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SME Speaks: Supporting the T&E in STEM



Brian A. Ruestow, President, SME Education Foundation

10/1/2014

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

FABTECH Expo to Raise Funds for Workshops for Warriors



Press Release - SME

9/11/2014

FABTECH today launched a charitable fundraising campaign in connection with the FABTECH 2014 Expo in Atlanta to benefit U.S. military veterans and assist them in obtaining jobs in the manufacturing sector. The 2014 FABTECH Expo Cares campaign seeks to raise funds in support of Workshops for Warriors, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to training, certifying, and placing veterans in manufacturing careers. Full Article

New Study from Tooling U-SME Reveals Serious Execution Gaps Related to Key Manufacturing Initiatives



Press Release - SME

9/10/2014

New research supports there is a direct connection between a skilled, highly trained manufacturing workforce and organizational improvements that boost the bottom line. According to Tooling U-SME’s Manufacturing Insights Report: Winning Practices of World-Class Companies, conducted by the MPI Group, world-class companies are outperforming others in large part because they manage and train differently. Full Article

SME Speaks: Brilliant Factories



Bryan G. Dods, Chief Engineer – Manufacturing, GE Power & Water

9/1/2014

The light is shining brightly on manufacturing, and the “brilliant factory” is emerging. The increased awareness of manufacturing’s importance to the success of companies, such as GE, and to a nation like the US, has brought a positive light to a career in manufacturing. The US public, private and academic communities are coming together to develop a holistic manufacturing strategy under the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership 2.0 and the creation of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). Full Article

SME and 3D Systems Announce Formation of Advisory Board for M.Lab21 Education Initiative



Press Release - SME

8/28/2014

SME and 3D Systems announced the formation of an advisory board for the collaborative M.Lab21 Initiative, composed of founding members SME, 3D Systems and key collaborator, America Makes (the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute), as well as representatives and support from Intel, GE, Johnson Controls, Lockheed Martin, Deloitte and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Full Article

SME Speaks: Lack of Skilled Workers Challenges Manufacturers



Jeannine Kunz, Managing Director of Workforce and Education, SME

8/1/2014

A common complaint from 21st century manufacturers is having access to a skilled workforce. SME research indicates US manufacturers are challenged to find the talented workforce needed to fill jobs. Addressing this issue is critical because keeping the manufacturing engine going and growing is important to a company and country’s strength and competitiveness. Full Article

FABTECH 2014 Has Georgia on Its Mind



Press Release - SME

7/29/2014

FABTECH is flying south for November! North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event is expected to attract over 27,000 attendees and 1,400 exhibiting companies to the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta on Nov. 11-13. Full Article

NAMRC 2014 Part of Record Research Conference Attendance



Senior Editor Ellen Kehoe

7/21/2014

The recent International Manufacturing Research Conference 2014, held in June 9-13 in Detroit, brought together research innovators at NAMRC (sponsored by the North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME), MSEC (Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference), sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Manufacturing Engineering Div. and ICM&P (International Conference on Materials and Processes), which is cosponsored by the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers and ASME. Full Article

SME Education Foundation Awards Scholarships to Students Pursuing Degrees in Advanced Manufacturing



Press Release from SME

7/2/2014

The SME Education Foundation, which is committed to supporting the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists, recently awarded scholarships to 250 students in the U.S. and Canada. These awards included $105,000 for the annual SME Education Foundation Family and Director’s Scholarships and $556,000 in other scholarships. Full Article

SME Speaks: My Freshman Year: Learning by Doing



Morgan Montalvo

7/1/2014

Last year, I remember driving through campus on unpacking day, watching students riding bikes down the pathways, carrying dorm supplies twice their size and talking on the lawns. It was exactly how I imagined it feeling: hectic, exciting and new. The campus was alive with a unified energy, a unique mixture of anticipation for the opportunities and anxiety about all the change. This combination precisely describes my college experience thus far. Full Article

