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2012 SME International Honor Award Recipients

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Akimitsu Nagae, PhD
Vice-President, Engineering and Production
Yamazaki Mazak Corporation
Oguchi-cho, Japan
Akimitsu Nagae is recognized with the Eli Whitney Productivity Award for leadership in designing and manufacturing machine tools and automation systems that enhance productivity and quality in manufacturing. Nagae is vice-president, engineering and production, of Yamazaki Mazak Corp., one of the largest machine tool companies in the world, located near Nagoya, Japan. He joined the company in 1971 after working briefly with NTT. Since then he has been deeply involved with the design of advanced machine tools as well as the planning of production facilities utilizing flexible automation systems. Nagae led the developments of the first conversationally programmed CNC system, the first large-scale FMSs in Japan used for the production of machine-tool components and intelligent multitasking machine tools. He has published technical papers, holds three U.S. patents and has received several awards from the Japanese Society of Mechanical Engineers. Nagae received his bachelor’s of engineering in 1968, and his master’s of engineering in 1970, both from the University of Tokyo, School of Engineering. He received his PhD from the same university in 1985.

Eugene M. Nelson, LSME 
Director of Pre-Program Engineering for Corporate Advanced Manufacturing (retired)
Ford Motor Company
Sterling Heights, Mich.
Gene Nelson is recognized with the Joseph A. Siegel Service Award for exemplary service as a role model and mentor to SME volunteer and staff leaders, for continuing enthusiastic support of SME and the SME Education Foundation, and for direct communications to the discipline of and career opportunities in manufacturing engineering. Nelson spent 37 years at Ford Motor Company where he advanced from draftsman in the manufacturing engineering department at the Transmission Chassis Division to director of manufacturing engineering and subsequently director of pre-program engineering for corporate advanced manufacturing. His management posts included Livonia Plant & T&C Division quality control manager, assistant plant manager at Livonia Transmission and the Sterling Heights Chassis Plants, and plant manager at the Van Dyke Chassis Plant. Nelson has served on technical advisory boards of the Society of Automotive Engineers and received the Outstanding Leadership Award from The Engineering Society of Detroit for his role in the International Programmable Controllers Conference and Exposition. He was also on the Board of Directors of the SME Education Foundation and served as its president in 1998 and 1999. After retiring from Ford, Nelson served on SME’s Board of Directors and was the SME president in 2005. He holds a bachelor's in industrial technology from Ohio University and an MBA from Michigan State University.

Gary N. Conley


Gary N. Conley is recognized with the Donald C. Burnham Manufacturing Management Award for developing lean manufacturing training and application skills to optimize manufacturing. Conley, president of TechSolve, has been a champion for Ohio manufacturing for almost 20 years. His efforts have brought the latest technologies and “future-focused” manufacturing process to “metal bending” manufacturers struggling to be competitive in a global marketplace. Through Conley’s leadership and vision, TechSolve continues to be a national leader in both advanced machining technology and continuous improvement techniques. He has partnered with academic, government and industrial giants investing in research to develop intelligent machine monitoring systems, research to find new methods for materials machining and research to improve common manufacturing processes. Conley and his team have had great success in optimizing manufacturing through innovative adjustment of human, technical and capital resources. Today, TechSolve is recognized as a leader among organizations devoted to improving manufacturing operations, well respected for ongoing contributions made under Conley’s leadership. Additionally, he has provided leadership for the implementation of hundreds of public/private development projects representing billions of dollars of investment. Conley has received awards for his contributions to the field of economic development from the President of the United States, the governors of Ohio and California, and numerous national development organizations.


Neil A. Duffie, PhD, FSME, CMfgE
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wis.
Neil A. Duffie is recognized with the SME Frederick W. Taylor Research Medal for publishing significant seminal research findings based on the application of modern control theory to manufacturing operations leading to a better understanding of processes, equipment and facilities. Duffie received his PhD in mechanical engineering in 1980, MS in engineering in 1976 and BS in computer science in 1974, all from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Duffie is professor and past chair in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His main research interests are distributed system control and manufacturing process automation. Duffie is a fellow of SME, CIRP and ASME. He serves on the council of CIRP and is a member of its Editorial Committee. Duffie is past chair of CIRP’s Scientific Technical Committee for Production Systems and Organizations. He served as SME’s 2008 president. Duffie has received the TRW Post-Doctoral Award in Manufacturing Engineering, the SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award and was a Mercator Guest Professor at the University of Bremen, Germany.

