SAE Contributor of the Year

An award and celebratory event that recognizes the top contributors to SAE each year.

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.

Congratulations to our 2022 winner, Mrs. Kunjan Vyas

Mrs. Vyas is a retired teacher from Detroit City Public School District, who has continued to devote her time and energy to teaching SAE’s award-winning A World In Motion ® (AWIM ®) programs for over 15 years. Through her support, she has impacted countless students and opened their minds to new possibilities.

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.

Congratulations to the 2022 Top Contributor Class


David Antanaitis, General Motors LLC

Len Kata, Retired

Kevin T. Slattery, DSc, The Barnes Global Advisors

Sue Bai, Honda

Drew Kresmery, FCA US LLC

Daniel Carey Smith, Google LLC

Christopher Bartholomew, DENSO Corporation

Bill Mazzara, Stellantis NV

Lisa Stacey, General Motors LLC

James Bielenda, Retired

Matt Meyer, General Motors LLC

Kevin Stofflet, EnGenius Inc

Alba Colon, Hendrick Motorsports

Dan Mikat, Toyota Motor Corp

Dr. Andrea Strzelec, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ray Corbin, AVL North America

Donna Mosher, BASF

Dmitry Tananko, General Dynamics Corp

David Craig, General Motors LLC

Jody E. Muelaner, PhD, Muelaner Engineering Ltd

Jim Tarchinski, General Motors LLC

Gabriele Di Blasio, STEMS of the National Research Council of Italy

Mark Roboff, SkyThread

Kunjan Vyas, Dpscd

Don Floyd, General Motors LLC

Craig Rodine, ChargePoint Inc

Steve Woodard, Retired

Lisa Fodale, FCA US LLC

Corina Sandu, Virginia Tech


David Harrington, Retired

Bill Shelmon, Toyota Motor North America Inc