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2018 SME Member Council

The SME Member Council was created in the fall of 2003 to lead the member engagement activities of SME's volunteer networks. It is responsible for assisting SME in recognizing and meeting the needs of its membership in a rapidly changing environment, building on the long-term SME strategic goals, strengthening local activities and formulating recommendations relative to SME membership recruitment, retention and engagement.

SME members interested in being considered for a seat on the Member Council may apply by submitting an International Director/Member Council Candidate Application (MS WORD). We also encourage you to learn more about the SME Member Council by reading its monthly From the Desk of... e-newsletter.


Jason B. Jones, PhD
Co-Founder and CEO
Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies

Jason Jones, PhD, is the co-founder and CEO of Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies, a 3D printing startup, which is equipping CNC machines with additive manufacturing capabilities. Jones has a doctorate in 3D printing from the University of Warwick and has led millions of dollars of additive manufacturing research during the last decade. He has investigated 3D printing/digital fabrication techniques for multimaterial functional parts and hybrid processing approaches for metals. Jones serves as a task group chair for ASTM where he has led the development of several standards for 3D printing (including ISO 52921). For five years prior to Jone's research appointment, he worked as technical manager in the CNC and 3D printing industry at Unimatic Engineers Ltd. in London. He is the 2015-16 chair of the Additive Manufacturing Community. SME Member Since 2012


Council Representatives

Vesna Cota
Technical Specialist
Tyco Electronics Canada ULC

Vesna Cota is a technical specialist with Tyco Electronics Canada ULC, a TE Connectivity company. Cota has been active in the additive manufacturing community since the early 1990s and is a relentless promoter of additive manufacturing in Canada. As an executive officer of SME’s Toronto Chapter 26, she received the SME President’s Award for outstanding service as well as recognition for organizing and implementing a 1998-99 Rapid Prototyping Seminar Series. Cota also served on the 2003-04 editorial advisory board of “Design Product News” magazine. She was a community advisor for SME’s Additive Manufacturing Community from 2007-16 and has been a RAPID + TCT event advisor for over a decade. Cota acted as a conference speaker, panelist, mentor and session chair. She is also an advisor to SME’s RAPID Canada conferences and participated as a speaker and panelist at FABTECH Canada in 2016. Cota is currently the interim chair-elect of Toronto Chapter 26 and a member of the Canadian Mirror Committee on ISO/TC261 Standards for Additive Manufacturing. She became an SME master-level Additive Manufacturing Certificate holder in 2005. Cota received her degree in architecture from the University of Zagreb, Croatia. SME Member Since 1995


Melissa T. Dochter
Business Development Specialist
Schneider Electric

Melissa T. Dochter is a machine solutions specialist in OEM engineering sales for Schneider Electric. In 2009 and 2010, she served as chair-elect and chair, respectively, for SME’s Penn State student chapter. During her term as chair, membership more than doubled in size as she worked on redefining the chapter’s objectives and strengthening involvement. Dochter was also a member of the 2011-12 International Director/Member Council Nominating Committee. She is currently serving on the 2015-16 SME Member Council and various task teams. Dochter earned her bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Penn State University in 2010. SME Member Since 2009


Louis C. Dorworth
Manager, Direct Services Division
Abaris Training Resources Inc.

Louis C. "Lou" Dorworth has been working in the advanced composites industry since 1978. He has been associated with Abaris since its inception in 1983 and employed by Abaris Training since 1989. Dorworth’s background includes many years of education and experience in composite materials research and development, manufacturing engineering, material and process engineering, and tool design and fabrication. His aerospace composite background includes work on such programs as the Lear Fan 2100, Beechcraft Starship 1, B-2 bomber, C-17 transport, MD-11, Boeing 777, Airbus A-330/340, as well as many unmanned vehicle projects and programs. In addition, Dorworth has been involved with a number of nonaerospace programs, ranging from wind blades to snowboards to marine vessels to submersibles. He has been a professional member of the Society for the Advancement of Material & Process Engineering since 1982, having published a variety of technical papers over the years. Dorworth also co-authored “Essentials of Advanced Composite Fabrication & Repair.” He is also the current chair of the PCC Community and the Composites Manufacturing Tech Group. SME Member Since 1997


