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Rocket Contest engages students' STEM-focused skill sets.

February 26, 2014

More than 700 student teams are preparing for the 2014 Team America Rocketry Challenge, a key piece of the aerospace and defense industry’s strategy to build a stronger U.S. workforce in science, technology, engineering, and math. This year's competition challenges each team to design and build a model rocket that can travel to height of 825 ft and back within 48–50 seconds. Each rocket must also deploy 2 identical parachutes carrying 2 raw eggs that must return to ground undamaged. Read More

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PTDA Foundation establishes Wendy B. McDonald Award.

February 26, 2014

To honor the memory of Wendy B. McDonald, PTDA Foundation has established the Wendy B. McDonald Award. "Mrs. Mac" served over 60 years as a leader in her family-owned international industrial distribution company, BC Bearings Engineers Limited, which was acquired by Motion Industries, Inc. Award acknowledges a woman who has established herself as a critical contributor to her company's success and has affected positive change within the power transmission/motion control industry. Read More

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AAMA ratifies 2014 Board of Directors.

February 26, 2014

At AAMA's 77th Annual Conference, association's membership ratified the 2014 board of directors. Marg Webb, CHRP, of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance fills the affiliated association seat formerly held by Rand Baldwin of the Aluminum Extruders Council. As executive director of IGMA, Webb maintains Alliance’s certification program and technical activities. Also during conference, Pella's Kevin Gaul and Simonton's Sid Spear were named residential representatives. Read More

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Manufacturing Education receives support from Alcoa Foundation.

February 26, 2014

As community-based approach to manufacturing education, PRIME (Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education) received supporting pledge of $220,000 from Alcoa Foundation. PRIME is part of SME Education Foundation's commitment to addressing shortage of advanced manufacturing and technical talent in USA. This funding will continue to support PRIME programs at Esperanza High School (Anaheim, CA) and Hawthorne High School (Los Angeles, CA) as well as 2 others schools in Southern California. Read More

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Melissa Meyer selected for New Face of Engineering Program.

February 26, 2014

SME Education Foundation nominated Melissa Meyer for Collegiate Edition of 2014 New Faces of Engineering Program. As senior at University of Wisconsin in Madison, Meyer maintains 3.4 GPA in Geological Engineering program. She has studied nuclear engineering at Technical University of Munich, Germany and received Shell Undergraduate Research Fund Grant. Program recognizes exemplary undergraduate engineering students; winners receive scholarships from $500–$1,000. Read More

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Proposed Measures protect farm workers from pesticide exposure.

February 26, 2014

U.S. EPA announced proposed revisions to Worker Protection Standard in order to protect farm workers and their families from pesticide exposure. Increased training and signage will inform farm workers about protections they are afforded under law and will help them protect against pesticide exposure. Workers and others near treated fields will be protected from pesticide overspray and fumes, and children under 16 will be legally barred from handling all pesticides. Read More

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PTDA Foundation Vanguard Campaign raises $156,000.

February 25, 2014

To help Industrial Career Pathway initiative founded by PTDA Foundation, 47 organizations and individuals have accepted the invitation to fund the Vanguard Campaign. These companies are taking a leading role in the movement to drive talented workers to key positions of sales and customer service in industrial distribution. Funding from Vanguard contributors helps ICP get in front of future workforce through participation at career fairs, job fairs, technical tradeshows, and social media channels. Read More

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PTDA 2014 Canadian Conference gathers key PT/MC decision makers.

February 25, 2014

Registration is open for PTDA 2014 Canadian Conference, which will take place June 5–7 in Québec City, Québec and unite key decision makers of Canadian Power Transmission/Motion Control (PT/MC) industry. Attendees can meet channel partners at Welcome Reception/Industry Showcase, which features tabletop exhibits from PTDA's manufacturer members, and attend education sessions presenting celebrated achievers who will share information designed to strengthen business in Canadian market. Read More