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Society of Manufacturing Engineers - Education Foundation
Dearborn, MI

The SME Education Foundation is committed to giving the next generation the proficiency they need to be successful in a world of unprecedented technological change and global competition.

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Mioshi Neal
Welding Instructor

Organization: Johnson County Community College
Location: Overland Park, KS

Mioshi Neal started welding in 1977 at age 19 when she enrolled in a seven-week welding class at the Kansas City Welding Institute. She liked the opportunities that welding presented and believed it was a trade that would help offer financial security for her and her family. She was also good with her hands and figured it would translate well to welding. But certainly it was scary being a woman in a male-dominated field. (The full profile article is at thefabricator.com website.


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