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Michael MolnarMichael F. Molnar, FSME, CMfgE, PE, is the founding director of the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office, an interagency organization chartered by the White House and hosted at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. This interagency team works to coordinate federal activities in advanced manufacturing, and is responsible for administrative initiatives, including design and establishment of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation — industry-led institutes for accelerating scale-up of new manufacturing technologies. Molnar also leads the NIST Advanced Manufacturing Office, established to serve as liaison to industry and academia and to manage new NIST extramural programs. Prior to federal service, Molnar had an industry career of more than 25 years with leadership roles in manufacturing technology, advanced manufacturing engineering, capital planning, metrology, quality systems, automation and industrial controls. Current SME involvement includes service as SME's president and membership on the Audit, Finance and Budget Committees. Previous SME roles included two years on the SME Member Council, with a year as Member Council chair; chair of the TCN Steering Committee; chair of the Automated Manufacturing & Assembly Community; chair of the Robotics Tech Group; and chair of the former Robotics International of SME (RI/SME). He often serves as a keynote or feature speaker at SME and other industrial conferences as well as local chapter events. Molnar's credentials include service as a White House Fellow and citations from the National Academy of Engineering. In 2008, he was elected an SME Fellow. Molnar received an MBA from the University of Notre Dame, a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineers and a master’s degree in manufacturing systems engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a licensed professional engineer, a certified manufacturing engineer and a certified energy manager. Member Since 1982


Wayne Frost Wayne F. Frost, CMfgE, retired as a production system project manager and product quality systems auditor of John Deere Waterloo Works after a successful 37-year career. He has served at the international and former region and chapter levels. Frost served two terms on the SME Board of Directors from 2004-07 and two terms from 2008-12. Currently, he is the president-elect of the Executive Committee, a member of the Audit and Finance Committees, and is a membership consultant for senior chapters in northern Iowa. Frost previously served as vice-chair of the Region Chairs Committee and as a member of the Certification Oversight & Appeals Committee. He served the former Region 9 as chair, chair-elect, treasurer, secretary, leadership training coordinator and certification committee chair. His many positions with Waterloo Chapter 186 include chapter chair, student chapter liaison, honor awards, certification and recruitment/retention committees. Frost has received the Award of Merit, President’s Award, Region 9 Olin Simpson Award, the Waterloo Chapter 186 Kurt E. Lear Award and the John Deere General Manager’s Award. He holds certifications as an ASQ-certified quality auditor and is an Institute for Supply Management certified purchasing manager. Frost received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Northern Iowa. Member Since 1983

Vice President

Dean Bartles Dean L. Bartles, PhD, FSME, is executive director for the Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute in Chicago, a UI LABS collaboration. Bartles recently retired from his vice president position at General Dynamics Corp. where his career spanned over 30 years, and included profit and loss responsibility for three manufacturing plants, as well as managing the establishment of two manufacturing operations overseas. Bartles has more than 36 years of management experience, which has included positions with Fairchild Republic Co., General Defense Corp., Olin Ordnance and Primex Technologies. He currently serves as SME's president-elect and was elected an SME fellow in 2012. Bartles also serves on the Industry Advisory Board of ASME where he was made a fellow in 2012, is chair emeritus of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining and chair emeritus of the Board of Directors of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition. Additional board positions include the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, the North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME (NAMRI/SME), the MT Connect Institute and the Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association. He previously served on the board of directors for the Forging Defense Manufacturing Consortium, the American League of Export Security Assistance, the Manufacturing Division of the National Defense Industrial Association, the Department of Commerce’s Manufacturing Council and the Defense Industry Offsets Association. Additionally, Bartles served previously on President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Boards’ Education and Training Subcommittee, the U.S. State Department’s Defense Trade Advisory Group and the Army Research and Development Advisory Committee. He graduated from Shepherd College with a bachelor's degree in business administration, holds an MBA from Shippensburg University and a master’s degree in international business from Tampa College. Bartles has also earned a doctorate in business administration from Nova Southeastern University and a doctorate in technology management with a concentration in manufacturing systems from Indiana State University. Member Since 2002


