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2018 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).



Thomas R. Kurfess, PhD, FSME, PE
Georgia Institute of Technology

Thomas R. Kurfess, PhD, FSME, PE, is the HUSCO/Ramirez Distinguished Chair in Fluid Power and Motion Control and professor of mechanical engineering. From 2012-13, Kurfess served 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. He has also served as a special consultant of the United Nations to the Government of Malaysia in the area of applied mechatronics and manufacturing and presently serves on the board of the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, and the board of 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 2018 SME president. Kurfess was elected to the 2006 Class of SME Fellows, served as the 2007-08 NAMRI/SME president and was a member of the former Manufacturing Enterprise Council. He received his SB, SM and PhD 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



Mark L. Michalski
MKS Instruments (retired)

Mark L. Michalski was chief operations systems officer – global operations for MKS Instruments, a global provider of instruments, subsystems and process control solutions that measure, control, power, monitor and analyze critical parameters of advanced manufacturing processes to improve process performance and productivity. Responsible for strategies in process development, new product introduction and information technologies, he is chief architect of Visual Factory, a groundbreaking solution to data transparency and integration in the areas of 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 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 community resources. In 2010, Michalski became an Award of Merit recipient. As chair of the SME Leadership Series Development team, he has been primary speaker at more than 30 series events throughout the U.S. Since 2010, Michalski has served on the SME Board of Directors. He 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 2018, Michalski will serve as the SME president-elect. SME Member Since 1992


Vice President

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

Susan Smyth, PhD, FSME, was 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 oversees innovation and implementation of its advanced manufacturing technology portfolio. Smyth was recognized as one of the strategic technology leaders inside and outside GM. She 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. Smyth was the GM executive representative and chair of the Manufacturing Technology Leadership Council at the U.S. Council for Automotive Research. She has also served as executive technology advisor to many prestigious research institutes, including the University of Michigan, MIT, Georgia Tech, Northwestern and Shanghai Jiao-Tong University. Since 2012, Smyth has been serving on the Board of Directors for SME, a nonprofit organization that has been supporting the manufacturing industry for over 85 years, promoting manufacturing technology and developing education programs for workforce development. In 2018, she will serve as SME’s vice president. In her former position at GM, 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 its manufacturing systems. She began her career with GM as a senior project engineer with the Advanced Engineering staff. Since then, Smyth has held a variety of leadership positions in manufacturing, quality, “big data” analytics, and research and development before retiring in April 2018. In 2018, she was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for her leadership in the development and implementation of manufacturing technologies for lightweight and electric vehicles. Smyth has a bachelor 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



Michael D. Packer, FSME
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.

Michael D. Packer, FSME, is vice president of manufacturing strategy and technical integration for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company. Besides SME, 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 where he was conferred as an 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 past member of the Georgia Tech Industrial Advisory Board. Packer is Shingijutsu Lean Production System trained and certified, and is a past board member of the MIT Lean Aerospace Initiative. He has published six articles concerning manufacturing strategy, advance manufacturing technology and methods; transition from development to production; team-based, high-performance organization design; and manufacturing talent development. Packer attended Eastern Michigan University on athletic and academic scholarships earning a bachelor's degree in industrial technology. He 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
The Boeing Co. (retired)

Dianne Chong, PhD, FSME, 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 has served as the St. Louis representative to Military Handbook 5 where she has chaired the Aerospace Users’ Group and titanium casting group. Chong is a member of TMS, AIAA, ASM International, SME, SWE, Beta Gamma Sigma and Tau Beta Pi. She has also been a member of the National Materials Advisory Board, served on the board of trustees, is a fellow of ASM International, and in 2007-08, served as the president of ASM International. Chong is currently serving on the SME Board of Directors and is a fellow of SME. She has been recognized for managerial achievements and as a diversity change agent. Chong was also recognized as an outstanding alumna of University of Illinois in 2006 and is the recipient of numerous technical and diversity awards. Chong received her 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 also completed an executive master of manufacturing management at Washington University. SME Member Since 1997


International Directors

Edye S. Buchanan, CMfgT
BriskHeat Corp.

