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2014-15 NAMRI/SME Board of Directors

Shreyes Melkote Shreyes N. Melkote, PhD, is a professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta). He received a doctorate from Michigan Technological University in 1993, a master's degree from Washington State University in 1989 and a bachelor's degree of technology (with honors) from the IIT Kharagpur, India, in 1987. Melkote's research addresses both basic and applied problems in the areas of precision machining, micromachining and part fixturing/handling. He received SME's Dell K. Allen Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award in 1998 and also won the NAMRC 26 Best Paper Award in 1998. Member Since 1994
Steven Schmid Steven R. Schmid, PhD, CMfgE, PE, is associate professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering at the University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, Indiana). Schmid's research interests include manufacturing, design, tribology and orthopedic implants. Recent research includes mechanisms through which emulsions lubricate metal rolling and ironing, development of new friction and heat transfer models for use in finite-element simulation of forging and metalworking operations, use of environmentally friendly polymer coatings in ironing, and novel forming and fabrication schemes for metal foams. He received his bachelor's in mechanical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1986 and subsequently joined Triodyne Inc., where he investigated machinery failures and consulted in machine design. Schmid earned his master's in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University in 1989 and his doctorate in 1993. He joined the faculty at the University of Notre Dame in 1993, and teaches and conducts research in the fields of design and manufacturing. Schmid holds a professional engineering license and is a certified manufacturing engineer. He has authored 18 books or book chapters, more than 40 journal papers and more than 100 conference papers. Schmid was a recipient of the 2000 SME John T. Parsons Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer award and the 2000 ASME Newkirk Award. Member Since 1994
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 
Scientific Committee Chair
Albert J. Shih Albert J. Shih, PhD, FSME, is professor, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering; associate director of the Medical Innovation Center; and acting director of manufacturing engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. After he received his doctorate from Purdue University in 1991, Shih worked at Cummins Inc. as a manufacturing engineer. From 1998 to 2002, he was an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at North Carolina State University. Shih joined the faculty of University of Michigan in 2003. His research and teaching interests are in design and manufacturing. Shih has conducted research in precision machining of advanced materials, precision machine design, noncontact optical metrology and friction stir joining. Currently, his research and teaching is in biomedical design and manufacturing focusing on the application of advanced design and manufacturing technology to advance medical devices, healthcare operations and patient safety. Shih works closely with collaborators in the University of Michigan Medical School and is a cofounder of the U of M Medical Innovation Center. He joined the 2009 Class of SME Fellows and is also fellow of ASME. Shih is the recipient of the 1999 ASME BOSS Award, 2000 NSF CAREER Award, 2004 SAE Ralph Teetor Education Award, 2009 Fulbright Scholar, 2010 UM Rackham Faculty Recognition Award and the 2011 UM College of Engineering Research Award. Member Since 2002  
PAST President
Robert W. Ivester Robert W. Ivester, PhD, FSME, is deputy director of the Advanced Manufacturing Office, U.S. Department of Energy, Washington, D.C., which leads efforts to co-invest with private and public partners to improve U. S. competitiveness, save energy, create high-quality domestic manufacturing jobs and ensure global leadership in advanced manufacturing and clean energy technologies. He is also an instructor for Johns Hopkins University's Whiting School of Engineering, Engineering and Applied Science Programs for Professionals. Ivester is the current chair of Washington, D.C. Chapter 48 and a 2002 recipient of SME's Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award. Member Since 1996  
SECOND Past President
John Agapiou John S. Agapiou, PhD, FSME, is technical fellow in the Manufacturing Systems Research Lab at the General Motors R&D Center (Warren, Michigan). He is the author of a number of technical papers and coauthor of the book, "Metal Cutting Theory and Practice." Agapiou's research and development interests are focused on machining process and cutting tool systems for powertrain components. He is chair-elect of Oakland-Macomb Chapter 69, a former member of the International Awards & Recognition Committee and joined the 2007 Class of SME Fellows. Member Since 1981
NAMRI/SME Directors
Bryan G. Dods Bryan G. Dods is executive, manufacturing technology leader, global supply chain management at General Electric Energy (Greenville, South Carolina). The Manufacturing Technology organization has responsibility for new product and technology introduction across GE Energy's global factory and supplier network. Dods has 24 years of manufacturing experience in various quality assurance, production management and technology development roles. He has been active in re-establishing manufacturing as a competitive advantage through participation with industry consortiums, government agencies, research institutes and universities. Dods is building GE Energy's Manufacturing Technology organization using a distributed manufacturing technology center model to utilize the best of GE's internal resources and leverage partnerships with global external resources. He holds a bachelor's degree in metallurgy, mechanics and materials science from Michigan State University, a master's degree in materials engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. Member Since 2010  
