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Distinguished Faculty Advisor Award

This award is offered to student chapter faculty advisors in recognition of their service to SME and their student chapter(s) in advancing manufacturing knowledge, education and SME's vision/mission/purpose.


  • Provide professional development support in the form of a monetary award for current student chapter faculty advisors. Award to be used for professional development or to support the student chapter activities.  
  • Acknowledge and reward those who demonstrate commitment to advancing SME's vision/mission/purpose.
  • Highlight services and activities performed on behalf of SME.
  • Recognize advancing professional growth of student chapter members.

Award Components

Monetary award valued up to $2,000 and a recognition certificate.

Eligibility for Award

  • The applicant must be a current SME member.
  • The applicant must be a current SME student chapter faculty advisor.
  • The applicant must be an employee of the educational institution sponsoring the SME student chapter.
  • Applicant's student chapter must be compliant with SME chapter requirements, i.e., submitted all the required forms and have a minimum of 10 active student members.
  • Eligible for one award per calendar year.

Application Process

  • Complete the application form (PDF).
  • Include a personal statement outlining your professional goals, contribution to the profession and SME student chapter.
  • Include curriculum vitae. Use only the last three years (not to exceed three 8.5x11 in. pages — include all items relevant to SME activities.
  • Applicant agrees to submit a final report within the next academic year explaining how the award helped his/her professional development and/or the growth of the student chapter. 

Application Deadline

All application materials must be received by SME NO LATER THAN MAY 15, 2022. INCOMPLETE APPLICATION MATERIALS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. An acknowledgment email will be sent on receipt of the application by SME.

Please direct applications and any questions to:

SME Membership
1000 Town Center, Suite 1910 | Southfield, MI 48075
Membership: 800.733.4763 | 313.425.3000 |


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Recent Award Winners

SME Recognizes 2022 Distinguished Faculty Advisors

Six professors from Texas State, Tennessee State, Drexel University, Arizona State, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State were selected in recognition of their service to SME and their student chapters.
2022 Distinguished Faculty Advisors Apply Here

Distinguished Faculty Advisor Award Recipients

ASIABANPOUR, Bahram, Texas State University S147 (2022, 2021, 2020, 2017, 2011)

BEDEKAR, Vishwas N., Middle Tennessee State University (2022)

CHIAPPONE, Sam, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute S141 (2014, 2013)

CHOI, Hongseok, Clemson University S353 (2016)

DUSSEAU, Steve, Indiana Institute of Technology S345 (2021, 2020)

ERTEKIN, Yalcin, Drexel University S058 (2022, 2017)

FIDAN, Ismail, Tennessee Tech University S215 (2018, 2016)

GALLAGHER, Christopher, Olympic College S363 (2012, 2011)

GHODSI, Reza, Central Connecticut State University U237 (2017)

GINTZ, Jerry, Arizona State University S043 (2022)

HAAPALA, Karl, Oregon State University S019 (2016, 2012)

HARP, Spencer, Georgia Southern University S085 (2014, 2012)

HUNG, Wayne, Texas A&M University S099 (2022, 2019)

JAMES, Sagil, California State University, Fullerton S282 (2020, 2019)

KANDRAY, Daniel, The University of Akron S362 (2011)

KUMAGAI, Akihiko, California State University, Sacramento S211 (2014)

LITTELL, Neil, Ohio University S087 (2017)

LUCAS, Thomas, PhD, Purdue University, S351 (2021)

MCKELL, Eric, Brigham Young University S051 (2021, 2015, 2014)

MONROE, Ross, Edmonds Community College S357 (2014, 2011)

NASSERI, Simin, Kennesaw State University S016 (2019, 2012)

NUTTER, Paul, Ohio Northern University S186 (2014) *

ORADY, Elsayed, University of Michigan-Dearborn S326 (2015)

POLASTRI, Patricia, Texas A&M University-Kingsville S264 (2015)

SANCHEZ, L. Rafael, University of Colorado Denver S324 (2014)

SHIRWAIKER, Rohan, North Carolina State University S317 (2018, 2014)

VANDERLOOP, Tom, Chippewa Valley Technical College S170 (2013)

VORA, Hitesh, Oklahoma State University S095 (2022, 2021)

WEBSTER, Rustin, Purdue Polytechnic Institute S351 (2019)

WILLIAMS, Carl, University of Memphis S140 (2014)