SME Congratulates Dean L. Bartles for Receiving 2014 Martin K. Starr Award



Press Release from SME

6/19/2014

SME, an organization that connects people with manufacturing solutions, congratulates SME’s Vice President and Fellow Dean L. Bartles, PhD, FSME, on receiving one of two 2014 Martin K. Starr Excellence in Production and Operations Management Practice Awards from the Production and Operations Management Society, an international professional organization representing the interests of production and operations management professionals. Full Article

Mi-Light Photonics Industry Scholarships



Press Release from Mi-Light

6/11/2014

Mi-Light, the Michigan photonics industry cluster, announced the funding and award of $5,000 in scholarships to four in-state academic institutions. Baker College (Flint, MI), Grand Valley State University (Grand Rapids, MI), Michigan Technological University (Houghton, MI) and Northwestern Michigan College (Traverse City, MI). Each college or university was allocated $1,250 in funds to be awarded to students enrolled in a photonics programs.   Full Article

SME and 3D Systems Announce M.Lab21 to Transform Career and Technical Education



Press Release from SME and 3D Systems

6/11/2014

SME and 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced a collaborative initiative to enhance high school industrial arts and vocational education classes through the new M.Lab21 initiative. This program will offer starter kits to transform shop classes and incorporate additive manufacturing into curriculums. Full Article

SME Speaks: From a Miracle to Just Another Tool



Kevin L. Ayers, Industry Manager--Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing, SME

6/1/2014

I remember the day I saw my first stereolithography machine in action in 1987. We all gathered around to witness this new technology, and I was overwhelmed to see the part rise up out of the machine, almost as if it had been transported in the Star Trek “replicator.” I knew then that this was a going to be a huge and revolutionary part of the future of manufacturing. All around the world, there were many who felt the same. Full Article

SME's THE BIG M Event to Address the Skills Gap in Manufacturing



Press Release from SME

5/19/2014

American manufacturers are facing a serious problem: finding workers who have the skill sets required to perform necessary job functions. THE BIG M, produced by SME, is coming June 9-12 to Detroit's Cobo Center, and will discuss closing the skills gap in order for American manufacturers to stay competitive. Thursday, June 12 at THE BIG M, several panels and breakout sessions will focus on obtaining and training a skilled and capable workforce, talent retention and coping with the skills gap.  Full Article

SME Partners with CAM Logic to Create 3D Image of the Spirit of Detroit Statue for THE BIG M Event



Press Release from SME

5/8/2014

Today, CAM Logic is scanning the Spirit of Detroit Statue in front of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center to create a miniature-size statue using 3D printing. These one-of-a-kind statues will be given out to a select group of people at SME’s THE BIG M event, June 9-12 at Cobo Center.“There is so much buzz about 3D printing in the manufacturing world today,” said Debbie Holton, director of events, industry strategy at SME. “ Full Article

Advanced Manufacturing Partnership 2.0 National Meeting Planned at SME’s THE BIG M



SME Press Release

5/6/2014

Aligning with SME’s key advanced manufacturing event, THE BIG M, the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership 2.0 National Meeting is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. on June 9 at Cobo Center in Detroit. AMP 2.0 is a national effort initiated by the White House to secure U.S. leadership in emerging technologies, which will create high-quality manufacturing jobs and enhance America’s global competitiveness. This meeting will be co-hosted by SME, the University of Michigan and Northrop Grumman. Full Article

SME Speaks: Manufacturing Continues Its Resurgence in Michigan and Beyond



Nigel J. Francis, Senior Vice President, Automotive Office, Michigan Economic Development Corporation

5/1/2014

It’s an exciting time to be in manufacturing, particularly in the state of Michigan. What many may not know is that Michigan’s leadership in automotive design, engineering and manufacturing is unparalleled—it has 61 of the top 100 North American auto suppliers and 70% of auto R&D spending right in its own backyard. There’s also a greater concentration of workers in auto-related engineering occupations than any of the other top vehicle-producing states. Full Article

SME Recognizes Industry Leaders with Two Composites Manufacturing Awards



PRESS RELEASE from SME

4/28/2014

In an effort to recognize the valuable contributions made within the composites manufacturing industry, SME‘s Composites Manufacturing Tech Group annually presents the Composites Manufacturing Awards. Fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites are lightweight and do not corrode, finding their way into the design of many new products as the material of choice across many industries, from aerospace to automotive to wind energy and more. Full Article

