SAE International is one of the main sources of norms and standards related to the automotive and aerospace sectors worldwide, bringing together 138,000 specialist and technical engineers related to the automotive market, including: aerospace, commercial, industrial and automotive. The main benefits offered by the organization are lifelong learning and the development of voluntary consensus standards. Its world-renowned magazines, (Automotive Engineering International, Aerospace Engineering and Off Highway Engineering) keeps the mobility community informed of the latest developments in the industry, as well as through SAE's vast number of technical, historical and statistical publications distributed to customers in more than 65 countries annually.
During the 1990s, SAE International announced the formation of its first affiliate, SAE BRASIL, a society that began with over 1,500 members and an annual event of its own, the SAE BRASIL International Congress. The entity also opened four geographic sections in the Indian subcontinent, in addition to having established new sections in China, Russia, Romania and Egypt, to mention just a few. In 2002, SAE India was formally established as one more affiliate.
The social arm of SAE International is the SAE Foundation, it's main objective is to encourage and support the development of trained professionals in the many mobility communities. In an effort to promote scientific and mathematical knowledge, as well as ensuring that industries have a more diverse pool of candidates in the future workforce, the SAE Foundation developed in 1990 and maintains to this day the school curriculum World In Motion , as a physical science supplement for fourth, fifth, and sixth graders. Research shows that it is in these years that children lose interest in science and math, which they will need as a foundation for entering engineering curricula.
Once students enter university-level engineering programs, SAE hosts 12 events, the Collegiate Design Competitions - that put classroom training into practice by challenging students to design, build and test the performance of a real vehicle in a competitive environment. The SAE Collegiate Design competitions have more than 4,500 students from 500 universities on six continents. Formula SAE , SAE Mini Baja , and SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge are just a few examples of these stimulating competitions.
The Baja SAE BRASIL program is a challenge launched to Engineering students that offers the chance to apply in practice the knowledge acquired in the classroom, aiming to increase their preparation for the job market. By participating in the Baja SAE program, the student is involved with a real case of development of an off road vehicle, from its conception, detailed design, construction and testing. And the most exciting thing is that the winning teams are invited to participate in the international competition, in the United States!
The Baja SAE project was created at the University of South Carolina, United States, under the direction of Dr. John F. Stevens, with the first competition taking place in 1976. The year 1991 marked the beginning of SAE BRASIL's activities, which, in 1994, launched the Baja SAE BRASIL Project.
The following year, in 1995, the first national competition was held, on the Guido Caloi track, in the Ibirapuera neighborhood, in the city of São Paulo. The following year the competition was transferred to the Interlagos Circuit, where it was until 2002. As of 2003, the competition was held in Piracicaba, in the interior of São Paulo, at ECPA – Esporte Clube Piracicabano de Automobilismo. In 2016 the competition was held at FATEC in São José dos Campos.
Since 1997, SAE BRASIL also supports the realization of regional events of Baja SAE BRASIL, through its Regional Sections. Since then dozens of events have been held in various states of the country such as Rio Grande do Sul, São Paulo, Minas Gerais and Bahia.
Students participating in Baja SAE BRASIL must form teams that will represent the Higher Education Institution to which they are linked. These teams are challenged annually to participate in the competition, which brings together students and promotes the comparative evaluation of projects. In Brazil, the national competition is called Competition Baja SAE BRASIL and the regional competitions are named Stage South, Southeast and Northeast.
The competition stages are not complementary and the winning team of the national Baja wins the right to compete in the international stage of the competition in the United States.
SAE BRASIL and the activities developed by it are important sources of knowledge and technological updating in the industry, focused on innovations and trends in Brazilian and international mobility. Through courses and technical events promoted annually, the association became a present and active icon for the market, which generates and disseminates knowledge for Brazilian mobility professionals.
The association is the result of an entrepreneurial trajectory that began in 1991. Faced with the globalization process, executives from the automotive and aerospace segments, aware of the need to open the frontiers of knowledge for Brazilian mobility professionals, took the initiative to create in Brazil an affiliate of SAE International. The institution, with almost 25 years of existence, was created by the initiative of names such as Carlos Buechler, Luc de Ferran, Bernd Wiedmann, Ferdinand Panik, Flamínio Leme, Fábio Braga and others.
SAE BRASIL has six thousand members and more than a thousand volunteers. Its headquarters are in the city of São Paulo, in addition to being present in seven Brazilian states, through 10 regional sections. The association promotes more than 100 events annually, including symposia, forums, colloquia, lectures and congresses, which are attended by 18,000 participants.