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2019 SME Board of Directors

The SME Board of Directors is elected by the entire voting membership of SME. It is made up of industry and academic leaders whose diverse backgrounds represent years of experience from a wide array of manufacturing disciplines. Acting as the governing body of SME, it has the power to establish business policy for SME, order and conduct professional meetings, and guide its member units. The Board has absolute budget authority and complete responsibility for SME's property.

SME members interested in being considered for a seat on the Board may apply by submitting an International Director/Member Council Candidate Application (MS WORD).



Mark L. Michalski
2019 SME President

Mark L. Michalski was chief operations systems officer - global operations for MKS Instruments, the worldwide leader in technology solutions that measure, control, power, monitor and analyze the critical parameters of advanced processes such as semiconductor process manufacturing, environmental, life sciences and scientific research. Responsible for strategies in process development, new product introduction and information technologies, he was chief implementation architect of the Visual Factory cross-platform solution to data analytics, SPC and shop-floor management visualization. Prior to joining MKS, Michalski held positions as director of operations at Bel Fuse, a DC-to-DC converter manufacturer, and vice president of operations at Acumentrics Corp., an advanced fuel-cell provider. He also served in senior technical management positions at Zoll Medical and BBN Advanced Computers. Michalski received his education in manufacturing engineering and operations technology from Northeastern and Lowell Universities. He has held a wide variety of SME leadership positions. Michalski served as executive board member and chair of SME's Boston Chapter 33 for seven years, credited as a member of the team responsible for revitalization of the chapter. Nationally, he has served as chair of the Manufacturing Enterprise Council and Member Council, as well as chair of the Chapter Enhancement Committee and member of the International Director/Member Council Nominating Committee. As co-chair of the One SME Committee, Michalski co-developed the strategy to combine and leverage chapter and Technical Communities resources. In 2010, he became an Award of Merit recipient. As chair of the SME Leadership Series Development team, Michalski was a primary speaker at more than 30 series events throughout the U.S. Since 2010, he has served on the SME Board of Directors. Michalski has been a member of the International Awards, Innovation and Business Development committees, as well as serving as an SME Education Foundation Scholarship Committee reviewer since 2013. In 2019, Michalski will serve as the SME president. SME Member Since 1992



Susan M. Smyth, PhD, FSME, NAE
General Motors (retired)

Susan M. Smyth, PhD, FSME, NAE, recently retired as the chief scientist for global manufacturing at General Motors and the director of GM R&D Manufacturing Systems Research Labs. In this capacity, she directed the creation of GM’s global manufacturing R&D strategies and oversaw innovation and implementation of its advanced manufacturing technology portfolio. In this role at General Motors, Smyth was responsible for manufacturing technology research and development enabling the production of world-class vehicle and propulsion systems and driving innovations to enhance quality, efficiency and flexibility of GM’s manufacturing systems. During her career at General Motors, Smyth held a variety of leadership positions in manufacturing, engineering, “big data” analytics and research and development. She is recognized as one of the strategic technology leaders inside and outside GM. Smyth served as chair of the U.S. Manufacturing Council, which advises the Secretary of Commerce on government policies and programs that affect U.S. manufacturing. She was the GM executive representative and chair of the Manufacturing Technology Leadership Council at the U.S. Council for Automotive Research. Smyth has also served as executive technology advisor to several prestigious research institutes, such as the University of Michigan, MIT, Georgia Tech, Northwestern and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. She currently serves on the advisory board for the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Army. Smyth was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2018. She was made a Fellow of SME in 2015 and has been recognized for her technical and business achievements with multiple international awards. Smyth has a bachelor's degree in physics, a master's degree in optoelectronics and information technology, and a doctorate in physics from the Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland. SME Member Since 2010


Vice President

Michael D. Packer, FSME
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.

