SME Salutes 30 Under 30: Making Their Mark on Manufacturing July 26, 2017 by SME Communications (DEARBORN, Mich.) – SME’s Advanced Manufacturing Media has introduced 30 of the brightest young minds in manufacturing, engineering and research in its fifth-annual "30 Under 30" section in the July Manufacturing Engineering magazine. 30 Under 30 celebrates young men and women, nominated by educators, managers and enterprise owners from around the U.S., for their exceptional accomplishments – notably and remarkably achieved by each before the age of 30. Many of the group are already exploring new advanced technologies and expanding boundaries in the manufacturing industry at Boeing, Facebook, General Dynamics, Stratasys, Lockheed Martin, Hitachi and other leading companies. Others are entrepreneurs or have assumed leadership roles in family enterprises. Still other 30 Under 30 honorees are educators, researchers and academic leaders. “We’re so pleased to share the inspiring stories of these brilliant, energetic, creative young professionals,” said Dave O’Neil, vice president, Advanced Manufacturing Media at SME. “With their talent and ability, these impressive people are the future and promise of American manufacturing.” Some notable examples of roles, responsibilities and accomplishment among the 2017 class of 30 Under 30: Kirsten Kozlovsky, a Notre Dame graduate currently working on a Fulbright Visiting Student Researcher Award project – a rare honor for an engineer. Raj Bhakta, a doctorate student at North Carolina State University, who aims to leverage studies in textile engineering into smart textiles and wearable technologies. Cory Cunningham, who is responsible for procurement and implementation of additive technology for use in tooling, rapid prototyping and shop aids for assembly at Boeing. Salvatore Palazzolo of Elkay Manufacturing, who received four different 30 Under 30 nominations! As a six sigma green belt, he has developed manufacturing strategies for Elkay that will create new jobs, increase product quality and further innovation. The 30 individuals (all age 30 or younger at the time of their nomination) recognized in 2017 are: Matthew Benzik, 24, SLM Solutions NA Inc., Wixom, Michigan Raj Bhakta, 25, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina James Biaglow, 21, The University of Alabama, Huntsville, Alabama Russell Brent, 27, General Dynamics NASSCO, San Diego Andrew Carter, 29, Stratasys Direct Inc., Austin, Texas Sandra Chen, 26, Facebook, Menlo Park, California Chad Chmura, 27, CNC Software Inc., Tolland, Connecticut Andrea Colosimo, 27, Hyla Soft North America, Chicago Adam Coulston, 29, Brose North America Inc., Auburn Hills, Michigan Joshua Cukier, 19, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan Cory Cunningham, 29, The Boeing Co., Seattle Devin Grande, 24, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas Daniel Iannuzzo, 25, Packard Machinery Co., Westford, Massachusetts Sean Kelly, 24, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts Kirsten Kozlovsky, 21, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana Caroline Kulczuga, 30, Ultimate Machining & Engineering Inc., Plainfield, Illinois Kathryn Merrill, 25, The Boeing Company, Seattle Nicole Metivier, 29, EnvisionTEC, Dearborn, Michigan Maxwell Micali, 27, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, California Adam Millat, 28, Millat Industries Corp., Dayton, Ohio Salvatore Palazzolo, 27, Elkay Manufacturing, Oak Brook, Illinois Tim Pheland, 27, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, North Kingstown, Rhode Island Zhengwen Pu, Hitachi Insight Group, Bellevue, Washington Tyler Rigby, 23, Nucor Steel Nebraska, Norfolk, Nebraska Katherine Robertson, 27, Mobile Comply, Detroit Austin Schmidt, 28, Additive Engineering Solutions LLC, Akron, Ohio Kevin Simon, 27, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts Jesse Trinque, 29, CNC Software Inc., Tolland, Connecticut Ryan Van Deest, 28, Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Illinois Erin Winick, 22, Sci Chic, Gainesville, Florida Profiles of the individual honorees are included in the July issue of Manufacturing Engineering magazine, available at AdvancedManufacturing.org. 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