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Society of Automotive Engineers Student Awards

SAE Student Awards
Select the Suitable Award from the list and Apply
Society of Automotive Engineers Student Awards

SAE International offers a series of awards to promote the education of engineering students, recognize outstanding SAE Collegiate Branches, and support the development of Formula SAE vehicles.


Henry O. Fuchs Student Award:

Established in 1991, this award recognizes a graduate or recently graduated student (i.e. post doctorate or new professor) that is working in the field of fatigue research and applications. The purpose of this award is to promote the education of engineering students in the area of fatigue technology.

This award honors the memory of Professor Henry O. Fuchs. Professor Fuchs participated in the SAE Fatigue Design & Evaluation Committee's research projects, was a member of the faculty who founded the SAE Fatigue Concepts in Design short course, published extensively in SAE and elsewhere in the technical community, and actively participated in the Surface Enhancement Division of the Committee which is responsible for many standards relating to surface treatments of metals for withstanding fatigue damage.

The award is made twice annually by the SAE Fatigue Design & Evaluation Committee and is granted to one graduate student. The award consists of a framed certificate, a $100 honorarium, and a transportation allowance to attend the SAE Fatigue Design & Evaluation Committee meeting where the award is presented. The student selected will be required to discuss his/her work related to the field of fatigue research and applications in the form of a one half hour presentation with time for questions and answers at the SAE Fatigue Design & Evaluation Committee meeting.

How to Apply for this Award:

Nominations are to be made by submitting a one-page summary explaining the students' work. Please submit your nomination to our Awards staff at

Nomination Deadlines: Feb. 1 and Aug. 1

Past Recipients: Xiao Wu, Spring 2018


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Honeywell Outstanding Collegiate Branch Award:

This award recognizes SAE Collegiate Branches for exemplary performance in the areas of technical meetings, networking opportunities, SAE Collegiate Design Series teams, membership and recruitment, and community service programs, like A World In Motion®. By participating in these activities, they will increase the value of SAE student membership and add to the stature of the SAE Collegiate Branch on campus and in the community. This award was established in 1963 and is administered by the Education Board.

​SAE Collegiate Branches are defined as a group of students at a given university that have a Faculty Advisor, 25 or more paid student members for at least three years in a row, and have submitted a slate of elected student officers to SAE International.

The Collegiate Branches selected as recipients will be recognized at the SAE World Congress each year where they will receive a plaque and a monetary prize.

Branches compete in one of three classes based on the number of paid student members:

    Class 1 (75+ student members) - $1000

    Class 2 (50 to 74 student members) - $850

    Class 3 (25 to 49 student members) - $600


In addition, there are Awards of Excellence ($100 each) that can be awarded to SAE Collegiate Branches that excel in certain areas (such as meetings, projects, membership and recruitment) but did not qualify for the entire Outstanding Collegiate Branch Award. The number of awards in each class is left to the discretion of the judges.


Awards will be based upon the following criteria:

    Membership, Organization, Planning and Finances - 30%

    Meetings - 20%

    Projects - 20%

    Involvement - 25%

    Innovation - 5%

Each of these areas is described in depth on the application.


NOTE: This award is not available for Collegiate Chapters at universities in countries where we have SAE Affiliate Programs (Brazil, India) are not eligible for this award.


How to Apply:

Click on the link to download the application form:

Save this form to your hard drive to complete. When finished, submit to:


Mail: SAE International Attn: Awards Program Coordinator 400 Commonwealth Dr. Warrendale, PA 15096

Nomination Deadline: October 1


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Myers Award for Outstanding Student Paper:

Established in 1997, this award is given annually for the best technical paper presented by a student. The paper must be based on work done by the lead author(s) while a student. The time of the work determines student status. The presentation of the technical paper must be made by the student at a major SAE meeting. Papers can be on any topic and from students worldwide. Technical papers presented from June through May of the following year are eligible for the award annually.

The award recognizes the late Dr. Phil Myers and his wife Jean for their lifelong devotion to students and SAE. Myers was a renowned expert on internal combustion engines, and before his retirement, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Together with his wife, they set a high standard for excellence, concern for students, and involvement with SAE.

The award consists of an attractive memento as well as a $4,000 honorarium to the lead student author. It is presented at the Awards Ceremony during WCX: World Congress Experience.

How to Apply:

Click on the link to register online:

Nomination Deadline: October 1

Previous Recipients:

Sergey Fedorovich Golovashchenko, Ph.D. Oakland University

Daniel Kowalsky, FCA

Saeid Nasheralahkami, Ph.D, Oakland University

Collin James Malek, Stanley Blak & Decker

Weitian Tim Zhou, Oakland University

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Rumbaugh Outstanding Student Leader Award:

Purpose: To identify and recognize an outstanding student leader of one or more SAE activities and, through the award, encourage a vision within the student to become an SAE leader during his/her adult career.

​SAE student members will be nominated by their SAE faculty advisor who will provide a citation detailing the student's outstanding leadership skills during the past academic year. All nominees will meet the following criteria:

Must be a current student member of SAE or student who recently transferred to SAE Professional Membership who actively supports SAE World Headquarters and its programs

Must have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills in one or more SAE activities during the academic year of nomination

Must graduate between December and June from a university or college in a technical field related to mobility engineering (includes graduate and undergraduate studies)

Must be employed in a mobility-related industry at the time of selection (August/September).

Nominations will be judged based on SAE-related leadership activities during the year of nomination, and imminent support of SAE and its activities.

This award recognizes an outstanding student leader of one or more SAE activities and encourages a vision within the student to become an SAE leader during his/her adult career.  Through a generous contribution from Max E. Rumbaugh Jr., past Executive Vice President of SAE (1986-2001), this award exemplifies his interest in encouraging leadership qualities and opportunities within the ranks of SAE supporters.

This award, established in 2002, is administered by the Rumbaugh Award Selection Committee and consists of a framed medal, a $750 honorarium, a lifetime professional membership in SAE and a trip to a major SAE meeting where the award is presented.

How to Apply:

Click on the link to apply Online:

Nomination Deadline: Oct. 1

Past Recipients: Year-2017:

Ian Eickholdt, Central Michigan University.

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William R. "Bill" Adam Formula SAE® Vehicle Development Grant:

This grant provides funding to a Formula SAE® team to assist with the development of their project. Applicants must be registered for the competition at the time of application. Teams wishing to use these funds for anything other than vehicle design will be eliminated. Special attention will be given to those teams who were unable to secure major sponsors for their team.

This grant honors William R. "Bill" Adam's contribution to FSAE and his lifelong dedication to mentoring young engineers. A 35-year member of SAE and long time supporter of FSAE, Bill was an engineer in the automotive industry for more than 40 years working on vehicle development, testing and correlation. He was a co-patent developer of integrated Manifold-Muffler-Catalyst design and had seven years experience with exhaust development and exhaust pass-by noise levels.

Established in 2004, this grant is administered by the SAE Foundation, and applications are reviewed by Mrs. Pat Adam and Mrs. Julie Koerber, Bill's daughter. The selected applicant will receive a $500 grant which must be used toward the development of the vehicle.

How to Apply: Click on the link to apply online:

Nomination Deadline: January 15

Past Recipients: Year-2018:

University of Central Florida

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About Society of Automotive Engineers

SAE International is a global body of scientists, engineers, and practitioners that advances self-propelled vehicle and system knowledge in a neutral forum for the benefit of society.

SAE International is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. Our core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development.

SAE International's charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series.

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