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SME Gold Medal

The SME Gold Medal is part of the International Honor Awards, and recognizes outstanding service to the manufacturing engineering profession in technical communications through published literature, technical writings or lectures.

Nomination Eligibility & Requirements

  • Nominations can be submitted for both U.S. and international citizens.
  • SME membership is the only requirement for the Joseph A. Siegel Service Award.
  • Nominees must have made significant contributions to the field of manufacturing.

To submit an International Honor Award nomination:

  • Download the nomination form (MS WORD)
  • Verify that the nominee meets all of the outlined eligibility requirements.
  • Include three (3) letters of recommendation, preferably on letterhead; one letter should be submitted by the nominator, which briefly highlights the accomplishments of the nominee. Note: Self-nominations and/or submissions will not be accepted.
  • Submit, as thoroughly as possible, supporting information (publications, innovations, patents) on the nomination form.

Send completed nomination form(s) and recommendation letters no later than Aug. 1 of each year to: 

SME International Awards & Recognition Committee 
c/o Executive Offices 
1000 Town Center, Suite 1910, Southfield, MI 48075
Fax: 313.425.3406 | Email:


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Recent Award Winner

John W. Sutherland, PhD, FSME

John W. Sutherland is recognized with the SME Gold Medal for his significant contributions to the manufacturing engineering profession through his research, published literature, lectures and technical communications — and notably his pioneering efforts to establish the field of sustainable manufacturing.
2018 International Honor Awards Recipients