SME Logo

Official 2012 SME Election Results

Share this




Joseph J. Beaman, PhD, was the first academic researcher in the additive manufacturing field; a field he helped to create. In 1985, selective laser sintering was developed in his research laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin, and it is currently one of the most popular additive manufacturing processes for the production of parts used in final products. Beaman was also one of the founders of DTM Corporation, a startup company that successfully commercialized laser sintering. He has remained active in additive manufacturing throughout his entire career, serving as chair of the former Rapid Prototyping Association of SME (RPA/SME) in 2000 and chair of the World Technology Evaluation Committee on Additive/Subtractive Manufacturing in 2003. Besides Beaman’s work in additive manufacturing, he has worked extensively with the special metals processing industry to develop next-generation process control for re-melting processes, which are used to produce special metals alloys such as super alloys and titanium alloys. Both the National Science Foundation and the Office of Naval Research have highlighted Beaman’s research results as highly successful transition of academic research to the commercial sector. From 2001-12, he served as chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Austin. Member Since 1994


Edye S. Buchanan, CMfgT, is a product manager at Fives North American Combustion Inc., formerly North American Manufacturing Inc., from 1994-2004 and again since 2006, where she is responsible for product performance improvements and assisting in new product development. Buchanan has been active in Lorain County Community College S254 and the former North Coast Chapter 134, serving as a chapter officer in both from 1988-93. From 1993 until 2003, she served Ohio Valley Region 7 as an officer and student chapter liaison. In 1999 and 2000, Buchanan was on the SME Member Committee and was appointed to the first SME Member Council in 2003, serving for seven years including vice-chair in 2010. She is a former chair of the Chapter Enhancement Committee and the council's Communications Task Force. Currently, Buchanan is chair of Cleveland Chapter 3 and is serving her second year on the SME Constitution and Bylaws Committee. Buchanan holds a bachelor's degree from Kent State University and an associate degree from Lorain County Community College. She received the SME President's Award in 2003 and Regional Awards of Merit in 2000 and 2002 for her outstanding service. Member Since 1987


Wayne F. Frost, CMfgE, retired as a production system project manager and product quality systems auditor of John Deere Waterloo Works after a successful 37-year career. He has served at the international and former region and chapter levels. Frost served two terms on the SME Board of Directors from 2004-07 and two terms from 2008-12. Currently, he is the secretary/treasurer of the Executive Committee, a member of the Audit and Finance committees, and is a membership consultant for senior chapters in northern Iowa. Frost previously served as vice-chair of the Region Chairs Committee and as a member of the Certification Oversight & Appeals Committee. He served the former Region 9 as chair, chair-elect, treasurer, secretary, leadership training coordinator and certification committee chair. His many positions with Waterloo Chapter 186 include chapter chair, student chapter liaison, honor awards, certification and recruitment/retention committees. Frost has received the Award of Merit, President’s Award, Region 9 Olin Simpson Award, the Waterloo Chapter 186 Kurt E. Lear Award and the John Deere General Manager’s Award. He holds certifications as an ASQ-certified quality auditor and is an Institute for Supply Management certified purchasing manager. Frost has a bachelor’s and a master’s from the University of Northern Iowa. Member Since 1983


KurfessThomas R. Kurfess, PhD, FSME, CMfgT, PE, is one of the world’s leading experts in the field of microscale manufacturing metrology, with research focused on the design and development of high-precision manufacturing and metrology systems. Kurfess began his career in manufacturing as a machinist at a job shop in the Chicago area in 1978. In 1989, he joined the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University where he rose to the rank of associate professor. In 1994, Kurfess moved to the Georgia Institute of Technology where he was promoted to full professor in 2000. In 2005, Kurfess joined the faculty at Clemson University as the BMW chair of manufacturing where he led the Automotive Engineering Program. Kurfess was recently appointed as assistant director for advanced manufacturing at the Office of Science and Technology Policy, in the Executive Office of the President of the United States of America. He also served on the board of the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences. Throughout his career, Kurfess has received numerous awards including the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, the NSF Presidential Faculty Fellowship Award, the AMT Charles F. Carter Jr. Advancing Manufacturing Award, the 2006 SME Philip R. Marsilius Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award and the 2010 SME Education Award. He was elected to the 2006 Class of SME Fellows, served as the 2007-08 NAMRI/SME president and was a member of the former Manufacturing Enterprise Council. Kurfess is the at-large member of the Executive Committee and is currently serving as a director on the SME Board of Directors. He received his SB, SM and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT in 1986, 1987 and 1989, respectively, and his SM degree in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT in 1988. Member Since 1983


Michael F. Molnar, FSME, CMfgE, PE, after nearly 30 years in industry, Molnar was recently named as the first chief manufacturing officer of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and director of the interagency National Program Office for Advanced Manufacturing. As called for by the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, the AMNPO’s mission is to foster industry-led partnerships and to form a “whole of government” approach to strengthen competitiveness and innovation in U.S. manufacturing. His experience includes leadership roles in advanced manufacturing, metrology, manufacturing systems, quality, technology development, sustainability and industrial energy efficiency. Molnar’s credentials include service as a federal fellow in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and election as fellow of both the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is a licensed professional engineer, a certified manufacturing engineer and a certified energy manager. Molnar earned an MBA from the University of Notre Dame, and a master’s in manufacturing systems engineering and a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin. Current SME involvement includes service as the Society's vice president with membership on the Audit, Finance and Budget committees, and ex-officio to the Accreditation Committee. Prior SME leadership roles include chair of the SME Member Council, chair of the Technical Community Network (TCN), chair of the Automated Manufacturing & Assembly Community, chair of the Robotics & Flexible Machinery Tech Group and chair of the former Robotics International Association (RI/SME). Member Since 1982


