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What is SME?

SME is a nonprofit association of professionals, educators and students committed to promoting and supporting the manufacturing industry.

SME Stands For Manufacturing

SME helps manufacturers innovate, grow and prosper by promoting manufacturing technology, developing a skilled workforce and connecting the manufacturing industry.

 

Vision

Vision

Inspired, educated and prosperous manufacturing community

 

SME: Mission

Mission

Promote manufacturing technology and develop a skilled workforce

 

SME: Purpose

Purpose

Advance manufacturing and attract future generations

 

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What can SME do for you?

SME is the manufacturing industry’s leading voice for advancement and opportunity. We offer resources for manufacturers, promote advanced manufacturing technology, and work to develop a skilled workforce. Today, we connect the most prestigious, experienced, and innovative professionals in the business.

We understand what you face, and we’re here to help you meet today’s manufacturing needs. Become a member, join our large industry network and access tools to help advance your manufacturing career.

 

 

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History of SME

SME has supported manufacturing for over 87 years, from our founding as the American Society of Tool Engineers to our evolution to the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 1969 to becoming SME in 2013. Working closely with manufacturing professionals, companies, educators, schools and communities, we share knowledge and resources that generate solutions to manufacturing industry challenges.

SME was created as a membership organization, but has grown beyond that to serve the manufacturing industry even more broadly with events, workforce development and media products.

 

American Society of Tool Engineers is Born

First Western Metal and Tool Exposition Conference is Held

First Western Metal and Tool Exposition Conference is Held

SME Creates Education Foundation

SME Creates Education Foundation

 

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Board of Directors

The SME Board of Directors is elected by the entire voting membership of SME, and is made up of industry and academic leaders. 

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President
Mark L. Michalski
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President-Elect
Susan M. Smyth, PhD, FSME
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Vice President
Michael D. Packer, FSME
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Dianne Chong, PhD, FSME

Treasurer
Dianne Chong, PhD, FSME
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James W. Schlusemann

Secretary
James W. Schlusemann
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Winston F. Erevelles, PhD

International Director
Winston F. Erevelles, PhD
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Vincent W. Howell Sr., PhD, FSME, CMfgE

International Director
Vincent W. Howell Sr., PhD, FSME, CMfgE
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Thomas R. Kurfess, PhD, FSME, PE

International Director
Thomas R. Kurfess, PhD, FSME, PE
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Dean S. Phillips

International Director
Dean S. Phillips
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Ralph L. Resnick, FSME

International Director
Ralph L. Resnick, FSME
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Steven R. Schmid, PhD, FSME, PE

International Director
Steven R. Schmid, PhD, FSME, PE
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Rebecca R. Taylor

International Director
Rebecca R. Taylor
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Albert J. Wavering, FSME

International Director
Albert J. Wavering, FSME
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Executive Team

The Executive Team serves as SME's day-to-day leadership, helping make key decisions that play a role in the growth and development of the organization.

Sandra L. Bouckley

Executive Director & CEO
Sandra L. Bouckley
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 Steve Prahalis

Chief Operating Officer
Steve Prahalis
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 Christopher Barger

Senior Director of Communications
Christopher Barger
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Kathleen Borgula

Vice President of Human Resources
Kathleen Borgula
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 Erica Ciupak

Vice President of Information Technology
Erica Ciupak
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 Debbie Clark

Manager of Governance
Debbie Clark
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Julie Duff

Vice President of Finance
Julie Duff
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Jeannine Kunz

Vice President of Tooling U-SME
Jeannine Kunz
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 Rob Luce

Vice President of SME Education Foundation
Rob Luce
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 Dave O’Neil

Vice President of Media
Dave O’Neil
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Member Council

The SME Member Council was created in the fall of 2003 to lead the member engagement activities of SME's volunteer networks. It is responsible for assisting SME in recognizing and meeting the needs of its membership in a rapidly changing environment, building on the long-term SME strategic goals, strengthening local activities and formulating recommendations relative to SME membership recruitment, retention and engagement.

Edye S. Buchanan, CMfgT

Chair
Edye S. Buchanan, CMfgT
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Brett A. Peters, PhD

Chair-Elect
Brett A. Peters, PhD
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 Jason B. Jones, PhD

Immediate Past Chair
Jason B. Jones, PhD
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Vesna Cota

Council Representative
Vesna Cota
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Melissa T. Dochter

Council Representative
Melissa T. Dochter
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John Kovalchuck, LSME, CMfgE

Council Representative
John Kovalchuck, LSME, CMfgE
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 Lonnie J. Love, PhD, FSME

Council Representative
Lonnie J. Love, PhD, FSME
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Kyle M. Riegel

Council Representative
Kyle M. Riegel
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 William R. “Will” Sniadack

Council Representative
William R. “Will” Sniadack
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 Brock T. Strunk

Council Representative
Brock T. Strunk
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Phillip S. "Phil" Waldrop, PhD, LSME

Council Representative
Phillip S. "Phil" Waldrop, PhD, LSME
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