SME Honors Seven for Outstanding Achievements
DEARBORN, Mich., June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the world's leading professional society supporting manufacturing education, today announced the SME International Honor Award recipients. The SME International Honor Awards recognize those individuals who have made significant contributions in education, production processes, manufacturing, or technology in the industry. "On behalf of the Society, I am extremely proud and honored to recognize these seven individuals," said Marcus B. Crotts, SME president. "Through their diligent research efforts and technical achievements, these individuals significantly contributed to advancing the manufacturing industry." The awards were presented at the SME Annual Awards Banquet on May 31, 2002, in Dallas, Texas The 2002 SME International Honor Award recipients are: John G. Steeves received the Joseph A. Siegel Service Award The Joseph A. Siegel Service Award recognizes SME member John G. Steeves, for making unique contributions to benefit the Society. Steeves, professor emeritus at the Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, Massachusetts has dedicated 30 years to SME. Steeves has served in leadership positions in the local, regional, national and international levels of SME. He is recognized for his contributions to SME membership education through his work as student faculty advisor, his tireless leadership with SME's Education Committee, and his willingness to assist in developing the curricula for workshops and manufacturing conferences. Hendrik Van Brussel received the SME Frederick W. Taylor Research Medal The SME Frederick W. Taylor Research Medal honors Professor Hendrik Van Brussel, a world-renowned pioneer in robotics research and scientific educational applications, for significant published research leading to a better understanding of materials, facilities, principles, operations, and their application to improve manufacturing processes. Van Brussel is credited for research that merged machine design control and software engineering into a new discipline, mechatronics. Mechatronics has been incorporated into traditional engineering curricula worldwide. Currently, he is developing a new design methodology for micro-mechatronic systems and pursuing the factory- of-the-future idea (Japan) by adopting the holonic (sic) systems paradigm as a basic framework. In holonic manufacturing systems, his team has developed more distributed control methods, which can adapt to changing manufacturing conditions. Van Brussel is chairman of the department of mechanical engineering at Katholieke University-Leuven, Belgium. Gregg Ekberg received the SME Eli Whitney Productivity Award The SME Eli Whitney Productivity Award is granted to Gregg Ekberg for distinguished accomplishments in improving capability within the broad concept of orderly production. Ekberg is founder and president of Highline Controls Inc. (Detroit, Michigan), a consulting firm that specializes in advanced control systems in the manufacturing and computer systems industries. He is credited for solving problems on the manufacturing floor to increase productivity and product quality for small and medium-sized manufacturers. Subir Chowdhury received the SME Gold Medal The SME Gold Medal is awarded to Subir Chowdhury, for outstanding service to the manufacturing engineering profession in technical communications through published literature, technical writings, and lectures. Hailed by the New York Times as a "Leading Quality Expert," Chowdhury is the author of The Power of Six Sigma: An Inspiring Tale of How Six Sigma is Transforming the Way We Work, Management 21C: Someday We'll All Manage This Way, The Talent Era: Achieving A High Return on Talent, and QS-9000 Pioneers. He co-authored with Dr. Genichi Taguchi, Robust Engineering and The Mahalanobis-Taguchi System. Chowdhury is executive vice president of ASI - American Supplier Institute in Livonia, Michigan. Myron Zimmerman received the SME Albert M. Sargent Progress Award The SME Albert M. Sargent Progress Award recognizes Dr. Myron Zimmerman, Ph.D., for significant accomplishments in the field of manufacturing processes. Zimmerman, chief technology officer responsible for product planning and co-founder of Venturcom (Cambridge, Massachusetts), transformed the company from a consulting-based business to a growing product-focused company. Venturcom is now a leading provider of software and services that enhance the quality of service of Microsoft Windows-based intelligent connected equipment. Zimmerman and his department are credited for products like RTX, a real-time extension for Windows embedded operating systems; Phar Lap ETS, a complete RTOS embedded development environment; and Boot-NIC, which provides remote booting and centralized maintenance of multiple Windows embedded systems. Matthew Cotterell received the SME Education Award The SME Education Award honors Matthew Cotterell as the educator most respected for the development of manufacturing-related curricula, fostering sound training methods, and inspiring students to enter the profession of manufacturing. Matthew Cotterell is a senior lecturer and degree course coordinator at the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland. Cotterell is responsible for introducing the SME Certification Program to Cork Institute and throughout Ireland. From 1991 to 1997, Cotterell set up and managed the Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Management Systems (CAMMS), now at the forefront of advancing manufacturing education throughout Ireland. Cotterell was highly instrumental to introducing the new Biomedical Engineering Diploma as well as a new part-time degree in Advanced Manufacturing Technology at Cork Institute. Anand Sharma received the SME Donald C. Burnham Manufacturing Management Award The SME Donald C. Burnham Manufacturing Management Award recognizes Mr. Anand Sharma for his exceptional success in the integration of the infrastructure and process manufacturing. Sharma, president and CEO of TBM Consulting Group Inc., (Durham, North Carolina), founded TBM to help industrial companies achieve manufacturing excellence using Time Based Strategies and the Kaizen Breakthrough Methodology. Over the past decade, TBM has helped increase productivity in over 500 companies including Chrysler Corp., Delphi/GM, Mercedes-Benz, Black and Decker, Johnson and Johnson, Polaroid and Pella Corporation. Celebrating its 70th anniversary, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers is the world's leading professional society supporting manufacturing education. Through its member programs, publications, expositions, and professional development resources, SME promotes an increased awareness of manufacturing engineering and helps keep manufacturing professionals up to date on leading trends and technologies. Headquartered in Michigan, SME influences more than half a million manufacturing engineers and executives annually. The Society has members in 70 countries and is supported by a network of hundreds of chapters worldwide. Visit us at www.sme.org . CONTACT: Maria F. Ward SME Communications 313.271.1500, ext. 1862 Email: email@example.com MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X44355373
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