Now is the time to look around your company and your professional organizations to find an engineer worthy of an award.

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Dearborn, Mich., is accepting nominations for three annual awards: the 2011 International Honor Awards, the Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award and the Award of Merit.

For more than 50 years, SME has honored engineers who have made outstanding contributions and achievements in their fields. Previous recipients include Richard E. Morley, the father of the programmable controller, and Carol Bartz, CEO of Yahoo. There are seven distinct honor awards, including those that recognize success in manufacturing management, research, productivity, manufacturing education or service to SME.

While the honor award recognizes those at the zenith of their career, the award for an outstanding young manufacturing engineer honors engineers through age 35 for exceptional accomplishments in technical publication, patents or technical professional society leadership.

Like the honor award, the merit award has a long history. Since 1958, this award has recognized SME members who have made valued and balanced contributions to the society’s professional activities and growth.

The deadline to submit nominations is August 1. Nomination forms can be downloaded from, then scroll down to find the specific award category. Winners will be announced at SME's annual conference in June 2011.