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2012 Class of SME Fellows

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Six manufacturing leaders have been elected to the 2012 SME College of Fellows. Recipients are recognized by their peers and the manufacturing community as key contributors to the social, technical and educational progress of manufacturing.

Bartles (2012 SME Fellow) Dean L. Bartles, PhD, FSME
Vice President of Advanced Programs and Strategic Growth
Ordnance and Tactical Systems Division
General Dynamics Corp.
St. Petersburg, Fla.

Dean Bartles is vice president of advanced programs and strategic growth for the Ordnance and Tactical Systems Division of General Dynamics Corp. He has served in both domestic and international capacities, with emphasis on manufacturing facility startups, plant management, and research and development. Bartles has more than 34 years of management experience, which has included positions with Fairchild Republic Co., General Defense Corp., Olin Ordnance and Primex Technologies. He currently serves as the vice chairman of the Manufacturing Division of the National Defense Industrial Association and as an SME international director. Bartles is a board member of the Army Research and Development Advisory Committee and is a member of the National Council for Advanced Manufacturing. He also serves on the board of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition and as chairman of the board of directors on the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining. Bartles has served as chairman of the American League of Export Security Assistance and recently completed a three-year term on the Department of Commerce’s Manufacturing Council. In addition, he recently served on President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Boards’ Education and Training Subcommittee and served more than 10 years on the U.S. State Department’s Defense Trade Advisory Group. Bartles also served on the Executive Board of the Defense Industry Offsets Association. He is a member of the Association of the United States Army, the National Defense Industrial Association, the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, the Tampa Bay Area Foreign Relations Committee, the Academy of Management, the Academy of International Business and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Bartles graduated from Shepherd College with a BS in business administration, 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. He has also just recently completed all required coursework through Indiana State for his PhD in technology management with a concentration in manufacturing systems, and expects to complete his dissertation research and graduate in 2012. Member Since 2002  

Du (2012 SME Fellow) Ruxu Du, PhD, FSME
Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong 

Ruxu Du received his master’s from the South China University of Technology in 1983 and his PhD from the University of Michigan in 1989. He has taught at the University of Windsor and the University of Miami. Currently, Du is a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is also the director of the Chinese Academy of Science Guangzhou Institute of Advanced Technology and the director the Institute of Precision Engineering of CUHK. His research area includes design and manufacturing (metalforming and machining) as well as robotics. Du has published more than 300 papers in various academic journals and international conferences. He is also a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Member Since 2002

Holmes (2012 SME Fellow) F. Brian Holmes, FSME, CMfgE
Vice President and General Manager
Columbia Plastics Ltd.
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada 

F. Brian Holmes is vice president and general manager at Columbia Plastics Ltd. in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, where he is responsible for the overall company performance. During his career, Holmes has overseen the design and construction of a new plant to consolidate two plant operations, and he worked on the development of injection-molded wood waste for silvaculture containers, which spun off into a separate company. The president of SME in 2007, Holmes was the founding chair of the former Greater Vancouver Chapter 318. In the CanAm section of the former Region 7, he held the positions of secretary, chair-elect and chair. From 1987 to 1991, Holmes served as chapter liaison representative and member of the International Membership Council Coordinating Committee. In 1995 and 1996, he served on the Ad Hoc Membership Committee. In 2002, Holmes was chair of the Member Committee. He has been a member of the SME Board Work Group on Governance, Audit, Budget and Finance committees. Holmes received the 1991 SME Award of Merit, the SME Endurance Award and the SME Joseph A. Siegel Service Award in 1999. He has served on many nominating committees since 1988. Holmes holds an associate degree in engineering technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Member Since 1982

Klocke (2012 SME Fellow) Fritz Klocke, Prof. Dr.-Ing., FSME
Chair Professor of Manufacturing Technology
Laboratory for Machine Tools & Production Engineering
RWTH Aachen
Fraunhofer Institute of Production Technology Aachen
Aachen, Germany

