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Companies Support Future Engineers
February 28, 2008

Secondary-school students across the nation who aspire to careers in technology or engineering will benefit from grants given to the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Education Foundation by four organizations committed to keeping America’s manufacturing sector strong.

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), Emerson (NYSE: EMR), the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance, and PBG Industries announced financial donations to the Gateway Academy programs, which sponsor summer camps where talented secondary school students explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math. The SME Education Foundation organizes Gateway Academies across the country, in concert with Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a non-profit that creates innovative pre-engineering curriculum.

Autodesk donated $50,000 to sponsor one student at each of 25 Gateway Academy programs across the United States this summer. Autodesk has partnered with PLTW for 10 years, providing powerful Autodesk 2D and 3D design software that allows students to visualize their ideas and to understand the real-world relevance of science, technology, engineering and math.

Emerson gave $60,000 to support Gateway Academy programs in Ohio and St. Louis. The South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance will help sponsor 19 Gateway Academy programs in its home state with a gift of $30,000. Additionally, PGB Industries donated a grant to support Gateway Academy programs in Ohio and Michigan.

For more information about the Gateway Academy and other SME Education Foundation programs, go to www.sme.org/foundation.


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