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NAMRI | SME Board of Directors

The NAMRI | SME Board of Directors makes policy for the institution that represents manufacturing research leadership in industry, government and academia in North America and the world. The board is comprised of the NAMRI | SME Executive Committee (past president, president, president-elect and secretary), the Scientific Committee chair and six NAMRI | SME at-large directors. The past president of the institution is replaced on the Board of Directors by the retiring president immediately following NAMRC.




Albert J. Shih, PhD, FSME
Professor, Mechanical Engineering 
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan


Albert J. Shih, PhD, FSME, is a professor of mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering and integrative systems plus design at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In 2017, he is serving in the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office as the ASME Swanson Fellow. After Shih received his doctorate from Purdue University in 1991, he worked at Cummins Inc. in manufacturing for seven years. From 1998 to 2002, Shih was in mechanical and aerospace engineering at NC State University. He joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 2003. His research and education interests are in manufacturing, particularly in 3D printing of custom orthosis and prosthesis; soft, flexible assistive devices and robotics; clinical simulators and tissue-mimicking materials; drilling and grinding for industrial and medical applications; and novel medical devices. In manufacturing education, Shih has jointly developed courses and 3D-printing lab with the Washtenaw Community College and promotes the video-enhanced manufacturing pedagogy. He joined the 2009 Class of SME Fellows and is also fellow of ASME. SME Member Since 2002



Lihui Wang, PhD, FSME, PE 
Professor and Chair of Sustainable Manufacturing
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Stockholm, Sweden


Lihui Wang, PhD, FSME, PE, is a Chair Professor of Sustainable Manufacturing at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. His research interests are focused on cyber-physical systems, real-time monitoring and control, digital twin for predictive maintenance, human-robot collaborations, big data applications in manufacturing, adaptive and sustainable manufacturing systems. A fellow of SME, Wang is actively engaged in various NAMRI | SME activities. He is the Editor-in-Chief of SME Journal of Manufacturing Systems, Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Manufacturing Research, and Editor-in-Chief of Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing. Wang is also a Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering, CIRP and ASME, and a registered Professional Engineer in Canada. He has published 9 books and authored in excess of 450 scientific publications. His accomplishments have won him 12 international and institutional awards. Wang is the Chairman (2018-2020) of Swedish Production Academy. SME Member Since 1999




Brigid Mullany, PhD
Associate Program Director, Advanced Manufacturing Program
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Professor at UNC Charlotte


Brigid Mullany, PhD, received her Bachelor of Engineering Degree and Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from University College Dublin in Ireland. Upon graduation, she received a two-year EU Marie Curie postdoctoral research position at Carl Zeiss in Germany. In 2004 she joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she is a Professor working in the area of surface finishing and advanced manufacturing. She received in the SME Kuo K Wang Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award in 2007, and the NSF CAREER award in 2008. She is active in CIRP, and is the Vice Chair of the Scientific Technical Committee on Surfaces (STC-S). Currently, she is an Associate Program Director in the Advanced Manufacturing Program at the National Science Foundation.


Scientific Committee Chair

Livan Fratini,
Professor, Department of Chemical, Management, Computer Systems, Mechanical Engineering
University of Palermo
Palermo, Italy


Livan FratiniPhD, is a professor in the Department of Chemical, Management, Computer Systems, Mechanical Engineering at University of Palermo, Italy. Fratini's major research areas include process engineering of metalforming operations, CAE of sheet metalforming processes and CAE of solid bonding processes. He is fellow of CIRP (The International Academy for Production Engineering), a member of the board of directors for ESAFORM (European Scientific Association for Material Forming) and vice president of AITEM (Italian Association of Mechanical Technology). Fratini has received CIRP F.W. Taylor Medal Award in 2007. He is a co-author of approximately 250 publications. SME Member Since 2014


Scientific Committee Chair -Elect

Ihab Ragai,
 PhD, PE 
Assistant Professor in Engineering 
School of Engineering, Penn State Behrend
Erie, Pennsylvania


