SME Announces New Editor in Chief


The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) announces that Sarah A. Webster has been named editor in chief of Manufacturing Engineering magazine. Her appointment was effective Monday, Nov. 7. She succeeds Brian Hogan, who retired after 13 years in the position. “Sarah Webster is a highly respected editor whose experience in both print and digital platforms will help elevate Manufacturing Engineering to the next level,” according to Greg Sheremet, publisher of the magazine.

Manufacturing Engineering provides high-quality technical information to more than 90,000 qualified manufacturing professionals, and plans to expand its online presence and explore other digital platforms to ensure manufacturers can receive their information in ways that suit their needs.

Webster most recently served as business and automotive editor at the Detroit Free Press, where she has worked for the past eight years. Webster started as an automotive reporter and was later promoted to automotive editor. She is credited with leading the newspaper’s award-winning coverage of the unprecedented financial and automotive crisis in 2008-09. In January she was promoted to business and automotive editor, giving her expanded responsibilities for all of the newspaper’s business coverage in print and online.

Prior to joining the Free Press, Webster was a reporter for the Detroit News, the Lexington Herald-Leader in Kentucky and several newspapers in West Virginia, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from West Virginia University. She has covered a wide range of topics in her career, including automotive, health care, crime, and politics. Her work has won a range of state and national awards. “I am thrilled to be joining the fantastic team at SME,” Webster says. “I look forward to enhancing Manufacturing Engineering’s excellent reputation and serving the manufacturing community.”

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is the premier source for manufacturing knowledge, education, and networking. Through its many programs, events, magazines, publications, and online training division, Tooling U, SME connects manufacturing practitioners to each other, to the latest technologies and to the most up to date manufacturing processes. SME has members around the world and is supported by a network of chapters and technical communities. A 501(c)3 organization, SME is a leader in manufacturing workforce development issues, working with industry, academic, and government partners to support the current and future skilled workforce. Learn more at