Society of Manufacturing Engineers
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (November 2007)|
SME is a non-profit organization.
Founded in 1932 with 33 members, SME was originally named the Society of Tool Engineers. A year later, it was renamed the American Society of Tool Engineers (ASTE). From 1960-69 it was known as the American Society of Tool and Manufacturing Engineers (ASTME). It became the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) in 1970. In 2012, the SME Board of Directors elected to adopt SME as the brand of the organization and therefore discontinue the use of its full legal name, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. The organization is now referred to as SME. 
The June 2013 issue of their magazine, Manufacturing Engineering, unveiled a new logo.
SME publishes several hundred educational books and videos, two peer-reviewed scholarly journals, over 17,000 technical papers, the Manufacturing Engineering magazine and its accompanying online streaming television network METV.
In 2006, SME published The Hitchhiker's Guide to Lean.
SME offers several industry standard certifications for professional recognition, and documentation of a member’s manufacturing-related knowledge and skills. These include the Certified Manufacturing Technologist (CMfgT), Certified Manufacturing Engineer (CMfgE), Certified Engineering Manager (CEM) and Certified Enterprise Integrator (CEI).
Awards and recognition programs
The SME International Awards and Recognition Programs honor outstanding accomplishments and dedication in the manufacturing community.