Distinguished award recognizes members for their longtime careers and efforts in manufacturing

(DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 18, 2014) ― During its 2014 Fall Awards & Installation Banquet in Atlanta on Sunday, Nov. 9, SME recognized seven of the nine individuals who were elected to its 2014 Class of SME Fellows. These nine, from industry, government and academia, join the more than 360 members who have been elected an SME fellow since the programs’ inception in 1986.

Election as an SME fellow is limited to a select group of individuals each year, making it one of the most prestigious honors bestowed by SME. This recognition garners lifetime, dues-free membership and the designation FSME (signifying “Fellow, SME”) following their name. Annual nominations must be made by an honorary, fellow, life or member of SME. These nominations are then reviewed and selections made by SME’s International Awards & Recognition Committee.

“The 2014 Class of SME Fellows is a most impressive group of members who have made great strides in advancing manufacturing through their daily work and research and development activities,” said Michael F. Molnar, FSME, CMfgE, PE, 2014 SME president. “Each serves as an inspirational story by their significant technical contributions to the manufacturing profession, and resulting beneficial impact to society.”

SME’s awards committee uses a variety of factors when considering fellows nominations, including requiring a background of 20 plus years of manufacturing-related experience, as well as contributions to the social, technological and educational aspects of the manufacturing and engineering profession.

2014 SME College of Fellows
Left to right: Zude Zhou, FSME; Richard Furness, PhD, FSME; Michael Packer, FSME; Robert Ivester,
PhD, FSME; Richard Peters, FSME; Susan Smyth, PhD, FSME; and Yuebin Guo, PhD, FSME.

Based on these criteria and the committee’s review/selections, the following nine individuals were elected to the 2014 SME College of Fellows: 

  • Fengzhou Fang, PhD, FSME, professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tianjin University. More
  • Richard J. Furness, PhD, FSME, manager of global manufacturing engineering methods for powertrain manufacturing engineering, Ford Motor Co. More
  • Robert X. Gao, PhD, FSME, Pratt & Whitney chair professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Connecticut. More
  • Yuebin Guo, PhD, FSME, professor of mechanical engineering, founding director, Consortium for Surface Integrity and Functionality, University of Alabama. More
  • Robert W. Ivester, PhD, FSME, deputy director of the Advanced Manufacturing Office, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. More
  • Michael D. Packer, FSME, vice president, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. More
  • Richard C. Peters, FSME, manager – quality advancement and group quality lead – North American manufacturing, The Timken Co. More
  • Susan Smyth, PhD, FSME, chief scientist for global manufacturing, General Motors, director, GM R&D Manufacturing Systems Research Lab. More
  • Zude Zhou, FSME, professor, School of Mechanical and Electrics Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology, director, Hubei Key Laboratory of Digital Manufacturing. More

Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2015 SME College of Fellows. To submit a nomination, on or before Dec. 1, visit sme.org/fellows.

About SME
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 advancing manufacturing by addressing both knowledge and skill needs for the industry. Follow @sme_mfg on Twitter or facebook.com/smemfg.

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