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Ashok Kumar Elevated to Prestigious SME College of Fellows

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 Honored for Pioneering Research in Thin-Film Technology; Material Science

(DEARBORN, Mich., July 27, 2016) — SME, which serves the manufacturing industry by promoting advanced manufacturing technology and is recognized as a key resource for the industry, has elected Ashok Kumar of the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, to its 2016 College of Fellows.

Kumar is a professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of South Florida. Kumar holds a doctorate degree in materials science and engineering from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in metallurgical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (India). He also served as the director of the USF Nanotechnology Research and Education Center from 2009-11. Kumar has published 10 books, over 225 refereed scientific articles and holds eight U.S. patents. His research spans several areas of materials and manufacturing engineering, including micro and nanoscale fabrication, structure-property relationship in thin-film coatings, reliability issues in semiconductor manufacturing. He has received a number of honors and awards, including AAAS fellow, ASM fellow, ASME fellow, AIMBE fellow, NSF CAREER, Professor Honorario and Outstanding Professor. He has been an SME member since 2012.

Kumar is one of 10 SME Fellows elected this year. Fellows are professionals from industry, research and academia with more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing and have had a demonstrated impact on the social, technological and educational aspects of the manufacturing profession.

“Inclusion in the SME College of Fellows is a prestigious recognition for a career well-served,” said 2016 SME President Dean Bartles, PhD, FSME. “These accomplished professionals instruct, inspire and lead. We’re proud to recognize their accomplishments, achievements and contributions to manufacturing.”

The 2016 SME Fellows will be recognized during SME’s Fall Awards & Installation Banquet Nov. 12 in Rochester Hills, Michigan. As part of their recognition, the 2016 Fellows will receive lifetime, dues-free membership and can utilize the credentials “FSME” (“Fellow of SME”) after their names.

Nominations for the 2017 Class of SME Fellows are due on Dec. 1. Award information and nomination form can be found at Nominees must be members of SME.

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