30 Under 30: Recognizing the Future Leaders of Manufacturing
Manufacturing Engineering celebrates the inaugural 30 Under 30 honorees in the pages that follow. These young people have taken the road less traveled—and they deserve recognition for it.
Modern culture doesn't do enough to celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields, let alone Manufacturing. Yet these are the fields that allow us to eat, live, heal, entertain and protect ourselves. Without competence and leadership in these areas, our country is in trouble.
Many of the people selected to be honored in these pages appreciate the importance of the work they do. We know that they will make a difference. In fact, many of them already are. Take 14-year-old Ananya Rajagopal, for example. She led a team that developed a time- and temperature-sensitive erasable bar code that could keep customers from buying contaminated food—a potential life-saving innovation.
Ananya—with her 29 peers here—represent all of the young people who we believe will save and extend the life of the US manufacturing industry. They are proving that competence in STEM, including manufacturing, breeds innovation and economic success. ME
Download the entire book of winners at www.sme.org/30honorees.
Kevin James Shaw
Ronald Olkowski III