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2014 SME International Honor Award Recipients

These six SME International Honor Awardees were recognized for their significant contributions to manufacturing in the areas of manufacturing technologies, processes, technical writing, education, research and management.

Fritz KlockeProf. Dr.-Ing. Fritz Klocke, FSME
Chair of Manufacturing Technology/Co-Director of the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering
RWTH Aachen University
Head, Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology
Aachen, Germany


Fritz Klocke is recognized with the Eli Whitney Productivity Award for seminal contributions to the development of a broad range of new manufacturing processes as well as the improvement of existing manufacturing methods. Klocke studied manufacturing engineering at the TU Berlin, was a research fellow at the Institute for Machine Tools and Manufacturing Technology until 1981 and then as head engineer until 1984, receiving his engineering doctorate in 1982. Klocke worked in industry from 1984 until 1994 at Ernst Winter & Sohn in Hamburg. In 1995, he joined RWTH Aachen as professor of manufacturing engineering technology, and since then, has been chair of manufacturing technology, co-director of the WZL Laboratory for Machine Tools & Production Engineering at the RWTH Aachen and head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology. Klocke was awarded the Otto-Kienzle Memorial Coin in 1985 by the Manufacturing Engineering University Group. The title doctor engineering honoris causa (Dr.-Ing. E.h.) was bestowed on Klocke by the University of Hannover in 2006 for his outstanding achievements in science, his efforts in the industrial implementation of a broad range of manufacturing techniques as well as for his commitment in numerous scientific committees. In 2009, the title doctor honoris causa (Dr. h.c.) was awarded to Klocke by the University of Thessaloniki for his achievements in production science, his engagement in international cooperations and his benefits as a teacher and supervising tutor of student engineers. In 2010, Klocke received the Fraunhofer Medal and was bestowed an honorary doctorate by Keio University. He was elected to the 2012 SME College of Fellows. Member Since 2012

Skip MarshSheldon “Skip” Marsh
V&A Cleaning Systems Inc.
Rindge, New Hampshire    

Sheldon “Skip” Marsh is recognized with the Joseph A. Siegel Service Award for dedicating countless hours educating members, manufacturing practitioners, students and parents on the benefits of SME and manufacturing. His tireless efforts have led to better interaction between industry, educators, government, students and SME. Marsh, president of V&A Cleaning Systems Inc., has served in various leadership roles for SME, including 1997 Monadnock Chapter 124 chair; 2003 Region 5 leader and program chair; 2006 chair of the Chapter Enhancement Committee; 2007 SME Member Council member; 2007-11 SME membership consultant for New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts; frequent SME Leadership Series speaker from 2005-08; and additionally served on various SME committees. He has dedicated countless hours to educating members, manufacturing practitioners, students of all ages and parents on the benefits of manufacturing and SME. In 2013, Marsh was instrumental in launching Chapter 124’s “SEE-IT trailer, which is a mobile-enclosed trailer that travels to various schools and businesses throughout New Hampshire to educate and promote the importance of manufacturing. In 2010, he received the SME President’s Award, and in 2008, Marsh was recognized with the Business Leader of the Year award by the Rindge (New Hampshire) Chamber of Commerce. Member Since 1991  

Don LuccaDon A. Lucca, PhD, FSME, CMfgE
Regents Professor and Herrington Chair in Advanced Materials
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma  

Don A. Lucca is recognized with the SME Frederick W. Taylor Research Medal for fundamental contributions to the research literature and understanding of surface mechanics/surface engineering in manufacturing, nanomechanical behavior of materials and ultra-precision cutting mechanics in precision engineering. Lucca is currently regents professor and Herrington chair in advanced materials in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Oklahoma State University. He also holds the position of guest scientist in the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies Group in the Materials Physics and Applications Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Lucca received a bachelor’s degree from Cornell, a master’s degree from Princeton and a doctorate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, all in mechanical engineering. His research is currently directed toward developing basic understanding of the mechanics and physics, which govern microscale and nanoscale fabrication processes used to create ultraprecision surfaces and thin films, and to investigating the mechanical, chemical, electrical and photonic nature of the surfaces which result. Lucca is a fellow of SME, CIRP and ASME. He is a recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Research Award for Senior Scientists, and has held positions of visiting professor at the Stiftung Institut für Werkstofftechnik at Universität Bremen and at the Politecnico di Torino. Lucca was awarded a Mercator professorship by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, and holds an honorary doctorate from Universität Bremen. Member Since 1981

