The Millar award recognizes an individual or organization that best demonstrates continuous philanthropic support of the SAE Foundation's mission to encourage and increase student participation and achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The award is funded by AVL. Gordon Millar was an SAE Fellow and a member of SAE International since 1949. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1975 and, in 1984 served as SAE President, the same year that he concluded a noteworthy career at John Deere. He was a noted author and a consultant to the Southwest Research Institute, as well as a recognized expert in the history and restoration of classic marine engines. He was a lifetime advocate for improving STEM education and encouraging women to seek engineering careers.