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Today’s manufacturing is a highly valued industry that demands both advanced technology and creative, innovative people. To understand manufacturing, you have to know not only what companies and products are accomplishing technologically but also who is making it all happen – and how our industry fosters and rewards ongoing learning and development. SME’s Humans of Manufacturing initiative showcases talent-pool innovations, advances and success stories. It also helps manufacturers puzzle out how to make the most of their greatest asset: people.

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Changing Lives, One Credential at a Time

Montez King, executive director of the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS), grew up in a poor neighborhood in Baltimore. He was exposed to the world of machining at the age of 13. “I started hanging around some kids who were talking about applying to a trade school,” he recalls. “I didn’t understand what all that meant, but I just followed the crowd because they seemed to be very positive. Considering where I grew up, I wanted to do something different with my life instead of becoming a statistic.”
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Teaching STEM with Guitars

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Creation without Constraints

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Teaching Duty Calls

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Shutter Success

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Taking the Challenge

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The Artist Within

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The Power of Design

The Power of Design

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Gifts From Kenya

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Looking Forward to Monday

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Manufacturing is in Entrepreneur’s DNA

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Metal Grinder Overcomes Fears, Perseveres to Secure a Good Life for Her Family

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The Power of Positivity

The Power of Positivity

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‘Design & Manufacturing are Shaping the Future’

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Lessons from Mom

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After the Final Breath

Owner of Full-Service Design & Fabrication Firm Lives Every Day to its Fullest
Printing Life

Printing Life

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Diving into Manufacturing

Nicole Wolter Changes Career to Help Keep Family’s Manufacturing Business Open, Becomes President/CEO
Albert Manero

Limbitless Opportunities

Albert Manero Designs World’s First Iron Man Prosthetic Arm
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Addicted to Fabrication

Turning a Love of Metal Fabrication into a Fine Art
Meredith McLinn

Astrophysicist Becomes Manufacturing Software Developer

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Alfred Lyon

From Machinist to Instagram Star

Teaching Craftsmanship of Machining is Alfred Lyon’s Passion
Vicky Jandreau

Raising the Bar on Excellence

Thirst of Curiosity Leads Engineer to a Career in Lean Manufacturing
David Zopf

Revolutionary Learning Tool

Doctor Develops High Fidelity Simulators to Enhance Surgical Education
Adam Genei

Enjoying the Journey

Mobsteel Owner Believes in Hard Work & Virtue
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Bridging an Interest in Science with Manufacturing

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Limitations are Opportunities

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Amanda Hutchings

From the Ground Up

Job Shop’s President Continues Legacy of Giving Back
Andrew Hanegmon

A Community of Innovators

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David Johnson

A Purposeful Life

Stroke Survivor Finds Strength in a Manufacturing Career
Fran Barker

Career as a Machinist is Challenging, Rewarding for Mother of Three

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Struck by Simplicity

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An Olympic Training Center for Hands-On Skills

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Art Imitates Manufacturing

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‘On a Wing and a Prayer’

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A Love Affair with Flying

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Manufacturing Hope

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Ken Church

Inspired by Love

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Martin Bocks

Developing Hearts

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Building Better Tissue

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Scott Rix

Paying it Forward

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Sean Petterson

Helping ‘Industrial Athletes’ Avoid Injuries

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Fighting for Change

Titan Gilroy’s Mission is to Teach Young People the Joy of Manufacturing
Whitney Sample

Whitney Sample empowers disabled children to live normal lives

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