SME is a nonprofit corporation, originally chartered in 1932 under the laws of the state of Michigan. The governing body of SME is the Board of Directors. The presiding officer at all transactions of the board is the SME president and/or the president's officially designated representative. Below is a breakdown of SME's structure and leadership.
SME Board of Directors — Establishes SME's business policies and strategic direction. SME members interested in being considered for a seat on the Board may apply by submitting an application (applications are due annually on Feb. 15).
SME Member Council — Formulates recommendations to the Board of Directors relative to SME membership recruitment, retention and engagement. SME members interested in being considered for a seat on the Member Council can click here to apply (applications are due annually on Feb. 15).
SME Membership Consultants — Lead communication between SME and local chapters, ensuring each chapter has tools for success. There are three types of membership consultants: Senior, student and special-purpose. Click here to apply.
Chapter Leaders — Consists of chapter chair, chair-elect, secretary and treasurer, who help motivate, organize, build enthusiasm and bring manufacturing together...locally. The chapter leaders oversee membership recruitment and retention endeavors, as well as coordinate the chapter's strategic planning efforts, helping guide the chapter through its short-term and long-term goals.
Member Council Committees The Member Council annually appoints members to the Student Relations Committee and Chapter Enhancement Committee. It also confirms the appointments of members to the Technical Community Task Group.
Chapter Enhancement Committee oversees the health of professional chapters, with an emphasis on assisting revitalization efforts; provides continuous improvement suggestions for volunteer leadership development; ensures the good work and best practices of the professional chapters are shared for all to benefit from; assures professional chapters are working collaboratively with student chapters and the Technical Communities to provide the ability to share knowledge and enhance the member experience.
Student Relations Committeeworks with the student chapters to align them with SME's Strategic Plan; ensures the good work and best practices of the professional chapters are shared for all to benefit from; assures student chapters are working collaboratively with the senior chapters and the Technical Communities to provide the ability to share knowledge and enhance the member experience.
Technical Community Task Groupcompletes comprehensive operation guides for the Technical Communities overall, and for each community to solidify common processes; completes a set of defined bylaws for TC policies and rules to ensure the TC is properly represented as a vital part of SME; continues development of a polished TC web presence through community web pages.
International Director/Member Council Nominating Committee — Identifies, evaluates and nominates candidates for the Member Council and the SME Board of Directors. Members interested in being considered for a seat on this committee can click here to apply.
Certification Oversight & Appeals Committee — Oversees SME certifications and ensures they are continuously updated and improved to meet industry needs. The committee is also responsible for guiding the investigation and development of any new certifications under consideration.