Do you know a talented person, 30-years-of-age or younger, who is already making strides in the manufacturing industry, or a high school student that is showing promise to one day be a leader in the industry?
Manufacturing Engineering recently opened nominations for its 2018 Class of 30 under 30. This program is a great way to honor young people who are passionate about manufacturing and excited to make products, improve processes, and work with not only their minds, but their hands too.
This is the sixth year Manufacturing Engineering will recognize 30 individuals under the age of 30 (secondary school students included) that are already leading the manufacturing industry into the future. The 30 Under 30 program honors individuals who exemplify extraordinary promise in manufacturing and the STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) skills that underpin the discipline. The 2018 30 Under 30 honorees will be featured in the July 2018 issue of Manufacturing Engineering and receive a one-year membership to SME.
The 30 Under 30 Program is fundamental to the manufacturing industry in many ways. First, it recognize young people, from technicians and engineers to designers and researchers, who are making a difference in the industry.
For example, David Zwick, a graduate research assistant at University of Florida and one of our previous 30 Under 30 winners, was honored for making a difference as a teaching assistant. Teaching is in his blood—his teaching philosophy is, “I want to see every student exceed.” As a teaching assistant, Zwick was recognized for making accommodations that helped every student to succeed. Because of his love of teaching and helping students, Zwick was named outstanding ASU teaching assistant as an undergrad and he was awarded the NSF fellowship in 2016.
Then there is Caroline Richardson, product engineer at Abbott Point of Care, Princeton, NJ, who developed a best practices document to instruct users how to decontaminate a device when the deadly Ebola epidemic struck in 2014. Given her background in biochemistry she felt it was her duty to volunteer for the task.
Besides honoring young people like David and Caroline, the program brings attention to how manufacturing has changed throughout the years and why it’s a valuable career for young people to consider. From the IIoT and artificial intelligence to 3D printing and virtual and augmented reality, the industry is highly advanced.
Another important aspect of the program is that 30 Under 30 honorees are to serve as role models and mentors to other young people. Honorees also have the potential to help shatter the long-held stereotypes of manufacturing being dark, dirty, and dangerous. In this day and age, manufacturing is high-tech, clean, and safe.
Nominate a Deserving Young Person
Nominations for the 30 Under 30 Class of 2018 are open through March 23. To learn more about the program and how to go about nominating someone, view our 30 Under 30 nomination form.
30 Under 30 Rules: Candidates must be 30 years of age or younger by March 23, 2018; the nomination form must be filled out; only individuals may be nominated (no teams or schools); and no more than two candidates may be nominated by each individual or company.
Prior winners are excluded from consideration.