by Public Relations Office—Cedarville, Ohio
May 26, 2009
Cedarville, Ohio—Cedarville University is committed to advancing the engineering profession. In fact, Cedarville maintains the largest student chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) in the Dayton area.
The approximately 80 members in Cedarville’s chapter benefit from SAE’s global influence. SAE International has more than 121,000 members in more than 97 countries who exchange ideas to advance the engineering of mobility systems. “Everything that moves mechanically is affected by SAE,” says Jay Kinsinger, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Cedarville. So it’s a big deal when the president of SAE comes for a visit.
On Feb. 26, Cedarville hosted Dr. James Smith, president of SAE, and the officers of the Dayton chapter of SAE. During their visit, they ate with students and toured the University’s engineering facilities.
“Dr. Smith shared his views on why engineering students should attend graduate school and what they should look for,” says Mary Steinbach, a junior mechanical engineering major. “This encouraged me to consider getting my graduate degree, which was something I had not planned on doing prior to our conversation.”
While Cedarville’s engineering program is widely recognized, it still managed to impress industry leaders. “I was surprised by the reactions of the guests when they found out how much equipment we have on campus,” says Steinbach, “and when they learned that the students do the majority of their own machining.”
SAE students often participate throughout the year in numerous design competitions sponsored by organizations such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Department of Energy, and SAE International.
“Through Dr. Smith’s visit,” says Ryan Hokuf, a junior mechanical engineering major and president of Cedarville’s SAE chapter, “I gained a better understanding of the things SAE is doing to provide students the opportunity to get valuable work experience around the world.”