Established in 2011, the purpose/objective of this award is to recognize the significant technical achievements brought about by innovation, leadership and inspiration of employees with disabilities working in the aerospace engineering industry. It also demonstrates the deeper scope and reach of SAE International to mobility engineering professionals.

The Steven M. Atkins Ability and Achievement in Science, Engineering, and Technology (AASET) Award was established to recognize aerospace employees with disabilities who, through their technical achievements, innovation, leadership and inspiration, have contributed to the aerospace industry.

This award was enabled by a contribution from The Boeing Company to honor Steven M. Atkins, Vice President, Product Integrity and Functional Excellence, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

The selected recipient would be an individual who has met the purpose/objective of this award and who is disabled as defined by the latest amendment to the "Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990."

The award is an engraved crystal/marble obelisk and a $200 honorarium.