Michael D. Packer, FSME, is vice president of advanced manufacturing development for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. Besides his SME involvement, Packer is active in the Institute of Industrial Engineers, SAE International (serving as general chair for past AeroTech World Congress) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (conferred associate fellow in 2011). He currently serves as an executive board member for the National Defense Industrial Association – Manufacturing Division, Executive Board Member and Treasurer for the National Manufacturing Skills Standards Council, Manufacturing Executive Leadership Journal Board Member and is a past member of the Georgia Tech Industrial Advisory Board. Packer is Shingijutsu Lean Production System trained and certified, and a past board member of the MIT Lean Aerospace Initiative. He has published six articles concerning manufacturing strategy; advanced manufacturing technology and methods; transition from development to production; team-based, high-performance organization design; and manufacturing talent development. Packer is also an Eagle Scout. He attended Eastern Michigan University on athletic and academic scholarships earning a bachelor's degree in industrial technology. Packer also earned an MBA from Washington University at St. Louis and completed the Manufacturing Executive Program at the University of Michigan. SME Member Since 2003



Dianne Chong, PhD, FSME, NAE
The Boeing Co. (retired)

Dianne Chong, PhD, FSME, NAE, was the vice president in the Boeing Research and Technology organization in the Boeing Engineering, Operations & Technology organization. In this position, she led special projects that impacted processes and program integration for the Boeing Enterprise. Prior to this, Chong was the vice president of materials, manufacturing, structures and support in the Boeing Engineering, Operations & Technology organization. In that role, she led the organization responsible for development and support of manufacturing processes and program integration for the Boeing Enterprise. Chong was elected to the National Academy of Engineering and the Washington State Academy of Science in 2017. She currently serves on the National Academies’ Gordon Prize committee, the steering committee for EngineerGirl and the Defense Materials, Manufacturing, and Infrastructure Committee. Chong is also president-elect of ABET. She also serves on the board for the Washington State Academy of Science. Chong is a member of TMS, AIAA, ASM International, SME, SWE, Beta Gamma Sigma and Tau Beta Pi. She has served on the board of trustees, is a fellow of ASM International, and in 2007-08, was elected as the first female president of ASM International. She serves on the ASM Women in Materials Engineering Committee and the ASM Action in Education Team. Chong is currently serving as vice president of the SME, sits on the Board of Directors and is a fellow of SME. She also serves on SME’s Accreditation Committee and the AeroDef Executive Committee. Chong has been recognized for managerial achievements and as a diversity change agent. She also received an award for alumna achievement from the University of Illinois in 2019 and is the recipient of numerous technical and diversity awards. Chong has also supported national efforts by supporting teams for NAE studies on reproducibility and replicability and and materials and manufacturing workshops. She received her bachelor’s degrees in biology and psychology from the University of Illinois. Chong also earned master’s degrees in physiology and metallurgical engineering. In 1986, she received her doctorate in metallurgical engineering from the University of Illinois. Chong also completed an executive master of manufacturing management at Washington University.SME Member Since 1997



James W. Schlusemann
Prosperia International

James W. Schlusemann is president of Prosperia International, focusing on business process improvement and management services. Schlusemann began his career as a machinist, setting up, operating and programming conventional and CNC machines that made parts for construction equipment, engines and trucks at Navistar, a global manufacturing company. He held positions of process, industrial and systems engineer. At Navistar, Schlusemann rose to the position of Engine Group chief information officer where he directed initiatives that expanded business operations to Brazil, Mexico, India and China. Schlusemann later helped Navistar relaunch foundries in Indiana and Wisconsin. As an active SME member since 1989, his career and life today span the gamut of representing members, living on the production floor, leading major initiatives, improving business practices as well as guiding strategic issues facing organizations in today's world. Schlusemann has served on the Member Council and as the board liaison to SME’s Chicago Chapter 5. He has also served on the SME Board of Directors in 2005, 2006, 2011 and 2016-19.  Schlusemann was recently elected as the 2019 SME secretary. Other SME contributions include contributing to board work groups on strategy, branding and governance. He has also served as an advisor for SME’s former Product Design & Automation and the Product Data Management & Exchange tech groups and led a team contributing to the fifth edition of “Fundamentals of Tool Design.” Outside of SME, Schlusemann also volunteers as a business mentor for SCORE and executive mentor for Menttium. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and computer science, and a master’s degree in management information systems from North Central College in Illinois.SME Member Since 1989


