What is SME?
SME is a nonprofit association of professionals, educators and students committed to promoting and supporting the manufacturing industry. We help manufacturers innovate, grow and prosper by promoting manufacturing technology, developing a skilled workforce and connecting the manufacturing industry.

Below you will find links to SME's overall structure, governance document and volunteer opportunities available. If interested in volunteering, please contact membership@sme.org or submit your application. 


→ Organizational Structure 

→ Governance Document

Current Leadership

  • SME Board of Directors — The purpose of an individual board member is to act as a voting member of the board with full authority and responsibility to develop policies for the operation of the organization; to monitor the organization’s financial health, programs and overall performance; and to provide the organization with the resources needed to serve its constituencies. SME members interested in being considered for a seat on the Board may apply by submitting an application (apply by Feb. 15).
  • SME Member Council — The SME Member Council is a body that recommends and facilitates policies and procedures concerning the administration of member units and SME membership recruitment and retention. Member units include chapters, technical communities, groups and other organizations by which members regularly engage with each other. Note: A potential SME Member Council candidate must be a voting member of SME in good standing for the year preceding nomination to be eligible for consideration. SME members interested in being considered for a seat on the Member Council can click here to apply (apply by Feb. 15).
  • 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. To become a chapter officer, contact chapters@sme.org

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. Contact membership@sme.org to apply.
  • Student Relations Committee works 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. To volunteer on this committee, email membership@sme.org to apply.
  • Technical Community Task Group completes 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. Email membership@sme.org to volunteer.
  • Communications Task Group continually reviews and provides feedback on various member communications pieces with specific oversight of recruitment, engagement and retention messages. The task group also performs other duties as assigned. Join this committee by contacting membernews@sme.org.
  • Emerging Professionals Task Group provides recruitment and retention strategies for emerging professionals (age 18-35) as well as creates projects plans to further engage this segment of membership at the chapter level and elsewhere. Email membership@sme.org to volunteer.
  • Virtual Network Task Group evaluates the need for the network, defines its scope and purpose as well as an appropriate technology to use. Email membership@sme.org to volunteer for this task group.

SME Committees

  • 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 (apply by May 30).
  • International Awards & Recognition Committee — Administers SME's world-class awards and Fellows programs, which recognize individuals and
    companies for manufacturing excellence. Questions? Email nominations@sme.org

  • 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. Email certification@sme.org to learn more.

SME's Chapter Officers Community is designed to help you be a more effective volunteer leader. If you have any questions, concerns or would like to contribute to this community or volunteer for a chapter, please email membership@sme.org.