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SME Awards & Recognition

It's your time to reap the rewards of your lifelong work on behalf of others because you develop processes to make our lives cleaner, brighter, faster and better. You give manufacturing its own brand of cool, bold patents on limitless imagination, help keep global economies running, and research impossibilities and turn them into realities.

SME has a number of awards to honor your efforts and contributions throughout your career. How will you be recognized?

International Honor Awards
Honor AwardsThese seven awards recognize significant contributions to the field of manufacturing engineering in the areas of manufacturing technologies, processes, technical writing, education, research, management and service to SME. Nominations due Aug. 1. More Info
College of Fellows
FellowsSince 1986, the SME College of Fellows has elected members who have made outstanding contributions to the social, technological and educational aspects of the profession. This is a distinctive and prestigious honor that can only be earned through years (20 or more) of dedication and service. Nominations due Dec. 1. More Info
Honorary Membership
HonoraryThe award is conferred upon an individual of recognized ability and stature who has, by voluntary action, contributed their substantial skills and talent to accomplish the goals of SME. More Info
M. Eugene Merchant Manufacturing Medal of ASME/SME
M. Eugent Merchant AwardThe M. Eugene Merchant Manufacturing Medal of ASME/SME is awarded to an individual who has had significant influence and responsibility for improving the productivity and efficiency (either by research or by implementation of research) of the manufacturing operation(s). This award was established in 1986 in honor of M. Eugene Merchant, who served as SME president in 1976-77. More Info
Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer
OYMESince 1980, the award has honored innovators age 35 and younger in both academia and industry for exceptional accomplishments, such as technical publications, patents or technical-professional leadership. Nominations due Aug. 1. More Info
Award of Merit
Award of MeritSince 1958, this award has honored SME members who have made valued, balanced contributions to SME's professional activities and growth. Nominations due Aug. 1. More Info
President's Award
President AwardEach year, SME senior chapters and technical communities select a member who has contributed more than any other during the previous year to support and advance the goals of a chapter or a Technical Community. More Info
DISTINGUISHED Faculty Advisor Award
Faculty Advisor AwardThis award is offered to student chapter faculty advisors in recognition of their service to SME and their student chapter(s) in advancing manufacturing knowledge, education and SME's vision/mission/purpose. More Info
Annual Chapter Recognition
Chapter Recognition AwardSuccessful SME chapters are recognized for their professional development efforts, communication to members and their local community, advancement of manufacturing and on merit. More Info
NAMRI/SME S.M. Wu Research Implementation Award
WuThis award recognizes individuals for outstanding original research, which, when implemented, has had a significant commercial and/or societal impact. More Info
Rapid Technologies & Additive Manufacturing Awards
RTAMRTAM/SME Dick Aubin Distinguished Paper Award
Recognizes a technical paper describing innovative applications of rapid prototyping processes and techniques. More Info 

RTAM/SME Industry Achievement Award
Honors an individual, team or company for outstanding accomplishments that advance additive manufacturing technology and industry. More Info

RAPID Exhibitor Innovation Award
Presented to a RAPID exhibitor that introduces a product or service with significant technology innovation for the industry, which improves business operations and manufacturing. More Info
Composites Manufacturing Awards
HallExcellence in Composites Manufacturing Awards
These annual awards recognize companies that have demonstrated dedication and ongoing contribution to further advance the design and development of technology used in the manufacturing of advanced composites. More Info

J.H. "Jud" Hall Composites Manufacturing Award
Presented annually to an individual who has contributed to composites manufacturing or tooling technology through leadership, technical developments, patents or educational activities. More Info