Since its inception, the Shien-Ming Wu Foundation has been engaged in promoting the advancement of manufacturing science and engineering through distinguished lectureships, international manufacturing conferences, and manufacturing leadership award.
Every other year since 1995, this endowment invites one internationally recognized researcher in the general field of manufacturing science and engineering to the University of Michigan to deliver a distinguished lecture and to interact with graduate students and researchers at the S. M. Wu Manufacturing Research Center.
The foundation has been sponsoring biennial international conferences in manufacturing science and engineering since 1994 in both North America and Asia.
Since 1999, an annual manufacturing leadership award has been established to recognize individuals who have successfully demonstrated leadership skills and have made a profound impact on the manufacturing industry. The award attempts to identify role models for future manufacturing leaders in terms of visionary and strategic thinking, courage, and the ability to build a winning team or organization.