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SME Mentorship Program

The SME Mentorship Program connects mentors (professional members) with mentees (high school student members), allowing mentors to enhance their leadership skills and give back to the manufacturing community, while mentees get the help they need to achieve their personal, educational and professional development goals.

There is no better time than now to get involved with the development of the next wave of manufacturers. Whether you are looking for a mentor or would like to help support a young manufacturer, SME can help bridge that gap.


Simin Nasseri

"As a faculty advisor, I am grateful for the opportunity to mentor my student chapter officers and help them grow from their experiences. I have connected them to the industry professionals we meet through tours and research projects, and they have successfully obtained internships and positions. These students are maintaining their memberships as they transition from academia into industry."

Simin Nasseri, PhD, Faculty Advisor, Kennesaw State University, SME Member Since 2018


National Mentoring Month is a campaign held each January to promote youth mentoring in the United States. This campaign was launched in 2002 by MENTOR National and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in order to encourage mentorship and highlight existing programs that strive to prepare the next generation of creators.

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“My participation in the SME Mentorship Program is helping me build up my network, find work opportunities in the industry and support in choosing the right career path.”
Chelsea, SME Mentorship Program Participant

Over the next decade, 4.6 million manufacturing jobs will likely be needed, and 2.4 million are expected to go unfilled due to the skills gap. Moreover, according to a recent report, the lack of qualified talent could take a significant bite out of economic growth, potentially costing as much as $454 billion from manufacturing GDP in 2028 alone. Between now and 2028, a persistent skills shortage could cost $2.5 trillion in reduced output.

(Source: Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute)

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For more information about joining the SME Mentorship Program, contact SME Membership.