SME’s BIG M Event to Show Off Latest Advanced Manufacturing Technologies



SME

4/25/2014

Automation Alley’s MSV Innovation Factory will feature an interactive display highlighting the latest technologies from cutting-edge companies during SME’s THE BIG M Event, coming June 9 to 12 at Detroit's Cobo Center. MSV, which stands for modeling, simulation and visualization, are tools and techniques revolutionizing virtually every industry by changing the way people do business. Full Article

SME Speaks: Technology Transition: Key Ingredient to Ensuring Manufacturing Innovation Through NNMI Institutes



Debbie Holton, SME Interim Managing Director of Industry and Technology

4/1/2014

Technology is cool, especially technology that’s currently being developed by manufacturing researchers. These cutting-edge applications, materials and processes are all looking for a way to be integrated into existing manufacturing operations, or possibly spun off into a new company or product.   In February, SME hosted a Technology Interchange event in Detroit featuring NASA technologies.  Full Article

SME Speaks: Planning for the Future of Manufacturing



Paul K. Oldroyd, Technical Fellow, Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Member Since 2012

2/27/2014

In Texas, a “brand” usually means “this livestock belongs to so-and-so…” You might be smiling right now, but this is not a bad analogy. A brand is distinct. A brand is recognizable. A brand is a mark of influence or ownership—in some ways it is an identity. “Making the future…,” if applied to industry seems ethereal, almost too broad and too philosophical to have a reasonable chance to define, to anticipate and to reduce to actionable steps. However, applied to an organization, it has a more definite meaning. It becomes a charter or a challenge.   Full Article

SME Board Members to be Recognized During 2014 STEP Awards Dinner



ME Media Staff

1/9/2014

Two SME Board of Directors—Sandra Bouckley and Edye Buchanan, CMfgT— are slated to be recognized for their achievements at the 2014 STEP Awards Dinner Program held on February 6 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC. Full Article

SME Speaks: Plotting SME'S Purpose: Skills and Knowledge for Innovation



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

1/1/2014

We all have favorite teachers from our past, and perhaps why they remain so memorable from many years ago is their role in some notable “ah-ha” moment. It might be an insight of value or clever approach useful throughout our lives. A favorite engineering professor of mine was famous for framing everything in a two-dimensional chart. Full Article

SME Speaks: Moving SME & Manufacturing Forward



Dennis S. Bray, PhD, FSME, 2013 SME President

12/1/2013

When I first wrote to you as the incoming SME president in early January, a common theme throughout my editorial was “making it possible”—making it possible to continue to move manufacturing forward and to continue to grow SME. A year later, I can now say, we’ve made it possible. This year was about laying the foundation for success in the coming years. Full Article

SME Speaks: Members Helping Other Members



Bonnie Knopf, 2013 Chair, SME Member Council

11/1/2013

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. Full Article

SME Speaks: Who Moved My SME, and Why?



Michael F. Molnar, FSME, CMfgE, PE, President-Elect, SME

10/1/2013

By now I’m sure many of you are aware that our society has a new name and brand, as unveiled at the Annual Conference and discussed in the June column by SME President Dennis Bray. We’ve received a lot of comments, most highly supportive, but a good number concerned that change from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers signaled a move away from valuing the individual manufacturing engineer.  Full Article

SME Speaks: Performance Benchmarking Service



Kevin McCormick, Member and Industry Relations Manager (Canada), SME

9/1/2013

In the last five years, I have been very fortunate to work with many manufacturing, processing and producing organizations in every sector imaginable. During this time, I have watched the majority struggle with where to focus their continuous improvement activities. Full Article

SME Speaks: Revolutionary Knowledge Edge



Jeannine Kunz, Director, Tooling U--SME

8/1/2013

From high school technology classes and engineering professors to manufacturing professionals trying to solve a production problem or plant managers wanting to train their workers, reliable information is a vital necessity in this age of content overload. Full Article

