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Celebrating Black History Month

The manufacturing community has taken steps towards building a diverse and inclusive culture. Meet the individuals who started this movement and view the people and programs leading the charge today.

Manufacturing Leaders


Meet just a few of the innovative thinkers within the Black Community who’ve contributed over the years and continue to support advancements in manufacturing.

 

Camille Wardrop Alleyne

Dr. Camille Wardrop Alleyne
Aerospace Engineer

Craig Arnold

Craig Arnold
Business Executive

Guion Bluford

Guion Bluford
Aerospace Engineer

Walt Braithwaite

Walt Braithwaite
Engineer and Business Executive

CW Chapelle

C.W. Chapelle
Aviation Pioneer and Electrical Engineer

Alicia Bolger Davis

Alicia Boler Davis
Manufacturing Engineer

 

Etta Falconer

Etta Falconer
Educator and Mathematician

Evelyn Boyd Granville

Evelyn Boyd Granville
Mathematician and Computer Science Educator

Mae Jemison

Mae Jemison
Engineer

Gerald Johnson

Gerald Johnson
Business Executive

Gerald Lawson

Gerald “Jerry” Lawson
Electronic Engineer

 

Elijah McCoy

Elijah McCoy
Inventor

Charles Richard Patterson

Charles Richard Patterson
First African American Automobile Company

Frederick McKinley Jones

Frederick McKinley Jones
Inventor and Entrepreneur

Madame C.J. Walker

Madame C.J. Walker
Entrepreneur and Philantropist

Cardinal Warde

Cardinal Warde
Electrical Engineer

A Statement from SME CEO Bob Willig

"I believe that manufacturing is at its best when we hear voices and receive contributions of all community members.”

Meet the Diverse Group of Volunteers Leading SME

Board of Directors

SME Officers & Directors

The SME Board of Directors is elected by the entire voting membership of SME. It is made up of industry and academic leaders whose diverse backgrounds represent years of experience from a wide array of manufacturing disciplines.
SMEEF logo

SME Education Foundation Board of Directors

The governing body of the Foundation, the board is comprised of leaders from industry and academia as well as community leaders. This group will assist and support Foundation staff in executing a five-year strategic plan, including its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion for students across all activities and initiatives.

What are SME Leaders Saying About Diversity, Equality and Inclusion within Manufacturing?

justice and equality

In Support for Justice and Equality for All

By Sandi Bouckley - Leadership Transition Consultant, former CEO and Executive Director, SME

new scholarship fund

New Scholarship Fund Is Key Element of SME Education Foundation’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategy

By Rob Luce - Vice President, SME Education Foundation

manufacturing kids

Opening the World of Manufacturing to Kids

By Jeannine Kunz - Vice President, Tooling U-SME

Karla Trotman

How to Include More People of Color in Management

In this Smart Manufacturing magazine roundtable, five experts outline ways companies can help existing employees of color move into management roles.
SME Education Foundation

SME Education Foundation

New Strategy Targets Scholarships and SME PRIME

The SME Education Foundation's renewed and focused commitment to a diversity, equity and inclusion strategy is designed to fully integrate diversity and equity opportunities in every program, effort and initiative undertaken by the Foundation.
New Strategy Make an Impact

Discussing Diversity and Inclusion in Manufacturing

Victor Driver

The Power of Positivity

Manufacturing helped Victor Driver Jr. rise above a hard life and achieve a successful career in the skilled trades.
Montez King

Changing Lives, One Credential at a Time

Montez King, executive director of the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) are upskilling the manufacturing workforce.
Founding Chapter NSBE

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

The NSBE is one of the largest student-governed organizations based in the United States. Founded in 1975, the NSBE supports and promotes the aspirations of collegiate and pre-collegiate students and technical professionals in engineering and technology.
Society of Women Engineers

Why do we celebrate Black History Month?

The Society of Women Engineers talks about the importance of Black History Month and its connection to manufacturing and STEM.
Increase Black Participation in Apprenticeships

Increase Black Participation in Apprenticeships

Women in Manufacturing share insight for a more equitable path for our country's future of apprenticeships and how manufacturers can improve workforce development.