The SAE Foundation was established to encourage student participation and boost academic achievement in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The Cerence donation will go toward the Foundation’s educational initiatives, including its flagship A World In Motion program, as well as its Collegiate Design Series, and a series of individual awards and scholarships.
Cerence’s employees will also be empowered to act as volunteer mentors to students involved in the A World In Motion (AWIM) program. Those that choose to do so will be able to engage in a number of different ways, and will have the opportunity to offer advice and talk to students about their experiences in STEM at conferences, in videos, or through letters as penpals.
For its part, Cerence is hoping to gain access to a better-educated workforce with forward-thinking STEM credentials. The company noted that the number of students enrolling in science and technology programs has gone down in the past few years. Reversing that trend will create a better hiring pool as Cerence tries to stay at the forefront of the smart mobility industry.
“It’s important that we engage within our communities to develop our students through hands-on, project-based STEM learning,” said Cerence CHRO Sachin Sahney. “We are proud to partner with the SAE Foundation to help develop diverse, STEM-fluent innovators prepared to solve the complex mobility and transportation challenges of today and tomorrow.”
“It’s extremely rewarding to see students’ excitement as they connect what they learn to real-world applications and develop a curiosity about the world around them,” added SAE Foundation Director Lori Gatmaitan.
Shortly after its debut, Cerence formed a research partnership with Quebec’s Mila Artificial Intelligence Institute, which allowed Mila interns to collaborate with Cerence researchers on select projects and publications. The company itself recently achieved ISO 27001 certification.
In the meantime, more than 6 million students and 30,000 professional volunteers have now been involved in various SAE programs.