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Student Shop Managers Consortium (SSMC) is a community of practice for personnel in academic making environments and affiliates.

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JULY 12-14, 2022
Washington University - St. Louis

Please join us for the eighth annual Student Shop Managers Conference July 12-14, 2022 for SSMC:2022 at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Planning is underway and more details will be posted soon. We will feature speakers, topic-based bread-out rooms, panel discussions, shop tours and field trips.

We are not sure how much the in-person conference will be, but for planning purposes usually the registration is somewhere $350-$450 which will include most meals. Housing and extra activities will not be included.

The SSMC Conference is designed to bring Student Shop managers and directors together to discuss important safety issues and concerns in student shops across the nation. In addition, the conference focuses on space and equipment management. SSMC 2022 will offer presentations and discussions with student shop peers from colleges and universities throughout the United States.


Faculty, staff and students who oversee, utilize or consult with academic making environments such as machine shops, wood shops, sculpture studios, theater shops, and makerspaces. EHS and Risk Management personnel with making environment oversight responsibilities.

Conference Goal

Continue development of a professional community that brings together personnel from student shops and making spaces from a broad array of post-secondary educational institutions and disciplines to share case-studies and discuss common challenges such as: safety, training, inclusion, technology, finances, and equipment.

Conference Focus

The focus of this year’s conference will center reopening student shops after the restrictions of the Covid pandemic. This half day virtual conference will offer presentations with Q&A sessions, a panel discussion and small group breakout sessions. The break sessions will afford the opportunity for discussion of panel topics and those additional topics raised by attendees. Further review of these discussions by the whole conference will focus on setting goals for further work by the members of SSMC to expand on the mission of the SSMC.


  • To be updated soon

Conference FORMAT

If it is safe to do so, this conference will occur in person at Washington University - St. Louis, Missouri.


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SSMC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. USA