(DEARBORN, Mich., April 2, 2018) ― SME has announced that Kurt
S. Carlson and Carroll Grant are the recipients of the 2018 SME
Award of Merit. Carlson is a
technician and instructor at the Manufacturing Campus of Chippewa Valley
Technical College in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Grant is a composites consultant and contractor with
Aerospace Composites Consulting in Sandy, Utah.
is recognized for his valued contributions to SME Indianhead Chapter 335 and
its professional activities and personal growth. He is acknowledged for his
volunteering support to both SME student chapters in the S170 Chippewa Valley
Technical College and University of Wisconsin-Stout S088 in joint efforts with
Chapter 335. Carlson is both a leader and solid mentor to all SME professional
officers and volunteers.
has been an active advisor and member of SME’s Composites Manufacturing Tech
Group and conference advisor since 2008. The first Composites Manufacturing
Conference was held in Salt Lake City in 2008, and as a key conference advisor,
he was influential in having members of the local government host and present
at the event. Grant’s help and the launch of this event were instrumental in
restarting SME’s Composite Manufacturing Tech Group.
“Kurt’s and Carroll’s extensive professional experiences and
leadership roles in their careers, communities and with SME affirm their
qualification,” said Thomas R. Kurfess, PhD, FSME, PE, 2018 SME president. “For
more than 10 years, both have been valued members of SME. We’re grateful for
their contributions and pleased to recognize them with our Award of Merit.”
Carlson has earned degrees from UW-Madison (bachelor’s
degree in English education), UW-Stevens Point (master’s degree in
communication disorders) and CVTC (associate degree in nanoscience technology).
He completed his SME leadership training in 2012.
For the past 18 years, Grant has operated as an independent
contractor/consultant in the aerospace composites industry. He is extensively
involved in aerospace conferences and currently serves as chair of SAE’s
Manufacturing, Materials, and Structures Committee, and chairs automated
composites manufacturing sessions at SME and SAE events.
SME has recognized outstanding, accomplished members with
the Award of Merit since 1958. SME members eligible for the award can be
nominated annually before Aug. 1. Visit sme.org/awardofmerit for
eligibility requirements and nominating details.
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