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The SME Education Foundation elects Michael Marlowe to its Board of Directors

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (07 April 2015) – The SME Education Foundation recently announced that Michael Marlowe, Managing Director and Director of Government Relations at the Automation Federation, has been elected to its Board of Directors.

The SME Education Foundation’s mission is to prepare youth for advanced manufacturing careers through outreach programs encouraging students to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), most notably technology and engineering.

As the “Voice of Automation,” the Automation Federation also plays an important role in encouraging young people to pursue STEM learning and in expanding awareness about the virtues and value of STEM-related career fields, particularly automation and engineering.

By helping to cultivate the next generation of automation professionals, the Automation Federation seeks to enable America to better compete in global manufacturing and develop innovative products and services to improve the quality of life throughout the world.

According to a press release distributed by the foundation, Marlowe brings to the SME Education Foundation board “a vast amount of knowledge and a devoted passion for educating younger generations about manufacturing” and the many careers opportunities that exist within the industry.

“Mike bring years of industry experience to the table and will help generate increased awareness, dedicated funding and educational development of the next-generation manufacturing workforce,” remarked Brian Ruestow, president of the SME Education Foundation.

With more than 28 years of experience in association management and government relations, Marlowe joined the Automation Federation in 2007. A previous Assistant to former West Virginia governor and US Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV (D-WV), Marlowe has worked closely with officials at the White House, Congress and federal agencies as a resource and consultant on all issues relating to automation in manufacturing, particularly cybersecurity and workforce development.

He played a major role in the development of the US Department of Labor’s Automation Competency Model, which outlines the knowledge and skills needed to succeed today as an automation professional. He also contributed to the development of the department’s Cybersecurity Competency Model.

The need to expand interest in STEM-based education is critical to the American economy. The manufacturing-sector employs nearly 12 million people (the equivalent of 1 in 6 private sector jobs) and supports almost 5 million more jobs. However, five percent of manufacturing jobs remain unfilled due to a lack of skilled candidates.

Since 1998, the SME Education Foundation has:

  • Invested more than $8 million in youth programs, helping over 60,000 students explore career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.
  • Distributed $17.3 million in grants to 35 colleges and universities for the development of industry-driven curricula. 
  • Provided more than $8.1 million in scholarships and $1.6 million in awards.
  • Delivered in-kind gifts of more than $345 million since 2007 through the contributions of its industry partners.


About the SME Education Foundation

The SME Education Foundation is committed to inspiring, preparing and supporting the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists in the advancement of manufacturing education. Created by SME in 1979, the SME Education Foundation has provided more than $33 million since 1980 in grants, scholarships and awards through its partnerships with corporations, organizations, foundations and individual donors. Visit the SME Education Foundation at Follow @mfgeducation on Twitter or

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 skill needs for the industry. Follow @SME_MFG on Twitter or

About the Automation Federation

The Automation Federation is a global umbrella organization of sixteen (16) member organizations and six working groups engaged in automation activities. The Automation Federation enables its members to more effectively fulfill their missions, advance the science and engineering of automation technologies and applications, and develop the workforce needed to capitalize on the benefits of automation. The Automation Federation is the “Voice of Automation.” For more information about the Automation Federation, visit