||Since SME was formed in 1932, its esteemed community of presidents have been an important part of the organization's history and an integral part of its future. SME presidents are leaders in manufacturing and academia who contribute their technical expertise and valuable career experiences to the organization and industry.
Dean L. Bartles, PhD, FSME, is the 2016 SME president and the 2016-17 president of the North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME (NAMRI/SME). Bartles served as the founding executive director for the Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute in Chicago and the chief manufacturing officer of UI LABS. Prior to these recent assignments, he served as a vice president 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 38 years of management experience, which has included positions with Fairchild Republic Co., General Defense Corp., Olin Ordnance, Primex Technologies, General Dynamics and UI LABS. He was elected an SME fellow in 2012. Bartles also serves on the Industry Advisory Board of ASME, where he became a fellow in 2012, and also currently serves as chairman emeritus of the board of directors of the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining and chairman emeritus of the board of directors of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition. Additional boards Bartles serves are the MT Connect Institute, the Board of Governors of the Manufacturing Leadership Council, the Louisiana Center for Manufacturing Sciences and Industry Advisory Boards at Penn State University, Iowa State University, Indiana State University, Pittsburgh State University and East Carolina University. He previously served on the board of directors of the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, the Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association, 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 was part of 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
Wayne F. Frost, LSME, CMfgE, retired as a production system project manager and product quality systems auditor of John Deere Waterloo Works after a successful 37-year career. He has served at the international and former region and chapter levels. Frost served two terms on the SME Board of Directors from 2004-07 and two terms from 2008-12. He is the 2015 SME president, a member of the Audit and Finance Committees, and a former membership consultant for senior chapters in northern Iowa. Frost previously served as vice-chair of the Region Chairs Committee and as a member of the Certification Oversight & Appeals Committee. He served the former Region 9 as chair, chair-elect, treasurer, secretary, leadership training coordinator and certification committee chair. His many positions with Waterloo Chapter 186 include chapter chair, student chapter liaison, honor awards, certification and recruitment/retention committees. Frost has received the Award of Merit, President’s Award, Region 9 Olin Simpson Award, the Waterloo Chapter 186 Kurt E. Lear Award and the John Deere General Manager’s Award. He holds certifications as an ASQ-certified quality auditor and is an Institute for Supply Management certified purchasing manager. Frost received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Northern Iowa. SME Member Since 1983
Michael F. Molnar, FSME, CMfgE, PE, has nearly 30 years of experience in advanced manufacturing. To help provide an industry focus, in 2011 he was named the first chief manufacturing officer of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Today, Molnar leads the NIST Advanced Manufacturing Program Office for extramural manufacturing programs and also serves as the director of the interagency Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office. His experience includes leadership roles in advanced manufacturing, metrology, manufacturing systems, quality, technology development, sustainability and industrial energy efficiency. Molnar's credentials include service as a federal fellow in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and election as fellow of both the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and SME. He is a licensed professional engineer, a certified manufacturing engineer and a certified energy manager. Molnar received an MBA from the University of Notre Dame, and both a master's degree in manufacturing systems engineering and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin. He is an active member of professional societies, consortia and volunteer organizations. SME Member Since 1982
Dennis S. Bray, PhD, FSME, is president and chief executive officer of Contour Precision Group LLC. Contour Precision Group’s family of companies includes Huffman, a manufacturer of precision super-abrasive grinding, additive laser processing and abrasive waterjet manufacturing systems; Huffman Technologies, a provider of manufacturing process engineering services; and Springfield Manufacturing, a contract production services company. Prior to joining Contour Precision in 2010, Bray was the managing member of Bray Innovation Group LLC. He was president and CEO of Cincinnati Inc. and earlier served as its executive vice president. Throughout his career, Bray has participated in numerous conferences and events for different organizations serving in many capacities, including session chair, panelist, technical paper presenter and speaker. In 2003, he was elected to the SME College of Fellows, and in 1985, was recognized with SME's Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award. In 2015, he was once again recognized for his lifelong contributions to manufacturing and SME as the namesake for the Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award. Bray is a member of Crescent Chapter 215. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. SME Member Since 1985