Ronald A. Gill, HSME, CMfgE
Manufacturing Consultant
Gill Enterprises

Ronald A. Gill, CMfgE, has 45 years of manufacturing experience, including 31 years in the aerospace fabrication/assembly industry and 12 years in the oil tooling industry. Gill has been a certified manufacturing engineer (CMfgE) since 1996 and earned professional distinction as a member of the Boeing Technical Fellowship. His SME engagement includes chair of WESTEC Displays Committee (2004); recipient of the Above and Beyond Award; chair of WESTEC Members Steering Committee (2005); NSF Advanced Aerospace Manufacturing Engineering Education Project (2005-08); Boeing External Technical Affiliations representative (2006-15); member of the International Awards & Recognition Committee (2010-13); and SME Member Council (2015-16). He also supports the South Bay Area Chapter 153 leadership team. SME Member Since 1992


Karl R. Haapala, PhD
Associate Professor
School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering
Oregon State University

Karl R. Haapala, PhD, is an associate professor in the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University, where he directs the Industrial Sustainability Laboratory and is assistant director of the OSU Industrial Assessment Center. Haapala received his bachelor's degree (2001) and master's degree (2003) in mechanical engineering, and his doctorate in mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics as an NSF IGERT trainee (2004-08), from Michigan Technological University. Haapala has served in a variety of capacities within ASME, IIE and SME, and has been inducted into the honor societies of Pi Tau Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Xi. His research addresses sustainable manufacturing challenges, including life-cycle engineering methods, manufacturing process performance modeling and sustainable engineering education. Haapala has received funding from DOE, NIST, NSF, U.S. Army, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Oregon Metals Initiative and industry. His work has appeared in more than 90 peer-reviewed proceedings and journal articles. SME Member Since 2002


John Kovalchuck, LSME, CMfgE
CNC Instructor in Engineering and Advanced Technology
Macomb Community College

John Kovalchuck, LSME, CMfgE, is a CNC instructor in engineering and advanced technology at Macomb Community College. Kovalchuck has held two terms as SME international director, two terms as SME Certification chair and served as the SME International Strategies Committee chair. He was chair of the former Greater Detroit Chapter 235 and a two-term CASA/SME Lead Award Committee member. While at Ford, Kovalchuck was the superintendent of the Dearborn tool and die plant and an NC CAD/CAM systems manager. At GM/EDS, he was an applications engineer in the NC and CAD/CAM system engineering department. Kovalchuck instructed CNC at Western Illinois University and Bowling Green State University. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and holds 10 NIMS level-one certifications. Kovalchuck was awarded Teacher of the Year by the Air Force twice and Master Teacher by the Michigan Industrial Teachers Education Society. SME Member Since 1980


Lonnie Love, PhD, FSME
Corporate Fellow and Group Leader
Manufacturing Systems Research Group
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Lonnie Love, PhD, FSME, is a corporate fellow and group leader of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Manufacturing Systems Research Group. He received his doctorate in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1995. Love has over 20 years of experience in the design and control of complex robotic and hydraulic systems. He is the project lead for the Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) program at ORNL that is focusing on large-scale, high-speed composite additive manufacturing that is now being commercialized by Cincinnati Inc. His team has demonstrated the technology on a number of high-profile projects, including the first 3D-printed car (the Strati with Local Motors), the printed Cobra for the Department of Energy as well as high-speed, low-cost tooling for Boeing and Ford. Love was ORNL’s 2014 Distinguished Research Scientist, 2009 Inventor of the Year, has over 30 invention disclosures and patents and 125 peer-reviewed publications. He serves on the scientific advisory board for NSF’s Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power. SME Member Since 2014


