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SME Speaks: Making an Impact in 2014

Michael F. Molnar, FSME, CMfgE, PE, 2014 SME President


How do you think about SME? My January column shared the results when that question was posed to the SME Board of Directors. The key finding was “SME is a collaborative organization uniquely dedicated to advancing manufacturing by addressing both knowledge and skill needs for industry.” While manufacturing is exceptionally broad with many organizations and entities, we asserted SME is unique in the focus on both knowledge (technology) and skills (workforce talent).  Full Article

SME Elects Nine to Its College of Fellows

Press Release - SME


During its 2014 Fall Awards & Installation Banquet in Atlanta on Sunday, Nov. 9, SME recognized seven of the nine individuals who were elected to its 2014 Class of SME Fellows. These nine, from industry, government and academia, join the more than 360 members who have been elected an SME fellow since the programs’ inception in 1986. Full Article

SME Speaks: SME is a Choice, Not a Financial Rationalization

Matthew Hilgendorf, CMfgT, Chair, SME Member Council


As the current chair of the SME Member Council, former (and future) international director and an SME member since 2002, I have questioned the value of SME membership many times. I encourage everyone reading this to question the value of their membership, and I ask you to consider a couple thoughts as you do so.  Full Article

Focus on the Workforce: M.Lab21 — For Next Generation Makers

Leanne Gluck, Pamela Hurt, and Michael Hripko


When it comes to educating the manufacturing workforce of the future, our nation and industry are faced with an incredible opportunity. The Boston Consulting Group predicts that by 2020 there will be a shortage of 875,000 manufacturing workers. Many of the empty jobs will be in advanced manufacturing, or high-tech areas of making things.  Full Article

SME Speaks: Supporting the T&E in STEM

Brian A. Ruestow, President, SME Education Foundation


In the last 10 years, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) has garnered a lot of attention without debate on the application of that knowledge; lately, even the White House has thrown itself into the mix with its plan to invest $2.9 billion in 2015 to better equip students to excel in STEM. Full Article

Walmart, Google Headline FABTECH 2014 Keynote Presentations

Press Release - SME


FABTECH, North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event, features an all-star lineup of speakers and panels this November. Keynote presentations by executives from Google Enterprise and Walmart, a special Veterans Day panel on how veterans can help bridge the skills gap, predictions for the coming year from top manufacturing executives, and a motivational speech by a U.S. veteran and football star are just a few of the special events at FABTECH 2014.  Full Article

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