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.
Advisors must meet the following criteria.