SAE CivicProgress Challenge

January 18-20, 2022

Through the SAE CivicProgress Challenge™ universities will think critically about emerging technology issues relevant to transportation, public policy, and public acceptance of new mobility options. Teams of university students will design and develop, conceptually, a solution that provides a universally designed (functional for everyone to use) concept for a disability. Immersed in the SAE International’s Government & Industry Conference universities will present their solution in various ways including a technical design presentation and a showcase opportunity on SAE International’s Government & Industry show floor.

The SAE CivicProgress Challenge™ is a student engineering design competition in the SAE Emerging Technology Series, which provides an opportunity for students to think critically about current and future emerging technologies in the mobility engineering industry.  Each program within the SAE Emerging Technology Series challenges universities to create a team of multi-disciplinary engineers to collaborate, design, present, and defend conceptual designs to industry professionals.

The formal education objectives of SAE CivicProgress Challenge™ include:

  • The ability to design current and future automated mobility technologies for persons with physical, sensory, or cognitive disabilities.  
  • Design a technically capable solution that demonstrates a universally designed solution for all.
  • Develop writing skills based on SAE Standards Technical Paper Format.
  • Cultivate an awareness for public approval of universally design in automated programs / services / technology that benefit all humankind.
  • Create a Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA).
  • Use a Preliminary Design Review Presentation to present and defend in-depth conceptual designs.
  • Communicate their solution to industry professionals at their own SAE Government & Industry Floor Showcase Booth.
  • Work on a multi-disciplinary team to solve a real-world industry problem outside of the classroom.

Additionally, SAE CivicProgress Challenge™ participants will receive these benefits.

  • The opportunity to submit resumes to SAE CivicProgress Challenge™ sponsors on the Sponsor Portal on LINK.
  • A Student Pass to attend 2021 SAE Government & Industry Conference.
  • Admission to participate in the Meet the Sponsors reception at 2022 SAE Government & Industry Conference.
  • Access to select SAE International’s Technical Standards at no cost.