Yusuf Altintas,
Manufacturing Automation Laboratory
The University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Yusuf Altintas is recognized with the SME Albert M. Sargent Progress Award for his leadership in research, education and industrial practice in the analysis and prevention of machine tool vibrations, by developing a fundamental understanding of chatter stability and machine tool design. Altintas obtained his bachelor’s from Istanbul Technical University (1975), and his master’s (1980) and PhD (1987) in Canada. He joined the University of British Columbia and founded the Manufacturing Automation Laboratory in 1986. Altintas spent four years in industry as a machine tool and manufacturing engineer. He currently conducts research on metal cutting, machine tool vibrations, control and virtual machining. Altintas has published more than 120 archival journal articles with more than 4,000 citations, and a widely used textbook. He is a fellow of SME, ASME, CIRP, Pratt & Whitney Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Tokyo University and the Royal Society of Canada. Altintas received Pratt & Whitney Canada’s University Partnership, APEG BC’s Meritorious Achievement, R.H. Machlaclan, UBC Killiam Teaching Prize of Engineering awards and the 2011 Gold Medal of Engineers Canada. He holds an honorary doctorate degree from Stuttgart University. Altintas currently directs NSERC CANRIMT Machining Research Network across Canada. He holds the NSERC – P&WC Industrial Research chair professorship to develop next-generation virtual high-performance machining technology.


Robert L. Mott, LSME, PE
Professor Emeritus of Engineering Technology
University of Dayton
Dayton, Ohio

Robert Mott is recognized with the SME Education Award for a long and illustrious career as an engineering technology faculty member and administrator, where he has served and continues to serve as a leader, champion, and role model for the manufacturing profession and education in manufacturing. Mott is professor emeritus of engineering technology at the University of Dayton. He serves SME through its Manufacturing Education & Research Community and the SME Center for Education. Mott has authored four textbooks, “Applied Fluid Mechanics, 6th ed.,” “Applied Strength of Materials, 5th ed.,” “Statics and Strength of Materials, 1st ed.,” and “Machine Elements in Mechanical Design, 5th ed.,” all published by Pearson/Prentice-Hall. He also works with the NSF-sponsored National Center for Manufacturing Education at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. Mott is a fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education and the recipient of the James H. McGraw Award, the Frederick J. Berger Award and the Archie Higdon Distinguished Mechanics Educator Award from ASEE. He, who joined SME in 1980, is also a member of ASME. Mott’s degrees are a BSME from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) and an MSME from Purdue University.

Van Houten

Prof. Dr. Ir. Fred .J.A.M. van Houten
Chair of Design Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Universiteit Twente
Enschede, Nederland

Fred J.A.M. van Houten is recognized with the SME Gold Medal for his outstanding service to the manufacturing engineering community in technical communications through extensive published literature, technical writings and lectures, in his seminal research contributions, and in his service to industry and professional organizations. van Houten studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Eindhoven in the Netherlands and graduated in 1977. In 1978, he was appointed as an assistant professor at the University of Twente and subsequently became an associate professor in 1990. In 1991, van Houten obtained a PhD on a thesis about the computer-aided process planning system (PART), which formed the basis for the Machining Line Planner of Tecnomatix, now part of Siemens PLM solutions. Presently, he is the head of the research group Design, Production and Management, also comprising the full-time chairs of product design and product realization as well as the part-time chairs of packaging design and management, maintenance engineering and design history. The group consists of more than 40 staff members and 20 PhD students, which are active in a wide area of research in design integration and process modeling. van Houten is a member of the management team of the Department of Engineering Technology where he is responsible for the development of the BSc/MSc program in industrial design engineering. van Houten is also scientific director of the Dutch Research School on Integral Manufacturing Innovation, a member of the advisory board of the ministry of Economic Affairs for the Innovative Research Program Integrated Product Creation and Realization, a member of the supervisory board of the foundation STODT (Foundation Technical Education and Services Twente) and a member of the board of the Industrial Design Centre, Rapid Manufacturing Centre and Leo-Service Robotics Centre.