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Celebrating African American Manufacturers

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.

SME stands for manufacturing. Our association believes that manufacturing is for everyone and we’re committed to advancing the industry. One of the groups who’ve been an integral part in the progression of manufacturing over the years has been the African American community. In honor of Black History Month, SME is celebrating African Americans who’ve made history in manufacturing and highlighting the current programs and professionals from the black community who are leaders in manufacturing today.

African American Heroes of Manufacturing

Meet just a few of the innovative thinkers from the African American community that provided positive contributions to society and helped advance manufacturing.

 

Craig Arnold

Craig Arnold
Business Executive

Otis Boykin

Otis Boykin
Inventor and Engineer

CW Chapelle

C.W. Chapelle
Aviation Pioneer and Electrical Engineer

Alicia Bolger Davis

Alicia Bolger Davis
Manufacturing Engineer

Etta Falconer

Etta Falconer
Educator and Mathematician

Evelyn Boyd Granville

Evelyn Boyd Granville
Mathematician and Computer Scientist Educator

 

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

A Statement from SME CEO Bob Willig

"Celebrating Black History Month sends an important message to current and future workers at all levels of manufacturing. As our nation confronts issues surrounding inclusion and equality in society and in the workplace, part of our national reconciliation will come from celebrating the achievements and contributions of the many peoples who make up the American fabric."
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
Roshay Timmons

Setting Up Future Generations for Success

Roshay S. Timmons (SME Member since 2017) of Central State University is an example of the opportunities manufacturing can provide. She plans to pursue a career in manufacturing engineering and business, with the goal of one day becoming a lead engineer and project manager focusing on lean manufacturing as well as conducting research on automotive safety. Her work experience includes a recent internship with Toyota, CSU student tutor and participating in a National Science Foundation research project using robotic devices to improve upper extremity function for the disabled. Timmons received the Edward S. Roth Scholarship from the SME Education Foundation.

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

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In Support for Justice and Equality for All

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

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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

Humans of 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.

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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.

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Iconic African American Manufacturing

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Black Rosie The Riveters

The Forgotten African American Heroines of the WWII Homefront.

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NPR

Building future leaders in the African American Community

NPR looks at a group that's helping to shape what Black history will become tomorrow. Past members of Sigma Pi Phi include W.E.B. Du Bois and Martin Luther King Jr.

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National Geographic

National Geographic Celebrates the achievements of African Americans past and present

Explore National Geographics resource library highlighting some of the most creative minds in science and engineering.

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10 African American Science and Technology Pioneers

Discovery.com profiled prominent leaders in the science and technology space. Get to know these notable African American pioneers.

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