Bouckley, Sandra Sandra Bouckley, PE, retired in Oct. 2014 from the position of vice president, operations for the Electrical Systems and Services Business for the Electrical Sector of Eaton Corp. to which she was appointed in March 2013. Bouckley was responsible for developing and implementing the ESSB manufacturing strategy, while providing functional leadership across manufacturing, quality, operational excellence, supply chain, logistics, and environmental health and safety. She joined Eaton in Jan. 2011 as vice president of advanced manufacturing for the industrial sector. Prior to joining Eaton, Bouckley was global director of operations at Tyco Electrical and Metal Products (division of Tyco Int’l) where she led 20 plants and the manufacturing engineering activities. Previously, Bouckley served as director of advance manufacturing engineering for the front-wheel-drive platform at Chrysler. She was the plant manager at six different facilities in the U.S. and Canada and ran the largest plant (St. Louis Minivan Assembly). Before Chrysler, Bouckley held positions in product engineering at General Motors both in the U.S. and Canada. She holds an MBA from Michigan State University (executive program), a master’s degree in manufacturing management from Kettering University and a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Kettering University (formerly General Motors Institute). She is a professional engineer registered in the Province of Ontario, Canada. Bouckley was elected to the SME Board of Directors in 2011 and is currently serving through 2015. In 2014, she was elected SME's secretary/treasurer. Bouckley received a 2014 STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Production) Award from the Manufacturing Institute. In 2005, she was also named one of the 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry by Automotive News. Bouckley has served on the boards of both the SME Education Foundation and the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit. She is also a member of both the Society of Automotive Engineers (winner of Outstanding Younger Member) and Society of Women Engineers (former VP of Detroit section). Member Since 2004

International Directors

Joseph Beaman Joseph J. Beaman, ScD, was the first academic researcher in the additive manufacturing field; a field he helped to create. In 1985, selective laser sintering was developed in his research laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin, and it is currently one of the most popular additive manufacturing processes for the production of parts used in final products. Beaman was also one of the founders of DTM Corporation, a startup company that successfully commercialized laser sintering. He has remained active in additive manufacturing throughout his entire career, serving as chair of the former Rapid Prototyping Association of SME (RPA/SME) in 2000 and chair of the World Technology Evaluation Committee on Additive/Subtractive Manufacturing in 2003. Besides Beaman’s work in additive manufacturing, he has worked extensively with the special metals processing industry to develop next-generation process control for re-melting processes, which are used to produce special metals alloys such as super alloys and titanium alloys. Both the National Science Foundation and the Office of Naval Research have highlighted Beaman’s research results as highly successful transition of academic research to the commercial sector. From 2001-12, he served as chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Austin. Member Since 1994

Bray_Dennis Dennis S. Bray, PhD, FSME, is president and chief executive officer of Contour Precision Group LLC. Prior to joining Contour Precision in 2010, Bray was the managing member of Bray Innovation Group LLC. Previously, he was president and CEO of Cincinnati Inc. and at one time served as its executive vice president. Bray was executive vice president and chief technology officer for Ingersoll International and served in various management positions with its subsidiary Ingersoll Milling Machine Co. He was elected to the SME College of Fellows in 2003 and currently serves on the Executive, Budget, Finance and Strategic Planning Committees and as interim CEO for SME. Bray previously chaired SME's former Manufacturing Enterprise Council (MEC) and provided leadership to the development of the Technical Community Network (TCN). Throughout his career, he has participated in numerous conferences and events for different organizations, serving in many capacities, including session chair, panelist, technical paper presenter and speaker. Bray’s honors include the SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award and the Ford Foundation Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Member Since 1985

Edye Buchanan Edye S. Buchanan, CMfgT, is a product manager at Fives North American Combustion Inc., formerly North American Manufacturing Inc., from 1994-2004 and again since 2006, where she is responsible for product performance improvements and assisting in new product development. Buchanan has been active in Lorain County Community College S254 and the former North Coast Chapter 134, serving as a chapter officer in both from 1988-93. From 1993 until 2003, she served Ohio Valley Region 7 as an officer and student chapter liaison. In 1999 and 2000, Buchanan was on the SME Member Committee and was appointed to the first SME Member Council in 2003, serving for seven years including vice-chair in 2010. She is a former chair of the Chapter Enhancement Committee and the council's Communications Task Force. Currently, Buchanan is chair of Cleveland Chapter 3 and is serving her second year on the SME Constitution and Bylaws Committee. Buchanan holds a bachelor's degree from Kent State University and an associate degree from Lorain County Community College. She received the SME President's Award in 2003 and Regional Awards of Merit in 2000 and 2002 for her outstanding service. Member Since 1987

Thomas R. Kurfess Thomas R. Kurfess, PhD, FSME, PE, is the HUSCO/Ramirez Distinguished Chair in Fluid Power and Motion Control and professor of mechanical engineering. From 2012-13, Kurfess served as the assistant director for advanced manufacturing at the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President of the United States of America. He has also served as a special consultant of the United Nations to the Government of Malaysia in the area of applied mechatronics and manufacturing and presently serves on the board of the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, and the board of the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining. Throughout his career, Kurfess has received numerous awards including the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, the NSF Presidential Faculty Fellowship Award, the AMT Charles F. Carter Jr. Advancing Manufacturing Award, the 2006 SME Philip R. Marsilius Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award and the 2010 SME Education Award. He is currently serving as the at-large member to the SME Executive Committee. Kurfess was elected to the 2006 Class of SME Fellows, served as the 2007-08 NAMRI/SME president and was a member of the former Manufacturing Enterprise Council. He received his SB, SM and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT in 1986, 1987 and 1989, respectively, and his SM degree in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT in 1988. Member Since 1983  

