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2010 SME Award of Merit Recipients

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Dandu Raju Dandu, PhD
Department of Engineering Technology
Kansas State University at Salina
Salina, Kan.

Raju Dandu is currently an SME Membership Consultant, the faculty advisor for Kansas State University — Salina S277 and chair of the Student Relations Committee. Among his many efforts on behalf of SME, Dandu has helped organize well-attended events for Mid-Kansas No. 230. Within this chapter, he also held a number of chapter leadership roles, including chair, treasurer and secretary. Beyond his service to the Society, Dandu has vast experience in both academia and industry. As an educator, he has taught, among many other courses, machine design, technical graphics and automated manufacturing. In industry, Dandu has served as a consultant to such companies as Phillips Lighting Co. and KASA Industrial Controls and holds one patent. 

Howell Vincent W. Howell Sr., CMfgE
Engineering Project Portfolio Manager
Project Management Engineering, Display Technologies
Corning Inc.
Corning, N.Y.

Vincent W. Howell has been a member of SME for nearly 30 years. During this time, he has served in the secretary, chair-elect and chair roles of two chapters — Lexington No. 154 and Elmira No. 24. As the current chair of Elmira No. 24, Howell has led efforts to increase chapter activities, chapter awareness and membership. Additionally, he has been an advocate for the engineering profession to both the general public and young people. Howell's opinion piece, "Engineering Still a Strong Career Choice," appeared in the Elmira newspaper, the "Star-Gazette." He has also served in roles to recruit and develop engineering talent and teams, both at the national and international level. As the author of 18 technical and 13 conference presentations, and three book contributions, Howell is also a prolific contributor to manufacturing and currently holds one patent with another pending. 

Michalski Mark L. Michalski
Director of Operations
MKS Instruments
Lexington, Mass.

Mark L. Michalski became a member of SME in 1992. Since then, he has held several leadership roles. Locally, Michalski served as an executive board member and chair of Boston No. 33. As chair, he is credited with revitalizing the chapter. Nationally, Michalski also has been a member and subsequent chair of SME's Manufacturing Enterprise Council. More recently, he became a member of the SME Leadership Series team as well as a primary speaker at more than a dozen series conferences around the United States. During these events, Michalski has focused his efforts on training others how to recruit new SME members. Currently, he is the chair of the SME Member Council and former chair of the Chapter Enhancement Committee. 

Raikes Randall "Randy" T. Raikes
Mechanical Engineer
Waukesha, Wis.

Randall "Randy" T. Raikes has held numerous leadership roles within the Society, including secretary, chair-elect and chair of Milwaukee No. 4. He currently serves as the chapter's bulletin and Web page editor, and is dedicated to enhancing its overall visibility. Additionally, Raikes has devoted his efforts to inspiring the next generation of engineers by serving as a student liaison with the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and as a mentor to the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics, Oconomowoc, Wis., team. For his outstanding service to the Society and others, SME previously presented Raikes with the SME Presidents Award in 2005 and 2007. 

Waldrop Phillip S. Waldrop, PhD, CSTM
Department of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, Ga.

Phillip S. Waldrop has been an SME member for more than 30 years. During this time, he has served the Society in a number of roles, including being elected chair of the former Dallas No. 195, and later, chair of Central Ogeechee River No. 262. He is currently the faculty advisor of Georgia Southern University S085 and an SME Membership Consultant to student chapters at Georgia Southern University, Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Alabama in Huntsville and Southern Polytechnic State University. Throughout his years with SME, Waldrop has been a dedicated advocate and is credited with recruiting nearly 100 new members.