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Bonnie Knopf








By Bonnie Knopf
2013 Chair
SME Member Council

It’s been an exciting year for SME, its members, volunteer leaders and staff. As the world continues to change, so does SME. By now, all of you have been introduced to the 2017 SME Strategic Direction and new branding initiative from the SME Board of Directors. Revamping both the strategic direction and the brand was a lengthy process to make SME more relevant to today’s manufacturers. I am proud to have been chair of the Member Council during this time, leading all of the council members and various committees in their charges. We, as a society, need to embrace both the strategic direction and branding initiative as a way to connect with everyone involved in manufacturing. As technology drives us forward, we need to stay on the leading edge of progress in an effort to bring the latest methodologies, techniques, information and best practices to the next-generation workforce.

The most current opportunity to interact virtually with all SME members is through SME Connect (visit or download the MemberCentric App on your smartphone to learn more). Several years ago, as a younger business owner, I reached out to the SME member community to help solve an engineering issue my company was having. Within an hour, I had several responses from people in similar industries, including Boeing and other large organizations. With the information provided, my problem was solved quickly. Several hours and dollars were saved because of our member network. Because SME Connect is relatively new, we are continuously improving it to make the networking opportunities and ability to exchange information even stronger. We have an unbelievable amount of talent, resources and material that can help advance any SME member in his/her manufacturing career.

In addition to SME Connect, I strongly encourage you to search to become more familiar with all of the products and services SME has to offer. The Ask the Librarian member benefit, for example, gives SME members unlimited information from a robust database. It’s an incredible resource that should be utilized by every SME member. There’s also a great deal of technical content available through events, webinars, discussions, blogs, KnowledgeEdgeSM, Tooling U-SME and Manufacturing Engineering Media.

I would also like to encourage you to contribute your knowledge to SME. We know that several of you are the top experts in your fields. Imagine the impact you could have for future members! The lifecycle of SME includes New Members, those who take knowledge from the experts; Existing Members, those who give and take knowledge; and finally, Expert Members, who have a career’s worth of knowledge to share. We need to provide avenues for all members to share their wealth of knowledge so that we can all be the best we can be. Having access to so much knowledge not only makes us stronger professionally, but also personally. Having access to knowledge makes you a better employee and employer. Helping each other in this endeavor is what being an SME member is all about.

At the same time, as an organization, SME and its volunteer leaders understand that time is the one thing people have less of these days. Because of that, we are all working hard to create and strengthen the resources that allow you to become the most effective manufacturer, while also building your personal skill set. SME could not be an effective organization without you, and I encourage you to give your input on ways that, as an organization, SME can improve at all levels.

Ultimately, I hope you continue to be persistent in your quest to be the best in manufacturing that you can be. From all of us at SME, we truly appreciate your membership and continued contributions. Thank you for being a member of one of the most distinguished manufacturing societies in the world today. ME

2013 Election Results Are In

SME recently announced the results of its 2013 Board of Directors and Member Council election. Six international directors and four Member Council representatives were elected for the 2014–15 term. The Board of Directors establishes SME’s business policies and strategic direction, while the Member Council formulates recommendations to the board relative to SME membership recruitment, retention and engagement.

2014–15 International Directors

  • Dean Bartles, PhD, FSME, General Dynamics Corp.
  • Sandra Bouckley, PE, Eaton Corp.
  • Mark Michalski, MKS Instruments
  • Robert Nesbitt, CMfgE, Eli Lilly and Co.
  • Ralph Resnick, FSME, NCDMM
  • Susan Smyth, PhD, General Motors

2014–15 Member Council Representatives

  • Jeff Arnold, CMfgE, The Boeing Co.
  • Elvin Keith Jr., CMfgE, PE, E.W. Keith Associates
  • Marie Laird, Luminex Molecular Diagnostics
  • Michael R. Watson, CMfgE, Penco Products

Candidates are currently being sought for the 2014 election. Anyone interested in applying for the 2015–16 Board of Directors and/or Member Council should visit to apply.

2014 Fellows Nominations

Nominations are currently being sought for the 2014 SME College of Fellows. To be considered for this recognition, an SME College of Fellows nominee/nomination must:

  • Be an SME member in good standing who is recognized by the manufacturing community as a contributor to the social, technological and educational aspects of the profession.
  • Possess a minimum of a bachelor's degree or its equivalent in engineering experience.
  • Have at least 20 years of experience in a manufacturing-related area. Time spent in pursuit of a related academic degree may also be included in the 20-year requirement.
  • Be nominated by an honorary, fellow, life or member of SME.
  • Have two additional sponsors submit letters of recommendation/support, detailing why the individual should be elected to the College of Fellows.

Additional information is available at Nominations should be submitted on or before December 1, 2013.


This article was first published in the November 2013 edition of Manufacturing Engineering magazine.  Click here for PDF

Published Date : 11/1/2013

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