International Directors

Winston F. Erevelles, PhD
St. Mary's University

Winston F. Erevelles, PhD, is a professor of engineering and dean of the School of Science, Engineering, and Technology at St. Mary’s University, a Hispanic-serving Institution in San Antonio, Texas. Over the past eight years, he has worked to develop significant automation, robotics, additive manufacturing, reverse engineering and manufacturing process capabilities at the university. Erevelles previously spent 10 years at Robert Morris University where he led the development of Pennsylvania’s only accredited manufacturing engineering program and served as dean of the School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science and associate vice president for Academic Affairs. While at Robert Morris, Erevelles served as the founding director of the PRIME coalition — a manufacturing education and career development partnership funded by the SME Education Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Labor and several area foundations. He also spent eight years at Kettering University as a faculty member, laboratory director and as director of the Manufacturing Engineering Program. Erevelles began his career as a manufacturing engineer and plant manager at Mykron Engineers, India, where he was responsible for machining systems and maintenance operations. Erevelles has served as a Manufacturing Engineering Program Evaluator for the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET since 1997 and is a member of SME’s Accreditation Committee. He represented SME on the EAC from 2004-09, served on the EAC executive committee from 2004-15 and chaired the EAC in 2013-14. Erevelles currently serves as an adjunct accreditation director of engineering, on the Leadership Advisory Council of the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind, the Education Committee of the San Antonio Manufacturers Association and the Education Committee of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He has served as a member of the SME Education Foundation Board of Directors, chair of the Grants Trustee Committee and as secretary to the board. Erevelles has also served on the board of directors for Biomed SA and KIPP San Antonio. He was recognized as a fellow of ABET in 2015 and is a recipient of the 2011 Texas Diversity Council Individual Award, the 2008 SME Education Award, the 2005 Carnegie Science Center Award for Excellence, the 1997 Rodes Professorship at Kettering University, the 1996 SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award and the 1996 GMI Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Teaching. SME Member Since 1989


Vincent W. Howell Sr., FSME, CMfgE
Corning Inc. (retired)

Vincent W. Howell Sr., FSME, CMfgE, has 40 years of manufacturing engineering and management experience spanning process industries (liquid-crystal display glass) and electronics manufacturing. Under Howell’s leadership, he led a team of engineers, manufacturing technologists and scientists in the design, development and implementation of LCD glass-automated inspection technology, which continues to be an important innovation for LDG glass manufacturing processes. During his career at Corning Inc., Howell held positions of increasing responsibility, and during this time, was presented with the Display Technologies Division Engineering People Development Award for distinguished leadership and workforce development and the Six Sigma Golden Eagle Award for excellence in leadership for continuous improvement. After retiring from Corning Inc. as manager, intellectual asset protection for the LCD glass manufacturing business, he currently serves on the faculty of Elmira College graduate school teaching courses in strategic planning, project management and business ethics. Elected an SME fellow in 2013, Howell has served as a chapter and SME Member Council leader and as a member of SME’s International Director/Member Council Nominating Committee. He is currently serving on the SME Board of Directors. Howell is a two-time past president of the Process Industries Division of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, and has been active in the Association for Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering. In 2011, ATMAE presented him with its Industry Innovation Award “in recognition of innovation, demonstrated leadership and superior performance through the creation and management of technology.” As an inductee into the Epsilon Pi Tau Honor Society, EPT has also honored Howell with is William E. Warner Award for “exemplary achievements as a practitioner in applied engineering.” He holds two patents, authored a book focused on engineering continuing education and has contributed broadly to engineering literature (he contributed a chapter in the “International Encyclopedia of Robotics,” which received the Best Reference Book Award for an engineering and science book for 1988 by the American Publishers Association. More recently, Howell contributed a chapter on “Fiber Optics,” in the recently published “Encyclopedia of the Industrial Revolution,” 1750-2007. He has written over 40 industry articles and conference presentations, and for the past eight years, Howell has been a featured writer for “Ceramic Industry” magazine, writing articles on such topics as lean, intellectual asset protection and workforce development. Howell holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology – manufacturing (North Carolina A&T State University) and a master’s degree in organization and management (Salve Regina University), a master’s certificate in project management (George Washington University) and a doctorate focused on project management. Howell completed the Executive Management Program at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Salve Regina University presented Howell with is Distinguished Graduate Alumni Award in 2010. He is also a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt (Corning Inc.). IISE has also honored him. SME Member Since 1982


