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Manufacturing Research Takes Center Stage During NAMRI SME Awards at 46th Annual North American Manufacturing Research Conference

(COLLEGE STATION, Texas) — Researchers and academics were the guests of honor, recognized for their contributions, efforts and service to manufacturing research at the annual North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME (NAMRI/SME) awards on Thursday, June 21. Twenty-three awards were given out to researchers at the ceremony, which was part of the 46th annual North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC), hosted by Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

NAMRC is the premier international forum for applied research and industrial applications in manufacturing and design. NAMRI/SME brings together researchers from leading companies, government laboratories, academic institutions and industrial think tanks located around the world for advancing the scientific foundation of discrete-parts manufacturing.

“Manufacturing enables the enhancement of our society, economy and individual lives,” said Hitomi Yamaguchi, Dr. Eng., FSME, 2018-19 NAMRI/SME president. “The researchers and students recognized are making contributions that will enrich those opportunities long beyond today.”

Scott Smith, PhD, FSME, second from left, receives the NAMRI/SME Outstanding Lifetime Service Award, on Thursday, July 21, 2018. (L-to-R): Hitomi Yamaguchi, Dr. Eng., FSME, 2018-19 NAMRI/SME president; Scott Smith, PhD, FSME, University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Thomas R. Kurfess, PhD, FSME, PE, 2018 SME President; Jeffrey M. Krause, SME executive director and CEO.

2018 NAMRI/SME Award winners:

NAMRI/SME S.M. Wu Research Implementation Award

  • Joseph J. Beaman, ScD, FSME, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas

NAMRI/SME Outstanding Lifetime Service Award

  • Scott Smith, PhD, FSME, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina

NAMRI/SME Outstanding Paper Award

  • “Fabrication of Self-Recoverable Flexible and Stretchable Electronic Devices” 
    Authors: Yiwei Han and Jingyan Dong
  • “Coalescence of Gold Nanoparticles Around the End of a Carbon Nanotube: A Molecular-Dynamics Study” 
    Authors: Zheng Kang and Benxin Wu
  • “A Vibration-Assisted Method to Reduce Separation Force for Stereolithography” 
    Authors: Yong Chen, Jie Jin, Huachao Mao and Jingfan Yang 

David Dornfeld Manufacturing Vision Award

  • Alaa Elwany, PhD; Negar Kalantar, PhD, Stephanie Paal, PhD; Zachary Grasley, PhD; Zofia Rybokowski, PhD, Texas A&M University 
    Presentation: “3D Printing for Civil Infrastructure Construction”

John C. Zeigert, PhD, FSME, professor of mechanical engineering and engineering science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, presented the NAMRI/SME Founders Lecture.

In addition to the NAMRI/SME awards, eight winners of the 2018 SME Marcus B. Crotts Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award were recognized and presented with their awards at NAMRC. The award recognizes manufacturing engineers, age 35 or younger, who have made exceptional contributions and accomplishments in the manufacturing industry throughout the early stages of their careers.

Individuals who received their award on Thursday included:

  • Mostafa Bedewy, PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh
  • Thomas Hedberg Jr., PE, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland
  • Moneer Helu, PhD, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland 
  • Ala Qattawi, PhD, University of California, Merced, Merced, California
  • Yancheng WangPhD, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
  • Changxue XuPhD, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
  • Meng “Peter” ZhangPhD, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas
  • Xin ZhaoPhD, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina

 will be held June 10-14, 2019, at Penn State Behrend in Erie, Pennsylvania.  

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NAMRC – North American Manufacturing Research Conference of NAMRI/SME

NAMRC is recognized as North America’s preeminent and longest running international forum for applied research and industrial applications in manufacturing and design with its presentations and publication of original, basic and applied research in advanced manufacturing.

An annual event since 1973, NAMRC advances the scientific foundation of discrete-parts manufacturing leading to next-generation applications of emerging and innovative technology in material removal, forming and additive manufacturing processes and machines, and cyber-physical systems. The conference attracts global academicians, government and industry researchers, engineers, students, and leaders in manufacturing to interact with each other and advance the field. NAMRC features peer-reviewed papers, keynotes, special opportunities for networking and collaboration, and recognition of research implementation, service and achievements. Details available at:


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