Make A Difference In Mobility Engineering as an SAE Faculty Advisor

When you think about your career in engineering, do you think about the teachers and college professors that helped you get there?

Become an SAE Faculty Advisor and enrich your school’s engineering options on campus by leading your school’s SAE Collegiate Chapter and mentoring students with interest in the field of engineering. 

Your Role as an SAE Faculty Advisor

We know how much work goes into each curriculum or programming in higher education. That’s why we rely on you to guide your Collegiate Chapter and/or CDS team to act as a liaison with your university and SAE International. This gives students a personalized experience to their Collegiate Chapter or CDS team, as well as give your students access to SAE research and resources.

Primary Responsibilities

Encourage student leaders to:

Encourage students to:


Role & Expectations

SAE International Chapters provide engineering students with practical exposure to a professional engineering society and a focal point on campus for student engineering programs and activities.

Through their participation in SAE Collegiate Chapters and the SAE Collegiate Design Series, students are able to develop key careers skills including: leadership, organization, communication, teaming project management, conflict resolution, time management, finance and budgeting and others.

An actively engaged SAE Faculty Advisor contributes greatly to the student's SAE experience. In addition to invaluable guidance and advice, they provide the continuity needed in a Collegiate Chapter. Since student membership is fluid and officers change annually, the Faculty Advisor is critical to the continued success of Chapter policies and activities from year to year.

Some activities of the Faculty Advisor include:

  • Act as the liaison between the Collegiate Chapter, the local professional SAE Section and SAE International.
  • Be familiar with the SAE Purpose and Vision Statement.
  • Educate your students on the value statement and benefits of SAE membership.
  • Help train new student officers on their roles each year.
  • Assist student officers in planning and implementing programs and a financial plan/budget for the year.
  • Help students brainstorm ideas for meetings and activities: tours of local plants/facilities, speakers (from the university, local community and the SAE Industrial Lectureship program), community service projects, etc.
  • Help coordinate activities and relationships between Collegiate Design Series teams.
  • Encourage networking between your Collegiate Chapter and your local professional SAE Section. Attend at least one Section Governing Board meeting each year and provide feedback about the needs of your student members. Encourage student involvement on the local professional Section Governing Board.
  • Take advantage of the SAE Technical Papers program to provide technical information for your Collegiate Chapter student members.
  • Nominate exemplary student leaders for the SAE Collegiate Chapter Outstanding Student Officer Award.

Membership Activities - Encourage your students to:

Collegiate Chapter Activities - Encourage your students to:

  • Bring a speaker from the SAE Industrial Lectureship program to campus. Invite non-members, students at nearby universities, and your local professional SAE Section.
  • Link their web pages to the SAE International website.
  • Review the Collegiate Chapters Procedures Manual.
  • Determine if your Branch is eligible to receive dues reimbursement. If so, the request must come from the Faculty Advisor each year (Collegiate Clubs not eligible).
  • Send updated information for student officer positions each year.
  • Interact with other engineering societies on campus.
  • Interact with your Department Chairs and Dean.
  • Ensure representation within the student government association.

Career Activities - Encourage your students to:

Community Service Activities:

There are certain limitations restrictions placed on Collegiate Chapters as a function of the constitution and not-for-profit status of SAE International. Therefore, Collegiate Chapters may not, directly or indirectly:

  • Engage in activities to exert political pressure of influence.
  • Participate in programs relating to employer-employee relations or to problems dealing with the economic status of the engineer.
  • Endorse or condemn any commercial product by direct or indirect action.

We strongly encourage all Faculty Advisors to be SAE members.