Ihab Ragai, PhD, PE, is an assistant professor of engineering at the Pennsylvania State University, Erie. His research interests include electrically assisted manufacturing, cloud manufacturing, design, simulation of manufacturing processes and materials constitutive modeling. For over 20 years, Ragai has held several positions in industry as design engineer, manufacturing engineer, senior project engineer and project manager. Ragai worked on several projects with ABB Germany, McDonnell Douglas Aerospace USA, Pratt & Whitney Canada and the Canadian Institute of Aerospace Research. Prior to joining academia in 2013, he was a senior engineering manager of technical analysis and design at Hitachi Truck in Canada, overseeing projects related to product and process optimization, truck dynamics and fatigue analysis, structural and drive system components design and manufacturing processes. Ragai received his doctorate in mechanical engineering from McGill University (Canada) in 2006, master's degree in mechanical design from the American University in Cairo in collaboration with the University of Missouri, Columbia in 1999 and bachelor's degree in manufacturing from Benha Higher Institute of Technology in collaboration with the Technical University of Munich (Germany) in 1994. He served as the technical program chair of the 2014 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference and is currently serving as an associate editor for the Inderscience’s "International Journal of Manufacturing Research." Ragai is a registered professional engineer in Canada and is a recipient of several national and international awards. SME Member Since 1998


Past President


Hitomi Yamaguchi Greenslet, Dr. Eng., FSME
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida


Hitomi Yamaguchi GreensletDr. Eng., FSME, is an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida, Gainesville. Previously, she served as associate professor at Utsunomiya University and research associate at the University of Tokyo (both in Japan) and as a research engineer at Extrude Hone Corp. Greenslet has also served as a researcher abroad (sponsored by Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) at NASA Glenn Research Center. Her current research and teaching interests include multiscale manufacturing processes, especially magnetic field-assisted finishing (MAF) processes, which are precision machining processes that utilize magnetic fields. Greenslet’s work with MAF has been published in more than 60 refereed journal papers and in more than 200 proceedings at both domestic and international conferences. She has received several awards, including being elected to the 2016 SME College of Fellows, the Best Paper Award at the 2006 International Conference on Manufacturing Science and Engineering (sponsored by ASME) and the SME John T. Parsons Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award in 2000. Greenslet is an associate member of CIRP (The International Academy for Production Engineering). SME Member Since 1997


Second Past President


Bryan G. Dods, FSME 
Executive Director
Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence 
United Technologies Research Center
East Hartford, Connecticut


Bryan G. Dods, 
FSME, recently joined the United Technologies Research Center as executive director of its Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence. Previously, he was CEO of the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, managed by Collaborative Composite Solutions Corp. Dods joined IACMI from GE Power as a former chief engineer of manufacturing where he was responsible for overall product manufacturability, manufacturing technology, strategic planning and the focal point for the advanced manufacturing initiative and as the prior executive of manufacturing, engineering and technology at GE Power & Water where he initiated model-based enterprise and smart manufacturing implementations as well as established GE Power’s Advanced Manufacturing Works technology facility. Dods brings industry composite leadership having guided GE’s Wind Turbine Advanced Manufacturing team as blades grew from 34 meters to over 50 meters. He previously worked with Boeing as senior manager of assembly technologies leading composite automated assembly efforts for aircraft such as the 787 and F/A-18. Dods holds a bachelor’s degree in metallurgy, mechanics and materials science from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in materials engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, and most recently, a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Indiana University East. He was elected to the 2017 SME College of Fellows and is the recipient of the 2013 M. Eugene Merchant Manufacturing Medal of ASME/SME for influence and responsibility for improving the productivity and efficiency of manufacturing operations. SME Member Since 2010



Albert J. Wavering, FSME
Chief, Intelligent Systems Division, Engineering Laboratory
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’s Board of Directors from 2007-10. He 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


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Jeffrey A. Abell, PhD, FSME, PE
Director and Chief Scientist of Manufacturing Systems Research
General Motors


Dr. Jeffrey Abell is Director and Chief Scientist of Manufacturing Systems Research at General Motors. He is responsible for manufacturing research in the company including vehicle electrification, lightweight materials processing, automation, and artificial intelligence/analytics. Previously, he was responsible for battery manufacturing research and his team played a key role in bringing the Chevy Volt advanced high power battery to production. He has successfully implemented various evolutionary based optimization methods to solve complex industrial design problems and was awarded the 2011 and 2014 General Motors Boss Kettering Awards for outstanding technical innovation. He has a Bachelor’s of Mechanical Engineering degree from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University), and graduate degrees in Systems Engineering from Oakland University. Dr. Abell has also held several positions in product development and manufacturing engineering & development at GM, Delphi, and DaimlerChrysler, including two international assignments. Dr. Abell serves SME on the International Awards committee, as past chair of the Education and Accreditation Committee, has been elected to the NAMRI board and is an SME Fellow. He is Vice-Chair of the Industrial Advisory Council of ABET, and is a licensed Professional Engineer (Michigan). He has written numerous technical publications and has been granted several patents.



