It is hard to believe I have been an SAE member now for some thirty years – the span of my entire career. I became a member the first year I joined the auto industry as a researcher with the
University of Michigan’s Office for the Study of Automotive Transportation. I worked for David
Cole, and as an SAE Fellow, he encouraged me from day one not to be just an SAE member but
to be an involved SAE member. I thought that encouragement was mainly because as a corporate finance and business economics major in undergraduate school and an MBA in graduate
school he thought SAE would teach me to be conversant in engineering – a helpful language to
know to be successful in the automotive industry.
Eventually, I took on more activities in the Detroit Section and
was elected Section Chair in 1998. It really was at this point
when I appreciated the true value of SAE International and the
Section – it is all about the quality of the people you meet and
the relationships you build.
As I look back on my roles with the SAE International Board or my current roles on the SAE International Finance Committee
and Section Treasurer I have brought my formal education into SAE. With thirty years of SAE experience I bring my personal
experience with a much deeper understanding of what it takes to design, engineer, and manufacture a personal vehicle. Like
they always say, the more you put into something the more you get out. My SAE career has proven that adage. I just hope I am
more conversant in engineering.