LaRoux K. Gillespie, Dr. Eng., FSME, career path gave him a broad view of manufacturing-process engineer with Bendix in 1966 on micro-size precision parts, precision assemblies, electronics, to his last role as quality assurance manager of Honeywell’s Federal Manufacturing & Technologies division, where he led a 200-employee group responsible for product and operating quality in one of the county’s most sophisticated multipurpose plants. Today, Gillespie is an independent consultant and researcher. He writes about manufacturing for "Cutting Tool Engineering" and "MICROmanufacturing" magazines, and annually publishes other papers and reports on micromanufacturing and deburring. Throughout his more than four decades with SME, Gillespie’s held a number of leadership roles, including terms on the SME Executive Committee and Board of Directors, the Profile 21 study of manufacturing engineering in the 21st century, education committees, certification, machining technology, deburring conferences, publications, accreditation, group technology, student leadership and most recently a study of taxonomies for use in identifying information. He was elected an SME Fellow in 1988. Gillespie is also a recipient of several local and regional awards, the Bendix Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, two AlliedSignal Special Recognition Awards, Jack A. Knuth Continuous Achievement Award (Honeywell), ASME’s Arthur L. Williston Award and Medal and the 1984 SME Albert M. Sergeant Progress Award. He has also been active with the Engineer’s Council for Professional Development, manpower and engineering guidance councils, served on four university advisory boards and was a member of several other manufacturing and engineering-related organizations. Gillespie is a registered professional engineer in Missouri, and a registered manufacturing engineering in California. He is an SME certified manufacturing engineer (CMfgE), a chartered Engineer (Great Britain) and an Able Toastmaster. Gillespie has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Kansas, a master’s of manufacturing engineering from Utah State University and holds a doctor of engineering degree from Meiji University in Japan. In 2011, he also received an honorary doctorate from Don State Technical University in Russia. SME Member Since 1963
Paul Bradley, FSME, PE, is in his sixteenth year as managing director of Peterson Industries in Adelaide, South Australia. Established in 1951, Peterson is a project management and manufacturing company, including sourcing design and processes/items outside of their standard manufacturing scope, servicing mining, defence, automotive and various other sectors. Since joining Peterson in 1980, Bradley’s career has contributed to many facets of the manufacturing community. In addition, he has extensive board experience, including constitutions, bylaws and procedures, and developing brands and strategic plans. In 2011, Bradley served as SME’s president, and during his tenure, he launched the SME Brand Task Force. At the conclusion of 2012, Bradley completed 10 years of service as an SME international director and has served in various SME positions since becoming a member. In 2003, he was a member of SME’s Board Work Group on International Alliances, which led to a new alliance with the Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Ltd, AMTIL. Bradley is a recipient of the 1997 SME Ralph E. Cross Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, and in 2001, received the Governor’s Leadership Foundation Fellowship Award in Adelaide. He completed a four-year apprenticeship as a fitter and turner, is a registered professional engineer in South Australia and earned a diploma of management in 1991. SME Member Since 1989
Barbara M. Fossum, PhD, FSME, has held a number of positions in industry and academia. Currently, she is an independent consultant and coach in the areas of strategic planning, process engineering and business planning for entrepreneurial startups. Previously, Fossum was a senior research fellow of the IC2 Institute of the University of Texas at Austin where she works in worldwide economic development projects involving technology commercialization. Fossum has served on SME’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors, Ad Hoc Lifelong Learning Committee and the CASA/SME Board of Advisors, and was an editor of the CASA/SME's Blue Book series. She was elected an SME Fellow in 1996. Fossum holds a doctorate in operations management, an MBA, a master's degree in mathematics/computer science and a bachelor's degree in physics. SME Member Since 1989
