David Alexander Senior Director, Standards SAE International


David Alexander has been with SAE International and its affiliates for 18 years and is currently based in Detroit, Michigan, USA, having previously been based in London until 2022. In February 2022, he assumed the role of Senior Director of Standards. In this role, Alexander is responsible for the coordination and collaboration of SAE’s standards programs and constituents across diverse mobility sectors including aerospace, automotive and commercial vehicle. He is also responsible globally for the strategy and operations of the SAE Aerospace and Systems Management Standards programs comprising over 7,800 consensus standards maintained by more than 180 technical committees. This includes the staff leadership for the SAE Executive Standards Committee and SAE Aerospace Council and includes leadership in the stakeholder integration of standards through the SAE Group portfolio.

Supported by SAE staff in London, Paris, Shanghai and across the US, program activities include relationships with industry, associations, regulatory authorities and government stakeholders around the world and strategy for standardization in areas as diverse as artificial intelligence, predictive maintenance, hydrogen & sustainable fuels, electrification, additive manufacturing, human factors and quality.

Prior to joining the SAE Aerospace Standards operation, David worked on the Nadcap accreditation programme through SAE’s affiliate organisation PRI, and he holds a BA (Hons) degree from the University of Manchester.