Do You Know an Outstanding Engineer? Nominate Them for an SME Award

DEARBORN, Mich., March 30, 2010The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the world’s leading professional society serving the manufacturing industry, is issuing its annual call for nominations for the 2011 International Honor Awards, the Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award and the Award of Merit.
For more than 50 years, the prestigious International Honor Awards have honored academics and leading business people who have made outstanding contributions and achievements in their fields. Some previous recipients have included Carol Bartz, CEO of Yahoo!, Richard E. Morley, the father of the programmable controller, Gene Haas, founder and president of Haas Automation as well as Masahiko Mori, president of Mori Seiki Co. Ltd.
There are seven distinct Honor Awards including those which recognize exceptional success in manufacturing management, research, productivity, manufacturing education or service to SME.
While the Honor Awards recognize those at the zenith of their engineering or industrial careers, the Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award honors engineers age 35 and under for exceptional accomplishments in technical publication, patents or technical professional society leadership.
And like the International Honor Awards, SME’s Award of Merit also has a long history. Since 1958, this award has recognized SME members who have made valued and balanced contributions to the Society’s professional activities and growth.
This call for nominations coincides with the ramp up to the Bridging the Gaps: SME Annual Conference. Slated for June 6-8, 2010 in Nashville, Tenn., the Conference will bring together manufacturing professionals looking to share and discuss new ideas, the latest developments and real solutions. The Conference will include a diversity of activities including technical and breakout sessions, keynote speakers, facility tours as well as awards ceremonies.
Several 2010 Award of Merit and Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award recipients are scheduled to be honored during the Conference at an Awards Luncheon scheduled for Monday, June 7. Later that day, the 2010 International Honor Award recipients will be recognized at the International Awards Gala. Both events are expected to spur nominations for 2011.
The annual deadline to submit nominations is August 1 of each year. Nomination forms can be downloaded from each individual award’s landing page ( Honor Awards, Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award and Award of Merit) or at Forms can be sent electronically to Email Contact, by faxing to 313.425.3406 or mailed to SME Headquarters at:
SME International Awards & Recognition Committee
c/o Executive Offices
Society of Manufacturing Engineers
One SME Drive, P.O. Box 930
Dearborn, Mich. 48121-0930 USA
For more information about the SME Awards visit or to register for the SME Annual Conference visit
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About SME:
Founded in 1932, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is the premier source for manufacturing knowledge, education and networking.Through its many programs, events and activities, SME connects manufacturing practitioners to each other, to the latest technology and the most up-to-date processes spanning all manufacturing industries and disciplines, plus the key areas of aerospace and defense, medical device, motor vehicles, including motorsports, oil and gas and alternative energy. A 501(c)3 organization, SME has members around the world and is supported by a network of technical communities and chapters worldwide.
Kelly Spencer
Communications Specialist
Tel 313.425.3208

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