Faculty Advisors

You can make a difference!

An actively engaged SAE Faculty Advisor contributes greatly to the student's SAE experience. In addition to offering invaluable guidance and advice, you provide the continuity needed in a Collegiate Chapter. Student membership is fluid and officers change annually, so the Faculty Advisor is the critical link maximizing the value your students receive.

Your Role as an SAE Faculty Advisor

We appreciate your dedication to SAE and your students! We rely on you to guide your Collegiate Chapter and/or CDS team and act as a liaison with your university and SAE International.

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SAE Staff Contact:
Abby Hartman
Email: abby.hartman@sae.org

Role & Expectations

SAE has over 12,000 student members and at least 354 SAE Collegiate Chapters at universities and technical schools around the world. These Chapters provide engineering students with practical exposure to a professional engineering society and a focal point on campus for student engineering programs and activities.

Through their participation in SAE Collegiate Chapters and the SAE Collegiate Design Series, students are able to develop key careers skills including: leadership, organization, communication, teaming project management, conflict resolution, time management, finance and budgeting and others.

An actively engaged SAE Faculty Advisor contributes greatly to the student's SAE experience. In addition to invaluable guidance and advice, they provide the continuity needed in a Collegiate Chapter. Since student membership is fluid and officers change annually, the Faculty Advisor is critical to the continued success of Chapter policies and activities from year to year.

Some activities of the Faculty Advisor include:

  • Act as the liaison between the Collegiate Chapter, the local professional SAE Section and SAE International.
  • Be familiar with the SAE Purpose and Vision Statement.
  • Educate your students on the value statement and benefits of SAE membership.
  • Help train new student officers on their roles each year.
  • Assist student officers in planning and implementing programs and a financial plan/budget for the year.
  • Help students brainstorm ideas for meetings and activities: tours of local plants/facilities, speakers (from the university, local community and the SAE Industrial Lectureship program), community service projects, etc.
  • Help coordinate activities and relationships between Collegiate Design Series teams.
  • Encourage networking between your Collegiate Chapter and your local professional SAE Section. Attend at least one Section Governing Board meeting each year and provide feedback about the needs of your student members. Encourage student involvement on the local professional Section Governing Board.
  • Take advantage of the SAE Technical Papers program to provide technical information for your Collegiate Chapter student members.
  • Nominate exemplary student leaders for the SAE Collegiate Chapter Outstanding Student Officer Award.

Membership Activities - Encourage your students to:

Collegiate Chapter Activities - Encourage your students to:

  • Bring a speaker from the SAE Industrial Lectureship program to campus. Invite non-members, students at nearby universities, and your local professional SAE Section.
  • Link their web pages to the SAE International website.
  • Review the Collegiate Chapters Procedures Manual.
  • Determine if your Branch is eligible to receive dues reimbursement. If so, the request must come from the Faculty Advisor each year (Collegiate Clubs not eligible).
  • Send updated information for student officer positions each year.
  • Interact with other engineering societies on campus.
  • Interact with your Department Chairs and Dean.
  • Ensure representation within the student government association.

Career Activities - Encourage your students to:

Community Service Activities:

There are certain limitations restrictions placed on Collegiate Chapters as a function of the constitution and not-for-profit status of SAE International. Therefore, Collegiate Chapters may not, directly or indirectly:

  • Engage in activities to exert political pressure of influence.
  • Participate in programs relating to employer-employee relations or to problems dealing with the economic status of the engineer.
  • Endorse or condemn any commercial product by direct or indirect action.

We strongly encourage all Faculty Advisors to be SAE members.

SAE Staff Contact:
Nicole Iorfido
Local Activity Specialist
Phone: 724-772-7570
Email: niorfido@sae.org

Faculty Advisors Committee

Serving as a Faculty Advisor at a university or college usually is done as an added task over and above those required by school administration. This is particularly true at the universities and colleges with research orientation.

The SAE Faculty Advisors Committee was created to:

  • Develop and implement programs that will assist Faculty Advisors of collegiate chapters in their professional development and emphasize to university and college administrations the favorable contribution of serving as faculty advisors to their professional development.
  • Act as a forum to provide interaction among faculty advisors and between faculty advisors and SAE International Staff.
  • Develop and implement plans to enhance the image of SAE International on campuses and thus the stature of the faculty advisor.

This group also supports and encourages participation by Advisors for all SAE Collegiate Design Series™ competitions as well as any faculty involved in SAE International as: Fellows, Teetor Award recipients, authors or reviewers of SAE technical papers, technical session organizers, standards committee members, book authors, etc..

The SAE Faculty Advisors Committee meeting is held annually during WCX World Congress Experience in Detroit, MI.

All faculty are encouraged to attend to discuss issues that affect you and your students on campus and how SAE International may be able to support your needs.

If you would be interested in either, please contact Allison Hostetler.

SAE Staff Contact:
Allison Hostetler
Local Activities Specialist
Phone: 724-772-4079
Email: allison.hostetler@sae.org