Richard W. Shoemaker, FSME, is currently president and CEO of HawkeyePedershaab, Concrete Technologies Worldwide, and is retired from the Kohler Company. Shoemaker began his career in the machine tool industry with Sundstrand Corporation, managing the first direct numerical control machining systems (Omnicontrol). He subsequently was appointed managing director and started aviation and industrial products manufacturing operations in Singapore for Sundstrand. Shoemaker also served in plant management and manufacturing positions for Baker International's Reed Tool Company, an oilfield equipment firm. Shoemaker was a founding member of SME's former Manufacturing Enterprise Council (MEC) and past chair of the MEC Technology Watch Subcommittee. He was elected an SME Fellow in 2004. Shoemaker received his bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University and a master's degree in business administration from Houston Baptist University. SME Member Since 1976
Neil A. Duffie, PhD, FSME, CMfgE, is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and served as its chairman from 1999 to 2007. He is currently chair of the Production Systems and Organizations Scientific Technical Committee of CIRP (The International Academy for Production Engineering). Duffie is the coauthor of the book Computer Control of Machines and Processes. He received a bachelor's degree in 1972, a master's degree in 1974 and a doctorate in 1980, all from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Duffie became an SME Fellow in 1998. He is also a fellow of ASME and CIRP. SME Member Since 1981
F. Brian Holmes, FSME, CMfgE, is vice president of operations at Columbia Plastics Ltd., where he is responsible for the production, tooling, quality and facilities of company operations. Holmes served as an SME International Director and an at-large member of the SME Executive Committee in the years before his presidential term. He received the SME Award of Merit in 1991, the SME
Endurance Award and the SME Joseph A. Siegel Service Award in 1999. He was involved in the former Greater Vancouver Chapter 318 for many years and is a six-sigma black belt. SME
Member Since 1982
William J. “Willy” Geary, FSME, is the general manager of Boeing Winnipeg and the president of Boeing Canada Operations Ltd. Previously, he was the manufacturing superintendent of final assembly for the 737 airplane. Prior positions in commercial airplanes include chief engineer for 737 aircraft interiors, director of 737/757 and 747 production engineering and various management assignments in engineering and tooling. In 1990, he was awarded the SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award and was elected to the 2008 Class of SME Fellows. In addition to his long career at Boeing, Geary serves on Gonzaga University’s Board of Regents and was the recipient of the 2008 Gonzaga Distinguished Alumni Merit Award. SME Member Since 1987
Gene M. Nelson, LSME, retired after a nearly 40-year career with Ford Motor Co. During his years at Ford, Nelson held a number of positions, including director of plant and manufacturing engineering for transmission and chassis operations, where he was responsible for new facilities, machinery and equipment. Nelson was also executive director of the manufacturing staff working with Ford’s international operations. He served for many years on the SME Education Foundation board of directors and was president of the Foundation in 1998-99. During his term as SME President, he was involved in updating the Society’s constitution and governance procedures. Nelson has a BS in industrial technology from Ohio University and an MBA from Michigan State University. He remains active on a number of SME committees. SME Member Since 1982
Richard C. Peters, FSME, is manager – quality advancement and group quality lead – North American manufacturing for The Timken Co. Peters joined The Timken Co. in 1979, and his responsibilities have ranged from research and development, product design, manufacturing engineering, plant management and quality management. He served as SME president in 2004 and is a past chair of the former Region 7 and Greater Canton (Ohio) Chapter 110. He served six terms on SME’s Board of Directors, leading efforts in the development of the Manufacturing Enterprise Council, the Manufacturing Education Plan and the Lean Certification Program. Peters has chaired the SME Member Council and is a past chair and past member of the SME Professional Licensure Committee. He additionally chaired the International Director/Member Council Nominating Committee and the International Officer Nominating Committee. Throughout his career, Peters has been active in the promotion of the manufacturing engineering profession, with significant service in MathCounts, Science Fair, Engineer-For-A-Day and National Engineers Week, where he served as U.S. chairman in 2007. Peters received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University, and a master’s degree, also in mechanical engineering, from the University of Akron. He is a past recipient of OSU’s Alan Gregory Loofburrow Business Achievement Award, as well as the Silicon Valley Engineering Council’s William B. Johnson International Founders Award. In 2014, he was elected to the SME College of Fellows. SME Member Since 1979
David G. Lee,* PhD, FSME, CMfgE, had a nearly 30-year career in the automotive industry, initially in manufacturing research and later in engineering management. Following this, he served for four years as director of the manufacturing engineering program at the University of Detroit Mercy. Lee was a past chair and treasurer of Hampton Roads Chapter 217 and the secretary and certification chair for the former Albuquerque Chapter 93. He joined SME in 1974 and was elected to the SME College of Fellows in 1995.
