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2016 SME International Honor Award Recipients

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

Peter Shanahan
Patrick M. “Pat” Shanahan

Vice President and General Manager
The Boeing Company

Patrick Shanahan is recognized with the 2016 Eli Whitney Productivity Award for driving efficiency in all areas of the business, bringing order and incredible system output, and rewarding the large improvements that could bring great change in culture, performance and attitude.

Shanahan joined The Boeing Co. in 1986 and currently serves as vice president and general manager for Boeing’s Commercial Airplane Programs. He is responsible for the design, assembly and delivery of the 737, 747, 767, 777 and 787 airplanes. Previous assignments included leading the 787 Program, Missile Defense Systems in Washington, D.C., Rotorcraft Systems in Philadelphia and 757 Program. Early leadership positions included director of the 767 Manufacturing Business Unit and the director of the Tooling Business Unit for the Fabrication Division. Shanahan holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington and dual master’s degrees in mechanical engineering and management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He serves as regent of the University of Washington Board and participates in numerous professional and charitable organizations, including the Washington Roundtable, SME, ASME, AIAA, NAE and the Royal Aeronautical Society. SME Member Since 1998

Peter Mackie
Peter F. Mackie

First Vice President – Investments
Wells Fargo Advisors
Frontenac Branch
St. Louis    

Peter Mackie is the recipient of the 2016 Joseph A. Siegel Service Award in recognition of his 20 plus years of service as chair on SME’s and the SME Education Foundations’ Finance Committees, ensuring the organization’s financial success.

As a 24-year volunteer, Peter Mackie has used his decades-long financial markets experience to initially participate with and then lead the committees of SME and the SME Education Foundation, which each have investment responsibility for the investment, pension and/or endowment assets. Recommended in 1992 to SME by Earl Walker, FSME, he has used his financial background to help SME by supporting suitable committee deliberations during often challenging years of economic change and growth. Mackie, an accredited asset management specialist (College of Financial Planning) with Wells Fargo Advisors LLC, member SIPC, began his investment career following college by managing investment portfolios at Bankers Trust Company in New York City. With experience developing client goals and managing assets while working in New York, London, Palm Beach and St. Louis, today he works to assist families across the country meet life’s financial goals. SME Member Since 2014

George Hazelrigg
George A. Hazelrigg,
Deputy Division Director of the Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation
National Science Foundation
Arlington, Virginia     

George Hazelrigg is honored with the 2016 SME Donald C. Burnham Manufacturing Management Award for his efforts to integrate the human and financial resources of the National Science Foundation in the promotion of manufacturing research.

Hazelrigg holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Newark College of Engineering (now New Jersey Institute of Technology) and master’s degrees and a doctorate in aerospace engineering from Princeton University. He has worked in the aerospace industry — JPL, Curtiss-Wright and General Dynamics — academe — NJIT, Princeton and others — and the Federal government. Hazelrigg joined the National Science Foundation in 1982 and, in 1996, became program director for the Engineering Design program. In 2004, he became program director for the Manufacturing Machines and Equipment Program and, since 2006, has been deputy division director of the Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation, where he has managed a significant portion of the NSF’s manufacturing research. He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a certified flight instructor in gliders with about 1,800 total flying hours.

Jian CaoJian Cao, PhD, FSME
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Founding Director of Northwestern Initiative on Manufacturing Science and Innovation Associate Vice President for Research
Northwestern University
Evanston, Illinois

Jian Cao is acknowledged with the 2016 SME Frederick W. Taylor Research Medal for her pioneering research on innovative manufacturing processes with seminal contributions in integrating material characterization with sensing and control for forming and laser-assisted processing of sheet metals and woven composites.

