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2014 SME College of Fellows

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Nine manufacturing leaders have been elected to the 2014 SME College of Fellows. Recipients are recognized by their peers and the manufacturing community as key contributors to the social, technical and educational progress of manufacturing.

Fengzhou FangFengzhou Fang, PhD, FSME
College of Precision Instruments & Opto-Electronics Engineering
Tianjin University
Tianjin, China

Fengzhou Fang graduated from Heilongjing University of Science and Technology, China in 1982 and is now a professor in the College of Precision Instruments & Opto-Electronics Engineering at Tianjin University. His research interests are in the fields of ultra-precision machining, optical freeform machining, micro/nanomachining and metrology. Fang’s study on nanomachining mechanism is recognized as a significant scientific contribution to the manufacturing field. His proposed nanocutting approach of brittle materials modified by ion implantation (NiIM) has been applied in practice. Although many researches had been conducted in ultra-precision machining of steel, there are few successful applications. The approach and systems developed by Fang and his team have been successfully applied in production. With these researches and developments, he has gained a great reputation both in academic field and industry. Fang has delivered more than 60 keynote speeches and invited presentations in the international conferences in manufacturing field and holds over 50 patents. He is the founding president of the International Society for Nanomanufacturing and the editor-in-chief for the “International Journal of Nanomanufacturing.” In addition to being an SME fellow, he is a fellow of the International Society for Nanomanufacturing, a fellow of CIRP (the International Academy for Production Engineering) and a charted engineer in the United Kingdom. Member Since 2013

Richard FurnessRichard J. Furness, PhD, FSME
Manager of Global Manufacturing Engineering Methods for Powertrain Manufacturing Engineering
Ford Motor Co.
Redford, Michigan

Richard J. Furness received his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1987, 1988 and 1992, respectively. He is currently the manager of global manufacturing engineering methods for powertrain manufacturing engineering at Ford Motor Co. In this position, Furness is responsible for the development and documentation of global production standards (bill of process), and the development and implementation of standardized engineering methods for application of the bill of process to new product programs. Virtual manufacturing and product life cycle management are key components of the standardized engineering process. Furness was previously the manager of the advanced manufacturing technology development for powertrain manufacturing engineering at Ford. In that position, he was responsible for leading and implementing technology developments into production to serve the global strategy and needs of Ford's powertrain operations. Furness has experience in the following disciplines related to powertrain manufacturing: assembly and test technology, in-process verification and process monitoring technology, machining equipment and processes, cutting tools, metrology, manufacturing system design and metallurgical processes. He is a past chairman of the Executive Committee for the Manufacturing Engineering Division of ASME. Furness also served as an associate technical editor for ASME’s “Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering” and the “IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics.” Member Since 2012

Robert GaoRobert X. Gao, PhD, FSME
Pratt & Whitney Chair Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Connecticut
Storrs, Connecticut

Robert Gao is the Pratt & Whitney chair professor in mechanical engineering at the University of Connecticut. Since receiving his doctorate from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany, in 1991, he has been conducting research, funded by both government agencies and the industry, on physics-based sensing methodologies, modeling and characterization of sensor behavior, RF and acoustic-based wireless communication, and multiresolution signal analysis for improving the observability in manufacturing equipment and processes and enabling accurate and reliable diagnosis, prognosis and control. An author of two books and over 300 book chapters, journal articles and conference papers, Gao has supervised over 40 postdoctoral studies, doctorate dissertations and master’s thesis, delivered more than 50 keynote speeches and invited seminars, and holds five U.S. patents. His contributions have been recognized by multiple awards in manufacturing, automation and measurement science. Gao has been a member of the Scientific Committee of the North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME (NAMRI/SME) since 2008 and is active in several other professional societies as well, including ASME and IEEE. Member Since 2005

Yuebin GuoYuebin Guo, PhD, FSME 
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Founding Director, Consortium for Surface Integrity and Functionality
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Yuebin Guo is currently a professor of mechanical engineering and the founding director of the Consortium for Surface Integrity and Functionality at the University of Alabama. He has held positions of visiting professor at the WZL/Fraunhofer IPT at RWTH Aachen University and Changjiang endowed guest professor at Tianjin University. Guo received his doctorate and master’s degree in manufacturing from Purdue University and the University of California, Berkeley, respectively. He also received a master’s degree from Tsinghua University and a bachelor’s degree from Shandong University of Technology, all in mechanical engineering. Guo is widely recognized for his seminal research contributions to the development, understanding, and control of process-surface integrity-functionality relationships in various manufacturing processes, which has created broad impacts on many industries. He has received SME’s Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award (2003), SAE's Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award (2004), NSF CAREER Award (2005), University of Alabama’s Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Faculty Award (2009) and the Alexander von Humboldt Research Award for Senior Scientists (2011). Guo is an elected fellow of ASME, SME, AvH, ISNM and an associate member of CIRP (International Academy for Production Engineering). Member Since 2002

Robert IvesterRobert W. Ivester, PhD, FSME
Deputy Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Office
U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Washington, District of Columbia

