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SME’s HERitage: Women Impacting 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.

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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.

Karen Nyberg, engineer and retired astronaut, in the International Space Station.

Women in Engineering

Achieving gender diversity in engineering and creating diverse teams foster innovative thinking, and improve group dynamics and outcomes, emphasizing the valuable perspectives women can add. The importance of role models and the necessity of addressing systemic issues to genuinely attract and retain more women in the profession are key to realizing the benefits of true diversity in experiences and perspectives.

Sandvik Coromant Empowering Women

Empowering Women in Manufacturing

As we step into the future of manufacturing, one of the critical factors for success is embracing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Women are among the many groups historically underrepresented in the manufacturing sector. It is imperative to shed light on the importance of empowering women in manufacturing for the industry to flourish. 

Industry Honors

Women in Manufacturing Hall of Fame

2023 WiM Hall of Fame Inductees Honored

The Women in Manufacturing (WiM) Hall of Fame honored 10 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

Annie Wang is president of Senvol and a trailblazer for others pursuing careers in additive manufacturing.

Women Leading the Way in Additive Manufacturing

While AM technology is attracting innovators and engineers across verticals, disciplines and applications, only 13% of the industry is currently comprised of women. To move the needle, SME wants to be part of an industry-wide effort to shine a light on women making an impact in AM.

30 Under 30

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.