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Who We Are

We inspire, prepare and support the next generation of manufacturing and engineering talent through our Student Summit event series, SME PRIME® initiative, and Student Scholarship program. 

Why is Manufacturing Education Important?

We understand that manufacturing is key to economic growth and prosperity and that a manufacturing talent shortage and skills gap threatens both. Without a spirited, highly skilled workforce, manufacturing – and the global population who rely upon it – will suffer.

 

Inspire

Inspire

Showcasing student-centric programming at SME events 

 

Prepare

Prepare

Introducing a tailored curriculum in high schools across the country

 

support

Support

Providing annual scholarship opportunities to students in high school and college

 

Our Work in Action History Leadership

We are Leaders in Manufacturing Education

The SME Education Foundation is the leading voice in manufacturing education. As the philanthropic arm of SME, we continue to significantly impact students, educators and companies nationwide.

Help us shape the future of the manufacturing workforce. There are many opportunities to get involved. Join us at a Student Summit, get involved with the PRIME Program, or learn about our many scholarship opportunities. 

Inspire

Student Summits

We help inspire the next generation of manufacturing and engineering talent is through our Student Summit Series at SME events across the country featuring student-centric programming, hands-on challenges and competitions, technology demonstrations, and more.

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SME Prime

PRIME Program

We help prepare the next generation of manufacturing and engineering talent by partnering with companies from all kinds of manufacturing industries to inform and provide modern equipment, tailored curriculum, and hands-on training to high schools across the country.

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scholarhips

Scholarships

We support the next generation of manufacturing and engineering talent by awarding scholarships to high school seniors, undergraduates and graduate students with degrees in manufacturing or engineering every year.

 

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past-presidents-cta-full-width.jpgFounded in 1979, the SME Education Foundation has provided more than $33 million in grants, scholarships and awards and has supported student outreach and education programs through its partnerships with corporations, foundations, organizations as well as individual donors.

The SME Education Foundation draws upon SME's almost 90-year history and thought leadership in manufacturing-focused conference and events, media production, and training and workforce development - as well as its international membership - to attract and develop a skilled manufacturing workforce. 

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Foundation Staff Board of Directors Past Presidents

 

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President

Irving P. “Irv” McPhail, EdD
The McPhail Group, LLC

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Vice President

Joseph A. “Joe” Kann
Cobble Creek Solutions

 
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Secretary/ Treasurer

John F. Miller
Siemens Digital Industries Software

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Frank W. Ervin III
Piston Group, LLC

 
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Wayne F. Frost, LSME, CMfgE
Deere & Co. (retired)

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Brian A. Ruestow, LSME
Norton Pulpstones, Inc.

 
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Pamela J. Ruschau, Esq.
Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd.

 

The SME Education Foundation has benefited from direction and oversight from experienced, committed leadership. The advocacy, direction and ability of our Presidents has built awareness and enhanced academic opportunities for students at every level; we are grateful for their service.

 

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Kathy Burnham
2016 - 2019

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Brian A. Ruestow
2013 - 2016

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Khalil S. Taraman*
2009 - 2011

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Glen H. Pearson
2007 - 2008 & 2012 - 2013

 
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Sherril K. West
2004 - 2006

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Saul K. Fenster
2003

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Raymond G. Adams
2000 - 2002

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Eugene M. Nelson
1998-1999

 

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Earl E. Walker*
1994 - 1997

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Frank J. Riley
1992 - 1993

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Reginald W. Barrett*
1988 - 1991

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Philip R. Marsilius
1984 - 1988

 

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Ralph E. Cross
1980 - 1984

 

 

* deceased

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