SME Speaks: Real-Life Experiences Shape First Year



Chris Webb, 2012 SME Education Foundation Family Scholarship Winner

7/1/2013

My first year of college at the University of Arkansas was amazing! Whenever I see my family or high school friends, they always ask how college is going. After a lot of thought, I finally figured out my perfect response. “Attending the University of Arkansas has been the best decision I have ever made.” It’s simple and precise. Full Article

SME President: We are Expanding Our Horizon



Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster

6/3/2013

It’s an exciting, changing time in manufacturing, and SME will broaden its agenda to make sure it remains a leader, SME President Dennis Bray, PhD, FSME, told a crowd Sunday at the SME State of the Society Luncheon.The 2013 SME Annual Convention runs through Tuesday in Baltimore at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel. Full Article

SME Speaks: Making the future. Together.



2013 SME President Dennis S. Bray

6/1/2013

For more than 80 years, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) has been a steadfast source of manufacturing knowledge and resource for manufacturing stakeholders. Much has changed since that first meeting when a handful of engineers met to discuss more efficient ways of making automobiles. Full Article

SME Speaks: Supporting Manufacturing Innovation



Debbie Holton, Director of Events and Industry Strategy, SME

5/1/2013

Shifting the innovation model to create new partnerships, connect with the market and prioritize workforce development is not easy. Our industry has spent many years building an enormous, but marginally effective, structure around manufacturing research and technology development. We are emotionally invested in what we’ve built, and therefore psychologically blocked from seeing what needs to change for the future. Full Article

SME Speaks: Manufacturing Forecast: Upbeat



Tim Fausch, Director/Group Publisher, Manufacturing Engineering Media, SME

4/1/2013

It’s an old bit, but still funny. One guy stands bloodied and beaten to a pulp, but confidently says, “You should see the other guy.” Having spent many years in media supporting the construction market, that’s how I felt entering the manufacturing sector in late 2011. Yes, manufacturing took a beating during the Great Recession, but it has rebounded far faster and is much healthier than construction, which continues to lag. Full Article

SME Speaks: 'Kicking the Can' is Not an Option



Mark C. Tomlinson, CMfgE, EMCP, Executive Director/CEO, SME

3/1/2013

Since 1996 In the past few months, we have seen US governmental officials continue to delay making the hard decisions that need to be made. They cannot come to a consensus on what the best path forward is for our great country. These officials also do not have answers to the great dilemma we face regarding gun control. If these so-called leaders were in the business of making things, they would be either out of a job or out of business! Full Article

SME Speaks: Inspire, Prepare and Support



Brian A. Ruestow, President, SME Education Foundation

2/1/2013

In 1980, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) established the SME Manufacturing Engineering Education Foundation, now known as the SME Education Foundation (SME-EF). The $1 million fund established by the Society financed the Foundation during its first five years.  Full Article

SME Speaks SME: Making It Possible



Dennis S. Bray, PhD, FSME SME President

1/1/2013

As we recover from our New Year’s celebrations, it is a good time for us to start thinking about the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead in 2013. The world is still trying to recover from its political and economic hangover. Full Article

Focus on the Workforce: Falling Off the Cliff Isn't an Option



Mark C. Tomlinson, CMfgE, EMCP, Executive Director/CEO Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) www.sme.org

1/1/2013

We are hearing in the daily news about the impending fiscal cliff. All of us know this problem needs to be solved quickly if we are going to stay on the path of economic growth. If not resolved, all the good work that has been accomplished around workforce development in 2012 will take a backseat to real economic and financial worries, which will ultimately affect our manufacturing vitality. Full Article

SME Honors Outgoing President



Senior Editor Michael C. Anderson

12/7/2012

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) recognized one of its own today by honoring manufacturing authority LaRoux K. Gillespie, Dr. Eng., FSME, CMfgE, PE for his service as SME president for the year 2012. Full Article

SME Speaks: 2012: The Year of Excellence



SME President LaRoux K. Gillespie, Dr. Eng., FSME, CMfgE, PE

12/1/2012

This has been an exceptional year for SME. Using proven commercial modules in a cloud-computing environment, we changed 25 years of computing practice and coding, which took monumental effort on behalf of our staff.  Full Article

SME Speaks: Thank You, SME Members!



