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New Engineers, New (Fun!) Education

Contributing Editor Bruce Morey


The challenges of today’s economy and information technology requires us to re-think how we act as engineers and how engineers are educated. I think I saw the future while helping a high school FIRST Robotics team. It upended my traditional view of engineering education and even how we work. Fun, community, trust, and sharing are the way of the future. Full Article

Workforce Pipeline: Exposure, Exploration and Preparation for Future Shop Rats

Kelly Burr, Executive Director, The Shop Rat Foundation


When Chris Salow, a Michigan-based manufacturing entrepreneur, began the Shop Rat Foundation in 2004, his mission was simple: to change society’s perception of manufacturing. What he came to realize through his marketing efforts and community outreach activities was that although adult views on manufacturing were  harder to shift, the youth that he encountered were much more receptive. Full Article

SME Education Foundation Welcomes Two New Members to its Board of Directors

Press Release - SME


The SME Education Foundation announced the election of two new members to its Board of Directors. The new members bring a vast amount of knowledge and a devoted passion for educating younger generations about manufacturing and the many careers opportunities that exist within the industry. Joining the Board are John Miller and Michael Marlowe. Full Article

Workforce Pipeline: Making the Future Through Collaborative Training

Alyce Stiles, Director of Workforce Development, Greenfield Community College


In the rural town of Greenfield, MA, near the Vermont border, a precision machining training program is building a robust pipeline of skilled manufacturing workers. The secret of the program’s success is the strong collaboration between local educators, employers, and government.In order to design and manufacture parts of the future, area employers need a highly skilled workforce. Full Article

Viewpoints: Round Two for Reshoring: Meeting the Challenge

Harry Moser, Founder and President, Reshoring Initiative


About 170,000 manufacturing jobs have been brought to the US from offshore in the last five years, according to our calculations. That job gain is the result of both new reshoring—the return of manufacturing work that was previously produced offshore—plus Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in our manufacturing sector. Full Article

Record Number of Female First-Year Students Join Canada's Top-Ranked Engineering School

Press Release - University of Toronto


Women now account for 30.6 per cent of first-year students in U of T Engineering programs: a record for the Faculty and a number that surpasses all other Ontario universities. It is the only engineering school in Ontario with female first-year enrolment of more than 30 per cent. National figures are expected later this year from Engineers Canada. Full Article

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