Blog Posts

  • Member and Industry Relations Manager
    Membership Team Minute - March 19, 2018
    Hello, SME Members: I hope you enjoy St. Patrick's Day! Spring is near and soon March Madness will be over and baseball will be starting up. SME is a great network for you to connect with other like-minded individuals working in manufacturing. As an example, a student member from Robert Morris University connected with me a few months before graduation ... more
  • Ralton Emory
    Membership Team Minute - March 12, 2018
    Good Monday Morning SME Members. Thank you for continuing to support manufacturing through membership with SME. As spring break time arrives, remind students as well as remembering yourself, that manufacturing enhances leisure lifestyles. Someone has to design, test, build, and transport items that sometimes we don't' think about as ... more
  • Mfg Career Handout
    A Visual Guide To Manufacturing’s Opportunities And Impact
    Ever wonder about the opportunities that come with a manufacturing career? Our new guide highlights the benefits of a manufacturing career and its impact in America.  VIEW THE ONLINE VERSION DOWNLOAD PDF   more
  • Member and Industry Relations Manager
    Membership Team Minute - March 5th, 2018
    Good morning SME Members!  Thank you for joining SME as you make your difference in manufacturing. Here are a few highlights of things going on that could benefit you: 1.  SME is hosting a SME Online Resume Review and Career Guidance Fair on April 4, 2018.  You can register at   If you are aware of anyone ... more
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    SME Chapter 038 Grand Rapids, Michigan Is Looking For Co-op Opportunities With Your Company
    We have been contacted by a member whose son is currently attending Michigan Tech and is in need of an internship or co-op for the summer of 2018 in the West Michigan area. His previous experience has been with Dematic, Feyen-Zylstra and Bemis in Oshkosh, WI. If your company is looking for help this summer, please let us know and we will forward the resume ... more
  • Dianna Helka
    SME Members: Help Influence The Direction Of U.S. Advanced Manufacturing
    SME members, Weigh in with your perspectives and experiences — and influence the direction of American advanced manufacturing! The National Science and Technology Council, Subcommittee on Advanced Manufacturing is developing a National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing to improve coordination and provide guidance for Federal ... more
  • Ralton Emory
    Monday Membership Minute - February 26, 2018
    Good Monday morning SME Members! As always, please let me start with some gratitude to you for joining us as members.  We greatly appreciate you and your efforts within SME. Couple of great things for your attention: 1.  Remember our Online Resume Review and Career Guidance program coming up.  You can register here:  ... more
  • Member and Industry Relations Manager
    Membership Team Monday Minute - February 19th, 2018
    Happy President's Day if you are in the United States and a happy Monday to all!  It's going to be a great week. I would like to draw your attention to a few things that are happening around SME membership: 1. Our first SME Resume Review event is scheduled for April 4th.  While the event is geared toward students, it is open to anyone.  If you are a student and ... more
  • FABTECH 2018 Call for Speakers
    FABTECH 2018 ATLANTA Call For Speakers Is Live!
    FABTECH 2018 ATLANTA Call for Speakers Is Live !   SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT TODAY! Deadline April 6, 2018  Be a part of FABTECH 2018 by sharing your knowledge on technological advancements and creative concepts for FABTECH attendees.  If you have insights and ideas to share, submit your abstract today for consideration at the FABTECH 2018 Education ... more
  • SME Notable Women in Mfg
    SME Leaders Named As Crain’s Notable Women In Manufacturing
    SME is proud to announce that three of the organization’s leaders are among 36 women named to “Crain’s Detroit Business” 2018 list of Notable Women in Manufacturing. SME’s 2017 President Sandra Bouckley, Vice President of SME’s Events & Industry Strategy Debbie Holton and Vice President of Tooling U-SME Jeannine Kunz were selected for their ... more
  • Ralton Emory
    Membership Team Monday Minute - February 12th
    As I always like to do, I want to start by expressing my gratitude for you, the SME Member, and say THANK YOU for joining SME and engaging with us as we connect people and manufacturing technologies. Also, speaking of "expressions of gratitude", please remember that Wednesday is Valentine's Day.  You can't say that we didn't remind you. There are some ... more
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    February SME SPEAKS-Guest Editorial: Creating An Engaged And Sustainable SME
    Hope you enjoy reading my guest editorial article just published at Manufacturing Engineering SME SPEAKS: Creating An Engaged and Sustainable SME LinkedIn Access more
  • Howard Hale
    Scholarship Awards
    Nashville SME43 will be awarding 5 each $1,500 awards each year to promote manufacturing. Go to  to find out about our chapter and acquire an application. more
  • Ralton Emory
    Membership Team Monday Minute - February 5th, 2018
