Student Article Contest

Exercise Your Writing Skills and Win $500


As a Student Member of SAE International seeking a career in the mobility industry, you most likely had to solve a problem as part of a course project, an extracurricular project, or a personal project involving an air, ground, or marine vehicle(s). For a new article contest sponsored by the SAE International Membership business unit, describe your solution and explain your thought process in arriving at it.

The winner gets a $500 cash prize and, perhaps of greater lasting value to the winner, publication of his or her article in the February 2020 issue of MOMENTUM, SAE International’s student-focused magazine. Non-winning entries will be considered for possible publication in subsequent issues, no guarantees.


Deadline to submit an article is November 1, 2019.


Eligibility and Rules

Contest is open only to those who are SAE Student Members on the date of article submission.

Article must address one or more of the following topics:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Advanced Materials
  • Advanced Propulsion
  • Autonomous & Unmanned
  • Connectivity
  • Cybersecurity
  • Electrification
  • Workforce Development


  1. Word-count limit is 1,000.
  2. Article must include a short headline, a one-sentence sub-headline, and an article body.
  3. Submit article to using this Word template. In subject line of email message, write “Student Article Contest” followed by the student’s full name as used in the student member’s SAE record.
  4. Fill out and return this SAE copyright form.
  5. Submit at least four accompanying images (photos, drawings, tables, etc.). Do not embed images in the article Word document; send them in a separate email. In that same email message, include a Word document with a full-sentence caption for each submitted image.



The MOMENTUM editor will judge the entries with the help of the SAE Membership staff, based on:

  1. How well the submitter followed the rules as outlined above.
  2. How useful his or her explanation of the engineering challenge and solution might be to readers in approaching their own engineering challenges.
  3. How well the images support the article text.


The winner will be announced on December 2, 2019.


Email questions about the Student Article Contest to