Campus: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo -- December 03, 2001
SME Grants $294,000 To California Polytechnic For High-Tech Labs And Student Outreach Program
A $294,000 grant from the SME Education Foundation has been awarded
to California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo to help
the university strengthen its manufacturing curriculum. The $294,000 grant
will help the university enhance its electronics education by creating
leading-edge laboratories and updating coursework, as well as offering
hands-on work experiences to better prepare students meet the needs of
As part of the SME grant, Cal Poly will also offer a work experience program
with participating SME members in 2003. Students will become active paid
participants as employees at partner companies - allowing them to "earn
as they learn," gaining work experience while securing industry contacts
while at the same time earning competitive wages to help offset their
educational costs, explained Cal Poly President Warren Baker.
"Learn by doing has long been the hallmark of a Cal Poly education,"
Baker said. "This grant from SME will help ensure that students in
our College of Engineering will gain added opportunities and be better
prepared to lead a vital segment of our State's and nation's economies."
The program is supported by the State of California and contributions
from a newly-formed manufacturing consortium. The consortium includes
Flextronics, Solar Turbines, Solectron, Raytheon, Mustang Manufacturing,
Orthodyne Electronics and Melfred Borzall.
SME has awarded more than $1 million such grants to California schools
since 1998, all aimed at preparing students for the California manufacturing
workforce. "We are listening and responding to the needs of industry
for a more skilled workforce and we're funding advancements in manufacturing,
engineering, science and technology that are critical to creating economic
growth," said Ray Adams, president of the SME Education Foundation.
For 2001, SME Education Foundation grant funding of nearly $1 million
also included Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, La.; $99,000, Oregon
State University, Corvallis, Ore., $185,000; University of Missouri-Rolla,
Rolla, Mo., $182,000; and the University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso,
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Education Foundation serves
members of the manufacturing community by providing support for the advancement
of manufacturing related education. Since 1980, the Foundation has provided
more than $95 million in cash grants, scholarships, fellowship awards,
in-kind equipment, and software gifts, more than any other professional
engineering society in America.
For further information on the SME Education Foundation grant funding
program, please contact the SME Education Foundation at (313) 271-1500.
The application deadline for grants in the 2002 funding cycle is December
Now approaching its 70th year, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers
is the world's leading professional society supporting manufacturing education.
Through its publications, expositions, professional development resources
and member programs, SME promotes an increased awareness of manufacturing
engineering and helps keep manufacturing professionals up to date on leading
trends and technologies. Headquartered in Dearborn, Mich., SME influences
more than a half a million manufacturing engineers and executives annually.
The Society has members in 70 countries and is supported by a network
of hundreds of chapters worldwide. Visit us at www.sme.org.