Marcus B. Crotts, FSME, CMfgE, PE, is chairman of Crotts & Saunders Engineering Inc. Previously, he was a tool designer and manufacturing engineer at Western Electric Co. He received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State University and his master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois. Crotts is one of the original founders and former chair of Piedmont Chapter 82. In 1986, he was recognized with the SME Joseph A. Siegel Service Award, and in 1987, he was elected an SME Fellow. Crotts is also a fellow and past vice president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. SME Member Since 1956
Peter Z. Bulkeley, PhD, FSME, is professor emeritus of mechanical engineering at Boston University. He obtained an AB in mathematics from Bowdoin College, bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering
from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a doctorate in engineering mechanics from Stanford University. Bulkeley was dean of engineering and technology and professor of mechanical engineering at Bradley
University from 1972 to 1980. He has served as chair of the International Director Nominating Committee, the International Officer Nominating Committee, the SME Education Foundation Student Development
Committee and the SME Task Force on Advanced Technology Publications. Bulkeley was elected to the 1998 Class of SME Fellows. SME Member Since 1980
Ronald P. Harrelson, FSME, CMfgE, has spent more than 45 years with Caterpillar Inc. He is currently a senior learning consultant in Caterpillar University and is an advocate of manufacturing engineering certification. Harrelson joined SME as a student member while serving his machinist apprenticeship. He was an active member of the former Decatur Chapter 58 and is an active member of the revitalized Greater Peoria Caterpillar Chapter 31. Among his
honors are the 1996 SME Joseph A. Siegel Service Award, the SME 50th Anniversary Medallion, four SME President’s Awards and election to the SME College of Fellows in 2002. SME Member Since 1968
Cecil W. Schneider, FSME, retired in 2001 after 37 years with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, where he was director of engineering, new business. Previously he managed the Advanced Structures and Materials Division. Schneider now has his own consulting firm, CEC Technologies PC, which deals in advanced materials and manufacturing process applications and marketing, and is president of Blue Skies Holdings LLC. He is a past board member and a director emeritus of the SME Education Foundation and serves on the Foundation’s Scholarship Committee. Schneider served as a board member for Project Lead The Way from 2001-09. He became an SME Fellow in 1996. SME Member Since 1985
Alan T. Male, PhD, FSME, PE, is a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Kentucky and president of Anvil Technologies LLC. Male was the 1989 recipient of the SME Frederick W. Taylor Research Medal in recognition of his research success for improving manufacturing processes. In 1991, he received the Westinghouse Science and Technology Center Outstanding Innovation Award, and in 1992, he was elected to the SME College of Fellows. Male also served as the 1988-89 president of the North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME (NAMRI/SME). He is an honorary consultant professor at the Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China. SME Member Since 1974
Jack L. Ferrell,* FSME, was involved with key committees and boards responsible for the development and strategic direction of SME and the SME Education Foundation. Since retiring from TRW, Ferrell served as chair of the board of directors of the Institute for Manufacturing and Automation Research and as chair of the President’s Cabinet at California Polytechnic University. He also served as the founding executive director of the California Manufacturing Technology Center and on the Quality and Productivity Commission for the County of Los Angeles. Currently, Ferrell was chair of the board of directors of the Friends of the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. He became an SME member in 1982 and joined the SME College of Fellows in 1988.
Gustav J. Olling, PhD, FSME, CMfgE, PE, is a retired Chrysler Corp. executive and founder of Rapid Product Creation. Olling has a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from Northern Illinois University, an MBA from Bradley University
and a doctorate from Purdue University. He was a professor and department chairman of manufacturing engineering and manufacturing engineering technology at Bradley University, where he developed the school’s first ABET-accredited manufacturing engineering and manufacturing engineering technology program. He would also go on to become founder as well as director of Bradley’s Manufacturing Research Institute. Olling was elected an SME Fellow in 1986. SME Member Since 1968
Frank H. McCarty,* FSME, CMfgE, was an industrial management consultant to the defense industry. He received a bachelor's degree from LaSalle University and is also a graduate of the Philadelphia Electronics Institute and the American Machinist Institute. Previously, he was corporate director, manufacturing engineering, at Raytheon Co. At Raytheon, McCarty was assigned to the Submarine Signal Division where he held a number of positions, including manager, manufacturing project management and manager, industrial engineering. He was also a contributing author of the McGraw-Hill handbook "Modern Manufacturing Management." McCarty became an SME member in 1974 and was elected an SME Fellow in 1996.
