SAE Foundation’s Annual Celebration Raises $340K to Support STEM Education

Event Celebrates Industry Leaders and Raises Funds to Support Pre-K Through University STEM Education Programs

WARRENDALE, Pa. (May 22, 2024) – The SAE FoundationSM is proud to announce that more than $340,000 was raised to support Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education through SAE’s A World In Motion® (AWIM®) program. Now in its 26th year, the SAE 2024 SAE Foundation Annual Celebration recognized Toshihiro Mibe, Director, President and Representative Executive Officer (Global CEO), Honda Motor Co., Ltd., as the recipient of the 2024 SAE Foundation Industry Leadership Award which recognizes individuals who have made substantial contributions to the mobility industry.

“This Industry Leadership Award is a testament to Mr. Mibe’s prestigious career, his leadership in the mobility industry and in recognition of Honda’s support of STEM education and their contributions to the mission of the SAE Foundation,” said Jamie Ferguson, executive director, SAE Foundation & STEM Learning.

In addition to the prestigious Industry Leadership Award, Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, presented a $100,000 donation in Mibe’s honor to support SAE’s new AWIM High School Electric Vehicle curriculum launching in early 2025.This includes a booklet that highlights Mibe’s leadership in Honda’s electric vehicle journey, meant to inspire students to pursue careers in engineering.

Other awards included the Donald Ableson Award for Visionary Leadership, presented to Dan Nicholson, vice president of strategic technology initiatives, General Motors. This award is the highest recognition that the SAE Foundation Trustees bestow upon an individual who has exhibited exemplary leadership that benefited SAE International or the SAE Foundation.

Liz Mathew, Caterpillar, Inc. and Dr. Mike Bunce, MAHLE Powertrain LLC received the SAE Foundation Young Industry Leader Awards and Nissan North America received the Gordon Millar Award.

About SAE FoundationSM
The mission of the SAE Foundation is to increase student achievement and participation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to build a STEM-fluent workforce. Funds raised by the SAE Foundation support SAE International’s award-winning A World In Motion® (AWIM) program, Collegiate Design Series™ (CDS), awards and scholarships. SAE’s STEM education programs enable students to develop the 21st century skills needed to succeed in real-world work environments and connect classroom learning with real-life application. SAE’s STEM programs have reached more than 6 million students worldwide and engaged more than 30,000 STEM industry professionals as volunteers.  SAE International is a global organization engaging nearly 200,000 engineers, technical experts and volunteers to advance mobility knowledge and solutions for the benefit of humanity.  Get involved today

About SAE International®
SAE International® is a global organization committed to advancing mobility knowledge and solutions for the benefit of humanity. By engaging nearly 200,000 engineers, technical experts and volunteers, we connect and educate mobility professionals to enable safe, clean, and accessible mobility solutions. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering. We strive for a better world through the work of our philanthropic SAE Foundation, including award-winning programs like A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™. More at


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