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ZJ Pei Elevated to Prestigious SME College of Fellows

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Recognized for Research in Semiconductor Material Machining; Biofuel 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 ZJ Pei of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, to its 2016 College of Fellows.

Pei is a professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University, and a holder of TEES professorship. Prior to joining Texas A&M University, he was a professor in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at Kansas State University, and the holder of the Carl and Mary Ice Industrial Engineering Professorship. Pei also worked in industry for four years, holding various positions in four manufacturing companies.  From August 2012 to August 2016, he served as the program director of the Manufacturing Machines and Equipment program at NSF. From August 2016 to August 2017, he will be an ASME Foundation Swanson Fellow, serving as the assistant director for research partnerships in the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office. Pei's research contributions are in the areas of semiconductor wafer machining, rotary ultrasonic machining and cellulosic biofuel manufacturing. He holds three patents and has published more than 140 journal articles and 90 articles in peer-reviewed proceedings. Pei received his doctorate in mechanical engineering in 1995 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has received NSF Director’s Award for Excellence Program Director (2015) and NSF CAREER Award (2004). Pei has served as an associate editor for three journals and an editorial board member for seven journals. He is a fellow of ASME and SME, where he has been a member since 1993.

Pei 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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