JoAnn Mitchell
Senior Project Leader
Sandvik Coromant Company
Fair Lawn, NJ

“I am passionate about manufacturing because it is how we solve problems that affect the world we live in. Manufacturing, the tangible expression of ideas that change the world like mechanical hearts or airbags, saves lives. Manufacturing is how we interact with the universe. Experience the universe: manufacture something!”

JoAnn has a long career in outreach to people who benefit from high technology solutions.  She has been instrumental in the U.S. launch of the Metal Cutting Technology e-learning program, a program internationally nominated for excellence in manufacturing education, and provides this e-learning as a complimentary service to interested parties.  JoAnn is an advocate of industry collaboration and works with several machine tool builders in developing industry-leading programs for students and teachers to help them acquire better skills.  She has a unique talent for anticipating problems, and is an adept problem solver as well, often implementing creative approaches that effectively lead to solutions.
JoAnn’s passion for the possibilities that manufacturing affords is a driving force in all she does. She was the project leader for the first virtual field trip from the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS). She has also been a key element of the company’s outreach to the thousands of students who visit IMTS for every show, as well as an important part of the team that developed the program with The Manufacturing Institute to convert the benefits of the world’s largest coin mosaic to a program with Dream It. Do It. to sponsor four Young Manufacturing Summer Academies.
JoAnn is part of the MechaForce program in New Jersey, a joint project started with the New Jersey Institute of Technology and which includes more than a dozen New Jersey manufacturing companies. This group is working together to build an education program that helps newcomers to high technology manufacturing, as well as younger students find their way to a successful career path.

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