Livan Fratini Livan Fratini, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Chemical, Management, Computer Systems, Mechanical Engineering at University of Palermo, Italy. Fratini's major research areas include process engineering of metalforming operations, CAE of sheet metalforming processes and CAE of solid bonding processes. He is fellow of CIRP (The International Academy for Production Engineering), a member of the board of directors for ESAFORM (European Scientific Association for Material Forming) and vice president of AITEM (Italian Association of Mechanical Technology). Fratini has received CIRP F.W. Taylor Medal Award in 2007. He is a co-author of approximately 250 publications. Member Since 2014
Hitomi Yamaguchi Greenslet Hitomi Yamaguchi Greenslet, Dr. Eng., is an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida, Gainesville. Previously, she served as associate professor at Utsunomiya University and research associate at the University of Tokyo (both in Japan) and as research engineer at Extrude Hone Corp. Greenslet has also served as a researcher abroad (sponsored by Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) at NASA Glenn Research Center. Her current research and teaching interests include multiscale manufacturing processes, especially magnetic field-assisted finishing (MAF) processes, which are precision machining processes that utilize magnetic fields. Greenslet’s work with MAF has been published in more than 60 refereed journal papers and in more than 200 proceedings at both domestic and international conferences. She has received several awards, including the Best Paper Award at the 2006 International Conference on Manufacturing Science and Engineering (sponsored by ASME) and the SME John T. Parsons Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award in 2000. Greenslet is an associate member of CIRP (The International Academy for Production Engineering). Member Since 1997
Edward Smith Edward F. Smith III, PhD, received a bachelor's degree and doctorate in materials science and a master's degree in management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. After graduation, he was employed at the Olin Metal Research Laboratory. As manager of the Metals Physics Group, his research interests centered on surface characteristics of metals and included programs in areas such as solar thermal heating, electrical contact phenomenon, metal cleaning, electroplating and IC packaging. In 1987, Smith became director of research and development at The J. M. Ney Co. with responsibility for both electrical contact and dental applications. In 1995, he was named Ney’s vice president for research & development. Smith is a member of IEEE and has served as chairman for the 1995 IEEE Holm Conference on Electrical Contacts and the 1996 International Conference on Electrical Contacts, as well as conference technical chairman in 2000 and 2001. In 1997, Smith was awarded the Armington Recognition Award for his work with the conference. Smith continues to remain active with the IEEE-Holm Conference and currently serves on the conference steering committee. He has given numerous technical presentations in the U.S., Europe and Japan. Smith has over 20 patents covering areas as diverse as electronic packaging, electrical contact alloys and precious metal alloys for a variety of medical applications. In 2002, J.M. Ney was purchased by Deringer Mfg., and he was subsequently named corporate vice president, research and development of DERINGER-NEY (Bloomfield, Connecticut). Member Since 2014
Lihui Wang Lihui Wang, PhD, FSME, PE, is a chair professor of sustainable manufacturing at KTH (Royal Institute of Technology), Sweden. His research interests are focused on adaptive process planning, Web-based real-time monitoring and remote control, and human-robot collaborations toward better sustainability. A fellow of SME, Wang is actively engaged in various NAMRI/SME activities. In addition, he is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Manufacturing Research, editor of Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, editor (Northern Europe) of "Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing" and associate editor of the "Journal of Manufacturing Systems." Wang is also a registered professional engineer in Canada. His accomplishment has won him 12 international and institutional awards. Member Since 1999
John Ziegert John Ziegert, PhD, FSME, PE, is professor of mechanical engineering, University of North Carolina, Charlotte. His teaching and research interests lie in the general areas of design of mechanical systems with special emphasis on machines and instruments for high-precision manufacturing and metrology, lightweight structures for automotive applications, and vehicle suspensions and drivelines. Ziegert became an SME Fellow in 2009, is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a member of the American Society for Precision Engineering. He has served as president of the American Society for Precision Engineering and currently serves as editor-in-chief of the "Journal of the International Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology." Member Since 1994