Skip to content

Women Driving Innovation in Manufacturing

Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day celebrate the contributions of female leaders and innovators both past and present who have had a positive impact on society and across industries. SME celebrates the achievements of women in manufacturing who have chosen a career in STEM and continue to drive our industry forward. We will continue to support initiatives to recognize not only the creative thinkers who have advanced manufacturing over the years, but the women who continue to advance manufacturing today.

A Career in Engineering is Worth it

Stephanie Locks-Hartle is an SME member and manufacturing engineer with Northrop Grumman. A trip to the Kennedy Space Center is where her career in engineering all began. Learn how she took something amazing and turned it into her normal. Her work in manufacturing serves a purpose for both manufacturing as a whole and the advancement of women within the industry.

Learn More

Women Driving Innovation in Manufacturing

Camille Wardrop Alleyne

Camille Wardrop Alleyne
Aerospace Engineer

Mary Barra

Mary Barra
Engineer and Business Executive

Katharine-Blodgett

Katharine Blodgett
Physicist and Chemist

Linda McGill-Boasmond

Linda McGill-Boasmond
Chemist and Business Executive

Yvonne Brill

Yvonne Brill
Engineer

Alicia Boler Davis

Alicia Boler Davis
Manufacturing Engineer

 

Etta Falconer

Etta Falconer
Educator and Mathematician

Lillian Gilbreth

Lillian Gilbreth
Industrial Engineer and Educator

Kate Gleason

Kate Gleason
Engineer

Evelyn Boyd Granville

Evelyn Boyd Granville
Mathematician and Computer Science Educator

Mae Jemison

Mae Jemison
Engineer

margaret knight

Margaret Knight
Inventor

 

Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr
Inventor

rosie the riviter

Rosie the Riveter
Manufacturing Icon

Gwynne Shotwell

Gwynne Shotwell
Engineer and Business Executive

Diana Trujillo

Diana Trujillo
Engineer

Madame C.J. Walker

Madame C.J. Walker
Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

Eliana Fu

Voice Amplified: Eliana Fu

This feature is a part of Voices Amplified. Enjoy a conversation with TRUMPF A&D and medical industry manager (and RAPID + TCT event advisor) Eliana Fu about embracing 3D printing, smart manufacturing.
Saginaw ISD Summer Camp

Female Students Break Down Technical Barriers

This PRIME success story is the second in a series of articles related to the Saginaw (Michigan) ISD’s summer 2021 manufacturing camp.
Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month

Every year, March is designated Women's History Month by presidential proclamation. It is an opportunity to commemorate and encourage the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.
A student studying Manufacturing Automation at Truckee Meadows Community College, Nicole Tharp is slated to achieve her associate degree in the coming months. Her path has not been traditional – or easy by any definition.

Overcoming Adversity; Pursuing Opportunity: Nicole Tharp Strides Forward

Nicole Tharp is slated to achieve her associate degree in the coming months. Her path has not been traditional – or easy by any definition. Nicole describes her path as one of constant exploration. Learn how manufacturing provided her new opportunities and a clear path for success.
Marie Christine Caron

The Divergent Paths 2 Women Took to Lead Automation Efforts

Automating the manufacture and assembly of aerospace and defense components is no simple task. Two leading engineering executives, Nicole Williams at The Boeing Co. and Marie-Christine Caron at GE Aviation, oversee automation efforts at their respective companies.
women-making-their-mark

20 Women Making Their Mark in Robotics and Automation

Smart Manufacturing profiled 20 women around the world who are making their mark in robotics and automation. These women come from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines working to advance and change manufacturing for the better.
digital divas

Promoting STEM Careers for Women

In the United States, females earn 61.3 percent of the four-year college degrees and make up over 50.3 percent of the population, but still lag in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers. Learn how programs like ‘Digital Divas’ is changing the way women look at manufacturing.
Lindsey Prestholdt

On Her Way: Scholarship Recipient Lindsey Prestholdt Joins 3M

Lindsey Prestholdt received SME Education Foundation scholarships while majoring in mechanical engineering at North Dakota State University. Lindsey joined 3M in 2021 as an optimize operations engineer, assigned to process improvement projects while gaining extensive training in areas such as lean manufacturing.
Dana Emswiler

Wide-Ranging Abilities, Focused Drive: Dana Emswiler Excels

Dana Emswiler graduated from the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh in May of 2021. With the support of SME Education Foundation, Dana secured an internship and plans to pursue a career in manufacturing. Learn more about her scholarship success story.
Smithsonian Celebrates Women in STEM

Smithsonian Celebrates Women in STEM

Smithsonian partners with IF/THEN to display the largest collection of statues of women ever assembled. The newly established  ‘Women’s Futures Month” will feature 120 statues in total.
Women's History Month logo

Spotlighting Women in Manufacturing

In honor of Women’s History Month, SME’s former CEO and executive director Sandra Bouckley and Women in Manufacturing President Allison Grealis teamed up to spotlight the many ongoing contributions of women to manufacturing, and the importance of sharing stories of women working at all levels of manufacturing to show that this industry is for everyone.
Christie Hasbrouck

Doctoral Student Christie Hasbrouck: Flight Plan for Success

SME Education Foundation E. Wayne Kay Graduate/PhD Scholarship recipient Christie Hasbrouck is pursuing her doctorate in industrial and manufacturing engineering at Pennsylvania State University.

2021 WiM Hall of Fame Inductees Honored

Women in Manufacturing's 2021 Hall of Fame inductees were officially announced during the inaugural induction’s celebration on October 6, 2021. Each of these manufacturing leaders exhibited a commitment to growing the voice of women in the manufacturing industry and have created pathways for other women to succeed.

View Inductee Gallery

2021 STEP Ahead Award Winners

The Manufacturing Institute STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Awards honors accomplished females within manufacturing and emerging leaders who chose a career in STEM. Learn more about these exceptional women and their unique manufacturing journeys.

2021 Award Winners View Awards Booklet

Step Ahead Awards