KC Morris
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)


KC Morris is an internationally recognized expert in computing and engineering information systems and standards development for digital manufacturing with 30 years of experience. Her research concentrates on introducing smart technology into the manufacturing sector and developing new practices for more competitive and sustainable manufacturing. KC leads the Information, Modeling and Testing Group in the Engineering Lab at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Currently she is detailed to the Office of Congressman Tom Reed as an ASME Congressional Fellow where she brings the voice of manufacturing to the halls of Congress. KC leads the activities of the bi-partisan House Manufacturing, which include legislative activities, facilitating topical briefings, and sharing the manufacturing perspective.



Shawn P. Moylan, PhD
Project Leader and Mechanical Engineer in Additive Manufacturing 
National Institute of Standards and Technology 
Gaithersburg, Maryland


Shawn Moylan, PhD, is a Mechanical Engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) with technical and policy experience in advanced manufacturing. Shawn gained policy experience as a fellow in the office of U.S. Senator Gary Peters and as a detailee in the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office. Shawn’s technical experience comes from years as a project leader for multiple additive manufacturing and smart machine tool projects in NIST’s Engineering Laboratory. His research has focused on developing test methods and reference data to reduce the high costs associated with qualifying machines and components for aerospace, medical, and other applications. Shawn is a leader in the advanced manufacturing community, having served as Chair, Executive Committee for ASME Manufacturing Engineering Division; Co-chair, Technology Roadmap Advisory Group for America Makes -- the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute; Vice-Chair, subcommittee on Test Methods in ASTM International Committee F42 on Additive Manufacturing Technologies, and other volunteer positions. SME Member Since 2017



Brian Paul, PhD
Professor, Tom and Carmen West Faculty Scholar of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Co-Director, Microproducts Breakthrough Institute
Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon


Brian Paul, PhD, professor, Tom and Carmen West faculty scholar of industrial and manufacturing engineering, and co-director, Microproducts Breakthrough Institute (Corvallis, Oregon). SME Member Since 1985



Joe Budzinski, MSME 
Director, Global Development Center 
DePuy Synthes Joint Reconstruction Companies of Johnson & Johnson 
Boston, Massachusetts


Joe Budzinski, MSME, leads a highly talented and innovative team of manufacturing engineers, technicians, and tool makers, who are part of the supply chain product management organization. He and his team are dedicated to supporting instrument new product development across DePuy Synthes’ Global Orthopaedic Franchise (knee, hip, shoulder, spine, & sports medicine) and establishing the end to end supply chain for these new products. As part of this, they are heavily involved in exploring advanced manufacturing research and collaborating with internal J&J teams as well as key universities and corporations on advanced manufacturing feasibility studies. His team has manufacturing capabilities/expertise in conventional machining, TIG and laser welding, hydroforming plastic injection molding, metal injection molding and 3D printing. In addition, he is currently a member of the industrial advisory board for ASME as well as recently become a board member for the North American Manufacturing Research Institute for SME. Over his twenty-three-year career at Johnson & Johnson, Joe has led many teams and projects as well as held various supply chain and manufacturing engineering roles. This included managing three production cells (which manufactured orthopedic knee, hip, neurological, and trauma implants as well as overseeing MRO inventory management), actively participated in two mergers and two divestitures, the expansion of the Raynham investment casting foundry, setting up our Cork Ireland foundry, establishing in-house metallurgical and ceramic slurry testing labs, supporting the J&J GOLD and R&D LDP programs, as well as key manufacturing initiatives in JIT, Lean manufacturing, Six Sigma, and maintenance excellence. He joined Johnson & Johnson right out of graduate school at the University of Colorado at Boulder (MSME), and did his undergraduate work at the University of Notre Dame (BSME). Joe is also Six Sigma Black Belt and Green Belt certified and trained.