Douglas E. Booth, FSME, CMfgE, PE, retired as director, engineering applications, from Peak Industries Inc. Booth began his manufacturing career in the United Kingdom. He later immigrated to Canada to work in the aircraft industry. During the 1950s, he moved to Detroit to work for Ford Motor Co. and then for Livernois Engineering. As vice president of engineering and sales for Livernois, he focused on machine tool manufacturing and traveled throughout the world for more than 30 years. He was elected to the 1997 Class of SME Fellows. SME Member Since 1956
Gary J. Peterson, FSME, CMfgE, PE, is a retired manufacturing engineering manager of Hart InterCivic. Peterson, a U.S. Air Force veteran, graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor's and master's degree in
mechanical engineering. He started his career at Hewlett-Packard, where he remained until 1993. During his career, he continued his postgraduate work and also taught classes in plastics technology at the community
college level. Peterson was chair of the former Longs Peak Chapter 193. He became a member of the SME College of Fellows in 1993. SME Member Since 1967
Frank J. Riley Jr.,* FSME, CMfgE, PE, retired from Bodine Corp. as senior vice president. He was a graduate of the Bridgeport Engineering Institute (now Fairfield University). In addition to his long career at Bodine, he wrote five major books on manufacturing that were published in North America, Europe and Japan. After his retirement, Riley was invited to speak throughout South America, Australia and Asia about the importance of manufacturing engineering. As SME president, he championed the creation of curricula for manufacturing engineering at universities across the country. Riley also served on the SME Education Foundation Board of Directors for a number of years. He joined SME in 1960 and became an SME Fellow in 1992.
Nathan A. Chiantella, FSME, CMfgE, is a retired executive of IBM. During his 37-year career with IBM, he advanced to positions in production engineering, product development, research, advanced systems development and industry applications. Chiantella has a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from New York University and is the editor of the book "Management Guide for CIM: Computer-Integrated Manufacturing." He was one of the founders of the former Computer and Automated Systems Association of SME (CASA/SME) and helped establish the CASA/SME LEAD Award. Chiantella, the namesake for the 2008 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, was elected to the SME College of Fellows in 1990 and is a recipient of the 1992 SME Gold Medal. SME Member Since 1965
John E. Mayer Jr., PhD, FSME, CMfgE, is a retired professor from the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution at Texas A&M University. Mayer received his bachelor's degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1952, his master's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1957 and a doctorate of science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1960. He was elected an SME Fellow in 1989. SME Member Since 1962
Marvin F. DeVries, PhD, FSME, CMfgE, PE, is an emeritus professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since his retirement in 2005. His teaching and research work had focused on material removal processes and computer-aided manufacturing. DeVries is the founding director (1983-92) of the college’s manufacturing systems engineering program. From 1999-2000, he served as president of The International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP). He is a life fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a fellow of the Institution of Production Engineers and an honorary fellow of CIRP. DeVries was elected to the SME College of Fellows in 1987. SME Member Since 1960
Reginald W. Barrett,* FSME, CMfgE, is president and CEO of the Clements National Co. He also heads Northstar Lighting Group and Surv-Kap. Barrett is a graduate of Bowling Green State University and attended the Newark College of Engineering. Throughout his career, Barrett has used his knowledge of business to build several companies, including Pyle National, Trompeter Electronics and Stratos International. At Stratos, Barrett served as chairman of the board until the company was sold to Emerson Corp. in 2008. His leadership expertise also extended to SME, where, after joining SME in 1970, he served as chair of the SME Education Foundation Board of Directors for five years. Barrett became a member of the 1991 Class of SME Fellows.
Charles F. Carter Jr.,* FSME, CMfgE, is a retired vice president, technology, for the Association for Manufacturing Technology. Before joining the trade association, Carter was technical director at Cincinnati Milacron Inc., having started at Milacron subsidiary Heald Machine Co. He is a graduate of Northeastern University and has an MS from the University of Cincinnati. AMT established the Charles F. Carter Jr. Advancing Manufacturing Award in honor of Carter, and the award recognizes academia’s contributions to manufacturing technologies. He had been an SME member since 1967 and was elected to the 1987 Class of SME Fellows.
Robert L. Vaughn,* FSME, CMfgE, PE, is the founder of Vaughn & Associates. Vaughn has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University and a master’s degree in administrative management from California State University. During his 36-year career at Lockheed, Vaughn held a number of positions, including corporate director of productivity. During his tenure, he worked on the first all-titanium piloted aircraft designed to be the fastest ever built (MACH 3+) and also managed the design, manufacturing and application of 27,000+ tiles for the U.S. space shuttles. Vaughn had been an SME member since 1966 and joined the SME College of Fellows in 1986.
