Membership: Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How long will it take for my membership to be processed?
A: Your online application is processed almost immediately after membership fee payment. You will receive a confirmation email showing your membership ID number along with additional information to help you start using your benefits immediately. If you submit your application via mail, it can take 1–2 weeks for processing.
Q: When will I receive my New Member Information Kit?
A: Within one or two days of joining, you will receive your New Member Information via email.
Q. Will I receive a receipt?
A: Yes. If you join via the Web, your email confirmation will detail your order. If you would like a printed receipt, please contact our Customer Service Department by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: When will I receive my first issue of Aerospace India?
A: Your first issue will ship approximately one month after you join.
Membership Changes or Updates
Q: I am retiring. Do I need to notify SAeE?
A: Yes, please. You may change your status to retired by contacting us.
Engaging with SAeE
Q: How can I become active in my local section?
A: You can find the point of contact for your section. You will find contact information for your section on their website.
Q: How can I become a member of one of the SAeE Standing Committees?
A: You may nominate yourself or be nominated by another member for membership.
Q: How do I become a member of an SAeE Technical Committee?
A: Any SAeE member is welcome to apply for membership on a Technical Committee. Technical Committee membership is generally for three consecutive one-year terms. Nominations open 1 August and close 1 November, although midyear placement on a Technical Committee is also possible.
Q: What are the grades of membership?
A: There are nine grades of SAeE membership.
- Student Member – Student Members are those who are interested in aeronautics and astronautics and whose primary activity is study at recognized colleges, universities, or secondary schools offering curricula and studies acceptable to the Institute. Student Members may not vote in Board of Director elections.
- Associate Member – Associate Members are individuals who do not have a degree in science or engineering but who are interested in the development or application of aeronautics and astronautics. Associate Members may not vote in Board of Director elections.
- Member – Members are individuals who have acquired a professional standing in the practice of the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics and astronautics. Member applicants shall have achieved a Bachelor’s degree in science or engineering, or equivalent qualifications through professional practice.
- Senior Member – Senior Members are individuals who have demonstrated successful professional practice in the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics or astronautics for the equivalent of at least eight years.
- Associate Fellow – Associate Fellows are individuals who have accomplished or been in charge of important engineering or scientific work, who have done original work of outstanding merit, or who have otherwise made outstanding contributions to the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics or astronautics. A candidate for this honor must have at least 12 years of professional experience and must be a Senior Member in good standing of the Institute. Self-nominations are not permitted.
- Fellow – Fellows are individuals of distinction in aeronautics or astronautics who have made notable and valuable contributions to the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics or astronautics. A candidate for this honor must have been an Associate Fellow in good standing.
- Honorary Fellow – Honorary Fellows are individuals of eminence in aeronautics or astronautics recognized by a long and highly contributive career in the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics or astronautics. A candidate for this honor must have been a Fellow in good standing.
- Honorary Member – Honorary Members are be persons of distinction associated with aeronautics or astronautics, who are nominated by the Honors and Awards Committee and elected by the Board.
- Educator Associate – Educator Associates are K–12 teachers of the “STEM” subjects of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. Educator Associate Members may not vote in Board of Director elections. This membership remains valid as long as the member’s email address is valid.
Q: Does SAeE offer Lifetime Memberships?
A: Yes. SAeE has a special dues rate for becoming Lifetime Members. The cost for Lifetime Membership is 15 times the annual applicable dues rate. You may pay Lifetime Membership dues in full or in installments of two, four, or eight payments.
Q: Is there a fee to advance my membership status?
A: No. SAeE does not charge a fee to upgrade your membership. Your dues only increases when you are elected to Associate Fellow and Fellow.
Q: How do I know if I qualify for a membership advancement in grade?
A: The standards for qualifying for advancement in membership are simple:
- Senior Member: You are eligible for Senior Member status if you have over eight years of professional practice in the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics or astronautics.
- Associate Fellow: You may be nominated for Associate Fellow status if you are a Senior Member in good standing and have over 12 years of professional practice in the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics or astronautics.
- Fellow: You may be nominated for Fellow if you have been an Associate Fellow in good standing and have made notable and valuable contributions in the field of aeronautics or astronautics.
- Honorary Fellow: You may be nominated for Honorary Fellow if you have been a Fellow in good standing and are a person of eminence in aeronautics or astronautics, recognized by a long and highly contributive career in the arts, sciences, or technology of these fields.
Q: What are the deadlines for the various membership upgrade nominations? A: Senior Member nominations are accepted and processed each month. Associate Fellow nominations are due by 15 April of each year, with references due by 15 May. Fellow and Honorary Fellow nominations are due by 15 June of each year, with references due by 15 July.
Q: Who reviews the nominations for various membership upgrades?
A: Your professional peers review all SAeE membership upgrade applications. Each year, the SAeE Board of Directors appoints selection committees to review all nominations for membership upgrade.
Q: Can you give me any tips for completing the advancement nominations?
A: Nominations should be thoroughly and thoughtfully filled out, and comply with page and section limits. The committees prefer not to receive excessive or poorly organized material. A more voluminous submission is not necessarily a better one! Additionally, please make sure the references who are selected are knowledgeable of the candidate’s work. Do not include resumes or CVs.
Q: I am an international member and have difficulty finding references. Are they an important part of the review process?
A: References are critical to the review process. SAeE is aware that international members may have difficulty finding references. The SAeE staff and many volunteers will always assist you in finding appropriate references.
Q: My membership has expired. Will I lose my member grade when I renew?
A: No. When you reinstate your SAeE membership, you will return at the same member grade you had attained before your membership expired.
Q: My SAeE membership expired over a year ago. Will I lose my continuous membership date?
A: Yes. However, if you wish to retain your original continuous membership date, you may do so by paying the back dues for the years during which your membership had lapsed.
Honors and Awards
Q: Where can I find information about the SAeE Honors and Awards program?
A: All of your answers can be found on the Honors and Awards Page.
Q: Where can I make a nomination?
A: Please visit the Membership/Honors and Awards section of the SAeE website, and then select “Awards.”