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SME Announces 2011 Election Results for International Directors and Member Council

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DEARBORN, Mich., September 6, 2011 — The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) announces the election of six new members to its Board of Directors and four new members to its Member Council for the 2012-13 term. All will be installed on November 12, 2011, at the SME Fall Board of Directors Meeting in Chicago. Their terms officially begin on January 1, 2012.

2012-13 International Directors

Dean Bartles (9-6-11)Dean L. Bartles, PhD, is vice president and general manager of General Dynamics – Ordnance & Tactical Systems. He has more than 30 years of management experience, which has included positions with Fairchild Republic Co., General Defense Corp., Olin Ordnance and Primex Technologies Inc. Bartles has served in both domestic and international capacities, with emphasis on manufacturing facility startups, plant management, research and development, and program execution. His expertise is in metal and composites machining. Bartles, who joined SME in 2002, is currently an SME international director, and was an advisor for SME's 2011 AeroDef Manufacturing Exposition and Conference and the 2011 SME Annual Conference. In 2010, he served as ex-officio for SME's Manufacturing Enterprise Council. Currently, he's the ex-officio to the North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME. Bartles graduated from Shepherd College with a BS in business administration. In addition, he holds a master's degree in international business from Tampa College, an MBA from Shippensburg University and a doctorate in business administration from Nova Southeastern University.


Sandra Bouckley (9-6-11)Sandra L. Bouckley joined Eaton Corp. in January 2011 as vice president of advanced manufacturing for the industrial sector. Most recently, Bouckley was global director of operations for electrical and metal products at Tyco. Previously, she served as director of advanced manufacturing engineering for the front-wheel drive platform and as a multisite plant manager for Chrysler. Bouckley holds an MBA from Michigan State University, a master's in manufacturing management from Kettering and a bachelor's in mechanical engineering from Kettering University (formerly General Motors Institute). She has been an SME member since 2004.



Edward Halloran (9-6-11)Edward G. "Ed" Halloran, LSME, CMfgE, PE, is president of HALCO Management Systems. Halloran has more than 40 years of professional experience, including numerous leadership responsibilities as a senior aerospace manufacturing engineer, production manager and program manager. He has also held additional senior management careers in both the recreational sailboat building and automotive aftermarket products industries. Halloran has been an integral member of SME's Student Activities Planning Committee for both the biannual WESTEC Exposition and AeroDef Manufacturing Exposition and Conference. In 2003, he received the SME Distinguished Engineering Achievement Award for his continuous efforts in support of the SME and its volunteer efforts. An SME member since 1975, Halloran is a member of Seattle No. 39 where he served as the 2006 chapter chair and now leads the chapter's Scholarship Committee. In addition, Halloran is the past faculty advisor for Edmonds Community College S357 student chapter. Currently, he serves on the SME Member Council, Student Relations Committee and Leadership Development Committee. In addition, Halloran is a member of the Edmonds Community College's Material Science and Technology Advisory Committee, and he also continues to dedicate time to other Puget Sound-area nonprofit organizations, education, workforce development advisory groups and civic committees.


Matt Hilgendorf (9-6-11)Matt Hilgendorf, chief metrologist at Caterpillar Inc., manages a team of 10 quality engineers, manufacturing engineers and supervisors, and an indirect team of nearly 75 people. Hilgendorf is also responsible for metrology strategy and capital execution for Caterpillar's Advanced Components and Systems Division. He began his career at Caterpillar as manufacturing systems research and development engineer. In 2008, Hilgendorf was promoted to a lead operations position, where he took on several special assignments in manufacturing engineering before being promoted to his current position. Hilgendorf, who joined SME in 2001, served as the student chapter chair for Kettering University S041, a chapter he helped revitalize. While at Kettering, Hilgendorf was awarded SME Education Foundation scholarships for three consecutive years, including the Directors Scholarship. He is a past member of the Student Relations Committee, the Member Needs Task Force and a current member of the Brand Task Force. Hilgendorf has been appointed to the SME Member Council three times — in 2007, 2009 and 2010. Currently, he has an active role in the SME Leadership Series as a key presenter/speaker. Hilgendorf was also instrumental in revitalizing the Greater Peoria Caterpillar No. 31 chapter. He has a bachelor's in manufacturing engineering and mechanical engineering from Kettering University.


Robert Nesbitt (9-6-11)Robert R. Nesbitt, CMfgE, is director of advanced development and research at Eli Lilly and Co.'s delivery device research and development group, where he leads the creation and proof of concept for new pharmaceutical delivery devices. Nesbitt previously worked at Roche Diagnostics/Boehringer Mannheim Corp. as an advanced manufacturing leader, manufacturing manager, and manager of operations and systems planning; Baxter Healthcare Corp. as a manager in capacity planning, production manager and engineering manager; Interlake as a manager of automated guided vehicle systems development; Portec as a supervisor of systems development; and Deere & Co. as an engineer in material handling/plant layout. He joined SME in 1984 and is a member of Indianapolis No. 37 chapter. Nesbitt currently serves on the SME Board of Directors and has participated in regional manufacturing executive forums to get Eli Lilly more actively engaged in SME's manufacturing strategy, particularly its medical strategy. In 2001, he received a Lilly award for breakthrough device designs for the delivery of pharmaceutical agents. In 2006, Nesbitt received the Lilly Research Laboratories' President's Award recognizing his work in establishing a collaborative network of development partners in the device design and development. He has a BS in engineering operations from Iowa State University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.


