DETROIT, MI, March 11, 2020


SAE Detroit Section and Michigan Mobility Institute announced today that they have formed a new partnership to work together to increase awareness of mobility industry opportunities in Southeast Michigan. The effort will also support the development of early-career engineering professionals. This partnership will extend the impact of the Michigan Mobility Institute’s existing work with Wayne State’s Industry Center for Advanced Mobility and as convener of the Mobility On-Ramp Collaborative, a multi-employer effort to boost preparedness for software and data science jobs in the mobility industry.


“Our partnership with SAE Detroit Section will engage current professionals in the industry and attract new young people to careers as mobility engineers,” said Jessica Robinson, Executive Director of the Michigan Mobility Institute.


SAE Detroit Section’s programs place a strong emphasis on inspiring future engineers through science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning from K-12 through college in Metro Detroit. SAE competitions prepare engineering students from a variety of disciplines for future employment in mobility-related industries by challenging them with a hands-on, team engineering experience that also requires budgeting, communication, project management, and resource management skills. SAE Detroit Section supports collegiate chapters at Eastern Michigan University, Lawrence Technological University, Monroe County Community College, Oakland University, University of Detroit Mercy, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and Dearborn, University of Toledo, and Wayne State University.


“We look forward to working with the Michigan Mobility Institute as they create credential programs for working professionals and career pathways by connecting existing youth STEM initiatives and post-secondary programs. These efforts will promote next-generation mobility careers for our local SAE membership,” said Renee´ Bovair, Executive Director of SAE Detroit Section.


About the Michigan Mobility Institute:


The Michigan Mobility Institute accelerates mobility workforce development, upskilling programs, and post-secondary degrees by bringing industry and education partners together. We merge the historic excellence of engineering, design, and supply chain in Michigan with deep insight into the global hiring needs of next-generation mobility disruptors. It is the first initiative of the Detroit Mobility Lab.


About SAE Detroit Section:


SAE International is a global association committed to advancing mobility knowledge and solutions for the benefit of humanity. By engaging nearly 200,000 engineers, technical experts and volunteers, we connect and educate mobility professionals to enable safe, clean, and accessible mobility solutions. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering.


SAE International was founded by a small group of industry pioneers in 1905. As membership grew, the SAE Detroit Section was established in 1911 and has grown to become one of the largest in the Society with members from southeastern lower Michigan, including metropolitan Detroit, Ann Arbor, Jackson, and Toledo.


The fundamental purpose of SAE Detroit Section is to generate local activities that extend SAE benefits to members in their area. To achieve this, vehicle events are presented each year as well as various technical meetings, tours, and social events. To promote awareness for future members, the Section provides support to SAE student chapters at local universities. Additionally, individual members are active participants in educational programs for K-12 students.