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SME Announces Grand Valley State University 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 Grand Valley State University as one of its inaugural institutional members.

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

“We know there is great value in networking within the manufacturing industry,” said Paul Plotkowski, PhD, dean of the Padnos College of Engineering & Computing at GVSU. “An SME membership will help provide our faculty with those networking opportunities as well as exposure to the workforce.”

The Padnos College of Engineering & Computing offers a variety of programs like the Bachelor of Science in Engineering, which prepares students for professional careers within the industry through an integration of academic studies, hands-on learning and paid professional experiences in the field.

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 Grand Valley State University
Grand Valley State University is a four-year public university. It attracts more than 25,000 students with high-quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities. Grand Valley is a comprehensive university, serving students from all 83 Michigan counties and dozens of other states and foreign countries. Grand Valley offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in 200+ areas of study from campuses in Allendale, Grand Rapids, and Holland, and from regional centers in Detroit, Muskegon, and Traverse City. The university is dedicated to individual student achievement, going beyond the traditional classroom experience, with research opportunities and business partnerships. Grand Valley employs more than 2,000 people and is committed to providing a fair and equitable environment for the continued success of all.

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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