Susan Smyth (9-6-11)Susan Smyth, PhD, is the chief scientist for global manufacturing at General Motors and the director of the GM R&D Manufacturing Systems Research Lab. In this capacity, Smyth directs the creation of GM's global advanced manufacturing strategies and oversees innovation and implementation of GM's advanced manufacturing portfolio. She is chair of the Technology Leadership Council for Manufacturing at the United States Council for Automotive Research; the GM executive representative for environmental technology at USCAR; a member of Northwestern's MMM Executive Governance Council; executive advisor to the Tennenbaum Institute at Georgia Tech; and director of Collaborative Research Laboratories at the University of Michigan, MIT and Shanghai Jiao-Tong, China. In her current role, Smyth has aggressively grown GM's global collaboration footprint in the United States, Europe, Israel, Korea and China. Previously, she was the global math process leader for manufacturing engineering, responsible for developing and implementing math-based strategies for GM manufacturing. Smyth began her career with General Motors as a senior project engineer with the advanced engineering staff. Since then she has held a variety of leadership positions in manufacturing, quality, strategic business planning and R&D.


2012-13 Member Council

Jeff Arnold (9-6-11)Jeff Arnold, CMfgE, is a manufacturing engineer with The Boeing Company, with 23 years experience in aerospace manufacturing. He began his career as a process planner and hardware manager for machined and sheet metal parts. With experience and demonstrated capability, Arnold has accepted increasingly complex technical and leadership assignments on a variety of military aircraft. He is currently a senior engineer on the 737 Airborne Warning and Control Program, working closely with manufacturing suppliers in Australia, Turkey and Korea to modify then ground and flight test command and control aircraft. Arnold, who joined SME in 1997, actively began participating with the Seattle No. chapter 39 in 1998, when he organized an F-22 fighter assembly factory tour. He has held positions of increasing responsibility in the chapter, culminating as chapter chair in 2007. In 2008, Arnold chaired the chapter officer nomination committee. In 2009, he became an SME membership consultant, supporting northwest senior chapters. He most enjoys plant tours, both to learn best practices and gain an appreciation of the challenges that small-to-medium manufacturing companies face. Arnold holds a bachelor's of science in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University and a master's of science in engineering from the University of Washington.


Garrett Hendrix (9-6-11)Garret Hendrix, PE, has a bachelor's in mechanical engineering from the University of Tennessee and an MBA from the University of Florida with a specialization in entrepreneurship. He is also a registered professional engineer, six-sigma black belt, fluid power specialist and a machinery lubricant analyst. After working for several years in different capacities, mainly in manufacturing, Hendrix founded Hendrix Engineering Inc. in 2000, which provides machine building services, reliability engineering services and other mechanical engineering services. More recently, his company has been focusing on implementing standardization concepts in the area of hydraulics. Hendrix has been an SME member since 1998 and has served on the Greater Smoky Mountain No. 107 chapter board in every capacity. On the national level, he currently serves on the SME Member Council and Chapter Enhancement Committee, and is an SME membership consultant.



Vincent Howell (9-6-11)Vincent W. Howell, CMfgE, is an engineering projects portfolio manager for Corning Inc., Display Technologies Division. Howell has 36 years of varied experiences including program manager, new products; manager, industrial engineering; project manager; manager, production operations; quality manager; and manufacturing project engineer. His current experience is in the LCD glass manufacturing industry, and he has also worked in electronics manufacturing. Howell's engineering and leadership experience have included work in Asia and the United States, and for three years, he lived in Taiwan during a major technology expansion. Howell is the author of 22 published papers, 17 conference presentations, one book ("Quality Improvement Through Continuing Education") and is a contributing writer to two additional books — the "International Encyclopedia of Robotics" and "Tool and Manufacturing Engineers Handbook, Vol. 5." He is the holder of one U.S. patent and one international (Taiwan) patent. An SME member since 1981, Howell has served in various officer roles in both the Lexington No. 154 and Elmira No. 24 chapters. Most recently, he served as chapter chair of Elmira No. 24. Currently, he is a member of the Chapter Enhancement Committee and an SME membership consultant. In 2010, Howell received the SME Award of Merit. In addition, he has received the President's Award and the Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award. Howell holds a BS in industrial technology and a master's degree in management from North Carolina A&T State University. He is also an executive program graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology and holds a master's certificate, project management from George Washington University.

Bonnie Knopf (9-6-11)Bonnie Knopf is president of Intrepid Plastics Manufacturing. Knopf started her career as a program manager in extrusion then moved into injection mold tooling and later into injection molding. She worked in many facets of the engineering world, including being a local representative for Nypro to large Tier 1 automotive suppliers. Throughout her career, Knopf was often reminded of the opportunities for women-owned businesses and decided to venture out on her own when she started Intrepid Plastics Manufacturing in 2003. Because of the persistence to grow her company, Intrepid Plastics Manufacturing was recognized in March 2009 as Women Owned Business of the Year. Knopf, an SME member since 2001, is a currently serving on the SME Member Council and is the chair of its Communications Task Force. She has held all of the chapter executive board positions for Grand Rapids No. 38 and is currently the SME membership consultant for West Michigan. She leads the local chapter fundraising for student scholarships and was involved in planning and executing a major manufacturing expo for the West Michigan area. Knopf attributes much of her success to SME for the networking and professional growth obtained from the volunteer opportunities. She has a bachelor's in plastics engineering technology from Ferris State University.


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