SME Logo

Joseph J. Beaman Elevated to Prestigious SME College of Fellows

Share this


Recognized for Pioneering Work in Laser Sintering; Additive Manufacturing

(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 Joseph J. Beaman of the University of Texas, Austin, Texas, to its 2016 College of Fellows.

Beaman is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a ScD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in mechanical engineering and his career work has been in both manufacturing and control. His specific manufacturing research interest is in additive manufacturing. He was the first academic researcher in the field. One of the most successful additive manufacturing approaches, selective laser sintering, was a process that was developed in his laboratory. Beaman was one of the founders of DTM Corp. (now merged with 3D Systems), which markets selective laser sintering. Beaman is a fellow of ASME and the technical editor of the “Journal of Dynamic Systems Measurement and Control of ASME.” He was chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas from 2001-12. He has been an SME member since 1994.

Beaman 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.

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. Learn more at, follow @SME_MFG on Twitter or



If you have questions about the press release or need additional information, please contact SME Public Relations at