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January 31 Zoom Meeting

Join us via Zoom to learn about these unique programs offered at St. Cloud State University:
 · Manufacturing Engineering Technology is the applied engineering field that emphasizes engineering problem solving using a practical, hands-on approach rather than the complex analysis that a design engineer would typically use.
· The Manufacturing Engineering degree is 1 of only 23 accredited programs in the United States, and the ONLY such program in Minnesota accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Both degree programs provide students with expert faculty with real-world experience, and course projects carried out in conjunction with local companies.  Students build real-world experience with budgets, objectives and deadlines and have the opportunity to innovate and create new manufacturing strategies, systems and facilities.
MET Associate Professor Nancy Sundheim will introduce us to the programs,  tell us what skills today’s students are being taught, and describe some of the local companies and projects that the students work on during the course of their studies.   SME Minnesota supports the MET program with two $1,000 scholarships every year. 

For registration information, see our January Bulletin,  click here.


More 2023 Upcoming Plans
  • For February or March, we're working on a tour of a local foundry.
  • For March or April, we're trying to coordinate a joint tour of a highly automated facility with our professional members and manufacturing students at St. Cloud State University.
We could really use some extra hands to bring these plans to fruition.  Please volunteer by contacting us at    Thank you!

Wyoming Machine, Inc November Tour Recap

     Wyoming Machine is a family-owned machining and metal fabricating house lead by second generation co-presidents Lori and Traci Tapani. The company’s expertise lies in low volume high mix production, complex welded assemblies, processing of very thin steel plate, and managing large projects that are shipped as kits. Wyoming’s “secret to success” lies in the quality and complex fabrications their employees know how to create using off-the-shelf machines and press brakes. Customers describe the company as producing high quality assemblies and being trustworthy!

On our tour, we did indeed see complex formed and welded assemblies. And a state-of-the-art press brake that had an automatic tool changer. Various forming blocks can be called up by the program, and the machine slides them out of the tool matrix and puts them in place at the front of the machine while the operator watches! The automated safety curtains are a far cry from the old days of wrist straps and double push-button activation for presses. SME member John Hanenburg gave us a presentation on how fabricated assemblies are costed and estimated. CAD models or prints can be used; Solidworks can produce a complete flat blank from a 3-D file. We learned that John is a whiz at theoretical mathematics, and can program complex algorithms into Excel spreadsheets! Our sincere thanks and appreciation go to Lori and Traci Tapani, Bob Loder, Alex Van Osdel, Steve Hegge, and Jason Oldenberg for hosting us for this event

Meet our 2022-23 Scholarship Recipients
For the first time, we are sponsoring two scholarships for St. Cloud State University students enrolled in the Manufacturing Engineering Technology degree program. We’re proud to introduce you to Anson Hanna and Jason Johnson:

Anson Hanna is originally from Elk River, Minnesota.  Anson is interested in pursuing a career in manufacturing engineering “because it’s my ultimate goal to provide for others throughout my lifetime.  Not only does this mean my direct family, but also everyone I interact with and the entirety of the population…I have come to believe that manufacturing engineering is the most direct way in which I can provide for others throughout my work, as I will be manufacturing directly for consumers.”  Anson has already interned with Tecsom/Emerson, a manufacturer of pressure regulators.

Jason Johnson is a junior in the program.  He chose the St. Cloud program because it is ABET accredited, so he knew he was going to get the best education possible.  Jason is a full time student, works 25 hours a week, and is married and raising 18 month old twins.  His goal is to get a job where he can use what he’s learned in school.  He likes working behind the scenes to make processes or practice runs smoot!her and/or faster.  He finds it “just awesome” to know he's accomplished something like that.

Both Anson and Jason thank the chapter for helping them attain their education goals

NEW:  Follow us on Linked In!
As our chapter continues to evolve and look for new ways to engage our members, we have started a LinkedIn group to help network across more platforms. Please join us & follow us as another way of hearing about our tours and finding other members in our area.

CELEBRATE! SME Chapter 11 was Chartered 85 Years Ago!

A fair number of members turned out May 4 to share pizza and catch up face to face after 26 months of pandemic-induced separation.  The pizza was good, the conversation better, and the networking best!  It was so nice to catch up with those we’ve missed!

 Chapter Business

We are still seeking a Chair Elect for 2022.  Other open volunteer positions include webmaster and programming assistant.  Contact David at to learn how the Chapter can help you develop your leadership skills.

SME Minnesota State-Wide 2021 Chapter Awards:

Jim Stertz is recognized for his years of service as Treasurer, and for his enthusiasm for all things related to sensible automation.  Enjoy your upcoming retirement, Jim!
Tim Lange is the recipient of the 2021 Chapter Chair’s AwardA long-time SME member, Tim is always finding new ways to contribute.  This year’s opportunities include being ready with manufacturing related jokes and cartoons, taking minutes, proofreading bulletins, and, most importantly, always being present at leadership meetings and willing to offer wise and valuable council to his colleagues.  Thank you so much, Tim, we truly appreciate your passion for, and dedication to, SME!

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Welcome to SME Minnesota State-Wide Chapter 11!

Members, Associates, and Friends:  We attempted to resumed tours and in-person general meetings in September, with limited success.  We will continue with virtual meetings until May, 2022.

Our executive committee meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month (except June and July). We invite you to join us; either in person or via Zoom.  Send an email to for meeting time and location, or the Zoom link.  The next Executive Committee Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 1, at 7:00 PM.

SME Minnesota Chapter 11 is passionate about local manufacturing!  Our strategic & tactical plans for the current year can be found here.

We thank the following companies for supporting our chapter:


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