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SME Recognizes Five Prominent Manufacturing Professionals with International Honor Awards

SME today announced that five manufacturing professionals from industry and academia are being recognized with its 2019 International Honor Awards. These highly accomplished individuals are being honored for their significant accomplishments and contributions in manufacturing process monitoring and quality control; machining dynamics; metal cutting, machine tools, development in manufacturing processes and assembly; and leadership and service to manufacturing. All five will receive their awards during SME’s May 19 International Awards Gala in Detroit.

“Our 2019 award winners are individuals who think outside the box; they continually push the boundaries in science and manufacturing.” said Mark L. Michalski, 2019 SME president. “Through their groundbreaking research, process innovations, leadership and prolific publishing efforts, the industry is both strengthened and enlightened.”

2019 International Honor Award winners:

  • Eli Whitney Productivity AwardRobert X. Gao, PhD, FSME, Cady Staley professor and department chair, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland

  • Donald C. Burnham Manufacturing Management AwardDean L. Bartles, PhD, FSME, president, National Tooling and Machining Association, Cleveland

  • SME Frederick W. Taylor Research MedalTony L. Schmitz, PhD, FSME, professor and assistant director, Energy Production and Infrastructure Center, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina

  • SME Albert M. Sargent Progress AwardJohn S. Agapiou, PhD, FSME, technical fellow, Manufacturing Systems Lab, R&D Center, General Motors, Warren, Michigan

  • SME Gold MedalSteven R. Schmid, PhD, FSME, PE, professor, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana; program director, Advanced Manufacturing, National Science Foundation, Alexandria, Virginia

Nominations for the 2020 SME International Honor Awards are currently being sought. Submissions are due Aug. 1 and can be submitted at