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September 1, 2010 - Patrick Dessert, PhD, CMfgT, assistant professor at Oakland University and SME membership consultant, developed curriculum for educating students in hands-on environment through Illinois Motorsports Institute (IMI). According to Dessert, "This is a great opportunity to get students involved in manufacturing in an exciting way." IMI's work, aimed at racing, vehicle restoration, and modification, is receiving support from SME Chicago Chapter No. 5.

Educational Initiative to Introduce Students to Motorsports Manufacturing

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Press release date: August 31, 2010

SME Chicago chapter members support new educational initiative to bring students to Illinois Motorsports Institute

Dearborn, Mich. - The Illinois Motorsports Institute (IMI) plans on changing the face of manufacturing one student, one turn of the wrench and one valuable connection at a time.

Knowing that manufacturing represents a true wealth creator and employment option for millions of future students, Patrick "Pat" Dessert, PhD, CMfgT, assistant professor at Oakland University and an SME membership consultant, has developed a proven curriculum for educating students in a "hands-on" environment through the Illinois Motorsports Institute. The Illinois Motorsports Institute is a not-for-profit enterprise that helps children and commerce through educational outreach, business development and research. The IMI's work is aimed at racing, vehicle restoration and modification; using all to bring the community together to benefit children.

"The IMI programs will target both traditional students as well as adult learners interested in a possible career change or in transition from one career to the next," explains Dessert. "Our intent is to use the same systems approach in successful manufacturing operations to create a positive learning environment focused on the motorsports industry requirements of quick design and implementation."

The IMI programming is receiving support from SME Chicago Chapter No. 5 which currently has more than 500 members and a long history of supporting youth programs in the area. "We are looking forward to helping recreate a positive image of the manufacturing industry in the Chicago area, which is such a vital part of our economy. We believe this learning initiative will support this long-awaited image change," explains Bob Iossi, business development manager at Glenmount Global Solutions and chair of Chicago No. 5.

Currently, there are some exciting plans under way, including the "electrification" of a 1968 Dodge Dart. With the help of Chrysler and Exxon Mobile, the IMI and students from Naperville North High School, Naperville, Ill., are putting an advanced electrical Powertrain in a 1968 Dodge Dart. This vehicle will be on display during the NIMS Student Summit at IMTS 2010 in Chicago, Sept. 13-18.

"This is a great opportunity to get students involved in manufacturing in an exciting way," said Dessert. "Participating in this show is just one of many opportunities that students can benefit from."

Contact information:

For more information about the IMI Education Initiative, please contact Dr. Patrick Dessert at:

For more information about the Chicago Chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers contact Bob Iossi at:

For information about SME membership and the IMTS Student Summit contact Rodney Grover at:

About SME:

Founded in 1932, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers is the premier source for manufacturing knowledge, education and networking. Through its many programs, events and activities, SME connects manufacturing practitioners to each other, to the latest technology and the most up-to-date processes spanning all manufacturing industries and disciplines, plus the key areas of aerospace and defense, medical device, motor vehicles, including motorsports, oil and gas and alternative energy.

NOTE TO MEDIA: Visit the new SME Media Center for the latest Society news, one-stop access to SME Events, Manufacturing Quicklinks, SME social media sites, SME News Feed and more.

Contact: Lori Ann Dick, APR Senior PR Representative, SME Tel 313.425.3187
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