Gateway Academy Hits Stride -- Wins Progressive Manufacturing 100 Award

The SME Education Foundation will be honored at the Progressive Manufacturing Awards Gala on May 5, 2010 at The Breakers in Palm Beach, FL.
By: Bart Aslin
Feb. 17, 2010 - PRLog -- DEARBORN, Mich., — The Gateway Academy, where 6th – 8th grade students in 28 states are being introduced to robotics, eco-design and aeronautics, has been selected as a winner of the sixth annual Progressive Manufacturing 100 Awards, selected by Managing Automation Media, a Thomas Publishing Company, LLC publication.

Bart A. Aslin, director, SME Education Foundation, will accept the award on May 5, at the Progressive Manufacturing Awards Gala, at The Breakers in Palm Beach, FL.  More than 200 manufacturing technology executives are expected to attend.

The week-long Gateway Academy, a day camp for 6th - 8th graders, offers a project based, hands-on curriculum designed by Project Lead The Way (PLTW) to introduce middle school students to the fundamentals of science, technology, engineering and math. In 2009, the SME Education Foundation held 237 Gateway Academies and reached over 4,800 students in 28 states. Their goal is to increase to 300 Gateway Academies in 2010.

Said Bart A. Aslin, director, SME Education Foundation, “I want to thank Managing Automation Media on behalf of our board, donors, industry partners – especially PLTW, who care about the future of manufacturing in this country and have provided their time and financial support to assure our Gateway Academy be worthy of replication.”

Said David R. Brousell, editor in chief, Managing Automation Media, “The projects that enabled these companies to become PM 100 winners reflect great creativity and inventiveness, a determined willingness to take risk, and an enduring resilience to continually improve every aspect of their business. These companies are leading the way to a better future.”

An independent judging panel chaired by David R. Brousell, Editor-in-Chief, Managing Automation Media, and Jeff Moad, Executive Editor, Managing Automation Media, reviewed project nominations. Judges included: Lisa Bodell, CEO, FutureThink, David Brousell, Editor-in-Chief, Managing Automation Media; Tim Fleming, VP and CIO, Industrial Technologies Sector, Ingersoll Rand Company; Julie Fraser, President, Cambashi; Nick Gill, VP, Global Manufacturing Sector Leader, Cap Gemini; Tim Hanley, Vice Chairman and U.S. Process & Industrial Products Leader, Deloitte & Touche LLP; Brad Heath, President, VirTex Assembly Services, Inc.; Jim Joyner, Director of Lean, Quality & Service, Card Monroe; Paul E. Martin, Global Chief Information Officer, Rexam Plc; George Nickel, Director, Global Manufacturing Process, Johnson & Johnson; Robert Parker, VP, Research, Manufacturing Insights; David Pierson,  Senior Design Engineer, MAGNET; Paul Stamas, Vice President of Information Technology, Mohawk Fine Papers; Maureen Steinwall, President, Steinwall Inc., and Ray Wang, Partner - Enterprise Strategy, Altimeter Group, LLC.  

About Managing Automation Media:
Managing Automation Media, a division of Thomas Publishing Company, LLC, provides a complete set of decision-support informational tools for executives and technology decision-makers at progressive manufacturers – companies that are using information and automation technologies to transform their businesses and create a sustainable competitive advantage. In North America with Managing Automation, and now also in EMEA with Manufacturing Executive, it delivers access to the most influential decision-makers in manufacturing. Additional information can be found at

About Gateway Academy:
The concept of the Gateway Academy was created in a partnership between the SME Education Foundation and Project Lead The Way, a not-for-profit organization that promotes engineering courses for middle and high school students. In 2009, the SME Education Foundation held 237 Gateway Academies and reached over 4,800 students in 28 states. Their goal is to increase to 300 Gateway Academies in 2010. For more information about the Gateway Academy program, contact Project Lead the Way at

About Project Lead The Way:                                                                                                  
Project Lead The Way (PLTW), a national 501c3, not-for-profit educational program, prepares middle and high school students to be the most innovative and productive leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Through an engaging, hands-on curriculum, PLTW encourages the development of problem-solving skills, critical thinking, creative and innovative reasoning, and a love of learning. Visit

About the SME Education Foundation:  
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Education Foundation – created in 1979, is dedicated to the advancement of manufacturing education and preparing the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists. Thanks to the generosity of its partners including corporations, organizations, foundations and individual donors, the Foundation has awarded more than $29 million since 1980 in awards, scholarships and youth programs. For more information visit and our award-winning web site designed for young people –

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