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2022 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).

Officers

President

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

Dianne Chong, PhD, FSME, NAE, was vice president in The Boeing Co.’s Engineering, Operations & Technology organization where she managed materials and manufacturing processes and program integration. Chong was elected to the National Academy of Engineering and Washington State Academy of Science in 2017. She currently serves on multiple committees for the National Academy of Engineering. Chong is president of ABET. She is on the Washington State Academy of Science board. Chong is a member of TMS, AIAA, ASM International, SWE, Beta Gamma Sigma and Tau Beta Pi. She has served on the ASM board, is a fellow of ASM, and in 2007-08, was elected its first female president. Chong is president-elect of SME, a Fellow of SME and on SME’s AeroDef executive committee. She received an award for alumna achievement from the University of Illinois in 2019 and has received numerous technical and diversity awards. Chong received bachelor’s degrees in biology and psychology from the University of Illinois. She also earned master’s degrees in physiology and metallurgical engineering. In 1986, Chong received her doctorate in metallurgical engineering from the University of Illinois. She has an Executive Master of Manufacturing Management degree from Washington University. SME Member Since 1997

 

President-Elect

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James W. Schlusemann, LSME
Navistar (retired)

James W. Schlusemann was director of global business integration in Navistar’s Engine Group. He 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. During his career, Schlusemann held positions of process, industrial and systems engineer, ultimately rising to the position of Engine Group chief information officer. He has served on the SME Member Council as well as the SME Board of Directors in 2005, 2006, 2011 and 2016-21. Schlusemann is currently serving as the 2021 SME vice president and an an international director as well as the board liaison to Chicagoland Chapter 5. He was recently reelected to serve on the SME board in 2022-23 and will be the organization’s 2022 president-elect. Other SME contributions include contributing to board work groups on strategy, branding and governance. Schlusemann 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.” He is the founder and president of Prosperia International LLC, focusing on business process improvement and management services. Schlusemann 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

 

Vice President

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

Winston F. Erevelles, PhD, is a dean emeritus and professor of engineering in the School of Science, Engineering, and Technology at St. Mary’s University where he has worked to develop significant automation, robotics, additive manufacturing, reverse engineering and manufacturing process capabilities. Previously, Erevelles was the dean of the School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science and an associate vice president for Academic Affairs at Robert Morris University; a faculty member, laboratory director and director of the Manufacturing Engineering Program at Kettering University; and a manufacturing engineer and plant manager at Mykron Engineers, India. He currently serves as treasurer on the SME Board of Directors, SME International Director/Member Council Nominating Committee, is an adjunct accreditation director of engineering for ABET, member of the Leadership Advisory Council of the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind, and on the Education Committee of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Erevelles is the recipient of numerous awards, including 2015 ABET Fellow, 2011 Texas Diversity Council Individual Award, 2008 SME Education Award, 2005 Carnegie Science Center Award for Excellence, 1997 Rodes Professorship at Kettering University, 1996 SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award and the 1996 GMI Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Teaching. SME Member Since 1989

 

Treasurer

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 as secretary 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

 

Secretary

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Rebecca R. Taylor
The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences

Rebecca R. Taylor is the executive vice president, business development and programs for The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, the largest nonprofit R&D consortium in North America focused on manufacturing. She is responsible for business development, government relations as well as program execution. Taylor is excited about stepping into the unknown, which is why she is in a leadership position at NCMS — where development of new and exciting manufacturing capabilities is done every day. She thrives leading these teams into the next generation of technology development. Taylor serves on the board for SME and Intelligent Manufacturing Systems International. She is also a board member for the International Women's Forum of Washington DC. Taylor is part of the Advisory Board for the World Manufacturing Report and the Scientific Committee of the World Manufacturing Foundation. She is the recipient of the national STEP Award, recognizing outstanding women in science, technology, engineering and production. Taylor holds a bachelor’s degree from the George Washington University, a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and is planning to lead the next frontier in secure, productive manufacturing. SME Member Since 2014

