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SME Honorary Members

An honorary SME membership is conferred upon an individual of recognized ability and stature who has, by voluntary action, contributed their substantial skills and talent to accomplish the goals of SME. This award is one of the most prestigious honors presented by SME and is reserved for those exhibiting professional eminence among manufacturing engineers.


Ron GillRonald A. Gill, HSME, CMfgE
Aerospace Manufacturing Consultant
Gill Enterprises
Corona, California

Gill has 45 years of manufacturing experience, including 31 years in aerospace fabrication and assembly. Additional diverse manufacturing experience includes: Oil tooling industry, fabrication and assembly of drilling control equipment and blowout preventers; chemical processing industry, material removal (chemical milling) and application of corrosion-resistant/sealing materials to aluminum and aerospace heat-resistant superalloys. Gill has been an SME certified manufacturing engineer (CMfgE) since 1996 and earned professional distinction as a member of the Boeing Technical Fellowship. Aerospace areas of subject-matter expertise include: Advanced assembly methods of complex structures and fabrication of elaborate detail parts and associated tooling. Industry-first successful application of portable automation machinery that both drills and inserts interference fit fasteners, while utilizing burr-less, stack-assembly drilling operations on 30-foot-long structural splices. This breakthrough technology enabled portable automation to be utilized in assembly production as a lean and ergonomic model. Tooling accomplishments include redesigning compound contour, primary structure tooling with the application of finite element analysis/modeling (FEA/FEM) tool designs and shop-floor simulations. Gill’s project successes have been recognized by The Boeing Co. with numerous productivity, quality and lean manufacturing awards. As lead or co-lead, five projects were submitted and accepted for the American Society for Quality and the International Team Excellence Award competition. Successes include recipient of five finalist awards: ITEA 2008 Gold and 2011 Silver awards; CA Council for Excellence sponsored; CA Team Excellence Award; and Gold-level awards in both 2007 and 2009. Keynote speaker for Cal State St. Dominguez Hills – ASQ Quality Conference; Singapore Productivity Association – International Exposition on Team Excellence Conference; Cal State Dominguez Hills – ASQ Organizational Excellence through Quality Day; and International Organization of Industrial Hygienists – Jubail, Saudi Arabia. Gill received his MBA from the University of California, Irvine, Paul Merage School of Business in 2001 and his master of science certificate in corporate environmental management from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management in 2001. Gill’s longtime SME engagement spans several years and encompasses a variety of roles and activities, including chair of WESTEC Displays Committee, with Boeing as the Lead Technical Organization; chair of WESTEC Members Steering Committee; WESTEC Student Summit; Aerospace Automation Consortium; organized and conducted tours of the Boeing C-17 final assembly Long Beach, California, plant in support of WESTEC; National Science Foundation, Advanced Aerospace Manufacturing Engineering Education Project, as the lead Boeing representative coordinated project principal investigators interviewing Boeing managers and employees, enlisted continued industry support of the initiative; Boeing External Technical Affiliations representative; SME International Awards & Recognition Committee; SME Member Council; and also supports the South Bay Area Chapter 153 leadership team and Southern California chapters 27 and 233. SME Member Since 1992 


Yorem KorenYoram Koren, DSc, HSME
James J. Duderstadt Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Manufacturing
Paul G. Goebel Professor Emeritus of Engineering
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Koren is the James J. Duderstadt distinguished university professor emeritus of manufacturing and the Paul G. Goebel professor emeritus of engineering at the University of Michigan. He is credited with creating the scientific underpinnings of the reconfigurable manufacturing paradigm and is best known as “The Father of Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems.” Prior to Koren's reconfigurable manufacturing systems inventions, he developed the intellectual foundation for control of manufacturing systems and machines. In 1973, long before computers were commonly used in industrial applications, Koren invented the world’s first computerized, real-time adaptive controller for a milling machine. In the 1970s, before his work, numerical control of machine tools was more of an art than a science. His research on the synthesis and analysis of CNC systems established a scientific approach to the development of CNC systems. Many of today’s CNC systems make use of the tools that Koren developed in the course of his extensive research in this area. During his career, Koren’s published four original books and three hundred scholarly papers. According to his author profile on Google Scholar Profile, over 17,000 papers have cited Koren’s scientific work. He currently holds 14 U.S. patents on reconfigurable systems, flexible automation and robotics. Member Since 1980


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YoshikawaProfessor Hiroyuki Yoshikawa, HSME 
Director General 
Centre for Research and Development Strategy
Japan Science and Technology Agency
Saitama, Japan

Yoshikawa is the director general of the Centre for Research and Development Strategy, Japan Science and Technology Agency where he is leading the design of national research programs for realizing the sustainable prosperity in society by integrating sciences: natural, medical, technological, social and literal. Through Yoshikawa's recent positions as president of the University of Tokyo, president of Open University and president of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, he developed a method of integration of different disciplines for sustainability research. Yoshikawa’s academic subject is general design theory, which is common through different engineering disciplines and is the most crucial to develop logical planning of manufacturing. The intelligent manufacturing program was established based on his philosophy. Yoshikawa was president of the International Council for Science from 1999 to 2003 and during that time worked for its reformation. SME Member Since 2012


