Industrial Lecture Program

The SAE Industrial Lecture Program was built to foster networking and in-depth learning opportunities on college campuses between practicing engineers and SAE faculty and students.

This primary goal is accomplished through the SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Fund which sponsors engineers to travel to universities with SAE Chapters across North America.

Over the years, we’ve gathered a leading-edge faculty filled with top-performing engineers in industry, government, and academia.

Explore Lecturers

Book An SAE Lecture For Your School

Rachel Wetzel
rachel.wetzel@sae.org

Lecturers are available on a first-come, first-served basis and at the lecturer's availability. Complete the application to request an SAE Lecturer to visit and speak at your school.

SAE Collegiate Chapters and CDS teams are not the same – they are separate entities with different benefits.

Please contact Rachel Wetzel to confirm that your SAE Collegiate Chapter is active and in good standing or to discuss your school’s unique needs.

Instructions for hosting a lecture

This program provides a unique opportunity for SAE Faculty Advisors and Students to invite an industry lecturer to interact with students and faculty on campus. Please note that this benefit is for SAE Chapters only (chapters and CDS teams are different entities). Don’t have a chapter? Not sure if you have one? Contact Rachel Wetzel for more information.

SAE Faculty Advisors and Student Chapter Officers:

Apply Here today to request a speaker.

 

Planning for your lecture:

  1. The lecture must be held on campus and hosted by an SAE Chapter.
  2. Please provide and arrange the following for your lecturer: directions to campus and parking information; lecture location (such as a classroom or auditorium); necessary A/V equipment; promotion of lecture to students and faculty; agenda for the day’s additional activities, if time allows.
  1. The lecturer or requesting student/faculty advisor should notify SAE of confirmed lecture dates in advance of the visit.
  2. Reconfirm the date of the visit with lecturer a few days prior.
  3. You are welcome to ask the lecturer to tour the campus labs and facilities, including showing your SAE competition vehicles or other projects. Confirm additional activities with the lecturer prior to the visit.
  4. Invite student members, local SAE Section, and faculty to attend the lecture.

During lecture:

  1. Be sure to come prepared with questions.
  2. Take photos, if convenient.

After lecture:

  1. Thank the lecturer for his or her time.
  2. Send any photos to Rachel Wetzel.
  3. Visit Connexion+ to provide feedback (consider the value of the Industrial Lecture Program, your SAE Student Member Benefits overall, and any value and anecdotes from your specific lecture).

Additional Information:

SAE, through the Teetor Awards Fund, covers the lecturer's travel expenses. The lecturer's employer covers the lecturer's time away from the office, and sometimes will also sponsor the lecturer’s travel expenses. The lecturer is responsible for making his or her own travel arrangements; a lecturer may ask for assistance in locating a hotel near campus and determining the best mode of transportation to and from the airport and to campus. As a host, you are not required to make reservations for the lecturer. Any assistance, such as providing transportation for the lecturer to the hotel or providing a parking spot on campus, would be appreciated but not mandatory. Hosting meals before or after a lecture or having snacks available during the lecture is at your discretion. SAE covers expenses of the lecturer's travel but does not cover these additional optional food and beverage items.

Please direct questions regarding this program to:
Rachel Wetzel
Member Relations Associate
724-772-7182
rachel.wetzel@sae.org

SAE Industrial Lecturers

Emily Anthony

Engineer II
FAAC Incorporated, Michigan

Siddarth Attravanam

Design Criteria Engineer
SpaceX

Dean Case

Consultant
Motivo Engineering / Grassroots Motorsports, Redondo Beach, CA

Steven M. Fox

President / Director of Engineering
PowerTrain Technology, Inc, Algonquin, IL

Adit Joshi

Research Engineer, Autonomous Vehicles & Controls
Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI

Dr. Edward M. Kasprzak

President
EMK Vehicle Dynamics, LLC, Buffalo, New York

Amanda Nummy

Senior Polymer Engineer
Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center, Inc, Ann Arbor, MI

Mike O’Neil

Technical Director
Essex Parts Services Inc, Cramerton, NC

Gregory E. Peterson

Chief Technology Officer
Moon Wind Enterprises LLC, Sylvan Lake, Michigan

Larry Rinek

Principal Consultant
Rinek Consulting Services, Santa Clara, California

Michael Royce

Consultant
Albion Associates LLC, Clarkston, MI

NEW: Benjamin Schwartz

Owner, Lead Human Systems Integrator
System Solutions Research LLC

James Shaw

Managing Director
Fastway Engineering, Chicago, IL

Don Smolenski

Strategic Management of Oil LLC
Southeast Michigan

Dr. Herman Tang

Associate Professor
Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

NEW: Rebecca Vollmann

Sales Engineer ABB/B&R, Orlando, FL/Atlanta, GA

Dr. Mohamed Zaher

Technical Manager
American Axle & Manufacturing, Detroit, MI

NEW: Dr. Jay Zhou

ASQ Fellow

NEW: Pranab Saha

Principal Consultant, Kolano and Saha Engineers, Inc.

NEW: Darrell Hancock Jr.

Senior Technical Specialist, Vehicle Dynamics, Stellantis NV

NEW: Ziyan Zhang

Engineer Lead, Scherdel NA.

NEW: Wego Wang

Senior Adjunct Faculty, University of Massachusetts Lowell

NEW: Mahmoud Emara

Electromechanical Engineer

NEW: Umar Zakir Abdul Hamid

Electromechanical Engineer

NEW: Dylan Konop

Design Engineer, Milwaukee Tool

Tim Drotar

Vehicle Dynamicist, Stellantis NV

NEW: Sarah Carter

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