SAE Fellow Grade Membership

The SAE Fellow Membership designation is awarded to an elite group of professionals in the automotive, commercial vehicle, and aerospace industries who have made a significant impact on mobility through leadership, research, publishing, innovation, and volunteering.

Established in 1975, the grade of Fellow is administered by the SAE Fellows Committee.Election to Fellow is an exceptional professional distinction bestowed to a class of approximately 20 SAE Members each year.

Qualifications Needed to Apply for SAE Fellowship

  • Nominee must be a current SAE Member.

  • Nominee must have either 10+ years SAE membership service or 2 years of SAE membership service and 10+ years of volunteer service through SAE (ex. technical or standards committee, authoring a technical paper, serving as an Industrial Lecturer, etc.)

  • Nominator must be current SAE Member or SAE Fellow

Fellows Exclusive Benefits

Upon your designation as an SAE Fellow, you will receive:

  • SAE Fellow plaque and recognition pin

  • Featured spotlight with a bio and photo published in SAE Update and inclusion in an SAE press release

  • Invitation to the annual Fellows dinner

Important Dates

  • Deadline to nominate is July 1, 2024.
  • April 15th, 2024: Annual Fellows Dinner held in conjunction with WCX, in Detroit, MI. Please be on the lookout for more information to be sent to you.

*Carefully review FAQ page for more information about nomination process

Featured Fellows


Rhonda Walthall
Collins Aerospace

“In recognition of her career achievements, extraordinary contributions, and distinguished leadership in the field of prognostics and health management for aircraft, impacting the landscape of PHM in the aerospace industry through her service to SAE and PHM Society,and achieving regulatory acceptance of PHM.”


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