Established in 2014, and made possible by a generous gift from Arnold and Stephanie Siegel, this award proudly represents members and non-members of the Society whose mobility industry contributions have made a lasting social benefit on humanity. The award will honor individuals, teams, organizations or entities, both domestic and internationally, whose mobility industry contributions - research or practical application - have made a significant, positive, multi-generational impact on the world such as, but not limited to: mobility safety or the environment, creating a safer, healthier world.
The SAE Arnold W. Siegel Humanitarian Award honors Arnold W. Siegel, an SAE Fellow and Medal of Honor recipient, whose pioneering crash injury research began in 1954 at the University of California-Los Angeles. His extensive accomplishments in transportation safety and research include working with the world's first experimental full-scale automotive crash program, designing and constructing early versions of anthropometric dummies, and more than 40 years of collision and injury analysis and consulting for research and forensic purposes. He helped pioneer research on barrier, side-impact, rollover head-on, motorcycle and pedestrian crashes. He built the first infant and child dummies, crash tested them and worked on and designed the first rear facing infant safety seats and child booster seats resulting in significantly fewer injuries and deaths in auto accidents. In collaboration with others, he worked to reveal critical automotive safety issues and create life-saving solutions, bringing injury prevention to the forefront, forever altering the way automobiles are engineered.