In the early 1900s, engineers in the automotive business, in order to expand their individual technical knowledge, needed a source where they could share their ideas freely. This desire led them to create the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), which has been playing a vital role in the development of the mobility industry since 1905.
SAE has been providing student members with challenging projects that involve planning and manufacturing tasks found when introducing a new product to the consumer industrial market. Some of these projects include Micro-Truck Baja, Super-Mileage Formula SAE Series, SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge, and Mini Baja Series.
Formation of Andrews University SAE Student Chapter
Students from the Department of Engineering & Computer Science became SAE student members and established a Collegiate Club (Student Chapter) at Andrews University in the Fall of 2005. This student chapter started out with 16 members, most of whom are currently studying to become the engineers of tomorrow. The Club was officially established and recognized in February 2006.
Andrews University Student Chapter members participated in their first ever Mini Baja Competition in April 2007, in Florida. In this Mini Baja competition, students are tasked to design and build an off-road vehicle that will survive the severe punishment of rough terrain, mud and water. Teams compete against one another to have their design accepted for manufacture by a fictitious firm. Students must function as a team to design, build, test, promote, and race a vehicle within the limits of the rules. Team AU came in 58 out of a total of 75 teams in the design competition.