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SME Recognizes Six Influential Manufacturing Leaders and Researchers with Annual International Honor Awards

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2015 honorees include professionals from FANUC Corp., the University of Michigan and Purdue University

(DEARBORN, Mich., June 8, 2015) SME, a leader in workforce development and knowledge within manufacturing, recently recognized six individuals from industry and academia with its 2015 International Honor Awards. Five of the honorees received their awards during SME’s International Honor Award & Scholarship Presentations Ceremony June 1 in Detroit.

These particular awards are designed to highlight and acknowledge the impact being made in the areas of manufacturing technologies, processes, technical writing, education, research and management, as well as service to SME. The work and research performed by this year’s awardees has impacted automation, lasers, machining, welding, microscale process modeling and many other areas of manufacturing. In addition, SME recognized a longstanding member for his leadership, volunteer services and dedication to the organization.

“This year’s International Honor Award winners are highly regarded subject-matter experts whose work in a variety of technologies and industries has not only changed the course of manufacturing, but SME’s path as well,” said 2015 SME President, Wayne F. Frost, CMfgE. “Their knowledge, intellectual property and dedication to manufacturing and SME is exceptional.”

2015 International Honor Award winners:

  • Eli Whitney Productivity Award ― Yoshiharu Inaba, Dr. Eng., FANUC Corp.
  • Joseph A. Siegel Service Award ― James P. Healy, LSME (Retired)
  • SME Frederick W. Taylor Research Medal ― Yung C. Shin, PhD, FSME, Purdue University
  • SME Albert M. Sargent Progress Award ― Fengzhou Fang, PhD, FSME, Tianjin University
  • SME Education Award ― Elijah Kannatey-Asibu Jr., PhD, FSME, University of Michigan
  • SME Gold Medal ― Shiv G. Kapoor, PhD, FSME, University of Illinois


Nominations for SME’s International Honor Awards are accepted by Aug. 1 of each year. Award details and nomination form are available at sme.org/honorawards.

View an interactive presentation of current and past International Honor Award winners here.

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 the advancement of manufacturing by addressing both knowledge and skills needed for the industry. Follow @SME_MFG on Twitter or facebook.com/SMEmfg.

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