SAE 2020 Top Contributor Class: Inspiring Future STEM Innovators 

Derek Logan celebrates with AWIM Challenge competition winners

The greatest reward for SAE’s tens of thousands of volunteers comes from within—from the humble satisfaction of helping advance SAE International’s mission and objectives with no expectation of reward. 

Leading young minds in the direction of engineering is the SAE volunteer contribution of Don Robins as he coaches youngsters through the SAE A World In Motion® (AWIM) program. He recruits additional professionals through the SAE Arizona Section and Sun Lakes Rotary to volunteer with AWIM students to enrich the learning experience.

For Derek LoganSAE is a great organization to get to know others who share your same passion for the automotive industry, engineering, and volunteering. It is very rewarding to help others with events and education—especially with AWIM at the elementary school. The kids love it so much, and I know there are some whose future has been molded for the better by that experience.”

Don Robins sparks curiosity with first graders at Auxier Elementary School in Queen Creek, AZ with the AWIM Rolling Things challenge

SAE Fellow, Steve Rohde, recently created a video of World War I aviation hero Eddie Rickenbacker’s visit to Detroit in 1923 from a photo album found in the Detroit SAE officesThis project ended up winning the 2019 Motor Cities Award in Preservation & Education. Rohde is an active AWIM volunteer and recently recorded a ‘Meet the Engineer” video for SAE STEM@Home.

No one in the 2020 Top Contributor Class has done more for SAE, and for longer, than Ward Atkinson. He became an SAE Member when the U.S. President was a World War II commander (Dwight Eisenhower) and has put in countless volunteer hours with the SAE Interior Climate Control Committee as well as working with Robins and the AWIM program in Arizona.

In any given year, James Shaw meets with over 500 students. The Founder and Managing Director of Fastway Engineering is one of SAE Industrial Lecturers—engineers who travel to SAE Collegiate Chapters and share their knowledge with students. In addition, he is heavily involved in the Formula SAE competition, part of SAE’s Collegiate Design Series™ (CDS).

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Please note: Group photos without masks were taken pre-pandemic.

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