Edye S. Buchanan, CMfgT, is a product manager 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 second term as an SME International Director and is active on several Member Council Task Teams. Buchanan has been the board liaison to SME’s Constitution and Bylaws Committee twice, Member Council 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. 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 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


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 Board of Directors of the SME Education Foundation, 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. Erevelles 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


Matthew L. Hilgendorf, CMfgT, EIT
Atkore International

Matthew L. Hilgendorf, CMfgT, EIT, joined Atkore International of Harvey, Illinois, in Aug. 2017 where he is responsible for manufacturing operations at its Allied Tube & Conduit facility. Previously, Hilgendorf was the supplier development and quality manager at Black Horse LLC, a Caterpillar Inc. and Ariel Corp. joint venture. He led quality, sourcing and operational excellence efforts within Black Horse. Hilgendorf's past roles in Caterpillar include leadership positions in operations, quality and supply chain. He is an SME endowment member, active SME Education Foundation donor and scholarship committee member. In 2002, as a student member at Kettering University, formerly GMI, Hilgendorf joined SME and subsequently completed his bachelor’s degrees in manufacturing and mechanical engineering. After graduating, he began his career at Caterpillar as a manufacturing systems research and development engineer. It was then that Hilgendorf began his involvement as a member leader with the Member Council’s Student Relations Committee. During that time, he was also working to revitalize SME’s Greater Peoria Chapter 31 in Illinois. In 2007, 2009 and 2010, Hilgendorf was appointed to the Member Council and subsequently served as its chair in 2014. Hilgendorf was an SME international director in 2012-13, 2015-16 and 2017-18, and an active speaker at the SME Leadership Series. In 2013, he completed his engineering management master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. SME Member Since 2002


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 and electronics manufacturing. After retiring from Corning Inc. as manager, intellectual asset protection for the LCD glass manufacturing business, Howell 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, he has served as a chapter and SME Member Council leader and as a member of SME’s International Director/Member Council Nominating Committee. Howell 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” and has written numerous industry articles and conference presentations). He holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology and a master’s degree and a doctorate focused on project management. IIE and ATMAE have also honored him. SME Member Since 1982


Dean S. Phillips
Link Systems

Dean S. Phillips is 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 & Machining and America Makes

Ralph L. Resnick, FSME, joined the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining in Sept. 2008 as vice president, chief technology officer and director corporate development with more than 35 years of manufacturing experience. He became president and chief executive officer in May 2011. In 2012, Resnick led NCDMM to winning the competitive National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute America Makes contract. Upon award, he also assumed the role of acting director of the institute until Feb. 2013 upon appointing a new director. 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 numerous boards, including The Association for Manufacturing Technology; chairman of the board for the NSERC Strategic Network for Holistic Innovation in Additive Manufacturing and chairman of the board for the NSERC Canadian Network for Research and Innovation in Machining Technology; the Louisiana Center for Manufacturing Sciences; the NIST Smart Machining Consortium; and the MTConnect Institute. Resnick is also a member of DoD’s JDMTP Metals Subpanel and Advanced Manufacturing Enterprise Subpanel and participates actively in the National Science Foundation proposal reviews and technical events. He is an active member of the NDIA Manufacturing Division, industry advisor for the Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center and is an associate member of the prestigious CIRP (The International Academy for Production Engineering). Locally, Resnick is on the board of directors for the Central Allegheny Challenger Learning Center, 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 Jan. 2013. Resnick is also a former board member of the Navy’s Electro Optic Center, a past chairman of AMT’s Technology Issues Committee and past president of the North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME. Currently, he is a Fellow of SME and is serving as an SME international director on the SME's Board of Directors. In 2010, Resnick received the NAMRI/SME Outstanding Lifetime Service Award. SME Member Since 1992


James W. Schlusemann
Prosperia International

James W. Schlusemann is president of Prosperia International, focusing on business and process improvement. 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. After introducing computers to factory floor operations, Schlusemann achieved the executive position of chief information officer for Navistar’s engine business where he directed initiatives that expanded business operations to Brazil, Mexico, India and China. Schlusemann later helped Navistar relaunch foundries in Indiana and Wisconsin. His career and life spans the gamut of representing members, living on the production floor, leading major company initiatives, improving business practices as well as guiding strategic issues facing organizations in today's world. Schlusemann served on the SME Board of Directors in 2005, 2006 and 2011, and contributed to board work groups on strategy, branding and governance. He has also served as an advisor for the former SME 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.” 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


Rebecca R. Taylor
The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences

Rebecca R. Taylor is the senior vice president for The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, the largest nonprofit R&D consortium in North America focused on manufacturing. She is responsible for strategic partnerships, oversight of all government programs as well as management of the Washington, District of Columbia, and Bremerton, Washington, offices. Taylor serves on the board for the National Advanced Mobility Consortium and Girls Inc. She also is on the executive committee of the National Defense Industrial Association’s Manufacturing Division, the NASA Marshall Partnership Forum Steering Council and the International Women’s Forum. Taylor serves on the advisory board of the Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity at the Association for Public and Land Grant Universities. She is also the recipient of the national STEP Award recognizing outstanding women in science, technology, engineering and production. Taylor holds a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics. SME Member Since 2014