FLATE’s Executive Director to Receive SME Education Award

Dr. Marilyn Barger, principal investigator and executive director of FLATE, was recently named recipient of
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

Dr. Barger has been a long standing member of SME, and serves on several national panels/advisory boards
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 has been at the helm of many successes. Under her leadership, FLATE was awarded the ePIE Business/Education Partnership Award, Education Chancellor and FACC Workforce Award for innovative education programs, and three Best Practice Awards for the Engineering Technology Degree program, sTEm-at-Work puzzles and the Toothpick Factory. She has served as the Chair of the NSF ATE Centers, HI-TECH Committee, and awarded the 2010 HI-TECH Innovative Program Award.

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.org and www.fl-ate.org