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New SME Education Foundation Board Members

The SME Education Foundation is proud to welcome two new board members, Michael Marlowe, Managing Director/Director of Government Relations for Automation Federation and John Miller, Vice President of Strategy for Siemens PLM Software. Both have significant experience in the manufacturing sector and are expected to boost the board's ability to develop a well-trained workforce.

The PRIME Initiative: A Success In The Making

Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education (PRIME) is SME's and the SME Education Foundation's answer to both the shortage of skilled workers and the lack of excitement around Advanced Manufacturing/STEM careers. Established in 2011 with six schools, PRIME has grown to a network of 32 schools reaching across 21 states in the U.S.

PRIME has received numerous industry recognitions as a leader in the support of manufacturing education. PRIME is part of a collaborative approach that builds on a five-year, $5.2 million investment in the Foundation's STEM-based workforce development program. PRIME's focus on Impact, Leadership and Execution exemplifies the "right formula" for our schools, organizations and industry.

A PRIME Student Comes Full Circle

To say that manufacturing changed Jayme Coggin's life is an understatement. At age 24, Jayme has already worked in the manufacturing industry for 10 years and been able to buy his first home. What's more, his involvement in manufacturing has now come full circle: he now works as an instructor at the same PRIME school where he was a student.

Jaime shared his story as part of SME'S #MFGis campaign, an online series that shares positive stories about careers in manufacturing.

Bright Minds Programs at EASTEC and RAPID

Bright Minds is an SME produced event designed to provide a stimulating, educational experience that encourages students to pursue manufacturing careers, while offering professional development for educators and industry leaders. Two events are scheduled for 2015.

The May 13 event is co-located at EASTEC in West Springfield, MA. This full day event includes workshops and demonstrations designed to increase awareness of the work being done in modern-day manufacturing.

The May 18 event in Long Beach, CA is part of the RAPID Conference & Exposition taking place May 18-21, 2015. Up to 200 students are expected to participate. Students will receive career and scholarship-related information and have multiple opportunities to interact with professional engineers and potential mentors. The winners of the Design for Direct Manufacturing Competition will also be announced during this show.

PRIME Instructor receives K-12 STEM Engineering Teacher Award

The Puget Sound Engineering Council named Karl Ruff, a PRIME instructor at Roosevelt High School in Seattle, Washington, as their 2015 K-12 STEM Engineering Teacher of the Year. An instructor and faculty advisor at Roosevelt for over nine years, Ruff has developed a unique program where students work in self-directed teams, sharpening their leadership and entrepreneurial skills while learning the fundamentals of engineering.

PRIME School Receives Manufacturing Switch Workstation from Marquardt

"Find a way to engage!" Those are the words of Scott Hansen, Equipment Realization Manager at Marquardt Switches in Cazenovia, NY. Marquardt makes switches internationally for automakers such as Chrysler, Jeep, and BMW, as well as power tool switches for companies such as DeWalt. Scott went on to say that "we have only begun" when speaking about their new partnership with Cazenovia High School.

Cazenovia High School is a Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education (PRIME) school – a program created by the SME/SME Education Foundation. Cazenovia's manufacturing program is a perfect example of what's possible through collaboration between industry and education.

Still looking for scholarships for the 2015/2016 academic year?

In 2013, the Gene Haas Foundation awarded the SME Education a grant to provide scholarships for students at community colleges and technical schools pursuing technical degrees in manufacturing education. Unlike many of our other grants, applications for the Gene Haas Foundation Machining Technology Scholarship are accepted and awarded on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Award amounts range from $1,000 to $2,500. Students and veterans are encouraged to apply, as well as displaced workers or people training for a second technical career. Scholarships funds are still available for qualifying students.

Meet Jeff Krause, new CEO for SME

On December 15, 2014, the SME Board of Directors appointed Jeff Krause as their new executive director and chief executive officer. Besides mapping SME's strategic direction and leading day-to-day operations, Krause will oversee various business units including Tooling U-SME, Advanced Manufacturing Media and the SME Education Foundation. His extensive experience in both the private and non-profit sectors will enable him to strengthen the connections among SME's business units as well as SME's professional and student chapters, to further advance the mission of the SME Education Foundation.

Prior to joining SME, Krause was vice president of operations at Intraco. He also served in key leadership positions in business development, finance, sales and strategic planning at Delphi and General Motors, including serving as vice chairman for the GM Foundation.

Give the gift of education

A vibrant, successful manufacturing industry requires an educated workforce, one with creative ability, technical skills and hands-on experience. For over 35 years, the SME Education Foundation has developed and supported programs to inspire, prepare and support the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists. We have provided more than $33 million since 1980 in grants, scholarships and awards through our partnerships with corporations, organizations, foundations and individual donors. We also developed PRIME, an award-winning program that engages a collaborative network of exceptional advanced manufacturing/STEM education in high schools and communities throughout the United States.

However, our work is far from done. To learn how you can help, please visit the SME Education Foundation.

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