Fritz Klocke studied manufacturing engineering at the TU Berlin, was a research fellow there at the Institute for Machine Tools and Manufacturing Technology until 1981 and then as head engineer until 1984, receiving his engineering doctorate in 1982. Klocke worked in industry from 1984 until 1994 at Ernst Winter & Sohn in Hamburg. In 1995, he joined RWTH Aachen as professor of manufacturing engineering technology, and since then, has been chair of manufacturing technology, co-director of the WZL Laboratory for Machine Tools & Production Engineering at the RWTH Aachen and head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT in Aachen. Klocke was awarded the Otto-Kienzle Memorial Coin in 1985 by the Manufacturing Engineering University Group. The title of a doctor of engineering honoris causa (Dr.-Ing. E.h.) was bestowed on Klocke by the University of Hannover in 2006 for his outstanding achievements in science, his efforts in the industrial implementation of a broad range of manufacturing techniques as well as for his commitment in numerous scientific committees. The title doctor honoris causa (Dr. h.c.) was awarded to Klocke in 2009 by the University of Thessaloniki for his achievements in production science, his engagement in international cooperations and his benefits as a teacher and supervising tutor of student engineers. Member Since 2011

Liang (2012 SME Fellow) Steven Y. Liang, PhD, FSME
Morris M. Bryan Jr. Professor in Mechanical Engineering for Advanced Manufacturing Systems
Georgia Institute of Technology

Steven Liang is the Morris M. Bryan Jr. professor in mechanical engineering for advanced manufacturing systems at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his PhD in mechanical engineering in 1987 from the University of California at Berkeley. Liang was the institute’s founding director of Precision Machining Research Consortium, director of Manufacturing Education Program and associate director of Manufacturing Research Center. From 2008-11, Liang served as chief technical officer, vice president, then president of Walsin Lihwa Corp., a publicly traded manufacturing entity with more than $6 billion in revenue. His technical interests lie in precision engineering, extreme manufacturing and technology innovation. Liang has supervised more than 70 postdoctoral studies, PhD dissertations and masters' theses, and has authored in excess of 300 book chapters, archival journal papers and professional conference articles in these areas. He has been invited to deliver more than 60 keynote speeches and seminars at manufacturing industries, peer institutions and professional conferences in more than 20 countries on various topics related to manufacturing science and technology. Liang served as president of the North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME (NAMRI/SME) and chair of the Manufacturing Engineering Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is the recipient of many prestigious awards including the 1991 Robert B. Douglas SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, the 1995 SAE Ralph R. Teetor Education Award and the 2005 ASME Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award. Member Since 1988

Shin (2012 SME Fellow) Yung C. Shin, PhD, FSME
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Donald A. and Nancy G. Roach Professorship of Advanced Manufacturing
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Ind.

Yung Shin is currently a professor of mechanical engineering and holds the Donald A. and Nancy G. Roach Professorship of Advanced Manufacturing. He received his PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1984. He worked as a senior project engineer at the General Motors Technical Center from 1984-88 and as an assistant professor at the Pennsylvania State University from 1988 to 1990. In 1990, he joined the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. Since then, he has developed new manufacturing courses and laboratories, which are now equipped with the state-of-the-art facilities worth well over $4M. His research areas include laser processing of materials, intelligent and adaptive control of manufacturing processes, machining of advanced materials, process monitoring and automation. He has published more than 280 papers in archived refereed journals and refereed conference proceedings, and has authored chapters in several engineering handbooks, co-edited two books and recently co-authored a book entitled "Intelligent Systems: Modeling, Optimization and Control." In addition, he has given numerous presentations at various conferences and lectures at different universities, research institutions and industrial companies. Shin has organized or co-organized many conferences and symposia in his areas of research. He was the host and chair of the 30th North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC 30) held at Purdue University in 2002 and also served as the organizing chair of the 2009 ASME International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference. Recently, he co-organized a two and half-day, NSF-sponsored summer short course on "Principles of and Recent Advances in Laser Micro/Nano Manufacturing Processes." He delivered a number of plenary and keynote speeches to large audiences, such as "Advanced Laser Technologies for Fabrication of Bio Implants and Stents in the Future" at the Sept. 2009 Advanced Laser Applications Conference and the "Role and Opportunities of Advanced Manufacturing in the U.S." at the March 2009 Advanced Manufacturing Summit and at the Symposium on Sustainability and Product Development in Aug. 2008, and "The State of Art in Industrial Research and New Tendencies in Laser Applications in the USA" at the Workshop on Laser and Production: Characteristics, Applications and Future Tendencies" held at the International Fair BI-MU 2008. Shin established the Center for Laser-Based Manufacturing in 2003 and is currently serving as its director. He also served as chair of Systems, Measurement and Control Area in the School of Mechanical Engineering, an associate editor for the ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering and editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Applied Engineering Research, and is currently serving on the editorial board of several other journals. He received the 2007 ASME Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award, the annual best paper award with or related to the design or application of machine tools, gages or dimensional measuring instruments. Member Since 1994