About the program


The SAE Industrial Lecture Program Stimulates Contact between Practicing Engineers and Engineering Educators

The SAE Industrial Lecture Program reflects on the importance of acquaintanceships and the interchange of needed information between practicing engineers in industry and faculty and students in our educational institutions. This program is intended to generate such interaction directly, through campus visits by outstanding practicing engineers.

The SAE Industrial Lecture Program accomplishes its goal by sponsoring visits to engineering schools by engineers from industry. During the visit, they will participate in a full day of activities including a technical lecture presentation, informal discussions with students and faculty, and laboratory and classroom tours. The lecture is presented through a department seminar, to a class, or to a student section of a professional society in either a daytime or evening meeting. The intention is to have the guest lecturer communicate their industrial experience, attitudes, needs, and viewpoints to faculty and students.

There is no cost to the educational institution to host a lecturer, aside from providing the equipment needs. The SAE Ralph R. Teetor Award or a lecturer's employer funds the lecturer's travel costs. Each lecturer may also receive a small honorarium from SAE for participating in the program.

Selection of lecturers is based on timeliness and appropriateness of their specific area, speaking ability, and industry representation. The SAE Teetor Committee members suggest topics that are of relevance and interest to a majority of SAE's Collegiate Chapter's students and faculty. SAE staff solicits individuals to be lecturers based on these suggestions. Lecturers are often recent SAE paper and book authors but can be experts in their respective fields. The campus lecture is prepared by the lecturer and is either based on their paper, book or is prepared from their industry experience. Educators and government employees are not eligible to participate in this program.

Educational institutions that have SAE collegiate chapters or student design teams may invite lecturers to their campuses.

The list of SAE Industrial Lecturers is announced in the fall. Lecturers are provided on a first come first served basis and at the lecturer's availability. Review Instructions for Hosting a Lecture Visit to find out how to request a lecturer to visit your campus.

Sponsored by the SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Awards Committee