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Society of Manufacturing Engineering @ SPSU

Faculty Advisor: Dr Simin Nasseri

Chair: Gregg Zappone

Secretary: Travis Wilson

Treasurer: Bryce Keilman

Fundraising and marketing officer: Brad Caudill


From left: Jim Dyal (former chair), Kelly Gray (former secretary and then chair), Simin Nasseri (SME advisor) and Trent Phillips (former treasurer and then secretary). Click on the picture to see a larger size.

Latest news:

Chapter Activities:

  • Seminars and presentations @ SPSU
  • Professional development programs
  • Professional events (Manufacturing week, Membership drive week)
  • Competitions @ SPSU
  • Training workshops
  • SME Conferences (papers/ posters)
  • Tours (at least 3 tours per semester)

The SME student chapter arranges the Lockheed Tour every semester. This tour is always a big hit and usually there are 50 attendees to the tour. Every single one enjoys the tour!

In last visits, many MET students, students from Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at SPSU, other SPSU students, staff and faculty members and members of the SME Atlanta senior chapter visited the C-130 J / F-22 production lines.

Lockheed is impressed with the response so they have been interested in doing tours every semester. Stay tuned for our next tour and check the SME yahoo group and students' organizations board.

Click on each picture below to see a larger size:


Certified Manufacturing Technologist Exam (CMfgT)

To apply for this exam, read the following information carefully:

Certified Manufacturing Technologist (CMfgT)

Earning the CMfgT demonstrates your competence in the fundamentals of manufacturing. It requires a minimum of 4 years combined manufacturing-related education and/or work experience.

With an SME Certification, you earn the following benefits:

  • Industry-recognized credential
  • Differentiator from other job interview candidates
  • Proof that you know your stuff

About SME CMfgT Certification:

The CMfgT exam takes maximum three hours and consists of 130 questions covering subjects including math, applied science, design, materials, manufacturing processes, manufacturing management, manufacturing economics, quality control, computer applications, and automation. It is an open-book examination.

Examination Fees (for students*):

  • $95 Member
  • $195 Non-Member

(Remember that it will be cheaper if you become a member, since you only pay $20 for SME membership)

(*) To qualify for Student Certification prices, you must presently be enrolled for six or more credit hours at an academic institution.

What you should do every time the exam is set up:

  1. Fill out this form.
  2. Make sure you include your SME membership number on you application if you are a member.
  3. Do NOT fill in the social security number field id asked. This field is NOT required by SME and they only need the “Alternate ID” number field filled in for each of the members.
  4. Submit completed application and fee to Dr Nasseri  (SME Faculty Contact coordinating the exam) before the due date,
  5. Application forms and fees will be sent to the SME person in charge.
  6. Logins/passwords will be given to the students on the exam day to start the online exam (Remember that the exam is open-book and you can bring lots of books/manuals with you).

From left: Jeff Wolfe (former chair), Albert Cousins (former secretary) and Michael Buchanan (former treasurer). Click on the picture to see a larger size.

Sep 2008: The SME student chapter was awarded a $5,000 Education Grant from the SME Education Foundation. MET students joined SME chapter for an opening meeting and celebration on Wed Sep 10th. Many students attended this meeting and enjoyed the free pizzas and sodas. Some faculty members talked about various issues like the importance of joining SME, becoming SME officers, taking manufacturing technologist exam, SME tours, etc.

4 students from SPSU's MET program took the SME Certified Manufacturing Technologist Exam on Dec 1st 2007 and passed this exam.

They are:

  • Joseph Bruce Hooper

  • Kenneth Barra

  • Zdenka Knezevic

  • Frank Gifford

SME chapter at SPSU Congratulates these students and wishes them well in their future careers!

Another exam will be arranged soon.

