MIA and SAE sign milestone co-operative agreement. With an innovative eye to the future, two highly respected but hitherto unrelated organisations, the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), have...
MIA and SAE sign milestone co-operative agreement.
With an innovative eye to the future, two highly respected but hitherto unrelated organisations, the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), have this month signed a milestone agreement of co-operation.
Both organisations are committed to improving the education of scholars embarking on a career in motorsport and vehicle engineering. The MIA has been a firm supporter of the SAE/I Mech E's annual Formula Student competition (for which trainee engineers design, build, test and race single-seat race cars) since its inception in 1998. The MIA and SAE will now explore how they can extend the reach and effectiveness of programmes like Formula Student and the many other projects they encompass between them.
Furthermore, the agreement confirms the intention of the two organisations to promote each other's activities to their respective members. They will also join forces in the planning of new motorsport engineering events of mutual benefit. These events will help to strengthen the UK's global position in motorsport engineering and the image of its home in 'Motorsport Valley'.
The MIA's influence has mushroomed in the last couple of years and its corporate members account for 35% of the UK motorsport industry's total turnover of £5billion. The SAE is a truly global body representing in excess of 83,000 individual members in nearly 100 countries.
Said the MIA's Chief Executive Officer Chris Aylett, "In the last few years, the MIA has made enormous strides in bringing industry and academia closer together. Linking hands with an international body as well-established and well-recognised as the SAE will greatly increase the scope and delivery of our aims. This new alliance is an extremely exciting one that will have far reaching effects for our industry in the future."
Commented the President of the SAE, Neil Shilke, "Along with the excitement that it provides, motorsport is a proving ground and candy store for vehicle engineering. This affiliation between the MIA and SAE greatly expands our opportunities in bringing together the engineering community."