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Meet the 90th President of SME

SME is proud to announce that we have elevated president-elect Dianne Chong, PhD, FSME, NAE, to be our 2022 president.

"Manufacturing offers opportunity and fulfilling futures."

—Dianne Chong


Dianne Chong Installed as 2022 SME President

SME is proud to announce that we have elevated 2021 president-elect Dianne Chong, PhD, FSME, NAE, to be its 2022 president. SME presidents are leaders in manufacturing contributing their technical expertise and valuable career experiences to help advance the industry. Her accomplishments and new leadership role within SME were recognized at the annual SME Installation and Awards Gala.

Previously, she was vice president in The Boeing Co.’s Engineering, Operations & Technology organization where she managed materials and manufacturing processes and program integration. In 2017 she was elected to the National Academy of Engineering and Washington State Academy of Science. Dianne currently serves on multiple committees for the National Academy of Engineering and in 2019 was the president-elect of ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology). She is also a member of TMS, AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics), SWE (Society of Women Engineers), Beta Gamma Sigma and Tau Beta Pi. She has served on the ASM International board, and in 2007-08, was elected its first female president. In 2019 she was presented the alumna achievement award from the University of Illinois. Dianne has been an SME Member Since 1997.

Dianne Chong

A Message from Dianne

As the 2022 SME president, I hope to build on the successes of my predecessors with a particular emphasis on workforce development. I believe that with all that SME has to offer in the preparation of a solid manufacturing workforce, we must increase our role in outreach and retention of the current and future workforce.
Women in Manufacturing Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Honors

In 2020, Dianne Chong was Included in Inaugural Women in Manufacturing Hall of Fame. The Women in Manufacturing Hall of Fame seeks to recognize women who have made exceptional contributions to support, promote and inspire women in the manufacturing industry.

Engineering Her Own Path

Dianne Chong sat down with Brandie Jefferson of Washington University of St. Louis to discuss her illustrious career in manufacturing. Highlighted in this piece, which was featured in Washington Magazine, Chong discusses many of her career milestone. But as Jefferson describes, “when Chong recounts her most fond memories, though, they have almost nothing to do with materials and ­everything to do with people.”