Future 30: The Future is Now!

Nominate an up-and-coming engineer or plant floor leader in your organization. Deadline for entries is August 16.


Even with manufacturing recovering from the worst recession in two generations and with changes in the global manufacturing landscape taking place every day, American plant managers still say the most serious long-term issue they face heading into 2010 is the lack of skilled workers to take on the challenges of the next generation of manufacturing.


To bring more attention to this vital issue, Plant Engineering has created the 2010 Future 30 program. Between now and August 15, 2010, we will accept nominations of young men and women who have chosen manufacturing as a career. Nominations can come from manufacturers and educators around the country.


The future of manufacturing depends on an infusion of young talent. Plant Engineering wants to highlight the success that manufacturers have had in developing this young talent, and that is the goal of our Future 30 program. We’re looking for employees who help improve safety, energy efficiency and productivity every day.


The 30 young manufacturing leaders will be featured in the September 2010 issue of Plant Engineering and online at www.plantengineering.com. They will also be invited to attend a reception in their honor in conjunction with the 2010 IMTS Show in Chicago Sept. 13-18.


Nomination criteria:

Age: Nominees must be 40 years of age or younger.

Type of manufacturing: Nominee can be employed in any kind of manufacturing in a U.S. facility, or in a U.S.-owned manufacturing facility around the world.

Education: Future 30 seeks to recognize achievements in manufacturing operations. Consideration will be given for educational achievement, but there is no minimum education level.

Essays: Each nominee must provide a brief essay about why they chose manufacturing as a career. Their employer, supervisor or person making the nomination must also provide a brief essay explaining why this nominee deserves recognition.


Entry Information:




Number of Year with Organization:

Education (school and degree)




Supervisor Email:

Employer Essay on why this person should be recognized:

Employee email on why they chose a career in manufacturing:


Please submit information to Bob Vavra at bvavra@cfemedia.com. Include a high-resolution, 300 dpi jpeg file headshot of the employee.


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