Jian Cao is a professor of mechanical engineering, the founding director of Northwestern Initiative on Manufacturing Science and Innovation and an associate vice president for research at Northwestern University. She is internationally recognized for her pioneering contributions in innovative manufacturing processes, particularly, in forming of metallic materials and woven composite materials through integrating analytical and numerical methods, control and sensors, and design methodologies with processes. Cao has published 140 journal articles and nearly 15 book chapters, received 10 U.S. patents and has close industrial collaborations. She is an elected fellow of SME, CIRP and ASME. Her other major awards in manufacturing include the ASME Blackall Machine and Gage Award, NSF CAREER Award and SME’s Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award. Cao is the founding technical editor (editor-in-chief) of the “Journal of Micro and Nano-Manufacturing.” She served as president of the North America Manufacturing Research Institution of SME (NAMRI/SME). Cao has a bachelor’s degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and a master’s degree and doctorate from MIT. SME Member Since 1996

Joseph Beaman
Joseph J. Beaman Jr.,
Professor Department of Mechanical Engineering
Ernest F. Gloyna Regents Chair in Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas     

Joseph Beaman Jr. is receiving the 2016 SME Albert M. Sargent Progress Award for pioneering, developing, commercializing and making his research widely available in laser sintering, and for advancing the field of additive manufacturing through leadership, research and organization.

Beaman’s career work has been manufacturing and control. His specific manufacturing research interest is in solid freeform fabrication (3D printing), a manufacturing technology that produces freeform solid objects directly from a computer model of the object without part-specific tooling or knowledge. Beaman initiated research in the area in 1985 and was the first academic researcher in the field. One of the most successful approaches, selective laser sintering, was a process that was developed in his laboratory. Beaman has been both an inventor and a mentor to inventors during the development of this technology. In particular, he has worked with graduate students, faculty and industrial concerns on the fundamental technology that span materials, laser scanning techniques, thermal control, mold-making techniques, direct metal fabrication and biomedical applications. He was one of the founders of DTM Corp. (now merged with 3D Systems). Beaman was elected to the National Academy of Engineers in 2013. SME Member Since 1994

Placid Ferreira
Placid M. Ferreira,
Tungchao Julia Lu Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, Illinois    

Placid Ferreira is the recipient of the 2016 SME Education Award for his extraordinary impact on manufacturing education through innovative curriculum development, strong student mentorship and inspiring the next generation of engineers through his research.

Ferreira is the Tungchao Julia Lu Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From 2003-09, he was the director of the Center for Chemical-Electrical-Mechanical Manufacturing Systems, a National Science Foundation sponsored Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center after which he served as the head of the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at Illinois until Aug. 2015. Ferreira graduated with a doctorate in industrial engineering from Purdue University in 1987, a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 1982 and a bachelor's in mechanical engineering from the University of Bombay in 1980. His research and teaching interests are in precision manufacturing and includes computer-controlled machines, nanoscale manufacturing and metrology. Ferreira received the NSF's Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1990, SME's Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award in 1991, the University of Illinois' University Scholar Award in 1994 and ASME’s Ennor Award for Manufacturing Technology in 2014. Ferreira is also a fellow of SME, ASME and AAAS. SME Member Since 2006

Serope Kalpakjian
Serope Kalpakjian,
Professor Emeritus of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Illinois Institute of Technology

Serope Kalpakjian is recognized with the 2016 SME Gold Medal for his sustained commitment, leadership, and numerous education and research contributions.

Kalpakjian is a professor emeritus of mechanical and materials engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, and has conducted research in several areas of manufacturing. He is the author of three textbooks, including “Manufacturing Engineering and Technology” and “Manufacturing Processes for Engineering Materials,” both of which have won the M.E. Merchant Manufacturing Textbook Award; various editions of his books have been translated into German, Italian, Chinese, Korean and Spanish; he also has several publications in professional journals, handbooks and encyclopedias. Among his awards are the SME Education Award, the Centennial Medallion of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the A.E. White Outstanding Teacher Award of the American Society for Metals. He is a fellow of SME, ASME, ASM and the International Academy for Production Engineering, and is a graduate of Robert College (Istanbul), Harvard University and MIT. SME Member Since 1981