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Virtual Engagement. For Everyone. Anywhere.

We embrace the internet as the primary method of engagement with our members and the entire engineering community. 

The SME Virtual Network is an online community for experienced professionals, emerging professionals, students and anyone, really, that is interested in advanced manufacturing.


Always on Conversations

Need some ideas for a class project? Want to ask the community for technical advice? Have any questions about a workshop? We're listening! Start a conversation today on any of the platforms we support. We welcome the public to participate in the conversations as well. Click logo to join.


Open Source is Our DNA

It may surprise you to learn that much of smart manufacturing is built on open-source software and hardware. We embrace open source completely to provide hands-on educational opportunities and to encourage students and professionals to get engaged with open source. Click logo to join.


Open by Design

A community is only as good as its ability to listen and adapt to the needs of its members. We welcome your feedback — good or bad. More than that, we strive to make the Virtual Network entirely transparent in terms of finances, leadership meetings and how we are impacting the manufacturing community. Click logo to join.


Engagement on Your Schedule

Your time is at a premium nowadays. Busy work schedules. Traffic. Family life. We understand. All our events are live-streamed, recorded and instantly available. We also build unique, engaging and immersive web experiences to enrich and educate. Click logo to join.


Technical Training!

Tooling U-SME delivers versatile learning and development solutions to the manufacturing workforce. Companies select it to educate their workforce, increase productivity and product quality. Education institutions turn to Tooling U-SME to augment their learning plans, providing their instructors with more time for hands-on instruction, while individuals gain new skills and advance their careers through Tooling U-SME. Click logo to learn more.

Contact Information

Virtual Network Task Group


Melissa Dochter
Marketing Segment Manager
Schneider Electric

Ron Gill
Technical Fellow
The Boeing Co. (retired)

Task Group Members

Vesna Cota
Technical Specialist
Tyco Electronics Canada (retired)

Mathew Clegg
Marine Designer
Manson Construction Co.

William Sniadack
Welding Engineer
Neles USA Inc.

Madhukar Somireddy, PhD
Research Associate
York University

Staff Liaison

Zachary Zichi
Members Relations Manager

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