About SME:

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is the world’s leading professional society supporting manufacturing education. Through its member programs, publications, expositions, and professional development resources, SME promotes an increased awareness of manufacturing engineering and helps keep manufacturing professionals up to date on leading trends and technologies. Visit




Welcome to the cyber home of the SPSU Student chapter of the Greater Atlanta area SME. Please read this page and feel free to contact us if you have any questions or an interest in joining our membership. Memberships can be renewed or started online at


The main purpose of the club is to introduce SPSU students to the local SME community. In the Greater Atlanta area we have the Atlanta Chapter and the Georgia Tech Student chapter.

Meetings with the Atlanta Chapter are typically held on the third Tuesday of the month. Local student chapter meetings will be posted on this website and around the MET Buildings.

Being a member of the club is not a requirement, although it is encouraged. Everyone is encouraged to stop by one of our meetings or "field trips."

Thank you,

Simin Nasseri and Jeff Wolfe

Did you know...

Only SME members can download free technical papers from our library of over 17,000! .

Only SME members can, at no charge, seek answers to technical questions or find information needed by contacting our on-staff librarian.

As a member, you receive reduced prices when purchasing SME's vast collection of leading publications in manufacturing. Here's a free video program from our METV page.

As a member, you learn from peers sharing your same technical interests by joining a Technical Community. Reap the benefits of having access to a collective knowledge of professionals in your specialized manufacturing niche—worldwide.

Only SME members can search and download free back issue articles from Manufacturing Engineering magazine, the foremost authority in manufacturing. Just enter a keyword into our search box and then click on Magazine/Journal articles.

Your SME membership entitles you to free access to keynote papers of several previous CIRP General Assemblies as well as papers presented by a number of the CIRP Scientific and Technical Committees.

History/Past Events

2006- 2007:

  • Plant Tours:

  • Competitions:
    Oct. 31st 2006, hosted at the 2006 Fabtech International and AWS Welding Show: The competition entailed designing and constructing a catapult-like mechanism in a three hour time span. Teams were given a trebuchet kit package as well as extra materials to build the most effective device. The catapults were judged on overall design, distance achieved when firing, and accuracy when firing.

  • Shows:
    The first FEBTECH International & AWS Welding Show to take place in the Southeast recently concluded at Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center after 3 full days of impressive crowds and bustling exhibits. The show represented the largest showcase of metal forming, fabricating, tube & pipe and welding equipment and technology in North America this year.


  • Plant Tours:
    Panoz Auto -Plant Tour– May 10
    Welding Services
    Ford Motor Company

  • Continuing Education:
    Lean Manufacturing Webinar at SPSU Student Center Theater (with SME Atlanta Sr. Chapter)

  • Meetings & Community Events:
    Joint Meeting with GSPE – Capt Cartwright presentation on C-5 modernization
    Organizational meeting – Donuts and Modern Marvels
    Atlanta Toothpick Bridge Competition at Fernbank Science Center (Community Service)


  • The Atlanta Chapter hosted a special showing of an SME seminar on Lean and Beyond for the Small Shop - Tools for Survival and Profitability, produced at the Annual Meeting in Cincinnati, it was shown via a web hook-up at the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Research Center.

  • SME members in North Georgia have a special opportunity to tour one of the premier breweries in the Southeast, the ANHEUSER-BUSCH CARTERSVILLE BREWERY. Make your plans today! Still the newest brewery in the Anheuser-Busch family, it is now a little over ten years old and occupies nearly a million square feet. It has doubled in capacity since its beginnings and now turns out 7.8 million barrels per year, covering brands like Budweiser, Bud Light, Bud Ice, Bud Ice Light, Bud Dry, Busch, Busch Light, Busch Ice, Hurricane Malt Liquor, King Cobra Malt Liquor, Michelob, Michelob Light, Michelob Ultra, Michelob AmberBock, Natural Light, Natural Ice, and Tequiza. This brewery serves Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, and South Carolina, with approximately 210 truck loads per day. This plant has for eight years been named Georgia Plant of the Year for superior Biological Waste Treatment by the Georgia Water & Pollution Control Association, Inc. Their “treatment plant employs a state-of-the-art system that removes pollutants and creates methane gas that is used as a fuel source,” says plant manager, Steve McDaniel.


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