 

International Directors

Jeffrey A. Abell, PhD, FSME, CMfgE, PE
General Motors

Jeffrey A. Abell, PhD, FSME, CMfgE, PE, is chief scientist for global manufacturing and director of manufacturing systems research at General Motors. He is responsible for global manufacturing research focused on vehicle electrification, lightweight systems manufacturing, automation and smart manufacturing. Abell led a research team that played a key role in bringing the Chevy Volt advanced battery to production and has held other leadership positions in product development and manufacturing at GM, Delphi and DaimlerChrysler, including two international assignments. He has written numerous technical publications, been granted several patents and has a strong track record of successful manufacturing technology implementation. Abell was twice presented with the Boss Kettering Award, GM's highest recognition for technical innovation. Since 1998, he has served in various capacities with SME such as a member of the International Awards & Recognition Committee and chair of the Accreditation Committee. Abell has been elected to SME’s North American Manufacturing Research Institution (NAMRI) Board of Directors and is an SME Fellow. He is also the vice-chair of the Industrial Advisory Council and member of the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Abell has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from GMI (now Kettering University) and graduate degrees and a doctorate in systems engineering from Oakland University. He is a licensed professional engineer. SME Member Since 2006

 

Edye S. Buchanan, CMfgT
BriskHeat Corp.

Edye S. Buchanan, CMfgT, is a sales strategist at BriskHeat in Columbus, Ohio. In her previous role as a product manager at Fives North American Combustion Inc., she was responsible for product design engineering, performance improvements and assisting in new product development. Buchanan was also a member of the team winning the company’s 2013 Innovation Award. She is currently serving her third term as an SME international director and is active in the Composite Tech Group. Buchanan has been the board liaison to SME’s Constitution and Bylaws Committee twice, Member Council twice, the Certification Oversight and Review Committee and International Awards & Recognition Committee. In 2014, she served as chair of the Organizational Review Task Team and International Officer Nominating Committee. In 1999 and 2000, Buchanan was on the SME Member Committee and was appointed to the first SME Member Council in 2003, serving for seven years including as vice-chair in 2010 and chair in 2019. She is a former chair of the Chapter Enhancement Committee and the council's Communications Task Force. Buchanan has been active in Lorain County Community College S254 and the former North Coast Chapter 134, serving as a chapter officer in both from 1988-93. Activity in Region 7 culminated as chair in 1999. Currently, she is the webmaster for Columbus Chapter 36 and previously was the program chair for Cleveland Chapter 3. Buchanan holds a bachelor's degree from Kent State University and an associate degree from Lorain County Community College. She received a 2013 STEP Award from The Manufacturing Institute, the SME President's Award in 2003, and Regional Awards of Merit in 2000 and 2002 for her outstanding service. Outside of SME, she serves as both a mentor and referee for the FIRST Lego League. SME Member Since 1987

 
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Jian Cao, PhD, FSME 
Northwestern University

Jian Cao, PhD, FSME, specialized in innovative manufacturing processes and systems, particularly in the areas of deformation-based processes and laser processes. She views manufacturing as an integration platform and has published over 300 technical articles including more than 15 patents. Cao is the editor-in-chief of the "Journal of Materials Processing Technology" and a board member of mHUB, Chicago's first innovation center focused on physical product development and manufacturing. She is a fellow of SME, American Association for the Advancement of Science, ASME and CIRP. Her major awards include Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellow from DoD (2019), Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award (2017) from ASME and Pi Tau Sigma, SME Frederick W. Taylor Research Medal (2016), ASME Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award (2012, 2018), SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award (2002) and NSF CAREER Award (1997). She served as president of the SME North America Manufacturing Research Institution (2011-12), and a program director at the National Science Foundation (2003-05). SME Member Since 1996

 

