Rumbaugh Outstanding Student Leader Award

Purpose: To identify and recognize an outstanding student leader of one or more SAE activities and, through the award, encourage a vision within the student to become an SAE leader during his/her adult career.

SAE student members will be nominated by their SAE faculty advisor who will provide a citation detailing the student's outstanding leadership skills during the past academic year. All nominees will meet the following criteria:

  • Student member of SAE who is about to graduate or has already graduated from a university or college in a technical field related to automotive engineering (This includes undergraduates and graduates.)
  • The student will have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills in one or more SAE activities during the academic year being concluded during the year of selection.  (The purpose of this provision is to preclude an individual from being selected for leadership demonstrated solely in years prior to the year of his/her selection.)  One recipient will be selected.
  • The recipient must have begun employment when selected.
  • Nominations will be judged based on SAE-related leadership activities during the year of nomination, and imminent support of SAE and its activities.

This award recognizes an outstanding student leader of one or more SAE activities and encourages a vision within the student to become an SAE leader during his/her adult career.  Through a generous contribution from Max E. Rumbaugh Jr., past Executive Vice President of SAE (1986-2001), this award exemplifies his interest in encouraging leadership qualities and opportunities within the ranks of SAE supporters.

This award, established in 2002, is administered by the Rumbaugh Award Selection Committee and consists of a framed medal, a $750 honorarium, a lifetime professional membership in SAE and a trip to a major SAE meeting where the award is presented.

Year  Name Employer
2017 Ian Eickholdt Central Michigan University
2016 Grant Mottershaw  University of Houston
2015 Adam Farabaugh   University of Pennsylvania
2014 Grady Young  Southern Polytechnic State University
2012 Michael Nienhuis  Western Michigan University

Nomination Deadline: Oct. 1

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