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2017 SME College of Fellows

Six manufacturing leaders have been elected to the 2017 SME College of Fellows. Recipients are recognized by their peers and the manufacturing community as key contributors to the social, technical and educational progress of manufacturing.

Douglas DeckerDouglas D. Decker, FSME
Technical Fellow
Northrop Grumman Corp.
Redondo Beach, California

Decker is an internationally recognized subject-matter expert with over 35 years of experience in the aerospace community. He is a technical fellow and holds a leadership position at Northrop Grumman Corp. Decker received a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University where he attended on a football scholarship and received his degree in aeronautical engineering technology in 1981. His passion for aerospace technology has led him to seek out and apply new and innovative methods to build advanced composite structures in more economical and structurally efficient ways. Decker has successfully applied his passion for innovation on military aircraft, satellites, surface ships and semi-submersible vessels. He holds four patents associated with advanced composite processing and received the Northrop Grumman President’s Award for Innovation, Lockheed Martin Aero Star Award, TRW Chairman’s Award for Innovation and TRW Cost Reduction Award. Decker’s recent motivation and innovative solutions are enabling the transition of out-of-autoclave materials to large-scale military programs. SME Member Since 2016

Bryan DodsBryan G. Dods, FSME
Executive Director
Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence
United Technologies Research Center
East Hartford, Connecticut

Dods recently joined the United Technologies Research Center as executive director of its Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence. Previously, he was CEO of the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, managed by Collaborative Composite Solutions Corp. As a former chief engineer of manufacturing for GE Power, he has 30 years of manufacturing experience in various quality assurance, production management and technology development roles in the aerospace and power generation industries. As former executive-manufacturing engineering and technology at GE Energy, he initiated model-based enterprise and smart manufacturing implementations and established GE Power’s Advanced Manufacturing Works technology facility. Dods guided GE’s Wind Turbine Advanced Manufacturing Engineering team during the launch a 48.7 meter wind turbine blade, notably the first use of carbon fiber in GE products, and lauded as one of GE’s best-selling wind turbine. Prior to GE, he worked with Boeing as senior manager of assembly technologies leading composite automated assembly efforts for aircraft such as the 787 and F/A-18. Dods has been active in reestablishing manufacturing as a competitive advantage through participation with industry consortiums, government agencies, research institutes and universities. His previous experience includes strategic advisory board member for the McNair Center at the University of South Carolina, chairman of Clemson University’s Mechanical Engineering External Advisory Board and has years of experience working with several Manufacturing USA institutes, such as America Makes and the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute. Dods also worked with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership on the inceptions of Manufacturing USA. He has been active in workforce development as a founding member of the South Carolina Upstate STEM Collaborative, a former board of director for Greenville Technical College, and a collaborator and representative on Clemson University’s Center for Workforce Development. Dods 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, an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and, most recently, a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Indiana University East. He is the recipient of the 2013 M. Eugene Merchant Manufacturing Medal of ASME/SME for influence and responsibility improving the productivity and efficiency of manufacturing operations. SME Member Since 2010

Laine MearsLaine Mears, PhD, FSME, CMfgE, PE
BMW Smart State Endowed Chair of Automotive Manufacturing
Professor and Founding Faculty Member
Automotive Engineering Department
Clemson University
Greenville, South Carolina

At the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research, Mears teaches and conducts research in manufacturing quality estimation, intelligent machining systems, manufacturing process design and control, and manufacturing equipment diagnostics. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and is the recipient of the NSF CAREER award, SAE Ralph Teetor Educational Award, the South Carolina Governor’s Young Researcher Award for Excellence in Scientific Research and the IMECHE George Stephenson Gold Medal. Mears has over 10 years industry experience, holding positions with Hitachi Automotive and SKF Bearings as both manufacturing engineer and engineering manager in a high-volume precision manufacturing environment. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech (1993), and a master’s degree (2001) and doctorate (2006) in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech. Mears is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and SME, and is a senior member of the American Society for Quality. He is an ASQ-certified quality engineer, BMW lean six sigma black belt and a licensed professional engineer. SME Member Since 2004

Steven SchmidSteven R. Schmid, PhD, FSME, CMfgE, PE
Professor, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Indiana
Program Director for Manufacturing Machines and Equipment
National Science Foundation
Alexandria, Virginia

Schmid received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and a master’s degree and doctorate at Northwestern University. At Notre Dame, he conducts research and teaches courses in the general fields of manufacturing, metal forming, tribology and design. Of his four published textbooks, “Manufacturing Engineering and Technology” (with S. Kalpakjian) is the world's most popular manufacturing textbook. “Manufacturing Processes for Engineering Materials,” “Fundamentals of Machine Elements” and “Fundamentals of Fluid Film Lubrication” are some of his other books. In 2012-13, Schmid was the first faculty fellow at the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office. He is the program director for manufacturing machines and equipment at the National Science Foundation. Schmid has won numerous best paper and teaching awards, and served as president of the North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME (NAMRI/SME) from 2015-16. SME Member Since 1994

John VickersJohn H. Vickers, FSME
Principal Technologist
Space Technology Mission Directorate
Huntsville, Alabama

Vickers serves as the principal technologist in the area of advanced materials and manufacturing within NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate. He also serves as the associate director of the Materials and Processes Laboratory at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and as the manager of the NASA National Center for Advanced Manufacturing with operations in Huntsville, Alabama, and New Orleans. As principal technologist, Vickers leads the nationwide NASA team to develop technology strategies and expand the agency’s capabilities in advanced materials and manufacturing contributing to NASA’s space exploration and science missions. He represents NASA for the Manufacturing USA Initiative, the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation Institutes, and the Interagency Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office. Vickers chairs the NASA Technology Roadmap effort for “Materials, Structures, Mechanisms and Manufacturing,” which is published by the National Research Council. His awards include the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, NASA Exceptional Service Medal and the AIAA Holger Toftoy Award. Vickers holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. SME Member Since 2015  
Shiyu ZhouShiyu Zhou, PhD, FSME
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin

Zhou received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Science and Technology of China in 1993 and 1996, respectively, and his master’s degree in industrial engineering and doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan in 2000. His research focuses on industrial analytics and system informatics methodologies for manufacturing variation reduction, productivity improvement and operation optimization. Zhou has received numerous research awards and grants from various federal agencies and industries. He is a recipient of a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation and the Best Application Paper Award from “IIE Transactions.” Zhou is currently the editor of the “Design and Manufacturing” focus issue of “IISE Transactions.” He is a fellow of SME, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers. SME Member Since 2002