Jean-Pierre Kruth

Prof. Dr. Ir. Jean-Pierre Kruth, FSME
Full Professor
Catholic University of Leuven
Leuven, Belgium  

Jean-Pierre Kruth is recognized with the SME Albert M. Sargent Progress Award for original research contributions in different areas of manufacturing science, particularly in additive manufacturing processes and metrology, and for being instrumental in turning these contributions into successful spinoff companies. Kruth is a full professor at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), where he is responsible for production engineering research and education. Kruth’s activities involve: CAD/CAPP/CAM, production processes, metalcutting, sheet-metal manufacturing, nontraditional machining (EDM and laser machining), additive manufacturing, reverse engineering, dimensional metrology and QC. After his doctorate, Kruth worked at the Institut Technologi Bandung, Indonesia (1979-82) and as engineer and CAD/CAM advisor at the Research Center of the Belgian Metalworking Industry until becoming a professor in 1987. Kruth was elected an SME Fellow in 1997; is a fellow of CIRP (International Academy for Production Engineering); and is a founding board member of the companies Materialise (1990), Metris (1995, now Nikon Metrology) and LayerWise (2008). He was awarded the F.W. Taylor Medal Award (CIRP); the Knight of the Laser Technology Award (Erlangen, D); the Industrial and Academic Career Award in Virtual and Rapid Prototyping (Leiria, Portugal); and FAME Award (Austin, Texas). Member Since 1984

Marilyn BargerMarilyn Barger, PhD, PE
Principal Investigator and Executive Director
Tampa, Florida 

Marilyn Barger is recognized with the SME Education Award for the development of manufacturing-related curricula for the entire state of Florida, being a leader in manufacturing education both nationally and internationally, and for inspiring students to enter the profession of manufacturing. Barger is the principal investigator and executive director of FLATE (Florida Regional Center of Excellence for Advanced Technological Education), funded by the National Science Foundation, since 2004. FLATE works closely with manufacturers across Florida serving manufacturing technical education programs statewide. Barger earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Agnes Scott College, and both a bachelor’s degree in engineering science and a doctorate in civil engineering (environmental) from the University of South Florida where her research focused on membrane separations for water purification. She has more than 20 years of experience in developing curricula for engineering and engineering technology for elementary, middle, high school and postsecondary institutions, including engineering colleges. Barger serves on a number of national panels and advisory boards for technical programs, curriculum and workforce initiatives, including the National Association of Manufacturers Educators Council. She is a fellow of the American Society of Engineering Education, and a member of Tau Beta Pi and Epsilon Pi Tau honor societies. Barger is also a charter member of both the National Academy and the University of South Florida‘s Academy of Inventors. She holds a licensed patent and is a licensed professional engineer in Florida. Member Since 2002

Andrew NeeAndrew Y C Nee, PhD, FSME
Department of Mechanical Engineering
National University of Singapore

Andrew Y C Nee is recognized with the SME Gold Medal for his exceptional and significant published research leading to a better understanding of metal stamping dies design and analysis; plastic injection mold design and analysis; fixture design and planning; and product development of manufacturing. Nee is widely recognized for his seminal research contributions to the manufacturing profession in the areas of plastic injection molds, progressive stamping dies, machining fixture design, and more recently, augmented reality applications. His work on plastic injection molds has resulted in a commercial software IMOLD, and for the progressive stamping die IPD, Nee received Singapore’s National Technology Award in 2002. His recent work in applying augmented reality to manufacturing operations has opened up a new arena, which could help users better learn and visualize manufacturing operations, leading to significant productivity gains. Nee is a recipient of the SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award in 1982, elected SME and CIRP Fellows both in 1990, and was the president of CIRP in 2012. He holds honorary professorship of five universities in China. In February 2014, Nee was appointed editor-in-chief of Springer’s “International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology.” Member Since 1977