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2015 SME International Honor Award Recipients

These six SME International Honor Award winners were recognized for their significant contributions to manufacturing in the areas of manufacturing technologies, processes, technical writing, education, research and management, and service to SME.

Yoshiharu InabaYoshiharu Inaba, Dr. Eng.
President and CEO
Oshinomura, Yamanashi, Japan

Yoshiharu Inaba is recognized with the Eli Whitney Produtivity Award for his large contributions to flexible automation for the machine shop, not limited to CNC technology, but also elctric servodrive system of intelligent molding machine and intelligent robotics technology. Inaba is the president and CEO of FANUC Corp., a global company based in Japan, which is the leader in factory automation and robotization. He graduated from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, and after joining FANUC, focused on the development of the electric injection molding machine utilizing a servosystem. Based on Inaba’s research, he received a doctorate from the University of Tokyo. Under Inaba’s guidance, FANUC has been promoting the development of CNC machine tools and intelligent industrial robots throughout the world, with 100 percent production in its vast factories in Japan, to become the top-most leader in the industry. For his achievements, Inaba has been awarded the Research Advancement Prize from the Japan Society of Powder and Powder Metallurgy, the Japan Society for Precision Engineering Award, the General Pierre Nicolau Award from CIRP (International Academy for Production Engineering) and the Medal with Blue Ribbon of Japan. He presently serves as the vice chair of the Japan Machine Tool Builders’ Association. Member Since 2012

James HealyJames P. Healy, LSME
Yorktown, Virginia

James Healy is recognized with the Joseph A. Siegel Service Award for extraordinary leadership and contributions to the field of manufacturing through broad and proactive engagement regionally, and demonstrating membership value through chapter outreach including a myriad of student activities. Healy has served in many volunteer roles for SME, including chair of Hampton Roads Chapter 217, vice chair and secretary for the former Region 2, International Director/Member Council Nominating Committee member and is a former Student Relations Committee participant. Since 2006, he has served as an SME membership consultant, and is currently consulting for nine student chapters and three senior chapters. Healy is involved with the leadership of these chapters, providing them with resources and guidance. He engages students at many of the schools and has helped them with the competition of their various projects. In addition, Healy is a frequent advisor to the SME Member Council. He is a 2008 SME Award of Merit recipient, a frequent SME President's Award winner, and in 2007, The Apprentice School honored him with a namesake award — the James P. Healy Community Service Award — for exemplary leadership in community service. In 2011, he received the Christopher Newport University's 50th Anniversary Distinguished Alumni award. Prior to his retirement, the majority of Healy’s career was spent with Newport News Shipbuilding. He graduated from The Apprentice School in 1959 with a machinist’s degree. From 1962, he served in the U.S. Army. In 1978, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Christopher Newport University. Member Since 1975

Yung ShinYung C. Shin, PhD, FSME
Donald A. and Nancy G. Roach Professor of Advanced Manufacturing
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana

Yung Shin is recognized with the SME Frederick W. Taylor Research Medal for his significant contributions to the science and art of manufacturing processes, as well as machines, through scholarly, innovative and very high-level scientific research publications in the critical areas of machine dynamics, robust control of nonlinear manufacturing processes, and machining and laser processing of difficult-to-machine materials. Shin received his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1984, and currently is the Donald A. and Nancy G. Roach Professor of Advanced Manufacturing at Purdue University. Shin is also director of Purdue’s Center for Laser-Based Manufacturing. His major research areas include laser processing of materials, intelligent monitoring and control, and advanced machining processes. Shin has published over 330 refereed technical articles in archival journals and conference proceedings. He was the chair of the 30th North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC) and the organizing chair of the 2009 ASME International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference. Shin is currently serving as editor-in-chief of a new international journal, “Lasers in Materials Processing and Manufacturing.” He received the 2007 ASME Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award and the annual best paper award for “Journal of Laser Applications” in 2012. Shin is a fellow of SME and ASME. Member Since 1994

Fengzhou FangFengzhou Fang, PhD, FSME
Tianjin University
Tianjin, China

Fengzhou Fang is recognized with the SME Albert M. Sargent Progress Award for his scientific contributions to the nanometric machining of brittle materials and the development of multifunctional machine tools and measurement instruments for precision machining. Fang, a professor from Tianjin University, has been working in the field of manufacturing since graduating from college in 1982. He established the Centre of MicroNano Manufacturing Technology in 2005, which is one of the leading research institutions in manufacturing. Fang has successfully completed over 110 projects benefiting a variety of industries in the areas of micro/nanomachining, brittle materials machining and optical freeform manufacturing. His research has been recognized as a significant scientific contribution to the manufacturing field by organizations such as SME and CIRP. Fang and his team also developed multifunctional machine tools for precision machining, which has been used in production with high efficiency and high precision. He proposed the concept of Manufacturing 3.0 and has made great efforts to showcase the significance for the development of industry and society as well. Fang is a pioneer in developing nanomanufacturing and the founder of the International Society for Nanomanufacturing. He is the founding president of ISNM, the editor-in-chief of the “International Journal of Nanomanufacturing,” a council member of CIRP and a fellow of SME, CIRP and ISNM. Member Since 2013

Elijah Kannatey AsibuElijah Kannatey-Asibu Jr., PhD, FSME
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan 

Elijah Kannatey-Asibu is recognized with the SME Education Award for his original, exceptional contributions that enhance weld quality and its reliable real-time inspection in producing batteries for electric automobiles, for the development of the multiple-beam laser welding system and for establishing unique outreach programs that expose the community to modern manufacturing engineering. Kannatey-Asibu received his bachelor’s degree from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, 1974, and his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, 1980. Kannatey-Asibu joined GMI (now Kettering University) in 1980 and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1983. His research interests include multisensor monitoring of manufacturing processes; multiple-beam laser processing; welding of dissimilar materials; and microfabrication using femtosecond lasers. Kannatey-Asibu served as associate director for education for the NSF ERC on Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems, and as director of the Program in Manufacturing at The University of Michigan. He was an associate editor of the ASME “Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering,” and chair of the Executive Committee of the Manufacturing Engineering Division of ASME. Kannatey-Asibu has authored one book on the “Principles of Laser Materials Processing,” and published over 100 refereed articles in archival journals and conferences. He is a fellow of SME and ASME. Member Since 1990

Shiv KapoorShiv G. Kapoor, PhD, FSME
Professor and Grayce Wicall Gauthier Chair
Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering
Director, Center for Machine Tools Systems Research
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, Illinois

Shiv Kapoor is recognized with the SME Gold Medal for his outstanding contributions to the manufacturing engineering profession through scholarly research, teaching and service. For nearly 30 years, Kapoor has sustained a relevant and well-supported research program in the areas of manufacturing process modeling and process automation with the goal of developing a science-based understanding of the processes for the purpose of increasing productivity and improving quality. Numerous companies including General Motors, Ford Motor Co., Caterpillar Inc. and the Ingersoll Milling Machine Co. have supported his modeling work, and provided guidance and assistance in the adoption of their models for internal use. Kapoor has initiated new avenues of research and development in the areas of microscale process modeling, and the development of new devices and machines much smaller than their conventional counterparts that use less energy and material, and microscale manipulation and assembly. Member Since 1980