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SME Board Member Appointed to the 2013 Manufacturing Council

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Dr. Susan Smyth will provide industry expertise to strengthen American manufacturing

DEARBORN, Mich., April 17, 2013 — The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) announced today that SME board member Susan Smyth, PhD, was appointed to the 2013 Manufacturing Council.

Last month, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank announced the appointment of 26 members to the Council. Established in 2004, the Council is a private sector advisory committee that advises the Secretary of Commerce on the U.S. manufacturing sector.

“Keeping our manufacturing sector strong is critical to job growth in the United States,” Blank said. “The Department of Commerce is focused on supporting U.S. manufacturers as they build things here, so they can sell them everywhere. The Council has an important role to play in shaping the direction of our nation’s manufacturing strategy and supporting American businesses and workers.”

Dr. Smyth is the director of the Manufacturing Systems Lab in the General Motors Company. She is responsible for the creation of GM’s global advanced manufacturing strategies and oversees innovation and implementation of GM’s advanced manufacturing portfolio.

In her dual role as global and chief scientist for GM manufacturing, Dr. Smyth has grown GM’s global collaboration footprint in the United States, Europe, Israel, Korea and China. She began her career with General Motors as a senior project engineer with the advanced engineering staff. Since then, she has held a variety of leadership positions in manufacturing, quality, strategic business planning and research and development.

She is chair of the Technology Leadership Council for Manufacturing at the United States Council for Automotive Research; the GM executive representative for environmental technology at USCAR; a member of Northwestern's MMM Executive Governance Council; executive advisor to the Tennenbaum Institute and the Manufacturing Institute at Georgia Tech; and director of Collaborative Research Laboratories at the University of Michigan, MIT and Shanghai Jiao-Tong, China.

The Council advises the Secretary of Commerce on government policies, programs and technologies that affect U.S. manufacturing and provides a forum for proposing solutions to industry-related problems. The Council also works to ensure that the United States remains the preeminent destination for investment in manufacturing throughout the world. The Secretaries of Labor, Energy, and Treasury serve as ex officio members of the Council to better collaborate on cross-cutting issues the Council will address.

The Department of Commerce said the U.S. boasts the world’s largest manufacturing economy, employing nearly 12 million Americans last year and contributing $1.7 trillion, or 11.5 percent, of gross domestic product in 2011.

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About SME
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is the premier source for manufacturing knowledge, education and networking. Through its many programs, events, activities and online training division, Tooling U, SME connects manufacturing practitioners to each other, to the latest technologies and to the most up-to-date manufacturing processes. SME has members around the world and is supported by a network of chapters and technical communities. A 501(c)3 organization, SME is a leader in manufacturing workforce development issues, working with industry, academic and government partners to support the current and future skilled workforce.

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