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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. 

Founded in 1979, the SME Education Foundation is a national 501(c)(3) organization. As the philanthropic arm of SME, we draw upon their almost 90-year history and thought leadership in manufacturing-focused conferences and events, training programs, media production, and international membership to attract and develop a skilled manufacturing workforce.

Why do we do it?

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.

Our Work In Action

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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.
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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.

We Support

The SME Education Foundation supports next-generation manufacturing and engineering talent by annually awarding millions of dollars in scholarships to high school seniors, undergraduates and graduate students pursuing two-year, four-year and advanced degrees in manufacturing or engineering.

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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.