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Who We Are

The SME Education Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the next generation of manufacturing and engineering talent. Working closely with SME, academia, and industry, we build awareness of opportunity and provide solutions to develop, build and strengthen the workforce.

How We Do It

Inspire - Student Summits

We Inspire

The SME Education Foundation inspires the next generation of manufacturing and engineering talent through the Student Summit event series at SME conferences and trade shows across the country, delivering student-centric programming, hands-on challenges and competitions, technology demonstrations, and guided show floor tours.
Prepare - SME PRIME

We Prepare

The SME Education Foundation prepares manufacturing and engineering talent through the SME PRIME initiative by partnering with industry to inform and provide modern equipment, tailored curriculum, and hands-on training to high schools across the country.
Support - Scholarships

We Support

The SME Education Foundation supports next-generation manufacturing and engineering talent annually by awarding $2 million in scholarships to high school seniors, undergraduates and post-graduate students pursuing trade school training or 2 or 4-year degrees in manufacturing or engineering.

Industry 4.0: Advanced Technology Creates New Job Opportunities

This month we take a closer look at Industry 4.0, and the opportunities it offers to the next generation of manufacturing workers. We’ll explore the new technologies, how to manage challenges and prepare the next generation workforce through programs like SME PRIME.

Latest SME Education Foundation News

July 18, 2019

Cazenovia High School: CTE Opportunity in Central New York

The career and technical education opportunities at Cazenovia High School are both forward-thinking and very current. The foundations are built early on as even elementary school-age students take part in summer camps and introductory technology programs at the school. Read Full Story

June 27, 2019

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan: Driving Regional Opportunity

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has been instrumental in the SME PRIME schools’ program in two Southeast Michigan communities. Since its inception in 1984, the Foundation has distributed more than $1 billion through more than 67,000 grants to nonprofit organizations. Read Full Story

June 13, 2019

The Four Cities Compact: Schools Collaborate to Provide Opportunity – Part 2

In part 2 of our series on the SME PRIME program at The Four Cities Compact schools in Ohio you’ll read more about the passionate instructors and the energetic young minds charting their career path in the manufacturing and engineering industries. Read Full Story

June 7, 2019

SME Education Foundation featured in The New York Times

The SME Education Foundation was recently highlighted in an extended feature in The New York Times on preparing high school students for careers in robotics within the manufacturing industry. Read Full Story


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Humans of Manufacturing

Creation without Constraints

Ethan Baehrend embodies the next generation of manufacturing and engineering talent. He bought his first 3D printer at age 13 and quickly graduated from creating trinkets for friends and family to disassembling his printer and learning how the various components worked. Today, the 18-year-old CEO of Creative 3D Technologies continues to experiment by thinking outside the box to create innovative products that solve problems.
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