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2017 SME International Honor Award Winners

These six 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.

Yoshimaro HanakiYoshimaro Hanaki
President & Chief Executive Officer
Okuma Corp.
Aichi, Japan

Yoshimaro Hanaki is recognized with the 2017 Eli Whitney Productivity Award for his contributions to the research and development of CNC systems and CNC machine tools. 

Hanaki is the president and chief executive officer of Okuma Corp. He assumed the role in 2005. As president and CEO, Hanaki guides executive leadership and oversees the strategic direction of the company. He joined the company in 1965 and led development of the numerical control, servodrive and the world’s first commercialized practical CNC. Since then, Hanaki has served the company as president of Okuma America Corp., in addition to leadership roles as director of the board and general manager of the technology, sales and electrical control divisions. He is the chairman of JMTBA (Japan Machine Tool Builders’ Association) and previously served as the chairman of the Technical Committee.

Wayne OrrWayne Orr
CEO (Retired)
Blanchat Machine Co.
Wichita, Kansas

Wayne Orr is receiving the 2017 Joseph A. Siegel Service Award in recognition of his 60 years of SME leadership, mentorship and support for individuals, chapters and regions.  

Orr is the poster child for active SME leadership. He has provided mentoring and leadership for the Wichita Chapter 52 for over six decades, started two chapters near Wichita; guided and helped organize student chapters; supported local-area, manufacturing-related education efforts; drove local certification; served in 31 different SME positions; and served as a leader for 57 years in multiple positions for many years such that, if done singly, he would have served a combined 84 years. Orr has mentored multiple leaders and devoted thousands of hours behind the scenes to help the chapter, other chapters and the four state regions around Wichita. He has been a spark plug for developing other chapters, mentor for several chapters, sub-zone chair, region chair, SME international director and a driver for manufacturing in Wichita, Kansas, for 60 years. Orr was one of the early (1960s) recognizers of the impact the SME chapters can have on educating future manufacturing personnel. SME Member Since 1952    

John ZiegertJohn C. Ziegert, PhD, FSME
UNC Charlotte
Charlotte, North Carolina

John Ziegert is being recognized with the 2017 SME Frederick W. Taylor Research Medal for his significant contributions to manufacturing science.  

Ziegert earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at Purdue University, a master's degree from Northwestern University and a doctorate from the University of Rhode Island. He joined the University of Florida faculty in 1990 and was appointed to the Newton C. Ebaugh chair in mechanical engineering in 2004. In 2006, Ziegert joined the mechanical engineering faculty at Clemson University where he held the Timken chair in design. In 2011, Ziegert joined the mechanical engineering faculty at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is a fellow of SME and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; past president of the American Society for Precision Engineering; and served as editor-in-chief for "Precision Engineering – Journal of the International Societies for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology" from 2006 to 2015. In 2009, Ziegert received the Arnold O. Beckman Founders Award from the Instrument Society of America. SME Member Since 1994

David BourellDavid L. Bourell, PhD
Temple Foundation Professor
The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Austin, Texas

David Bourell is being honored with the 2017 SME Albert M. Sargent Progress Award for his fundamental and applied research on additive manufacturing materials, their subsequent industrial use and the publications that share the associated knowledge. 

Bourell is the Temple Foundation professor of mechanical engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and is director of the Laboratory for Freeform Fabrication. Professor Bourell is an expert in advanced materials for laser sintering. He was the lead author on the original materials patent for laser sintering technology that has been cited by over 180 other patents. Since 1995, Bourell has chaired the organizing committee for the Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium, a leading research conference on additive manufacturing. He holds nine primary patents on materials innovations in laser sintering and has published over 200 papers in journals and conference proceedings. Bourell is a fellow of ASM and TMS. He is a CIRP associate member and recipient of the TMS/MPMD Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award. Bourell has received two major conference career awards in additive manufacturing: The SFF Symposium FAME Award and the Portuguese VRAP Career Educator Award.

Robert HabingreitherRobert B. Habingreither, EdD, CMfgE
Associate Dean & Professor
College of Science & Engineering
Texas State University
San Marcos, Texas

Robert Habingreither is the recipient of the 2017 SME Education Award in recognition of his 38 years of dedicated service to higher education, the profession of manufacturing engineering and engineering in general, as well as the education of countless young professional manufacturing engineers throughout his distinguished career. 

Habingreither is associate dean of the College of Science and Engineering at Texas State University. He plans to retire on Aug. 31, 2017, after 39 years of service. Habingreither earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial technology from Montclair University in 1971 and his doctorate from West Virginia University in 1978. After teaching industrial engineering for two years at West Virginia University, Habingreither accepted a position at Southwest Texas State University teaching manufacturing systems and power systems. He became certified through SME in 1988 with a material removal specialization. “Dr. H,” as he is known, started SME's Texas State University-San Marcos S147 student chapter in 1984. Habingreither has authored a number of curriculum proposals and is most recognized for bringing manufacturing engineering, the university’s first academic engineering program, to Texas State University in 1999. Along with awards for teaching, publications, grantsmanship and community service, he served as mayor of San Marcos, Texas, from 2002 until 2004. Habingreither has taught a broad spectrum of technical courses and received the Teaching Award of Honor in Fall 2008. SME Member Since 2015  

S. Jack HuS. Jack Hu, PhD
Anderson Professor of Manufacturing
Vice President for Research
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan

S. Jack Hu is receiving the 2017 SME Gold Medal in recognition of his intellectual leadership in inventing novel algorithms and practical methodologies for multistation assembly systems and their impactful implementation in industry, as well as his influential service to the government and manufacturing profession.  

Hu is vice president for research and the J. Reid and Polly Anderson professor of manufacturing at the University of Michigan. As the vice president for research, he has overall responsibility for nurturing the excellence and integrity of research across the UM campuses in Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint. Hu’s teaching and research interests are in assembly and manufacturing systems. He is the recipient of various awards, including the SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, ASME William T. Ennor Manufacturing Technology Award, SME/NAMRI S.M. Wu Research Implementation Award and several best paper awards. Hu is a fellow of ASME and CIRP, and a member of US National Academy of Engineering. He served as the editor in chief for SME's "Journal of Manufacturing Systems" from 2008 to 2013. He received his bachelor's degree from Tianjin University, China, and master's degree and doctorate from the University of Michigan. SME Member Since 1995