BhattacharyyaProfessor Lord Sushantha Kumar Bhattacharyya, HSME
Director and Founder
WMG International Manufacturing Centre
University of Warwick
Coventry, West Midlands, England

Bhattacharyya is the director and founder of the WMG International Manufacturing Centre at the University of Warwick. He has published extensively in the field of manufacturing and is advisor to many companies and organizations around the world. With many honors to his name, Bhattacharyya was awarded a knighthood in 2003 for services to higher education and industry and was elevated to England's House of Lords in 2004. In addition, he has been honored by the Institution of Electrical Engineers and the Institute of Logistics and Transport. Bhattacharyya is a past board member of Advantage West Midlands, the Regional Development Agency and has served on numerous government committees. He is also a past member of the UK Council for Science and Technology, the government's premier advisory body on major science and technology issues of strategic importance to the United Kingdom and is currently a trustee of the Institute for Public Policy Research. Bhattacharyya has received many international awards including the Padma Bhusan from the president of India for services to science, technology and industry. He holds honorary professorships in many countries and a doctorate of engineering from the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Bhattacharyya advises the government of South Africa on science and technology policy and is a past member of the board of Transnet — South Africa's state-owned transport business.June 2004 also saw him honored by the institution where he began his academic career when he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Birmingham. In 2008, Bhattacharyya's alma mater, IIT Kharagpur, awarded him an honorary doctorate of sciences, the institution's highest accolade with previous recipients including Mother Theresa and Ratan Tata. In July 2008, he was voted the second most important person in Birmingham behind the city's Minister Liam Byrne, MP. Bhattacharyya was honored again in January 2009 when he was named in the IET's "top movers and shakers in engineering" list. SME Member Since 2011


Rodney BrooksRodney A. Brooks, PhD, HSME
Founder, Chairman and Chief Technology Officer
Heartland Robotics Inc.
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Brooks, a native of Australia, is the founder, chairman and chief technology officer of Heartland Robotics Inc. He is also a founder, board member and former CTO of iRobot Corp. Brooks has also made an impact in the academic world. Currently on leave as the Panasonic Professor of Robotics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he was previously director of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and the MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Brooks has published a number of papers on such topics as artificial intelligence or the intelligence of machines, robotics and artificial life, and is the author of "Flesh and Machines: How Robots Will Change Us." He starred as himself in the 1997 Sony Pictures Classics documentary "Fast, Cheap & Out of Control." Brooks is a fellow of numerous global engineering associations and societies and is a member of a number of Australian advisory boards.


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Ronald D. SugarRonald D. Sugar, PhD, HSME
Chairman, CEO & President
Northrop Grumman Corp.
Los Angeles

Sugar is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Northrop Grumman Corp. Since being named to Northrop Grumman's top slot in 2003, Sugar's main challenge has been overseeing the integration of the company's many recent acquisitions — a total of 12 over the past five years. He has worked successfully to integrate these separate entities to produce a strong consolidated result, declaring that realigning the components of a modern conglomerate has taken strong leadership and a clear sense of goals. Sugar's personal long-term commitment to manufacturing is evident through his demonstrated leadership at Northrop Grumman and, prior to that, as president and chief operating officer of Litton Industries and TRW Inc. He has contributed his engineering and leadership skills to drive large-scale national and international endeavors. Sugar is currently vice chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association, a trustee of the Association of the U.S. Army, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He has served, by presidential appointment, on the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. SME Member Since 2006


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Lewis B. CampbellLewis B. Campbell, HSME
Chairman, President & CEO
Textron Inc.
Providence, Rhode Island

Campbell is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Textron Inc. He also leads the company's management committee, international advisory council and transformation leadership team. Campbell has played a key role in developing Textron's strategic and operational focus, reshaping its portfolio of businesses and leading the company to realize enterprise-wide synergies to achieve greater operating efficiencies. He was named CEO in July 1998 and appointed chairman in February 1999. Campbell served as president and chief operating officer from January 1994 to July 1998, and reassumed the position of president in September 2001. He joined Textron in September 1992 as executive vice president and chief operating officer after a 24-year career at General Motors. While at GM, Campbell held a number of key management positions, including general manufacturing manager of GM's Rochester Products Division; manufacturing manager, Chevrolet-Pontiac, GM Canada Group; and executive director, GM/UAW Quality Network. He earned a BS degree in mechanical engineering from Duke University and attended the Advanced General Management Program sponsored by GM at the Harvard International School in Vevey, Switzerland. Campbell received his certification as a Textron Six Sigma Green Belt in March 2006. He is a director of Bristol-Myers Squibb, and a member of the Business Roundtable's Security Task Force, the International Trade and Investment Task Force and the Business Council. SME Member Since 2003


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