SME Workforce Development Director Jeannine Kunz Named to Committee to Develop National Smart Manufacturing Plan

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., November 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — SMEthe trade association committed to advancing manufacturing and developing a skilled workforce, announced the appointment of Director of Workforce Development Jeannine Kunz at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Committee on Smart Manufacturing.

The NASEM committee will develop options for a national smart manufacturing technology innovation and deployment plan. The committee’s report will review technical frameworks and processes, identify timelines and resources needed, and explore policies and roles of government, industry, and academia in addressing short-, medium-, and long-term challenges in order to to improve the productivity and energy efficiency of the manufacturing sector United States and ensure the competitiveness of the United States.

“The adoption of smart and digital manufacturing and the development of talent will be essential for the future of our industry,” Kunz said. “Working directly with thousands of manufacturers, including some of the world’s largest employers, SMBs regularly see practical applications and potential gains for adopting smart manufacturing, but often encounter common barriers to adoption at scale, especially with small and medium sized manufacturers who make up the majority of our industry’s critical supply chain.We will put our nation at a competitive disadvantage if we do not understand together, as an industry and as a country, the prevailing issues and begin to take strategic and unified action.

The study on the smart manufacturing market 2022, administered to more than 250 manufacturing personnel by SME and CESMII, the Smart Manufacturing Institute, revealed a current disconnect between positive industry recognition of smart automation and the level of staffing and other financing investments. As the survey shows, more than 75% of respondents agreed that smart technology would increase their company’s competitiveness, but only half of those same respondents indicated their company’s willingness to invest in smart initiatives.

Based on these realities, SME continues to invest and expand its efforts by aligning, organizing and deploying the necessary resources, drawing on industry experts and a large pool of collaborative partners towards a common goal. . As part of this, Kunz will leverage its work with NASEM and CESMII to accelerate and accelerate the adoption of smart manufacturing, ensuring the industry develops a modern workforce to unprecedented levels. productivity, energy efficiency and supply chain resilience.

“The past decade has shown an unprecedented flattening and even decline in our manufacturing productivity per worker,” said the SME’s managing director and CEO. Robert Willig. “Together, NASEM, CESMII, and SME will leverage our strengths and resources to accelerate the transformation and democratization of the smart manufacturing ecosystem and jump-start productivity.”

“The competitiveness of our nation, our communities and our manufacturing industry is threatened when we cannot take advantage of the technologies and connectivity available today. I am honored to be part of our industry’s resolve to step up and take action,” Kunz said. “I look forward to linking the work of this committee with the Smart Manufacturing Executive Council, made up of industry leaders, leading the way in smart transformations.”

About the SME

We believe in the power of technology and the innovation of people to advance our nation and solve some of the world’s greatest problems. For 90 years, SME has led the manufacturing ecosystem to elevate manufacturers, universities, professionals, and the communities in which they operate. We are building the bridge from today to the future by developing the next generation of manufacturing talent and informing industry of technological advancements that can propel their operations to excellence. Learn more aboutsme.orgfollow@SME_MFGon Twitter,


Michael A. Bynum