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Student Success

Inspire. Prepare. Support.

SME and the SME Education Foundation build awareness of opportunity, enhance academic opportunity and directly help students at every level, offering a path to explore, learn and grow through scholarships, student competitions, mentorship, and student summits.

Powering Student Achievement

The SME Education Foundation annually awards millions of dollars in scholarships to students pursuing two-year, four-year or advanced degrees in manufacturing or engineering. Hundreds of graduating high school seniors, undergraduates and graduates students will be awarded scholarships from nearly 60 individual scholarship funds.

Student Membership Opportunities

Student Membership Opportunities

It's incumbent on us to inform and inspire young people about their opportunities in this new era of advanced manufacturing — we're changing perceptions one student member at a time.

Engage in Mentoring

The SME Mentorship Program connects mentors (professional members) with mentees (high school student members), allowing mentors to enhance their leadership skills and give back to the manufacturing community, while mentees get the help they need to achieve their personal, educational and professional development goals.
“My participation in the SME Mentorship Program is helping me build up my network, find work opportunities in the industry and support in choosing the right career path.”
Chelsea, SME Mentorship Program Participant

Student Contests & Events

Digital Manufacturing Challenge

Digital Manufacturing Challenge

This annual competition invites student designers to use their imagination to arrive at an innovative design, which exploits the geometric capabilities of direct digital manufacturing (DDM) to the fullest. Entries are welcome from college/university students and high school students; both categories are judged separately. Winners are recognized at SME's annual RAPID + TCT event.

FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology)

FIRST is a partnership among students, educators, mentors and industry working together to build a workforce suited to fill careers in high-tech fields and advanced manufacturing careers. SME professional chapters and members support FIRST Robotics team youth outreach at the local levels through chapter or member engagement. Opportunities to promote FIRST robotics team success can be made through the SME chapter network.
SME Awards

NAMRC Student Research Presentation Contest

The annual North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC) hosts a Student Research Presentation Contest to recognize students' contributions to NAMRC. Encouraging young talents to pursue a career in manufacturing research is of vital importance to the long-term goals of the manufacturing community.
SkillsUSA Additive Manufacturing Competition

SkillsUSA Additive Manufacturing Competition

SME, in partnership with Stratasys, created the SkillsUSA Additive Manufacturing Competition to attract students to the new, exciting, emerging technologies and tools involved in this market. The competition helps contestants better understand additive manufacturing applications and provides them with hands-on experience using the latest 3D printing technology and software.
Student Innovation Tours

Student Summits

SME Education Foundation Student Summits introduce high school students to the manufacturing industry by creating interest, excitement and an appreciation for the technology on display at SME manufacturing and technology trade shows across the country.

HOUSTEX 3D Printing Student Competition

This bi-annual competition encourages students to be familiar with engineering design and ideation. Entries are welcome from students in high schools, community colleges/vocational institutes, or universities. Winners are recognized at SME's bi-annual HOUSTEX event.

Become an SME Member

We want to help you succeed in all areas of manufacturing. Join today to learn. engage. advance. with SME.


SME Connect

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Manufacturing Engineering magazine

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Local Chapters

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