SAE's Contributor of the Year Celebration and Award

SAE Recognizes and Celebrates Top Contributors and Volunteers

SAE International understands the importance of recognizing our most engaged volunteers for their dedication to the success of our organization.  Their time, knowledge, and passion for the betterment of the mobility community allows SAE to develop world-class content, publish leading technical standards in both the Aero and Ground Vehicle communities, inspire the minds of future engineers, and serve the needs of students and members worldwide.

SAE Contributor of the Year Celebration

SAE has established an annual event dedicated to recognizing their top volunteers for their contributions to the organization. As part of this invitation-only event, SAE hosts an Awards dinner, where the Contributor of the Year, SAE's highest honor bestowed on a volunteer, is presented to one of the attendees (see more information below on the Contributor of the Year Award).

To be invited to the celebration, SAE Staff nominates individuals based on their volunteer and engagement contributions across the entire organization. Staff is looking for individuals who provided valuable insight and played a key role in advancing the mobility industry through involvement in SAE activities. For example, he/she might have provided an exceptional level of support and/or leadership over an extended period or served as a judge at a Collegiate Design Series event.

Those interested in being considered as part of a future year’s Top Contributor Class should contact your staff representative and express interest. Your staff representative can guide you on ways to become more engaged with the organization based on your current level of involvement.

SAE's Contributor of the Year Award

Contributor Award

SAE’s Contributor of the Year is our highest honor bestowed on a volunteer for their contributions to SAE.  From the nominations, a Top Contributor Class is identified and invited to attend the yearly Celebration trip. The Volunteer of the Year is chosen from the Top Contributor Class and announced at the annual Awards dinner.

Winner of the 2020 Contributor of the Year Award

 Dean Case
 Motivo Engineering

An active SAE Member since his freshman year at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1981, Mr. Case was a student leader, including being an SAE-sponsored WISE (Washington Internships for Students of Engineering) intern. He served as a board member with both the SAE Southern California and Detroit Sections. He has been a Distinguished Younger Member, awarded a FISITA Young Engineer Fellowship, sponsored more than 50 new SAE Members, served on multiple SAE International committees, published two SAE papers and spoken at dozens of universities for more than 30 years.

In 2019, Dean was influential in supporting dozens of students to continue as SAE Professional Members after graduation. He gave presentations to students and young professionals at the 2019 WCX™ World Congress Experience in Detroit, participated in SAE’s Student University Days initiative, was a featured guest in the SAE’s online Mentor Mixer series, and is the most requested presenter in the organization’s Industrial Lecture Series program.

Congratulations to the 2020 Top Contributor Class


Amalia Batori
Robert Bosch LLC

Derek Logan
Nissan Technical Center North America

Kelly Schmitz
Cummins Inc.

Anne O'Neil
Anne O'Neil Consultants

Don Robins
Retired General Motors

Mark Herman
GM Retired

Brandon Hance
United States Steel Corporation

George Nicols
Toyota Motor North America

Maura Chmielowiec
General Motors LLC

Carla Bailo
Center for Automotive Research

Glenn Cashion
North Carolina Volleyball/Sand Volleyball USA JR Olympics - Director
North Carolina A&T State University - Adjunct Professor

Dr. Richard Greaves FREng. FSAE FInstP
Retired, CTO Emeritus of Meggitt Plc

Craig Barnes
Retired, Cummins Inc. & Founder and President, CAB Consulting LLC

James Shaw
Fastway Engineering

Scott Sluder
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Danny Bocci
John Deere

Jason Rounds

Steve Rohde
Retired GM

Dave Andrea
Plante Moran

Jennifer Bastiaan
Kettering University

Sue Bai
Honda R&D Americas, LLC

David Downey
Downey Aviation Services

Jennifer Morrison
Mazda North American Operations

Ward Atkinson

Dean Case
Motivo Engineering

Justin McNew
JMC Rota Inc.