SAE or Society of Automotive Engineers is a globally active professional association and standards organization for engineering professionals in various industries. Student clubs of SAE from various universities make sure that they establish a link between the industry and the students.
The SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University) SAE Collegiate Club is one of the most active student clubs around the campus and happens to be the second largest SAE club in Southern zone. The club was started few years ago by a bunch of mechanical students. The club has increased its sphere as it currently has students from various departments of engineering such as Electrical and Nuclear, Automobile and Aerospace Departments. The club's Chairman Rishi Raj Singh, 4th year Mechanical student says that "The SAE club has increased its reach as the club no longer focuses only on advancements in automotive technology but reaches out equally to the engineering fraternity on the whole. The club has developed tremendously in the past 2 years and we are trying to raise the bar higher."
The club organizes events every semester to provide a platform to budding engineers to showcase their skills and implement what they learn in their textbooks. The Vice Chairman, Shiva Sai, also a 4th year Mechanical student, says "The club usually organizes 6-7 events in a semester ranging from Paper Presentations, Business Plans to various design and built competitions. These help the students to improve in all fields including their research and analytic capabilities and marketing and presentation skills."
The club also organizes various workshops and seminars every semester to increase awareness among students about the latest trends in the field of automobile, aerospace and advanced mobility. Members of this club also get the privilege to become a member of the esteemed worldwide organization at a very nominal cost and also get access to the SAE research papers along with the membership. The students also get latest insights from the industry in the form of SAE newsletter every month.
In the previous years, SAE organized events such as the 'Auto Freaks' and 'Junkyard Wars' that saw an overwhelming participation. Another such interesting event that SAE has organized is called the 'Robosoccer,' that was to showcase prototypes of robots that have the capacity to score a goal.
SAE presently supports two major teams from the campus, Camber Racing - winners of the Supra SAE 2012 and The Conrods -Winners of the BAHA India 2012.