Thomas R. Kurfess, PhD, FSME, PE
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Thomas R. Kurfess, PhD, FSME, PE, is one of the world’s leading experts in the field of digital manufacturing, cyber manufacturing and the internet of things (IoT) for manufacturing. Kurfess is currently the chief manufacturing officer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He began his career in manufacturing as a machinist at a job shop in the Chicago area in 1978. In 1989, Kurfess joined the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University where he rose to the rank of associate professor. In 1994, Kurfess moved to the Georgia Institute of Technology where he was promoted to full professor in 2000. In 2005, Kurfess was named professor and BMW chair of manufacturing in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research. In 2012, he returned to Georgia Tech where he was appointed the HUSCO/Ramirez distinguished chair in fluid power and motion control and professor of mechanical engineering. During 2012-13, Kurfess was on leave serving as the assistant director for advanced manufacturing at the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President of the United States of America. In this position, he had responsibility for engaging the Federal sector and the greater scientific community to identify possible areas for policy actions related to manufacturing. Kurfess was responsible for coordinating federal advanced manufacturing R&D, addressing issues related to technology commercialization, identifying gaps in current federal R&D in advanced manufacturing and developing strategies to address these gaps. He has served as a special consultant of the United Nations and presently serves on the board of the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences and the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining. Throughout his career, Kurfess has received numerous awards including the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, the NSF Presidential Faculty Fellowship Award, the AMT Charles F. Carter Jr. Advancing Manufacturing Award, the 2006 SME Philip R. Marsilius Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award and the 2010 SME Education Award. He is currently serving as the immediate past president on the SME Board of Directors. Kurfess joined SME in 1983, was elected to the 2006 Class of SME Fellows and served as the 2007-08 NAMRI/SME president. He received his SB, SM and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT in 1986, 1987 and 1989, respectively, and his SM degree in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT in 1988. SME Member Since 1983


Dean S. Phillips
Link Systems

Dean S. Phillips is a production enhancement engineer with LINK Systems, and the founder of Longevity Industries, a manufacturing media company focused on education, information and workforce development. With his 27-year career in the forming and fabricating industries, Phillips has been involved with safety and automation integration with companies and installations worldwide. Previously, as a product designer, he worked for companies such as Clearing, Niagara, Bliss Presses, SEYI Press, Piranha-Allsteel, TENNSMITH Inc. and Handling Specialty. Phillips is regarded as an expert in the field of safety and is a frequent speaker for the Precision Metalforming Association. He is also a member of PMA's Safety Committee and contributor to its "Safety GREEN Book." Phillips often contributes to "MetalFoming" magazine on safety, controls, IIOT, automation and continuous improvement topics. In addition, he acts as a consultant and trainer on safety and productivity, outlining safety procedures at various companies across the U.S. His commitment to manufacturing can be heard in his Longevity Industries' "Destiny of Manufacturing" podcast where he interviews thought leaders and industry experts on their five-year outlook on the future of manufacturing. Phillips is also a frequent podcast contributor. As an advisor on the IIOT, he works with manufacturers to integrate their technology, hardware and information systems. For SME, Phillips has spent more than 10 years developing programs and assisting with volunteer efforts through its Technical Communities and local chapters. He has served in every leadership capacity for SME's Nashville Chapter 43, including chapter chair in 2010. In 2017, Phillips was chair of the SME Member Council. He is also a longtime webinar contributor, presenter, community advisor and membership consultant. As chair of Chapter 43 and the PMA Tennessee District, he has worked to meet fundraising goals to provide scholarships and influence workforce development efforts. As an advisory board member for the Tennessee College for Applied Technology, Phillips has worked to develop a student chapter, secure funding and contributions of equipment to develop the manufacturing leaders of tomorrow. An early adopter of Manufacturing Day, he developed programs that networked the Tennessee Manufacturers Association and the TN Board of Regents along with the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce to create the first integrated program for all stakeholders Phillips is a speaker at the Michigan Safety Conference, PMA Safety speaker and advisor on the safety committee of other national organizations. SME Member Since 2005


Ralph L. Resnick, FSME
National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining
America Makes

