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Board of Directors

The NAMRI/SME Board of Directors makes policy for the institution that represents manufacturing research leadership in industry, government and academia in North America and the world. The board is comprised of the NAMRI/SME Executive Committee (past president, president, president-elect and secretary), the Scientific Committee chair and six NAMRI/SME at-large directors. The past president of the institution is replaced on the Board of Directors by the retiring president immediately following NAMRC.


Steven SchmidSteven 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 degree 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 degree 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. SME Member Since 1994


BartlesDean L. Bartles, PhD, FSME, is the chief manufacturing officer and executive director of 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. SME Member Since 2002  


Bryan DodsBryan 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. SME Member Since 2010

Scientific Committee Chair

Albert ShihAlbert 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 the 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.SME Member Since 2002

Scientific Committee Chair-Elect

Lihui WangLihui 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 accomplishments have won him 12 international and institutional awards. SME Member Since 1999

Past President

Shreyes MelkoteShreyes N. Melkote, PhD, FSME, holds the Morris M. Bryan Jr. Professorship for Advanced Manufacturing Systems in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech. He also serves as associate director of the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute. Melkote’s currently a Swanson Federal Fellow, serving as the assistant director for technology in the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office. His research contributions are in the areas of precision machining, surface modification, sensing and process monitoring, and photovoltaic manufacturing. He has published over 160 peer-reviewed papers on these and related topics. Melkote received his bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1987, and his doctorate in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1993. From 1993-95, Melkote was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a recipient of several honors including the ASME Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award, the SME Dell K. Allen Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award and Best Paper Awards at ASME conferences and SME’s North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC). Melkote served as an associate editor for SME’s “Journal of Manufacturing Processes” and the ASME “Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering.” He is a fellow of ASME, an associate member of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP) and 2014-15 president of the North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME (NAMRI/SME). SME Member Since 1994  

Second Past President

Robert IvesterRobert W. Ivester, PhD, FSME, is deputy director of the Advanced Manufacturing Office, U.S. Department of Energy, Washington, 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. SME Member Since 1996

NAMRI/SME Directors

Livan FratiniLivan 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. SME Member Since 2014

Hitomi Yamaguchi GreensletHitomi 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). SME Member Since 1997

Edward SmithEdward 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). SME Member Since 2014

David StephensonDavid A. Stephenson, PhD, FSME, is a technical specialist at Ford Powertrain Advanced Manufacturing Engineering in Livonia, Michigan. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and an SME fellow. Stephenson has served as a journal technical editor for both societies, and served on the ASME Manufacutring Science and Engineering Division Executive Commitee from 2002-07. He received the ASME Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award in 1994, the SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award in 1994 and the M. Eugene Merchant Manufacturing Medal of SME/ASME in 2004. Stephenson received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981 and 1983, respectively, and his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin in 1985. SME Member Since 1994 

John ZiegertJohn 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." SME Member Since 1994