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Tony Schmitz Elevated to Prestigious SME College of Fellows

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Recognized for Contributions to and Advancement of State-of-the-Art Machining Practice

(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 Tony Schmitz, PhD, FSME, of the University of North Carolina Charlotte, to its 2016 College of Fellows.

Schmitz is professor and associate chair for Graduate Programs at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Temple University in 1993, his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida in 1996 and his doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. Schmitz completed a postdoctoral appointment at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and was then employed as a mechanical engineer from 1999-2002. During this time, Scmitz was also a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University. He accepted an appointment in the University of Florida’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 2002 and joined the Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2011.

Schmitz has received the UNC Charlotte Lee College of Engineering 2013 Undergraduate Award in Teaching Excellence, 2012 Temple University Alumni Fellow, 2011 Sports Emmy Award (NBC Learn) for the Science of NFL Football, 2010 NAMRI/SME Outstanding Paper, 2009 UF MAE Teacher of the Year, 2005 SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer award, 2004 Journal of Tribology Best Paper Award, 2003 ONR Young Investigator Award, 2003 NSF CAREER Award, 1999 Measurement Science and Technology Highly Commended Article, 1999 NRC Postdoctoral Research Associateship (NIST), 1999 Temple University Gallery of Success Inductee, 1998 DoE /NAE Integrated Manufacturing Predoctoral Fellowship and 1994 NSF Graduate Traineeship. Schmitz has been an SME member since 2004.

Schmitz 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 sme.org/fellows. Nominees must be members of SME.

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