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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.

Manufacturing Careers: Unmasking the Misperceptions

Manufacturing is not dirty. Manufacturing is high-tech. Manufacturing pays wells and leads to prosperous careers. Manufacturing is thriving in the United States. How can we change misperceptions about manufacturing? We can counter each statement with facts.
unmasking the misperceptions

Latest SME Education Foundation News

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

May 30, 2019

RAPID + TCT 2019: Next-gen technology and talent merge

Six high schools from the metro Detroit area brought 174 enthusiastic young minds to RAPID + TCT May 20-23 at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan where the entire additive manufacturing community convened and where industry-accelerating products were launched. Read Full Story

May 23, 2019

EASTEC 2019: Inspiring the next-gen workforce

170 high school students from 11 schools descended upon the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts from May 14-16 eager to explore and discover manufacturing career opportunities at the SME Education Foundation’s Student Summit event series at EASTEC. 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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