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The Society of Automotive Engineers

The Society of Automotive Engineers is a professional society with roughly 71,000 members, most of whom are technical professionals in fields related to motion on land, sea, air, or space and about 12,000 of whom are student members. In addition to sponsoring meetings and publications, and developing industry standards, certain of which are well known (e.g. the standards for motor oil, hence designations like SAE-30), the SAE is engaged in educational activities at all levels. The World in Motion and World in Motion II programs are the formal educational programs of the society directed at the pre-high-school grades.

The SAE was founded in 1905 by several members in the newly emerging automotive industry including Henry Ford. With the development of airplanes, the SAE's focus expanded to include airborne as well as land vehicles, so that others of its early members included the Wright brothers. The involvement with sea and space came later.

The SAE has 55 local sections in North America through which it carries on many of its outreach activities. It is the local sections that often act as brokers in forming partnerships among teachers, school administrators, and businesses or other organizations, and in promoting the involvement of its members with A World in Motion or A World in Motion II in the schools. The section officers are trained by SAE staff to enable them to promote the programs, distribute the materials, and guide other engineers through the volunteer process.

The SAE has also created the SAE Foundation to which industries and individuals contribute and which supports activities such as these programs.


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