Robert W. Ivester, PhD, FSME
National Institute of Standards and Technology

Robert W. Ivester, PhD, FSME, is the deputy director of the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. MEP focuses on providing U.S. manufacturers with information and tools they need to improve productivity, assure consistent quality, accelerate the transfer of manufacturing technology and infuse innovation into production processes and new products. Ivester served at the Department of Energy for seven years, most recently as director of the Federal Energy Management Program. FEMP oversees federal government energy efficiency implementation, renewable energy adoption and reduction in energy and water use. He also served in the Advanced Manufacturing Office for six years, where AMO launched five Manufacturing USA Institutes, the Critical Materials Hub and hundreds of R&D and technical assistance projects. Ivester also worked at NIST for over 16 years, leading and performing research in advanced manufacturing. He has been an instructor for the Johns Hopkins University Engineering for Professionals program for graduate-level manufacturing engineering since 2001. Ivester is a fellow of SME and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He received his mechanical engineering doctorate, manufacturing engineering master's degree and mechanical engineering bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. SME Member Since 1996

 
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Marie Kissel
Abbott Laboratories Fund

Marie Kissel leads government affairs activities in Asia for Abbott, a global healthcare leader in diagnostics, medical devices, nutrition and branded generic pharmaceuticals. Prior to Abbott she was VP, government affairs and public policy, Asia Pacific, for Baxter International, based in Shanghai (2006 to 2013). She is vice president, American Chamber of Commerce in Japan and is active with the National Center for APEC. She served on the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce Shanghai from 2011 to 2013. Kissel has also held various government affairs and trade policy roles in the automotive industry, primarily with DaimlerChrysler, in Washington, D.C., and Singapore. She started her career at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Marie holds a bachelor's degree in government/international affairs and Japanese language from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona, USA. SME Member Since 2021

 

Michael D. Packer, FSME
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. (retired)

Michael D. Packer, FSME, was the director of operations strategy for Lockheed Martin before retiring in January 2021. Besides his SME involvement, Packer is active in the Institute of Industrial Engineers; SAE International (serving as general chair for past AeroTech World Congress); the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (conferred associate fellow in 2011); the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council; and the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining. He served as president for SME in 2021; chair of the NCDMM board; board member and treasurer for MSSC; vice-chair of the National Association Manufacturing’s Manufacturing Leadership Council; 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 numerous 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 1981

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

Albert J. Wavering, FSME, is the deputy director for planning and operations for the Engineering Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He advises and supports the EL director regarding laboratory-wide operations, strategic planning, budgets and resources, and facilities development to advance the laboratory’s research programs. Wavering previously served as chief of the NIST Intelligent Systems Division. In this role, he directed 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 as the acting deputy director of the NIST Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory from 2008-10. He joined NIST in 1985 as a mechanical engineer with a research background in robotics and automation. Wavering was awarded the SME Philip R. Marsilius Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award in 1996 and was elected to the SME College of Fellows in 2009. He 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 has served as a member of the SME Board of Directors since 2019. SME Member Since 1998

 
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Hitomi Yamaguchi Greenslet, PhD, FSME
University of Florida

Hitomi Yamaguchi Greenslet, PhD, FSME, is a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida. The path that led Greenslet to UF includes positions in industry, national laboratories and academia both inside and outside her native Japan. She has taught manufacturing engineering throughout her academic career, and Greenslet’s research interests include magnetic field-assisted finishing, abrasive technology and medical-device development. Her work has been published in nearly 100 refereed journal papers, and she has been granted 11 patents. Greenslet has received many awards, including the SME John T. Parsons Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award in 2000. She served as the president of the North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME (NAMRI | SME) for the 2018-19 term. Greenslet is currently the chair of the Scientific Technical Committee for Abrasive Processes of CIRP (the International Academy for Production Engineering). In recognition of her contributions, Greenslet has been elected as a fellow of both ASME and SME. She is also passionate about working in the areas of manufacturing education and workforce development. Greenslet hosts students (from K-12 to university) in her laboratory every summer and has hosted events where professionals can share their experiences in engineering education and career development. SME Member Since 1997