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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 May 14th at a Southern California Raytheon location SAE SoCal hosted a technical presentation on Airborn Radar and the Application to Other Industries. Speaker Michael Valdovinos presented the fundamentals of pulse radars and their application in airborne radar system that track targets and create precise imagery.  He also offered further insight on how the application in other industries has stemmed from the radar applications in airborne systems.

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

In Memorium: John Mason, Ph.D.

Our good friend, Dr. John Mason, passed away on June 3, 2019. 

Dr. Mason was a tireless supporter of SAE serving twice as SAE International president as well as filling numerous roles in our SoCal SAE Section, most recently as secretary of the governing board.  John was very interested in mentoring and guiding young people throughout his career.  In the recent past he helped develop and taught a unique A World in Motion module on electricity for several years at the Monroe Middle School.  He was also very active in the Section’s Mac Short College Engineering Presentation Competition.

Outside his SAE activities, John met with several retired Garrett employees for coffee on Thursday mornings to discuss engineering topics such as electric and autonomous vehicles, carbon sequestration, black holes, and the design of trebuchets.

His vast experience and wise guidance was very helpful to the Section governing board and the local engineering community, and he was a premiere ambassador for the Section’s activities.  We will all miss him.

In John’s memory, donations can be made to the SAE Foundation (
LA Times Obituary

Dr. John Mason reviewing a student Aero Design poster at UCI in 2006.


Nominations Now Open for the Following Awards

Rumbaugh Outstanding Student Leader Award
Recognize an outstanding student leader, who is actively involved with SAE at the collegiate level. The award includes an honorarium, medal, and a trip to a major SAE meeting.
Myers Award for Outstanding Student Papers
Nominate an excellent technical paper, authored by a student and presented by the student at an SAE event or conference. The awardee receives a memento and cash honorarium to be presented at a major SAE event.
Honeywell Outstanding Collegiate Branch Award
Recognize an SAE Collegiate Branch who has demonstrated exemplary performance in areas including technical meetings, networking, SAE Collegiate Design Series, and community service.
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