DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SME, a nonprofit organization serving the manufacturing industry by promoting advanced manufacturing technology and developing a skilled workforce, has recognized several professionals who will assume new board leadership roles in 2016. These manufacturing professionals were recognized at an annual SME banquet on Nov. 8.
Officers of SME are chosen by a nominating committee and selected by the SME Board of Directors. These directors are elected annually by the entire voting membership of the organization.
2016 officers installed are:
- Dean L. Bartles, PhD, FSME, Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, UI LABS
- Sandra L. Bouckley, GKN Driveline Americas
- Thomas R. Kurfess, PhD, FSME, PE, Georgia Institute of Technology
- Mark L. Michalski, MKS Instruments
- Susan Smyth, PhD, FSME, General Motors
"Like my colleagues and fellow officers, I am honored to serve SME and its members," said Dean Bartles, 2016 SME president. "I'm eager to continue to expand SME's initiatives and engagement, and I certainly offer gratitude to my predecessor Wayne Frost for his leadership in 2015."
SME also recognized its 2015 Class of Fellows, who are selected once a year from among the highest achievers of industry, academia and government, and nominated only by honorary, fellow, life or professional member of SME. Those selected as fellows offer 20 years or more of manufacturing experience and expertise. They have contributed notably to the social, technological and educational benefit of manufacturing and the engineering profession.
- Jeffrey A. Abell, PhD, FSME, General Motors
- Paul D. Bradley, FSME, PE, Peterson Industries Pty Ltd.
- XiaQi Chen, PhD, FSME, University of Canterbury
- Waguih ElMaraghy, PhD, FSME, PE, University of Windsor
- Shreyes N. Melkote, PhD, FSME, Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office
- Jyhwen Wang, PhD, FSME, Texas A&M University
- YuMing Zhang, PhD, FSME, University of Kentucky
"These seven fellows have impressive backgrounds, but are even more notable for their common traits of accomplishment, energy and commitment to manufacturing," said Wayne Frost, 2015 SME president. "It's our honor and pleasure to recognize their achievements as all of us at SME and in the profession admire their potential."
Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2016 SME College of Fellows. Submit nominations on or before Dec. 1 at sme.org/fellows.
SME connects all those who are passionate about making things that improve our world. As a nonprofit organization, SME has served practitioners, companies, educators, government and communities across the manufacturing spectrum for more than 80 years. Through its strategic areas of events, media, membership, training and development, and the SME Education Foundation, SME is uniquely dedicated to the advancement of manufacturing by addressing both knowledge and skills needed for the industry. Learn more at sme.org, follow @SME_MFG on Twitter or facebook.com/SMEmfg.