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Creating An Engaged and Sustainable SME

It seems like it was yesterday, but the reality is that it has been almost 25 years since I first became an SME student member. Yes, the face of manufacturing has changed quite a bit since then,

3D Printing: A Change Agent for Manufacturing

It’s not often you get the opportunity to witness rapid, life-impacting change, but for those of us who have been in the 3D printing industry over the last few decades, we have witnessed just

Yesterday’s Lessons and Tomorrow’s Opportunity

When I was growing up, my family owned a small machine shop in the Chicagoland area. My grandparents all immigrated to the US from a war-torn Europe in the early 1920s with the hope of a new life

The Value of SME’s AeroDef Event

My involvement in SME and its AeroDef event began in 2014, when I first presented an Adaptive Machining Overview at AeroDef 2014 in Long Beach, Calif. At the time, the conference was relatively

How One Research Conference Still Inspires Me

My first participation in SME’s North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC) was in 1994 at NAMRC-XXII, hosted by Northwestern University (Evanston, IL). I presented my work,

Choosing to be an Engineer

Today, I am a mechanical engineering student who dreams of working in the aerospace industry. Today, I know where my passion lies, where my future may take me and the kinds of problems I may be

Reaching, Imagining and Making the Unmakeable

Every journey into manufacturing is different. Mine started more than 30 years ago and has taken many paths; these collective experiences led me down the path that allowed me to become SME’s 88th

Inevitable Change Equals Opportunity

A single phone call changed my life forever. In 2003, I was sitting in my office at a fuel cell manufacturing company where I was vice president of operations. A voice on the other end of the

Be an Advocate for Manufacturing

As a marketer for software serving the manufacturing industry, Graham Hargreaves partakes in routine communication with peers, customers, prospects and industry insiders. He hears a similar