Ralph Resnick, FSME, joined the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining in September 2008 as vice president, chief technology officer with more than 35 years of manufacturing experience. He assumed the role of president and chief executive officer in May 2011 and led the NCDMM to winning the competitive National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute contract. Upon award, Resnick also assumed the role of acting director of the institute, now known as America Makes, until February 2013 when a new new director was appointed. In May 2019, he stepped down as NCDMM president and CEO and assumed a newly created position of vice president of strategy. Prior to joining NCDMM, Resnick served as chief technology officer for both The ExOne Co. and Extrude Hone Corp. where he was a major contributor in establishing both organizations as leaders in advanced manufacturing, including such areas as additive manufacturing, process research and technology transition to the world’s factory floors. Resnick holds several patents in manufacturing processes and metrology. He serves on the SME Board of Directors, is a former member (chair) of SME’s International Awards & Recognition Committee and the 2005-06 president of the North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME (NAMRI/SME). Resnick also serves on the MTConnect Institute Board of Trustees; advisory board for CANRIMT and HI-AM Network of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada; DoD’s JDMTP Metals Subpanel; and is a member of the prestigious International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP). He is a former board member of AMT – The Association for Manufacturing Technology; the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences; the Louisiana Center for Manufacturing Sciences; former chairman of the National Defense Industrial Association Manufacturing Division; NIST Smart Machining Consortium; and the Navy Metalworking Center’s Industry Advisory Board. Locally, Resnick is active in the board of directors for the Central Allegheny Challenger Learning Center in Indiana County; the Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board; and the Westmoreland Heritage Trail. He is a former chairman of the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences and was a longtime member of the board of directors until January 2013. Resnick is also a former board member of the Navy’s Electro Optic Center and a past chairman of AMT’s Technology Issues Committee. He was elected an SME Fellow in 2005, and in 2010, received the NAMRI/SME Outstanding Lifetime Service Award. SME Member Since 1992 


Steven R. Schmid, PhD, FSME, PE
University of Notre Dame
National Science Foundation

Steven R. Schmid, PhD, FSME, PE, received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology; master’s and doctorate degrees at Northwestern University; and is a professor at the University of Notre Dame. His first employer was Triodyne Inc, a mechanical engineering design and consulting firm in Niles, Illinois, where he was a senior engineer investigating machinery failures. Since coming to Notre Dame, Schmid has conducted research for a wide variety of corporations, including ALCOA, Zimmer, Biomet, Johnson & Johnson, MTI Welding, Borg Warner, Arcilor Mittal, Rolls Royce, Lockheed Martin, GKN Aerospace and others. He has received three best paper awards at SME's North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC), the largest annual manufacturing conference in North America, and served as president of the North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME (NAMRI/SME) in 2015-16. Schmid hosted NAMRC in 2012. He conducts research and teaches courses in the general fields of manufacturing, metal forming, tribology and design. Of his textbooks, “Manufacturing Engineering and Technology” (with S. Kalpakjian) is the world's most popular manufacturing textbook and has been translated into 15 languages. “Manufacturing Processes for Engineering Materials,” “Fundamentals of Machine Elements” and “Fundamentals of Fluid Film Lubrication” are some of his other 22 books and book chapters. He has written over 150 peer-reviewed publications. SME Member Since 1994


Rebecca R. Taylor
The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences

Rebecca R. Taylor is the senior vice president, strategy and business development for the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, the largest nonprofit R&D consortium in North America focused on manufacturing. She is responsible for strategy, business development and customer and government relations. Taylor serves on the board for the National Advanced Mobility Consortium and Intelligent Manufacturing Systems. She is also on the DHS Critical Manufacturing Sector Coordinating Council and the International Women’s Forum. Taylor is also the recipient of the national STEP Award, recognizing outstanding women in science, technology, engineering and production. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the George Washington University and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics.SME Member Since 2014


Albert J. Wavering, FSME
National Institute of Standards and Technology

Albert J. Wavering, FSME, is the chief of the Intelligent Systems Division of the Engineering Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He directs measurement science and standards research programs to drive innovation and reduce risks of adoption of additive manufacturing, robotics, cybersecurity and other advanced manufacturing technologies to advance U.S. industrial competitiveness. Wavering also served for three years as the acting deputy director of the NIST Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory. He was awarded SME’s Philip R. Marsilius Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award in 1996 and was elected to the SME College of Fellows in 2009. Wavering served on the SME Education Foundation Proposal Review Committee from 1999-2007, and as a member of the SME Education Foundation Board of Directors from 2007-10. Wavering received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois. SME Member Since 1998