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Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award

Since 1980, the SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award has recognized manufacturing engineers, age 35 or younger, who have made exceptional contributions and accomplishments in the manufacturing industry.

Nominees can be selected by the SME's International Awards & Recognition Committee based on a single outstanding accomplishment, such as technical publications, patents, academic or industry leadership, or for several significant accomplishments in one or more areas of activity. The impact of these accomplishments should be recognized beyond the nominee's own institution or company.

Nomination Eligibility & Requirements

  • Age 35 or younger on Aug. 1 of the year of their nomination
  • A graduate or nongraduate engineer or technologist

Note: SME membership is not a requirement for nominees.

To submit an Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer nomination:

  • Download a nomination form (MS WORD).
  • Verify that the nominee meets all necessary eligibility requirements outlined above and on the nomination form.
  • Include two (2) strong, broad-based letters of recommendation, preferably on letterhead; one can be submitted by the nominator, which briefly highlights the nominee's accomplishments. Note: Self-nominations and/or submissions will not be accepted.  
  • Submit as thorough as possible supporting information on the nomination form.
  • Enclose the nominee's CV or resume. All nominations must include one of these forms of career histories.

Send the completed nomination form, two letters of recommendation and either a resume or CV no later than Aug. 1 of each year to:

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

 

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Recent Award Winners

SME Selects 2020 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineers

15 achievers were selected to receive the 2020 Ronald P. Harrelson Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award. Pictured to the right is one of the 15: Ryan Gergely, PhD, a senior researcher at General Motors Research & Development in the Manufacturing Systems Research Lab. Gergely’s research is in composites manufacturing, including compression molding, part fixturing and joining.
2020 Award Winners Previous Recipients