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Behrokh Khoshnevis Elevated to Prestigious SME College of Fellows

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Honored for Pioneering Inventions Merging Manufacturing and Construction

(DEARBORN, Mich., July 27, 2016) — SME, which serves the manufacturing industry by promoting advanced manufacturing technology and is recognized as a key resource for the industry, has elected Behrokh Khoshnevis, of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, to its 2016 College of Fellows.

Khoshnevis is a dean’s professor of engineering at University of Southern California, a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors and a member of the EU Academy of Sciences. Khoshnevis has made many useful inventions and innovations in different domains including robotics, haptics, biomedical, oil and gas, renewable energy, fabrication, construction and space systems. His automated construction invention, Contour Crafting, is destined to cause a revolution in terrestrial construction and is regarded as the most promising approach for planetary construction of human outposts: a prestigious NASA organization awarded it the Grand Prize of the Create the Future Design Contest – against more than 1,000 globally competing technologies. In 2016, Khoshnevis’ SSS invention received the top NASA prize in an international competition of in-space fabrication technologies. He has over 160 technical publications, and holds over 70 U.S. and international patents. Khoshnevis is a NASA Innovative Advanced Concept fellow and a fellow of the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineering and the Society for Computer Simulation. He has been an SME member since 1984.

Khoshnevis is one of 10 SME Fellows elected this year. Fellows are professionals from industry, research and academia with more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing and have had a demonstrated impact on the social, technological and educational aspects of the manufacturing profession.

“Inclusion in the SME College of Fellows is a prestigious recognition for a career well-served,” said 2016 SME President Dean Bartles, PhD, FSME. “These accomplished professionals instruct, inspire and lead. We’re proud to recognize their accomplishments, achievements and contributions to manufacturing.”

The 2016 SME Fellows will be recognized during SME’s Fall Awards & Installation Banquet Nov. 12 in Rochester Hills, Michigan. As part of their recognition, the 2016 Fellows will receive lifetime, dues-free membership and can utilize the credentials “FSME” (“Fellow of SME”) after their names.

Nominations for the 2017 Class of SME Fellows are due on Dec. 1. Award information and nomination form can be found at Nominees must be members of SME.

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