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SAE Southern
California Section

Outstanding resource for people involved in all aspects of the vehicle mobility industry in and around the Southern California, as far north as San Luis Obispo and as far south as Orange County.

About SAE SoCal

SAE is the leader in connecting and educating mobility professionals to enable safe, clean, and accessible mobility solutions. We promote education in automotive and aerospace technologies for today’s and future engineers.

Ways you can get involved:

Develop valuable career skills that will benefit you on the job through a leadership role

Offer a tour or event at your facility

Suggest ideas for future events or meeting topics

Connect with engineering students and young professionals in your region

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Upcoming Events

Past Event Highlights

On February 12 at the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo, CA SAE SoCal hosted a technical presentation on the principles of high-efficiency electric flight by J. Philip Barnes, a Senior Technical Fellow of Pelican Aero Group. The event was recorded and can be watched in full here.

Do you have an event suggestion for SAE SoCal?

Members are invited to propose speakers or topics for presentation as an official SAE SoCal event.

To propose a speaker or topic, please copy the form in the link below to a Word document, fill it in with your name as the contact party and email it to:

The Governing Board will review proposals and select those of greatest benefit the membership.

Member Highlight

David Tarlau

SAE Member David Tarlau is a regular fixture at the SAE SoCal Board of Director Meetings. He assists SAE SoCal as a volunteer handling technical inspections with the SAE Aero Design West Competition. He is active with SAE because he appreciates the opportunity to meet individuals he would not necessarily get a chance to interact with in his normal work. David participated in SAE competitions while in school at Kettering University where he started the SAE Aero Design Team. Now David is a Battery Design Engineer at Evelozcity in Torrance, CA.

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