Michael D. Packer is vice president of manufacturing strategy and technical integration for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company. Besides SME, Packer is active in the Institute of Industrial Engineers; SAE International serving as general chair for past AeroTech World Congress; and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics where he was conferred as an associate fellow in 2011. He currently serves as an executive board member for the National Defense Industrial Association – Manufacturing Division, executive board member and treasurer for the National Manufacturing Skills Standards Council, Manufacturing Executive Leadership Journal Board Member and past member of the Georgia Tech Industrial Advisory Board. Packer is Shingijutsu Lean Production System trained and certified, and is a past board member of the MIT Lean Aerospace Initiative. He has published six articles concerning manufacturing strategy, advance manufacturing technology and methods; transition from development to production; team-based, high-performance organization design; and manufacturing talent development. Packer attended Eastern Michigan University on athletic and academic scholarships earning a BS degree in industrial technology. He also earned an MBA from Washington University at St. Louis and completed the manufacturing executive program at the University of Michigan. Member Since 2003


SME MEMBER COUNCIL (four elected)


Thomas G. Bridge, PhD, CMfgE, is a professor emeritus at Western Illinois University and currently an adjunct professor teaching manufacturing engineering technology courses. Previously, he was a faculty member at Western from 1977 to 2008 and chair of the Engineering Technology Department from 1986 to 2008. Prior to that, Bridge was a zone manager and technical trainer at Ford Motor Company from 1971-77 and a machinist and assembler at International Harvester Company from 1962-68. He has received the SME Student Chapter Faculty Advisor Award and the Award of Merit. Bridge has served on several SME committees, including Member Benefits, K-12 Education, Student Relations and is a member and chair of the Certification Oversight & Appeals Committee. He is a past chair of Region 10 and is a past member of the SME Board of Directors. Bridge received his BS and MS in industrial technology from Illinois State University, and his PhD from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Member Since 1981


Glenn Mattsson has spent his entire career in the manufacturing sector and has extensive experience in all areas of manufacturing and manufacturing engineering. For the first 15 years of his career with IBM, he was a manufacturing engineer and manager of manufacturing engineering. While at IBM, Mattsson won an IBM Division Award and an IBM People Management Award, along with several IBM Informal Awards. He has also worked in roles as director of manufacturing engineering, director of materials and director of manufacturing. Mattsson has also been a manufacturing consultant in many diverse industries, including semiconductor, medical device and beverage manufacturing. He is currently a senior manufacturing engineer with Enphase Energy. In 2010, Mattsson was very influential in forming North Bay Chapter 431. He served as its chapter chair and is currently active as a chapter leader. Mattsson earned his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Polytechnic University of NY and attended the executive MBA program at Northwestern University. Member Since 1978


Dean Phillips is a production enhancement engineer for LINK Systems. For 25 years, he has been designing, servicing and promoting forming and fabricating equipment around the world. Phillips’ electrical engineering background allows him to solve manufacturers’ lean and green challenges. Currently, he specializes in automation, pressroom integration die analysis, monitoring/reporting and safety. Phillips is vice-chair of SME’s Forming & Fabricating Community, an SME membership consultant to chapters in Tennessee and former chapter chair of Nashville Chapter 43. In 2010, he worked on the SME Annual Conference in Nashville. In addition, Phillips is a frequent speaker at SME conferences and webinars on topics such as leadership and networking. He is continuously working to develop leaders of tomorrow. As a membership consultant, Phillips has created chapter tools, training presentations, task lists and Gantt charts to help chapters stay on track. Member Since 2005

RosenbergCary J. Rosenberg, CMfgE, an SME-endowed member, is a global supplier quality & development manager/global commodity manager for Watts Water Technologies Inc., which designs and manufactures valves and related products in commercial, residential, industrial and municipal applications. At Watts, Rosenberg is responsible for a large supply chain of more than 12,000 suppliers, with an active part number list of 240,000 items. He is also responsible for 16 operations worldwide. Rosenberg monitors the supplier’s performance and works on quality issues, along with supplier risk management and sourcing/purchasing activities. In 2009, he became a six sigma/lean green belt for Watts. Since 1994, Rosenberg has worked for manufacturing companies in many market segments from appliances to lumber processing to heavy equipment and presently the water sector. He has been published in Engineering Casting Solutions, Design News, Lift Equipment and various SME publications. When Rosenberg was involved in the heavy equipment industry from 1996 to 2001, he worked for JLG Industries, which was honored by Industry Week as one of its Best Plants winners in 1999. Rosenberg was instrumental in the establishment of SME’s Nashua High School South U215 student chapter, is the former chapter chair of Southern New Hampshire Chapter 327, has served on the Student Relations Committee since 2011 and is its current chair. He holds a BS and an MS in industrial technologies. Member Since 1993