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Women Driving Innovation in Manufacturing

Women’s History Month celebrates the contributions of female leaders and innovators both past and present who’ve 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.

SME Women Leading Manufacturing

SME Women Making History

SME’s esteemed community of presidents has been an important part of the organization's history and an integral part of its future. The past presidents consist of some amazing female leaders including Sandra Bouckley, Dianne Chong, Susan Smyth, and the first female president elected, Barbara Fossum.

Coffee Chat: Celebrating the Women of Manufacturing

Join SME members for an informal virtual conversation with your peers on Monday, March 20 @ 9-9:30 AM. ET to discuss women in manufacturing, and how they achieved success and overcame challenges in a male-dominated industry.

Developing A National Plan for Smart Manufacturing

Jeannine Kunz, Chief Workforce Development Officer, SME received an appointment to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Committee on Options for a National Smart Manufacturing Plan through which she will help develop the national plan for competitiveness in the US manufacturing sector including a focus on workforce. 

SME + Women in 3D Printing

SME and Women in 3D Printing join forces to build a diverse manufacturing workforce within the additive manufacturing community.

Industry Honors

2022 WiM Hall of Fame Inductees Honored

The Women in Manufacturing (WiM) Hall of Fame honored 13 leaders who have made outstanding contributions during their established careers. Recipients include women dedicated to supporting, promoting, and inspiring other women in the manufacturing industry.

2023 Women MAKE Award Winners

The Women MAKE Awards honors exceptional women who inspire the next generation of women in manufacturing and exemplify leadership within their companies.

SME Recognizes Women In Manufacturing

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.

30 Under 30

Recently, SME recognized impressive achievers who brought their diverse backgrounds, education, and experience to manufacturing and made a difference. Many of these young manufacturers included women who are making an impact across industries. 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The SME Education Foundation’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiative is designed to fully integrate opportunities for underrepresented communities in every program and effort.