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SME, with its more than 86 years of experience and expertise in events, publications, membership, and training and development, is, together with the SME Education Foundation, committed to promoting manufacturing technology, developing a skilled workforce and attracting future generations to advance manufacturing...and we’d like to help with your story.

Get Started with SME PRIME

The SME PRIME initiative’s success in inspiring and preparing high school students for skilled careers in manufacturing is the result of its consultative model of engaging with local manufacturers, schools and their communities to tailor and create relevant training and development for current and future workforce needs.

Scholarship Recipient “Pays it Forward”

Scholarships can mean much more than financial support, says Kyle Riegel, recipient of the 2008 SME Education Foundation Family Scholarship. Kyle is a field sales engineer with Schunk Carbon Technology in Iowa. A 2008 graduate of Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, Kyle currently serves on their engineering board.

Manufacturing in the Era of COVID-19: SME PRIME Schools Help Save Lives

Career and technical education students at SME PRIME® high schools in Michigan, Illinois, and New York have experienced firsthand the importance of manufacturing to our nation and the world — and how their classroom studies and hands-on lab work relate to real-world challenges, and can even save lives during the coronavirus pandemic.

Challenge and Change: It’s an Opportunity

In the wake of coronavirus, school closings and “stay-at-home” mandates have upended the educational experience for students across the country. This singular moment reinforces the opportunities that exist for innovation in education via technology adoption. As it relates to the SME Education Foundation, online education is certainly relevant to the work we do with our SME PRIME program.

Scholarships

Thank you for your interest in being featured as an SME Education Foundation scholarship success story. We’re excited to hear about your educational journey and future career ambitions. Please fill out the form below and an SME Education Foundation representative will follow-up to schedule an interview.

On Her Way: Scholarship Recipient Lindsey Prestholdt Joins 3M

Lindsey Prestholdt received SME Education Foundation scholarships while majoring in mechanical engineering at North Dakota State University. Lindsey joined 3M in 2021 as an optimize operations engineer, assigned to process improvement projects while gaining extensive training in areas such as lean manufacturing.

In Memory of Dr. Irving P. McPhail

SME and the SME Education Foundation are mourning with great sadness the passing of the SME Education Foundation Board President, Dr. Irving P. McPhail. In his career, Dr. McPhail made outstanding and unforgettable contributions to the advancement of manufacturing and education. His service to the SME Education Foundation was marked by great passion for manufacturing education, deep commitment to broadening opportunities in this industry for all communities, and a sincere belief in the mission of the Foundation to inspire and support talented young people from all backgrounds.

Upcoming Student Summits

The SME Education Foundation inspires high school students to discover the manufacturing industry at our Student Summits co-located at SME events across the country throughout the year. Our students summits deliver student-centric programming that educates the next generation about the manufacturing industry with technology demonstrations, hands-on challenges and a guided, interactive SME event show floor tour.