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Hong-Chao Zhang Elevated to Prestigious SME College of Fellows

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Recognized for Leadership in Manufacturing Education and Research

(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 Hong-Chao Zhang, of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, to its 2016 College of Fellows.

Zhang is the Derr endowment chair professor and interim department chair of industrial engineering at Texas Tech University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Tianjin University of Science and Technology, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Aalborg, Denmark, and a doctorate in manufacturing engineering from the Technical University of Denmark. His current research spans over sustainable manufacturing, remanufacturing, manufacturing systems and material processing.

Zhang has published over 200 referred journal papers and 136 referred conference papers. He has served as associate editors for several journals, including “IEEE Transactions on Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology” and “Engineering Design and Automation,” and the editorial board member of the “International Journal of Sustainable Manufacturing” and “Robotics and Computer Integrated Manufacturing.” He was the pioneer and first person to propose and organize the first ASME symposium on Environmental Conscious Manufacturing in 1995. Now he is a Distinguished Professor of Nations 1000 recruitment plan, and since 2011, has served as the chief scientist of 973 research program for the Ministry of Science and Technology in China. Zhang was elected as an ASME fellow in 2008 and CIRP fellow in 2010. He has been an SME member since 1985.

Zhang 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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