Brock Strunk, Chair, Member Council, SME

11/1/2012

As 2012 comes to a close, all of us can look back at the many great experiences we had as SME members and volunteer leaders. I would like to take this opportunity to say a special thank you to all of my fellow volunteer leaders and SME staff that provided their guidance and personal time to help this year’s Member Council lead the member engagement activities of the Society.  Full Article

SME Speaks: Manufacturing Innovation is Transformative



Dennis S. Bray, SME President-Elect

10/1/2012

Dennis S. Bray, PhD, FSME, President-Elect, SME, explains the concept of the Technical Community Network, SME's growing role in the development of additive manufacturing and SME's dedication to lifelong learning and innovation. Full Article

SME Speaks: A Strategy for Manufacturing Education



Ronald J. Bennett, PhD, Leader, Center for Education, SME

9/1/2012

Distracted by the economic downturn of the past few years and widespread reports of the "demise" of US manufacturing, we in the United States lost track of the emerging crisis. Unfilled jobs, worker shortages, and the impending loss of experienced manufacturing workers who postponed retirement because of the downturn have gone virtually unnoticed. Full Article

SME To Play Key Role in Additive Institute



Manufacturing Engineering Media Staff

8/16/2012

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) will be playing an integral role in the new National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. The news was announced this morning by the U.S. Department of Commerce and Department of Defense in Youngstown, Ohio. Full Article

SME Speaks: The Manufacturing Dialog and SME



SME Executive Director/CEO Mark C. Tomlinson

8/1/2012

Manufacturing is still at the forefront of discussions across North America. Politicians, our current government, the press, and people having conversations by the water cooler are talking about the importance of this sector to the recovery of the economy. The dialog is as broad as how manufacturing helps in the development of a viable economy to as narrow as how an individual develops the right skills to be employable in this important sector. Full Article

SME Speaks: Plotting the Society's Course



SME President-Elect Dennis S. Bray, PhD, FSME

7/1/2012

Since 1985 In Lewis Carroll’s novel, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Alice comes to the proverbial fork in the road and asks the Cheshire Cat "Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?" To which the Cheshire Cat responds, "That depends a good deal on where you want to get to." and Alice answers, "I don’t much care where." Full Article

SME Speaks: A Day in the Life of an SME Board Member



SME President LaRoux K. Gillespie, Dr. Eng., FSME, CMfgE, PE

6/1/2012

Many of us who grew up in SME chapters are used to the common issues of running a membership organization, but no one talks about what happens in SME Board of Director meetings. To some it is mysterious, a behind-closed-door meeting attended by only a few select attendees. Full Article

SME Supports Manufacturing Innovation 2012



SME Director of Membership Joseph J. LaRussa

5/15/2012

SME members from across the United States traveled to Orlando, FL, for Manufacturing Innovations 2012, an annual event hosted by the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).  MEP's purpose is to work with small and mid-sized U.S. manufacturers to help them create and retain jobs, increase profits, and increase productivity. As a public/private partnership, MEP delivers a high return on investment. For every dollar of federal investment, the MEP generates about $30 in new sales growth (or $3.6B in new sales annually), and every $1,570 of federal investment creates or retains one manufacturing job in the US. Full Article

SME Speaks: A Freshman's First-Year Journey



Jesse Paschall, 2011 SME Education Foundation Family Scholarship Winner

5/1/2012

At North Carolina State University, I have quickly learned how to deal with situations that will be beneficial for the rest of my life. While much of my learning has been school based, my first year of college has essentially been about learning how to navigate college and life on my own. Living 850 miles from home, I have had to learn how to solve many of my own problems. Full Article

SME Speaks: Cross-Industry Collaboration is Key to Innovation



SME Director of Events and Industry Strategy Debbie Holton

4/1/2012

Maybe you’ve heard the theory that people who live together for a long time start to look alike. The same is true when benchmarking competitors in our same marketspace, or worse yet, simply looking inward at our own operations. The smaller the circle of investigation and curiosity, the less likely true innovation will happen. Full Article




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