that further develop the understanding and experiences in math and science in elementary students.

To be eligible for this award, nominees (individuals or teams) must be elementary teachers (K-6) from public, parochial, or private schools, and must have demonstrated exemplary use of the AWIM program curriculum.

Applicants will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Quality of the teacher/volunteer partnership,
  • Quality of the teaching experience, and
  • Quality of the student experience.

This award honors the work and dedication of Lloyd Reuss, former President of General Motors Corp. and Chair of the SAE VISION 2000 Executive Committee. Reuss' support of the AWIM program was the building block of this award.

The award consists of a framed certificate and a $2,000 honorarium that will be divided equally between the teacher and the elementary school where the program was implemented.

Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award

The SAE Teetor Program stimulates contacts between younger engineering educators and practicing engineers in industry and government.

Reflecting the firm belief of its donor that engineering educators are the most effective link between engineering students and their future careers, the SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Fund's major program is focused on younger engineering educators. Its objective is to provide an engineering atmosphere in which these teachers can meet and exchange views with practicing engineers.

The current decade places greater expectations upon the colleges and universities of the world to educate individuals who must successfully meet the challenges that face society. The purpose of the Teetor Award is to recognize and honor those younger educators who are successfully preparing engineers for this task.

Established in 1963, this award is administered by the Teetor Educational Award Committee and consists of a framed certificate, a trip to a major SAE meeting, and two years of SAE membership. The award is presented at either WCX: World Congress Experience or at a major SAE aerospace event.

SAE Outstanding Faculty Advisors Program for Student Branch and Collegiate Design Series Team Advisors

This program was setup to support the continued development of outstanding faculty advisors. Specifically, SAE wants to continue to encourage and help these advisors to maintain currency in automotive engineering and education, by providing stipends to allow the most effective advisors to attend SAE Conferences and SAE Professional Development courses.

The future of SAE International, and the industry sectors we serve, is heavily dependent on our ability to develop the next generation of engineers and leaders.

Faculty Advisors and Collegiate Design Series (CDS) Team Advisors who are actively engaged with their students are critical to our continued success. Dedicated Faculty Advisors encourage students to join SAE International and participate in Collegiate Chapters and the Collegiate Design Series, which helps them develop key skills that are transferrable to their career.

But the most effective Faculty Advisors help their students understand the lifetime value of belonging to SAE International. They educate young engineers about the benefits available to members, encourage them to transfer to professional membership when they graduate, explore the wealth of opportunities for life-long learning available through SAE (including conferences, technical standards and papers, professional development), and most importantly, encourage them to be involved in the many volunteer opportunities and build their professional network throughout their career.

The SAE Faculty Advisor Program was established in 1990 and funded by the Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award Fund to support Faculty Advisors who embody this professionalism and dedication to SAE.

This stipend is presented each April for the prior calendar year. Recipients are usually recognized at the WCX World Congress Experience in Detroit, but may choose to be recognized at the Commercial Vehicle Congress or Aerotech. In addition to recognition and a plaque, the stipend provides funding for each recipient travel to any SAE technical conference or Professional Development course/seminar in that calendar year.

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