Prior to his current position, Robert Ivester served as the executive secretary to the interagency working group on advanced manufacturing, which was formed in 2011 under the White House's NSTC Committee on Technology. Ivester’s research interests include manufacturing process metrology, modeling and optimization. He has performed research to quantify uncertainty associated with measurements and model-based predictions of manufacturing process behavior. In particular, Ivester has performed extensive research on the measurement of temperature and strain during metal cutting. He has been an instructor for the Johns Hopkins University Engineering for Professionals program for graduate-level studies in manufacturing engineering since 2001. Ivester is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and received his doctorate and bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, and a master’s degree in manufacturing engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Member Since 1996

Michael PackerMichael D. Packer, FSME
Vice President
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.
Fort Worth, Texas

Michael Packer leads advanced manufacturing programs at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works®. He was elected to the SME Board of Directors in 2012, serves on the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee and was elected to the SME College of Fellows in 2014. Packer currently chairs the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining Board of Directors and serves as treasurer for the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council Board of Directors. Packer is also active in SAE International (general chair for past AeroTech World Congress), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (conferred associate fellow in 2011) and the National Defense Industrial Association (past Manufacturing Division Executive Committee chair). Packer is Shingijutsu Lean Production System certified and is a past board member of MIT’s Lean Aerospace Initiative. Packer has published numerous articles concerning manufacturing strategy, advance manufacturing technologies, team-based organization development and talent management. He earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from Eastern Michigan University, an MBA from Washington University at St. Louis and completed the Manufacturing Executive Program at the University of Michigan. Member Since 2003

Richard PetersRichard C. Peters, FSME 
Manager – Quality Advancement and Group Quality Lead – North American Manufacturing
The Timken Co.
Bucyrus, Ohio

Richard C. Peters is manager – quality advancement and group quality lead – North American manufacturing for The Timken Co. Peters joined The Timken Co. in 1979, and his responsibilities have ranged from research and development, product design, manufacturing engineering, plant management and quality management. He served as SME president in 2004 and is a past chair of the former Region 7 and Greater Canton (Ohio) Chapter 110. He served six terms on SME’s Board of Directors, leading efforts in the development of the Manufacturing Enterprise Council, the Manufacturing Education Plan and the Lean Certification Program. Peters has chaired the SME Member Council and is a past chair and past member of the SME Professional Licensure Committee. He additionally chaired the International Director/Member Council Nominating Committee and the International Officer Nominating Committee. Throughout his career, Peters has been active in the promotion of the manufacturing engineering profession, with significant service in MathCounts, Science Fair, Engineer-For-A-Day and National Engineers Week, where he served as U.S. chairman in 2007. Peters received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University, and a master’s degree, also in mechanical engineering, from the University of Akron. He is a past recipient of OSU’s Alan Gregory Loofburrow Business Achievement Award, as well as the Silicon Valley Engineering Council’s William B. Johnson International Founders Award. Member Since 1979

Susan SmythSusan Smyth, PhD, FSME
Chief Scientist for Global Manufacturing
General Motors
Director, GM R&D Manufacturing Systems Research Lab
Warren, Michigan

Susan Smyth is the chief scientist for global manufacturing at General Motors and director of the GM R&D Manufacturing Systems Research Lab. In this capacity, Smyth directs the creation of GM’s global advanced manufacturing strategies and oversees innovation and implementation of its advanced manufacturing portfolio. She has aggressively grown GM’s global collaboration footprint in the United States, Canada, Europe, Israel, Korea and China. These collaborations have yielded internal and external recognitions. Smyth began her career with General Motors as a senior project engineer. Since then, she has held a variety of leadership positions in manufacturing, quality, strategic business planning and R&D. In addition to being an SME international director since 2012, Smyth is a member of the Manufacturing Council at the U.S. Department of Commerce; chair of the Manufacturing Technology Leadership Council at the U.S. Council for Automotive Research; a member of Northwestern’s MMM Executive Governance Council; executive advisor to Tennenbaum Institute and Georgia Tech’s Manufacturing Institute; and director of Collaborative Research Laboratories at University of Michigan and Shanghai Jiao-Tong University. She 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. Member Since 2010

Zude ZhouZude Zhou, FSME 
Professor, School of Mechanical and Electrics Engineering
Wuhan University of Technology
Director, Hubei Key Laboratory of Digital Manufacturing
Wuhan, China

Zude Zhou received his bachelor’s degree in electrical power system automation from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 1970. Zhou is a full and chief professor of the School of Mechanical and Electrics Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology, and the director of Hubei Key Laboratory of Digital Valley Science and Technology. From 1984-86, as a visiting scholar, he studied in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Birmingham. As a visiting professor, Zhou worked in NUS of Singapore, Hong Kong University, Bolton University and Auckland University, respectively. His research interests include CNC theory and technology, intelligent control, digital manufacturing, reliability and fault diagnosis of the modern manufacturing systems. Zhou is now the editor in chief of the “Journal of Wuhan University of Technology” and the “Journal of Digital Manufacturing of Science,” and is an associate editor for the “International Journal of Biomechatronics and Biomedical and Robotics” and the “International Journal of Enterprise Information Systems.” Member Since 2013