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SME Announces Georgia Institute of Technology as an Inaugural Institutional Member

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(DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 25, 2017) — SME – an organization dedicated to training and developing the manufacturing workforce – is pleased to announce Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) as one of its inaugural institutional members.

Georgia Tech, an academic institution based in Atlanta has joined Harper College of Palatine, Illinois, and Grand Valley State University of Allendale, Michigan, as SME’s first institutional members.

“By taking advantage of this membership, colleges and universities can increase their awareness of manufacturing trends and technologies for their instructors, helping connect students to knowledge, resources and people in manufacturing,” said Thomas Kurfess, PhD, FSME, PE, professor of mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech and 2017 SME president-elect.

Georgia Tech is well known for their top-ranked schools and programs, which includes the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. The department provides programs such as acoustics, bioengineering, materials, manufacturing, robotics and MEMS, as well as the highly ranked nuclear and radiological engineering and medical physics.

Today, SME announced the launch of the institutional membership program, which is now offered to all academic institutions. The program connects universities or colleges to manufacturing professionals of the SME network. Alongside the networking opportunities, it includes reduced member pricing for SME trade shows and conferences, access to industry-focused publications, and opportunities for research and certifications. Additionally, five of the institution’s faculty or staff will receive a one-year SME membership.
Institutions interested in exploring SME membership can visit to learn more or join now.

About Georgia Institute of Technology
The Georgia Institute of Technology, also known as Georgia Tech, is one of the nation’s leading research universities — a university that embraces change while continually creating the next. The next generation of leaders. The next breakthrough startup company. The next life-saving medical treatment. Georgia Tech provides a focused, technologically based education to more than 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Georgia Tech has many nationally recognized programs, all top-ranked by peers and publications alike, and is ranked in the nation’s top 10 public universities by U.S. News and World Report. It offers degrees through the Colleges of Computing, Design, Engineering, Sciences, the Scheller College of Business, and the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. As a leading technological university, Georgia Tech has more than 100 centers focused on interdisciplinary research that consistently contribute vital research and innovation to American government, industry, and business.

About SME
SME connects all those who are passionate about making things that improve our world. As a nonprofit organization, SME has served practitioners, companies, educators, government and communities across the manufacturing spectrum for more than 80 years. Through its strategic areas of events, media, membership, training and development, and the SME Education Foundation, SME is uniquely dedicated to the advancement of manufacturing by addressing both knowledge and skills needed for the industry. Learn more at, follow @SME_MFG on Twitter or


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