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Membership Awards

SME Membership offers several different awards to recognize its members and chapters for their service to SME, as well as recognizes individuals and companies involved in manufacturing.

Chapter Recognition AwardAnnual Chapter Recognition
Successful SME chapters are recognized for their professional development efforts, communication to members and their local community, advancement of manufacturing and on merit.



Distinguished Faculty Advisor Award Faculty Advisor Award
This award is offered to student chapter faculty advisors in recognition of their service to SME and their student chapter(s) in advancing manufacturing knowledge, education and SME's vision/mission/purpose. 



President AwardPresident's Award
Each year, SME senior chapters and technical communities select a member who has contributed more than any other during the previous year to support and advance the goals of a chapter or a Technical Community.



Technical Communities Awards

Composites Manufacturing Awards

HallExcellence in Composites Manufacturing Awards
These annual awards recognize companies that have demonstrated dedication and ongoing contribution to further advance the design and development of technology used in the manufacturing of advanced composites.

J.H. "Jud" Hall Composites Manufacturing Award
Presented annually to an individual who has contributed to composites manufacturing or tooling technology through leadership, technical developments, patents or educational activities.

Additive Manufacturing Community Awards

RTAMDick Aubin Distinguished Paper Award
Recognizes a technical paper describing innovative application of additive manufacturing processes and techniques.

Industry Achievement Award
Honors an individual, team or company for outstanding accomplishments that advance additive manufacturing technology and industry.

RAPID Exhibitor Innovation Award
Presented to a RAPID exhibitor that introduces a product or service with significant technology innovation for the industry, which improves business operations and manufacturing.
North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME (NAMRI/SME) Awards


WuNAMRI/SME David Dornfeld Manufacturing Vision Award
To encourage truly visionary concepts of research and education, winners of the top Blue Sky Competition presentation at the North American Manufacturing Conference (NAMRC) will receive the NAMRI/SME Dornfeld Manufacturing Vision Award, named in honor of the late David Dornfeld, PhD, FSME. The award recognizes outstanding vision and leadership within the manufacturing community.

NAMRC Student Research Presentation Award

As part of the annual North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC), a Student Research Presentation Award is presented in recognition of students' contributions to the conference.

NAMRI/SME Founders Lecture and Service Awards
These awards honor individuals who served on the NAMRC Scientific Committee and the members who founded NAMRI/SME as well as other distinguished contributors to manufacturing who have been actively involved with NAMRC.

NAMRI/SME Outstanding Paper Award

Each year this award recognizes both the engineering value and industrial relevance of a published NAMRC paper.

S.M. Wu Research Implementation Award

This award recognizes individuals for outstanding original research, which, when implemented, has had a significant commercial and/or societal impact.