Design & SimulationOctober 6, 2022

Making a Difference in Manufacturing Day and Community Outreach

DELMIA’s Global Operations on the Go podcast continues its series featuring the outstanding women in technology and manufacturing. The latest guest provides a timely look into her leadership with the annual Manufacturing Day events along with other community outreach opportunities.
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Therese Snow

Let’s Get Technical: Meet the Outstanding Women in Manufacturing & Technology podcast series

DELMIA’s Global Operations on the Go podcast continues its series featuring the outstanding women in technology and manufacturing. The latest guest provides a timely look into her leadership with the annual Manufacturing Day events along with other community outreach opportunities.

The second podcast in our series is with Dassault Systemes’ Regina Davis. Regina wears many hats. She is an RFP Specialist with Dassault Systemes and has a background in paramedics, real estate and being co-pastor at a church she and her husband founded. She also led a large Manufacturing Day event for years with students in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. It is with these events where she introduced high school juniors and seniors to technology, careers of the future, college, innovation and to the idea of obtaining their goals and dreams.

Manufacturing Day for Future Engineers

On the first Friday in October, Manufacturing Day occurs in the U.S. This annual event helps show the reality of modern manufacturing careers by encouraging thousands of companies around the nation to open their doors to students. It started in 2012 when the Fabricators and Manufacturers’ Association (FMA) organized the first-ever Manufacturing Day. The day launched more than 200 events and was considered a successful initiative. Since then, there has been a study increase in active participation and appreciation from high school students, educators, parents, and other community members.

America’s technology and machine learners are at the forefront of these events. More than 14,000 manufacturers across America now participate in country-wide celebrations. For those interested in technology and manufacturing, this day marks the beginning of opportunities and experiences.

This was the case for Dassault Systemes Manufacturing Day events out of the Charlotte, North Carolina area. Pre-Covid, more than 200 students interested in STEM participated. The biggest event was held at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte (UNCC) which included over 20 start-up manufacturing and high tech companies, some of whom allowed the students to tour their offices and facilities in-person.

Students also toured the NASCAR Motorsports Engineering building on the UNCC campus and were introduced to industry and academic speakers.

Making a Difference

In addition to helping kids make their way into the world of technology and manufacturing, Regina also is very active in community outreach in the Greater Charlotte area. She recently organized a community day providing book bags and school essentials for students, as well as assisting in other local school drives.

Find out about Regina’s inspirational story by tuning in to our latest podcast series, Let’s Get Technical: Meet the Outstanding Women in Manufacturing and Technology. This exciting series focuses on extraordinary women in manufacturing and technology—featuring their aspirations and accomplishments to inspire women everywhere.

Listen here:  https://www.3ds.com/podcasts/delmia/global-operations-on-the-go/episode-23-lets-get-technical-manufacturing-day

To learn more: Visit the Manufacturing Day website https://mfgday.com/

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