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SME Recognizes 2020 Distinguished Faculty Advisors

Three professors from Texas State, Indiana Tech and Cal State Fullerton were selected

SME, the professional association committed to advancing manufacturing and developing a skilled workforce, has chosen three university professors to receive its 2020 Distinguished Faculty Advisor Award. This award, established in 2011, is presented to SME student chapter faculty advisors for their continued oversight, engagement and awareness efforts on their local campuses, advocating for students and the manufacturing industry.

Faculty advisors utilize their expertise to integrate real-world design projects into their classrooms, offer onsite research lab experience, sponsor attendance at industry conferences and co-authorship of scientific papers published in peer-reviewed journals and professional conferences. 

SME student chapter faculty advisors utilize their skills and expertise to integrate real-world manufacturing experiences into their classrooms and labs. Pictured is 2020 SME Distinguished Faculty Advisor Steve Dusseau, PhD, a professor in the Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering Department at Indiana Tech.

“Our faculty advisors use their coursework, labs and involvement in SME to showcase just how vast manufacturing is and what can be accomplished in this industry,” said 2020 SME Member Council Chair Brett A. Peters, PhD, dean and professor in the College of Engineering & Applied Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. “With the advisors’ leadership and dedication, these student chapters have continued to thrive.” 

2020 Distinguished Faculty Advisors:

  • Bahram Asiabanpour, PhD, CMfgE, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas
  • Steve Dusseau, PhD, Indiana Tech, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Sagil James, PhD, California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, California

SME provides a monetary award to each awardee as well as a recognition certificate. Additional award information can be found at