DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The Education Foundation of the
Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is working with industry, business
and education to make a difference in the skill level of manufacturing
engineers and has awarded $411,971 in grant funding to three colleges and
* Alexandria Technical College, Alexandria, Minn.
* Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz.
* Farmingdale State University of New York, Farmingdale, N.Y.
The grant awards are an acknowledgement of each school's effective
collaborative efforts in working with their industry partners and designing
manufacturing programs to effectively resolve the issue of competency
gaps previously identified by industry partners. The SME Education Foundation
(SME-EF) grants are part of a major effort to equip the manufacturing
workforce with the knowledge and skills to be an effective and innovative
force in global manufacturing. Since 1998, SME-EF has funded more than
$7 million to 37 colleges and universities.
The 2004 grants include:
* A grant of $207,536 to Alexandria Technical College supports the
Minnesota Center for Advanced Manufacturing Automation. The two-year course
will teach basic manufacturing automation principles to 160 high school
students; and advanced automation and remote management principles to 120
post-secondary students and 180 incumbent industry technicians. The Center
will serve as a benchmark center for distributed, regional, advanced
manufacturing automation education, leverage the Internet to achieve inter-
institutional cooperation, support current workforce and economic development,
and serve as a core model for the NSF-ATE funded regional Center for Advanced
* $47,435 to Arizona State University to prepare students to enter
industry as immediately productive engineers and technical leaders. The
curriculum links subject matter in multiple courses, over four semesters, to a
single large manufacturing project carried to completion. Students will learn
how knowledge is linked to achieve the goals of the manufacturer -- and how
decisions affect later stages of manufacturing.
* A grant of $157,000 to Farmingdale State University of New York will
support their "Long Island Manufacturing Project" to help meet the competency
requirements of 1,200 to 1,500 small to medium size manufacturing companies in
Long Island, N.Y. The curriculum will include bio and nano manufacturing, be
industry-driven, multidisciplinary and inter-institutional in nature. Bio
engineering research and nano engineering research are two critical areas
where the manufacturing industry is suffering due to the lack of technical
personnel to enable the transfer of technology.
About the SME Education Foundation:
The SME Education Foundation was founded in 1979 and has awarded more than
$17 million in cash grants, scholarships, and special awards -. more than any
other professional engineering society. In addition to college and university
grants, the Foundation builds the future workforce by increasing interest in
manufacturing-related careers among K-12 students and providing financial
assistance to college students pursuing manufacturing, engineering, science
and technology degrees.
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is the world's leading professional
society supporting manufacturing education. Visit http://www.sme.org .
SOURCE Society of Manufacturing Engineers