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Who We Are

The SME Education Foundation inspires, prepares and supports the next generation of manufacturing and engineering talent through its Student Summit event series, SME PRIME® initiative, and Student Scholarship program. 

The SME Education Foundation leverages the nearly 90-year history and thought leadership of SME in manufacturing conference and trade show development, media production, training and workforce development, and its international membership to advance the next generation of manufacturing and engineering talent.  

What We Do

Student Summits

The Student Summit Event Series produced by the SME Education Foundation delivers student-centric programming that inspires high school students to pursue manufacturing career pathways through hands-on challenges and competitions, technology demonstrations and guided show floor tours.


The SME PRIME (Partnership Response in Manufacturing Education) initiative directly addresses manufacturing and engineering talent shortages by forming partnerships with industry that inform and provide modern equipment, a tailored curriculum and hands-on training for high school students across the country.

Student Scholarships

The SME Education Foundation proudly awards $2 million in scholarships annually to support high school seniors, undergraduates and post-graduate students in pursuit of 2 or 4-year manufacturing or engineering degrees.

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Leadership Teams

Representing accomplishment and achievement in industry and academia, dedicated professionals from diverse backgrounds and experience support and further the mission of the SME Education Foundation.

History of SME Education Foundation

Created by SME 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 and individual donors.