Kyle Riegel
Research and Development Engineer
United Equipment Accessories

Kyle Riegel is the recipient of the 2008 SME Education Foundation Family Scholarship and went on to graduate from Loras College with degrees in electromechanical engineering and applied mathematics. He is currently a research and development engineer at United Equipment Accessories. While at UEA, Riegel has designed and manufactured a wide variety of products, including airport tug electrical shift controls, proprietary contact materials for slip rings in megawatt wind turbines and explosion-proof enclosures. While working full-time, he earned his MBA from St. Ambrose University. In 2015, Riegel was one of DiscoverE’s New Faces of Engineering Award winners as well as a recipient of SME’s 30 Under 30 recognition. He currently sits as an active board member for the University of Northern Iowa’s Manufacturing Engineering Advisory Council, Waverly-Shell Rock High School Engineering Board and Loras College’s Engineering Board. Riegel has mentored nine senior industrial engineering Capstone groups at Iowa State University. SME Member Since 2008


Cary J. Rosenberg, CMfgE
Global Commodity Manager/Supplier Quality & Development Manager
Watts Water Technologies Inc.

Cary J. Rosenberg, CMfgE, an SME endowment member, is a senior manager global supplier quality and sourcing for Watts Water Technologies Inc., which designs and manufactures valves and related products in commercial, residential, industrial and municipal applications. Rosenberg is responsible for a large supply chain of more than 12,000 suppliers, with an active part number list of 240,000 items. He has responsibility of support for 22 operations worldwide. Rosenberg monitors the supplier’s performance and works on quality issues, along with supplier risk management and sourcing/purchasing activities. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in industrial technologies. In 2009, Rosenberg became a six sigma/lean green belt for Watts. Rosenberg has been in manufacturing since 1994. He holds certifications as a lead auditor for quality management systems and environmental management systems auditor through Exemplar Global. Involved in manufacturing since 1994, Rosenberg has worked for manufacturing companies in many market segments from appliances, defense, lumber, heavy equipment and presently in the heavily regulated Water sector. He has been published in four different periodicals of “Engineering Casting Solutions,” various SME publications, “Design News” and “Lift Equipment.” When Rosenberg was in the heavy equipment industry from 1996 to 2001, he worked for JLG lifts, which was honored by IndustryWeek as one of America’s Best Plants in 1999. From 2013-14, he served on the SME Member Council and, in 2014, was elected its vice-chair as well as served on various task teams. From 2011-12, Rosenberg was a member of the Student Relations Committee, serving as its chair in 2011. He is the former chair Southern New Hampshire Chapter 327 and helped start the Nashua High School South U215 student chapter. Rosenberg is currently an SME membership consultant to the three New Hampshire chapters. SME Member Since 1993


Brock T. Strunk
Chief Structures Engineer
Epic Aircraft

Brock T. Strunk is currently chief structures engineer at Epic Aircraft LLC working on the E1000 all composite aircraft FAA certification. Since joining SME as a student member at the Oregon Institute of Technology, Strunk has held multiple leadership roles on both the international and chapter levels, including co-chair of Technical Community Network; chair and vice-chair of the Member Council, vice-chair of the Plastics, Composites & Coatings Community; co-chair of the Finishing Processes Tech Group; an advisor for the Composites Manufacturing Tech Group; vice-chair and treasurer of Denver Chapter 77; and vice-chair of the Oregon Institute of Technology S036 student chapter. In 2008, he was awarded SME's Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award. Strunk has presented at multiple SME conferences in the area of composite repair and manufacturing. He has worked on numerous composite aircraft structures during his tenure in the aerospace community. Previously, Strunk worked as a senior structures engineer at Erickson Air-Crane Helicopter Inc., a level 3 stress engineer at Spirit AeroSystems, an engineering manager at Adam Aircraft and a senior structures engineer at Columbia Aircraft. He earned a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Oregon Institute of Technology. SME Member Since 1999