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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

Get Involved!

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Are you a local member and not getting SoCal Section notices?  If so, please e-mail us your contact info at

Upcoming Events

Past Event Highlights

On April 9th at the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo, CA SAE SoCal hosted a technical presentation on Vehicle Battery Fires Why They Happen and How They Happen. Speaker Gregory Barnett presented details from his book, which was written to assist those interested in this type of incident understand how automotive fires develop, spread and the damage they cause, using both deductive and inductive reasoning.

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.


Because of the new GDRP regulations, many of our members are no longer receiving communications about their local SAE section’s activities. You now are required to ‘opt in’ to receive the section communications. If you are not currently receiving any information about your local section this is why. To fix this, all you need to do is update your preferences. Please see the below steps on how to do that. 

Your local section works hard to put on local events for it’s members. Please be on the look out for any opportunity that would interest you and attend!

How to Receive Section Emails:
Step 1: Log on to
Step 2: Log in to MySAE
Step3: Go to Communication Preference and click edit
Step 4: Click ‘Agree’ for the email line

Click here for a document of instructional screenshots

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