SAE Medal of Honor

Established in 1986, this award recognizes and honors a living SAE member for unique and significant contributions to SAE which strengthen or add to SAE's ability to further its purpose. The significance of such contribution(s) shall have been tested over time and shall be regarded as a major factor in SAE's success. SAE Past Presidents are eligible for this award, but the contribution(s) for which they may be nominated must have been initiated and proven as major factors to SAE's success after their term of office has been completed; any initiated prior to, or during their Presidential term, are not acceptable as the basis for nomination.

Unlike other SAE awards that honor technical achievements or outstanding accomplishments in the various fields of mobility engineering, this award recognizes an individual's contributions to the overall SAE organization.

The award consists of a bronze medal and is presented at the WCX World Congress Experience.

2018 SAE Medal of Honor Recipient

Gregory Saunders,
Director, Defense Standardization Program Office
U.S. Department of Defense

Gregory E. Saunders is Director of the Defense Standardization Program Office, the Defense Secretary’s Executive Agent for the Defense Standardization Program. He is responsible for policies and procedures governing development and use of Military Specifications and Standards, Qualified Products and Manufacturers Database, use of voluntary consensus standards, and represents the Department in standardization matters with other government agencies, NATO, and industry. He oversees the Government Industry Data Exchange Program (GIDEP) and DoD activities to mitigate the impact of diminishing manufacturing sources. Saunders is Vice Chair of the Defense Standardization Council chaired by the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering.

Saunders began his career at the Naval Ordnance Station, Louisville as a co-op engineering student from the University of Evansville. After joining the Defense Materiel Specifications and Standards Office, he held positions of increasing responsibility for portions of the Defense Standardization Program and related initiatives including two Defense Science Board Studies chaired by Defense Secretary William Perry.

Saunders is a past Chairman of the Board of ASTM, served on the Board of ANSI, and is a Fellow at SAE International, where he served on the Board, as the Aerospace Vice President, and chaired both the Aerospace Council and the Technical Standards Board. He has chaired or served on various other committees, councils, and boards both in the Government and with Standards Developing Organizations. He is the U.S. representative to two NATO Committees and represents the DoD on the Interagency Committee on Standards Policy.

Saunders has been honored to receive numerous awards, recognitions, and commendations, including the Vice President’s Golden Hammer Award, the Department of Defense Civilian Service Award, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, ANSI’s Howard Coonley Medal and their Meritorious Service Award, ASTM’s William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award, the SAE Aerospace Chair Award, the Standards Engineering Society’s Leo B. Moore Medal of Honor, the Silver Star of the Polish Army, and industry’s Equal Partner Award.


Nomination Deadline: December 1

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