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Who We Are

As the philanthropic arm of SME, an internationally recognized nonprofit organization serving the manufacturing industry, the SME Education Foundation inspires, prepares and supports the next generation of manufacturing and engineering talent. 

The Foundation leverages the 90-year history and thought leadership of SME in the manufacturing and engineering industry to provide curated experiences for thousands of high school students at SME conferences and tradeshows and builds hands-on manufacturing programs in high schools across the country.

The Foundation also awards millions of dollars in scholarships every year to graduating high school seniors and both undergraduate and graduate students.  Through its 
SME PRIME program, the Foundation has reached over 100,000 students in more than 60 schools across 22 states. 

All Foundation activities are designed to empower young people to pursue careers in manufacturing and engineering.

 

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

 

View the Full 2020 Annual Report

As the pandemic wanes, the future of the Foundation is increasingly bright. We are singularly focused on the impact of what we do and the efficiency with which we do it. We welcome your participation and trust you will enjoy reading about our accomplishments last year.
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.

Learn About Summits

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.

Learn About PRIME

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.

 

Learn About Scholarships

 

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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. 

Learn More about our History

 

Foundation Staff Board of Directors Past Presidents

 

Joe Kann

Joseph A. "Joe" Kann
Cobble Creek Solutions
President

Frank Ervin

Frank W. Ervin III
Piston Group LLC
Vice President

John Miller

John F. Miller
Siemens Digital Industries Software
Secretary/ Treasurer

Adam Claytor

Adam Claytor
Coltrane Logistics
Director

 

Valerie Freeman

Valerie I. Freeman
Washington Park High School
Director

Wayne Frost

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

kimberly green

Kimberly Green
Advance CTE
Director

Andrew Jones

Andrew M. "Andy" Jones
Seizert Capital Partners
Director

 

Robby Komljenovic

Robby Komljenovic
Acieta
Director

Arthur McClellan Jr.

Arthur F. McClellan Jr.
Lear Corporation
Director

Chris Rake

Chris Rake
FIRST
Director

Kyle Riegel

Kyle Riegel
Schunk Carbon Technology
Director

 

Joe Tate

Joseph A. "Joe" Tate
Michigan House of Representatives
Director

Marion Wells

Marion Wells
Human Asset Management
Director

Meghan West

Meghan West
CNC Software Inc.
Director

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.

*deceased

 

iriving mcphail

Irving P. McPhail, EdD*
2020

kathy burnham

Kathy Burnham
2016 - 2019

Brain Ruestow

Brian A. Ruestow
2013 - 2016

khalil taraman

Khalil S. Taraman*
2009 - 2011

 

glen pearson

Glen H. Pearson
2007 - 2008 & 2012 - 2013

sherril west

Sherril K. West
2004 - 2006

Saul Fenster

Saul K. Fenster
2003

Raymond Adams

Raymond G. Adams
2000 - 2002

 

Eugene Nelson

Eugene M. Nelson
1998 - 1999

earl walker

Earl E. Walker*
1994 - 1997

frank riley

Frank J. Riley
1992 - 1993

reginald barrett

Reginald W. Barrett*
1988 - 1991

 

philip marsilius

Philip R. Marsilius
1984 - 1988

ralph cross

Ralph E. Cross
1980 - 1984

New Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiative

The SME Education Foundation announced a renewed and focused commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion with the creation of a new scholarship fund for underrepresented young people and enhanced focus on offering opportunities to underrepresented and disadvantaged communities throughout the SME PRIME network.

SME Education Foundation Donors & Partners

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 inspire, prepare and support the next generation of manufacturing and engineering talent.

 

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