Student SME Memberships
members can benefit greatly from the many resources that the society
provides to further their education in manufacturing and help launch
their careers. In addition, SME offers student memberships at deeply
discounted prices with the same benefits that full members receive!
Click here to go to the Student Zone on the SME International Website to join SME and get the latest news for the next generations of manufacturing engineers.
Once you become an official member, get involved in one of the local SME student chapters! More details are provided below.
Southern Polytechnic State University Student Chapter
Contact Dr. Simin Nasseri for information:
Phone: (678) 915-7420
Georgia Tech Student Chapter
Contact Dr. Christopher (Chris) J. Saldana for information:
Georgia BEST Competition
BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) competition
motivates middle and high school students by challenging them to build a
remotely controlled robot that accomplishes defined tasks within a
competitive setting. Using only the materials provided by Georgia BEST,
students have six weeks to design, develop, and test a robot that can
outperform their competitors. During this time, the students experience
the same problems, challenges, and breakthroughs that an engineering
team encounters when it takes a product to market. In both cases, there
are team dynamics, time constraints, material constraints, and pressure
from other teams who are trying to solve the same problem. Placed in a
real situation, with real problems, the students provide real (and
not surprisingly) ingenious solutions. The weeks of hard work culminate
in a thrilling daylong competition where one team achieves "BEST"
performance. The inspiring event combines the excitement of a high
school football game with the strategy of a chess match and the
intellectual challenge of a science fair. The heart of BEST is the
experience of solving a seemingly overwhelming task using simple
engineering methods and old-fashioned teamwork. Thanks to this
experience, students who participate in BEST are better prepared to meet
the challenges of the Technology Age. Visit the BEST website at www.georgiabest.org for additional information.
First Robotics Competition
also encourages participation in the longer running FIRST Robotics
competition. The FIRST Robotics Competition challenges teams of young
people and their mentors to solve a common problem in a six-week
timeframe using a standard "kit of parts" and a common set of rules.
Teams build robots from the parts and enter them into competitions
designed by Dean Kamen, Dr. Woodie Flowers, and a committee of engineers
and other professionals. Watch http://www.usfirst.org/
for unfolding details of upcoming competition opportunities. This
organization continues to create new programs to support its purpose, to
“inspire in young people, their schools and communities an appreciation
of science and technology, and of how mastering these can enrich the
lives of all.”