Member Technical Societies

September Society Spotlight

SAE International is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. Its mission is to advance mobility knowledge and solutions for the benefit of humanity. Its vision is to be the leader in connecting and educating mobility professionals to enable safe, clean, and accessible mobility solutions.

Our QC geographic region is served by the SAE Mississippi Valley Section. This Section includes 408 members located in Eastern Iowa, Western Illinois, and Southwestern Wisconsin. Its Chair is Tim Beavers of Vermeer.

SAE International was founded in 1905 in New York City, with its first vice president being Henry Ford. Its membership at the time tallied 30 engineers. Although its original focus was on automobiles, its scope grew to include other forms of “self powered vehicles” such as airplanes and tractors. In 1973, SAE moved its headquarters to Warrendale, PA.

The Mississippi Valley Section recruits engineering students and professionals, who have access to and may develop SAE standards.  Members do get an opportunity to network with others at section meetings and at national/international conferences.

The Section supports SAE student groups such as Formula, BAJA, and the Clean Snowmobile. Students get the opportunity to network with professionals through these sponsored events and tours.  This is one way SAE professional members can give back to students.  SAE also provides scholarships to students and funding to student groups.

COVID-19 has impacted the Section’s plans for meetings and events. In April, there was a tour of Weiler Manufacturing done jointly with SME. A Section Meeting was held on September 7th. For the future, plans are being made to hold new, in-person events in late 2021 and in 2022. These include joint visits to colleges and universities.  A joint section meeting with SME, ASME, WISE and ASABE is also being planned. 

Ryan Ogren, Industry Liaison for the Section, discusses the partnership the Section has with QCESC.  “We are working with QCESC to expand our network and visibility in the Quad Cities area. We are currently working on a tentative joint section meeting with QCESC and other professional groups in February 2022.”

For more information about the SAE Mississippi Valley Section, visit their website:  

Those who are interested in finding out more about SAE can visit this website: you have questions or are interested in joining SAE, contact Ryan Ogren at

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