Established in 1954, this award recognizes the author of an original and outstanding technical paper presented at an SAE meeting that is published in SAE literature in the year for which the recipient is selected. To encourage younger member achievement, the recipient must be an SAE member who is at most ten years out of school at the time of the presentation and whose paper is a distinct contribution to the literature of the professions of engineering. The technical paper will be judged for original content and contribution to the profession. All eligible papers will be considered.
The award honors the late Russell S. Springer who funded this award through his bequest.
The award consists of a framed certificate and a $2000 honorarium. It is presented at the Awards Ceremony during WCX: World Congress Experience.