Robert A. Dougherty, LSME, CMfgE, PE, is the retired founder of Dougherty & Associates, a machine tool distributor company he established in 1972. Dougherty graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1952 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. Within the machine tool industry, he took on many roles, including leading sales efforts across several states. As a distributor, some of his company’s customers were The Boeing Co., Eaton, Rockwell, Western Electric and the U.S. government. SME Member Since 1957
Edward S. Roth,* FSME, CMfgE, PE, is retired as founder and president of Productivity Services, a manufacturing engineering consulting firm. He is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University. In addition to working for Sandia Labs for nearly 30 years, Roth has trained thousands of professionals at more than 100 companies on such subjects as concurrent engineering, design for low-cost manufacturing and functional gaging and inspection. He is also the author of three pioneering books on gaging. Roth is the creator of the Edward S. Roth Manufacturing Engineering Scholarship awarded through the SME Education Foundation. He had been an SME member since 1960 and was elected to the 1986 Class of SME Fellows.
William J. Huot, LSME, CMfgE, is the retired president of Huot Manufacturing Co. Before taking the helm of his family’s business, Huot learned tool and machine design from his father. Becoming president in 1983, he went on to establish his company’s reputation as a leader in cutting tool storage, CNC transport and CNC toolholder storage. During his tenure as SME president, he led efforts to present an industry forum, which attracted more than 800 people from manufacturing, government and military backgrounds. SME Member Since 1959
John E. Wilson, LSME, is retired as president of John Wilson Enterprises. He is a graduate of Santa Clara University’s management program and the AMA Management Program. He began his manufacturing career at the former Marchant. There, he held a number of career-advancing roles, including becoming plant manager. Wilson later became vice president-general manager of Smith Corona Typewriters; vice president, operations and manufacturing, for SCM Corp.; and chairman of the board of the Maui Mining and Manufacturing Corp. He has been an instructor of engineering and management at both Golden Gate College and the University of California. SME Member Since 1953
Robert M. Johnson, FSME, CMfgE, is retired from Honeywell after a 40-year career and is currently an adjunct faculty member at the University of St. Thomas School of Engineering. Johnson began his engineering career at the University of Minnesota but later left school to join the U.S. Naval Air Corps, where he went on to graduate as a Navy pilot. After WWII, he returned to the University of Minnesota, finishing his degree work while working at Honeywell. At Honeywell, Johnson held several positions, including director of the management development school. He was elected to the SME College of Fellows in 1991. SME Member Since 1947
Carl A. Darger,* LSME, retired from a long career in manufacturing. During his time at three companies, Darger worked in a number of capacities, including design, sales, machining and tools. His experience would later lead to consulting opportunities on tools and machining across the U.S. During his term as SME president, Darger championed manufacturing education. He had been an SME member since 1949.
Francis J. Sehn, FSME, PE, was the chairman of The Fran Sehn Co. He is also the founder of Press Automation Systems Inc. Sehn earned his professional engineer license in mechanical engineering in 1949 and expanded his engineering knowledge by attending evening classes at Wayne State University, Lawrence Technological University and the University of Detroit Mercy. He also initiated and taught the class “Modern Technology for Stamping Plants” at Wayne State. For his efforts on behalf of mechanical engineering and education, he was elected to the Michigan Academy of Science Arts and Letters in 1972. He joined SME in 1952 and was elected to the 1986 Class of SME Fellows.
H. Verne Loeppert,* FSME, CMfgE, PE, retired as CEO of the CDV Corp. but remained on the board of several organizations, including CDV, and was politically active. Loeppert earned an MBA in manufacturing from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Prior to joining CDV, he worked at a number of companies, including Ingersoll and a North American-based machinery company. During his years as SME president, Loeppert championed efforts to increase SME membership. He became an SME member in 1946 and joined the SME College of Fellows in 1989.
Philip R. Marsilius, PhD, FSME, is the former chairman of the Moore Tool Co. He is a graduate of Norwich University and has a bachelor’s degree in science. After serving in World War II, he earned a master’s degree in engineering management from the MIT Sloan School. Also the recipient of honorary doctorates from Norwich University and the Bridgeport Engineering Institute (now Fairfield University’s School of Engineering), Marsilius has dedicated his career to expanding his family’s machine tool business, first established in 1924. He was elected to the 1986 Class of SME Fellows, became an honorary member in 1986 and received the Joseph A. Siegel Service Award in 1978. SME Member Since 1949
SME's first president, Joseph A. Siegel, began his term in 1932. Since then, 85 presidents have gone on to serve in this important role. We hope that by highlighting their many achievements and experiences, we will inspire future leaders to volunteer, mentor and contribute.