The first Cadillac CTS V-Sport has been donated for auction to support the Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE) STEM programs. These programs consist of science, technology, engineering and mathematics educational programs. The GM Foundation has been a long time supporter of SAE in terms of donations, grants and 1,500 mentors and volunteers that are hard at work helping students study.
Mary Barra, General Motors senior vice president, Global Product Development was honored this past Wednesday with an Industry Leadership Award through the SAE. She is the first woman to ever win this prestigious award.
Barra commented, “The SAE Foundation’s STEM educational programs are vital to ensuring we ignite the passion for math and science in young students who will be the future leaders of the automobile industry. At a recent SAE a World in Motion third-grade skimmer project I was especially gratified to see students having so much fun applying key principles of math and science. So it is fitting to support SAE’s programs by donating a vehicle that embodies what is possible when ingenuity meets engineering excellence.”
John Calabrese, GM vice president, Global Vehicle Engineering, was also on hand. He added, “We need to ensure that the next generation of professionals has the skills and education necessary to compete on a global basis. SAE’s programs integrate physical science basics with team-based learning – and show young people that math and science is a viable career choice. By investing in programs like SAE’s a World in Motion, we help get students engaged at an early age and keep them interested.”
The Cadillac CTS V-Sport will be auctioned off later this year by Barrett-Jackson. The winning bid will also get a performance driving school package to help them enjoy their new Caddy to the highest potential. From the sounds of it, if you have the extra cash, you just might want to see about placing some bids.
Source General Motors