Michalski, Mark Mark Michalski is director of technical operations for MKS Instruments, market leader for instrumentation used in the manufacture of semiconductor and thin-film products. Responsible for global strategies in process development, new product introduction and information technologies, his most recent accomplishment is as chief architect of Visual Factory, a groundbreaking solution to data transparency and integration in the areas of SPC and shop-floor management visualization. Previously, Michalski held positions as director of operations at Bel Fuse and vice president of operations at Acumentrics Corp. He received his education in manufacturing engineering and operations technology from Northeastern and Lowell Universities. Michalski has held a wide variety of SME leadership positions, including chair of Boston Chapter 33, Chapter Enhancement, Manufacturing Enterprise Council and Member Council; member of the International Director/Member Council Nominating Committee; and an international director from 2011-12. In 2010, Michalski became an Award of Merit recipient. Since 2007, he has chaired the SME Leadership Series Development team and is the Leadership Series’ primary speaker. Currently, Michalski is a member of the International Awards & Recognition Committee, Innovation and Business Development Committee and a SME-EF Scholarship Committee reviewer. Member Since 1992

Nesbitt, Robert Robert 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. Prior positions include advanced manufacturing leader, manufacturing manager, and manager of operations and systems planning at Roche Diagnostics/Boehringer Mannheim Corp.; manager in capacity planning, production manager and engineering manager at Baxter Healthcare Corp.; manager of automated guided vehicle systems development at Interlake; supervisor of systems development at Portec; and engineer in material handling/plant layout at Deere & Co. As an expert on a variety of standards, and as the co-chair of the U.S. ISO Technical Advisory Group, Nesbitt has been actively involved in the development of international ISO standards for medical devices since 1999. He is a member of Indianapolis Chapter 37, has served on the SME Board of Directors periodically since 2008 and participated in regional manufacturing executive forums to engage Eli Lilly in SME’s medical manufacturing strategy. Nesbitt has a bachelor's degree in engineering operations from Iowa State University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Member Since 1984

Michael Packer Michael D. Packer is vice president of manufacturing strategy and technical integration for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company. Besides SME, Packer is active in the Institute of Industrial Engineers; SAE International serving as general chair for past AeroTech World Congress; and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics where he was conferred as an associate fellow in 2011. He currently serves as an executive board member for the National Defense Industrial Association – Manufacturing Division, executive board member and treasurer for the National Manufacturing Skills Standards Council, Manufacturing Executive Leadership Journal Board Member and past member of the Georgia Tech Industrial Advisory Board. Packer is Shingijutsu Lean Production System trained and certified, and is a past board member of the MIT Lean Aerospace Initiative. He has published six articles concerning manufacturing strategy, advance manufacturing technology and methods; transition from development to production; team-based, high-performance organization design; and manufacturing talent development. Packer attended Eastern Michigan University on athletic and academic scholarships earning a bachelor's degree in industrial technology. He also earned an MBA from Washington University at St. Louis and completed the manufacturing executive program at the University of Michigan. Member Since 2003

Resnick, Ralph Ralph Resnick, FSME, is president and executive director of the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining and founding director of the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, now known as America Makes. Resnick joined NCDMM in September 2008 as vice president, chief technology officer with more than 35 years of manufacturing experience. He became president and executive director in May 2011, leading the NCDMM to winning the competitive NAMII contract. Prior to joining NCDMM, Resnick served as chief technology officer for both Ex One Corp. and Extrude Hone where he helped establish both as leaders in advanced manufacturing. Resnick holds several patents in manufacturing processes and metrology. Currently, he serves on the boards of the Louisiana Center for Manufacturing Sciences; NIST Smart Machining Consortium; Navy Metalworking Center’s Industry Advisory Board; MTConnect® Institute; DoD’s JDMTP Metals Subpanel; and CIRP (International Institution for Production Engineering Research). Resnick was elected to the SME College of Fellows in 2005 and served as chair of SME’s International Awards & Recognition Committee from 2011-13. In 2010, he received the NAMRI/SME Outstanding Lifetime Service Award. Member Since 1992

Smyth, Susan Susan Smyth, PhD, is the chief scientist for global manufacturing at General Motors and 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 its advanced manufacturing portfolio. She has aggressively grown GM’s global collaboration footprint in the United States, Canada, Europe, Israel, Korea and China. These collaborations have yielded internal and external recognitions. 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. In addition to being an SME International Director since 2012, Smyth 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 Tennenbaum Institute and Georgia Tech’s Manufacturing Institute; and director of Collaborative Research Laboratories at the University of Michigan, MIT and Shanghai Jiao-Tong University, China. She has a bachelor’s in physics, a master’s in optoelectronics and information technology, and a doctorate in physics from the Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Member Since 2010