the 2014 SME Education Award. The Award falls under one of the seven SME International Honor Awards that recognizes significant contributions to the field of manufacturing engineering in the areas of manufacturing technologies, processes, technical writing, education, research, management and service to SME. The SME Education Award honors the educator most respected for the development of manufacturing-related curricula, fostering sound training methods, or inspiring students to enter the profession of manufacturing
for technical programs, curriculum and workforce initiatives, including the National Association of Manufacturers Educators’ Council. As a firm advocate and leader in engineering technology education, she has more than 20 years of experience developing curricula. Most recently, Barger was instrumental in establishing the statewide A.S degree in Engineering Technology in Florida. She is a licensed engineer, a Fellow of the American Society of Engineering Education, and a charter member of the National Academy and USF’s Academy of Inventors.
Barger will be joining a joining a distinguished panel of honorees and will receive the Award at the SME International Awards Gala on Monday, June 9 in Detroit, Michigan. For more information on SME visit www.sme.org. For information on Dr. Marilyn Barger and her contributions to the engineering education community in Florida visit www.madeinflorida.organd www.fl-ate.org.
The State of Florida has the third largest population in country, with an official 2020 estimate of 21.5 million persons and approximately 58% of the population is in the civilian labor force (12,600,000).