    Happy post-big game Monday.  I am sure that Philadelphia Chapter 15 members are celebrating this morning. We have a couple of things to highlight for your today: 1.  SME Members receive complimentary registration to the new Smart Manufacturing Experience and discounts on workshops and conferences.  For more information on this event and ... more
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    SME Chapter 038 Scholarships
    Our Chapter was able to grant 5 scholarships in 2017 and we would like to continue with this great tradition.  The deadline for applying is March 31, 2018.  You can contact an officer for Chapter 038 to get an application. more
  • Ralton Emory
    Membership Team Monday Minute - January 29, 2018
    Happy Monday SME Members! First, I personally want to say THANK YOU for being a member of SME and working hard to improve the state of manufacturing in this country and around the world. Due to your efforts in recruiting new members, SME is beginning the year with a growth of membership numbers.  Two areas to highlight:  our high school student membership ... more
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    Looking To Learn About Manufacturing High Heels
    Hello everyone! I am an entrepreneur looking to revolutionize womens shoes and I have a vision for a platform; however, I don't know much about the current construct and I am looking to connect with those who do to see if my vision is possible. Any advice/guidance is appreciated.  more
  • Member and Industry Relations Manager
    Membership Team Monday Minute
    Happy Mid-January SME Members. I hope 2018 has been productive so far and that you are making the exclusive connections and gaining the exclusive access from your SME Membership. Couple of news items of note: - Chapter Leaders:  Check out the attachment for the 2018 Chapter Calendar.  This calender has been created by the Chapter Enhancement ... more
  • Edye Buchanan
    SME Membership Matters
    I have been a member of SME for 30 years! What happened to that young mother who started back to college to pursue a degree in CAD? Her son has grown, she’s had a fulfilling career and she is still involved in SME. But let me go back to why I have been a member for 30 years. I joined SME because I was going back to school in my late 20s and knew that to succeed in ... more
  • Ralton Emory
    Membership Team Monday Minute
    Good morning SME Members! Happy Martin Luther King Day! Couple of notes: - SME offers high school membership free to those 13 years - through high school to help them understand how manufacturing and technology enhances our world.  High school members can find out more and join here: - I have attached a ... more
  • Webb Telescope
    Webb Telescope
    This is one of my favorite projects.  The Webb telescope will be able to "see" the way galaxies formed after the big bang.  This is a very exciting advancement in human capabilities.  Also, the construction of the telescope reflector framework is made from carbon fiber and cyanate ester resin composites that minimize the effect of thermal expansion.  ... more
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    Learning To Use Connect
    Greetings!  I think I qualify as an old school member of SME.   That may be why I struggle with Connect.  I like the idea of posting a question and getting feedback from SME members.  I would like to learn more about the ways that chapters, communities and SME HQ uses (or plan to use) Connect.  I welcome your feedback This is the first time I have entered a blog ... more
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    FABTECH 2017 Chicago ILC Workshop
    AWF100: Laser Welding for Today's Fabricator Workshop Tuesday, November 07, 2017: 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM Description This workshop is full of experts covering the latest advancements on laser welding. Topics include: design consideration, industrial laser welding, laser sources for fiber, disk and diode, system overview, hybrid laser welding and ... more
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    Beta Interest Groups Are Now Forming
    SME is currently forming the following interest groups.  Monitoring & Maintaining the Digital Factory Simulation-Driven Engineering Collision-Free Factory Automation Safety & Productivity If you are interested in participating in one or more of these interest groups, please  click here  to complete and submit the form. more

Recent Comments

Yes, this is true. I'm an industrial management student right now looking for a job in the manufacturing industry but unable to as I need experience for most of the jobs. My point is if you don't give young students to gain experience and skill there will be a gap and there will be problems. So to all the companies out there give students job let them learn they w...
Thank you, Ralton for helping us get the word out about our upcoming Python workshop!

Adam J. Cook
Chair of SME Chapter 112
Howard, you are way early this year!. We have a chapter meeting on Tuesday. I'll make sure that our students know it.
     I worked at a company that made orthotics, so in a related field to shoes.  The manufacturing methods were all set up for making custom product for each individual patient of the podiatrist.  The materials were plaster of paris, polypropylene, polyethylene, acrylic, vinyl, leather and adhesives.  My primary task was to speed up making the pl...
Ralton -- Here is a link to a good video about the Webb Telescope: .  It is 38 minues long but well worth watching! ~ Lou