Nonprofit launches ‘Humans of Manufacturing’


Lynnette Gideon. Courtesy SME

A Michigan nonprofit has launched a digital initiative to tell the stories of “everyday” manufacturing workers.

The Dearborn-based Society of Manufacturing Engineers, or SME, said this month it launched “Humans of Manufacturing,” a digital initiative, including a website, social media elements and e-newsletters, that shares the stories of manufacturing professionals, while also “showcasing how manufacturing today is advanced and highly valued as an industry.”

“We created ‘Humans of Manufacturing’ to showcase everyday people who are really making things happen in manufacturing,” said Jeff Krause, CEO, SME. “Manufacturing is high-tech, constantly evolving and advancing — and so are the individuals who make up this vital industry.”

The first story, published Oct. 6, features GE Additive engineer Joshua Mook, highlighting his love for aircraft and flying, which led him down the engineering and aerospace career path.

The next story is about Frankie Flood, an associate art professor who built a 3-D computer used to develop prosthetic hands for children.

Another story is about Lynnette Gideon, who studied fashion design and merchandising at Wayne State University and now works as a technical field specialist for T.D. Industrial Coverings, or TDIC.

SME will publish a new story every week and is seeking stories on manufacturing professionals.

To submit a story idea, contact Candace Roulo, managing editor of SME’s Advanced Manufacturing Media, at croulo at sme dot org.

SME is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the manufacturing technology industry, developing a skilled workforce and attracting new talent.

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