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2022 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.

Chair

Jennifer Fielding, PhD
Air Force Research Laboratory

With over 17 years of experience at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Jennifer Fielding, PhD, has performed research and program management in diverse fields such as polymer composites, multifunctional materials and additive manufacturing. Fielding is currently the chief of the Composites Branch, leading a team of over 120 scientists and engineers performing research and development on materials, processing and performance of polymer and ceramic-matrix composites. She previously served as the technical advisor for the Structures, Propulsion and Manufacturing Enterprise Branch. Fielding launched and managed America Makes, the first manufacturing institute within the Manufacturing USA network. She served for five years as the deputy program manager for the Defense-Wide Manufacturing Science and Technology Program. Fielding has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence and has been named a Dayton Business Journal 40 Under Forty. She is currently active in SME as the chair of the Member Council and has contributed to the SME AM Technical Community Leadership Committee. Fielding has also been very active in SAMPE and currently serves as the chair of its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. SME Member Since 2014

 

Chair-Elect

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Gregory A. Harris, PhD, PE
Auburn University

Gregory A. Harris, PhD, PE, is an associate professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering at Auburn University where he teaches courses in advanced manufacturing and systems engineering; the director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Advanced Manufacturing Systems; and the associate director for digital strategy for the National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence. Before joining the ISE faculty at Auburn, Harris was with the U.S. Army, Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center and served as the government program manager for the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, a presidential initiative to increase innovation and competitiveness in U.S. manufacturing. His work includes research and application in advanced manufacturing systems, model-based enterprise, Industry 4.0, continuous improvement, sustainability and supply chain. Harris is the former director of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He has more than 30 years of experience as an industrial engineer, quality engineer, operations manager, plant manager, director of operations and consultant in manufacturing and supply chain. Harris holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Auburn University, an MBA from St. Edwards University and his doctorate in industrial and systems engineering from UAH. He is a registered professional engineer. SME Member Since 2017

 

Immediate Past Chair

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William R. “Will” Sniadack
Valmet

William R. "Will" Sniadack is a welding engineer on the manufacturing engineering team for Valmet (formerly Neles Corp.). As a member of SME's Worcester Chapter 25, Sniadack has served as golf-day manager, chair-elect and chair. During his time as golf-day manager, Sniadack organized three successful annual golf fundraisers that helped provide much-needed scholarship money to local college students. Serving as chair, his focus was on technical programs such as touring local businesses and factories and getting involvement from other chapters and organizations. Sniadack served as the Member Council chair in 2021. He is also a member of the American Welding Society. Sniadack earned his bachelor’s degree in welding and fabrication engineering technology from Pennsylvania College of Technology in 2014. SME Member Since 2015

 

Council Representatives

Gicell Aleman

Gicell Aleman
Valmet

Gicell Aleman received her bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Indiana Tech in 2021. She began her career as a manufacturing engineer at Valmet (formerly Neles Corp.). At Indiana Tech, Aleman served as the chair of SME's student chapter, Indiana Tech S345, leading chapter activities and a highly successful member recruitment program. She began serving on the SME Student Relations Committee in 2020 and served as its chair in 2021. Aleman is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, serving as a chapter president for three years, and the National Society of Black Engineers. She will also be serving her first year on the Member Council. SME Member Since 2018

 
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Zachary P. "Zach" Bibik, CAM-F
United Launch Alliance LLC

Zachary P. "Zach" Bibik is an additive manufacturing engineer at United Launch Alliance LLC. Previously, he was a mechanical engineer with the Vestas Blades Launch & Execution Center Quality Measurement & Data Intelligence Team. Bibik is the recipient of the 2015 SME Education Foundation Family Scholarship and earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at Colorado State University. In his current role, he focuses on automation and tooling design in wind turbine blade manufacturing. Bibik has served as a founding member of the SME Emerging Professionals Task Group, a liaison on the SME Student Relations Committee and will be serving his second year on the SME Member Council. In 2021, Bibik earned his SME Certified Additive Manufacturing – Fundamentals (CAM-F) certification. SME Member Since 2015

 
Dan Braley

Dan Braley, FSME, CAM-T
Boeing Global Services

Dan Braley is a Boeing associate technical fellow and the Boeing Global Services additive manufacturing technical focal and initiatives leader. In this role, he serves sustainment of all Boeing military, commercial and derivative aircraft platforms through use of additive manufacturing technologies. Braley has more than 17 years of aerospace program and R&D experience in additive manufacturing, technical program management, materials and process engineering, composites, electromagnetic product development and manufacturing technology development. Prior to his current role, he was a USN/USMC air vehicle technical integrator with Boeing focusing on F/A-18 Flight Control Surfaces, wings, complex spares and repairs. Braley has held positions with Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, L-3 Communications ESSCO and the Air Force Research Laboratory at Eglin AFB as well. He is a past recipient of the SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, the Boeing Meritorious & High Honors Invention Awards, the Northrop Grumman Innovation Award, the F-35 Lightning Rod Award and currently holds 28 U.S. and international patents. Braley received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Florida State University as well as a master’s degree in engineering management from Drexel University. He was elected an SME Fellow in 2022, is an SME Certified Additive Manufacturing Technician (CAM-T) and an advisor for SME's RAPID + TCT event. SME Member Since 2015

 
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Gabriela Darras
Microsoft Corp.

Gabriela Darras is an industry executive – manufacturing at Microsoft Corp. Prior to her current role, she was a manufacturing engineering manager at Kemper Valve and Fittings Corp., a Caterpillar Inc. company. While there, Darras worked extensively in developing manufacturing at Kemper; she has led end-to-end value chain projects, manufacturing excellence workshops and evaluated opportunities to implement new technologies. Previously, as a director of operations at ITC Inc., Darras led a team of engineers and technical experts delivering integrated business solutions that helped customers improve their manufacturing operations and adapt to industry changes. She also led strategic initiatives that contributed to the development of ITC and the expansion of manufacturing solutions, including cutting-edge manufacturing software that was crucial to their customers’ increasing effort to thrive in their transformation toward flexible and digital manufacturing. Prior to ITC, Darras worked as a consulting manager at CGN Global where she led and provided support to numerous cost reduction, business strategy and transformation projects. Darras holds a master’s degree in manufacturing engineering, a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Bradley University and a bachelor’s of degree in production engineering from the Universidad Privada Boliviana. She was a recipient of the 2020 SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award. Darras, who is passionate about manufacturing, has been an active committee member and chapter officer for SME’s Greater Peoria Chapter 31 from 2013-20, holding different positions and serving as chair in 2014. She also served as the co-chair of SME’s Chapter Enhancement Committee in 2020 and has served on the SME Member Council since 2021. Throughout this time, Darras worked alongside SME teams and chapter leaders to enhance SME chapters, develop their leadership, engage members and support the development of member communities. SME Member Since 2010

 
Stephen Marth

Stephen Marth, CMfgE, LBC
Precor Inc.

Stephen Marth, CMfgE, LBC, is a senior manufacturing engineer on Precor Inc.'s manufacturing team, a division of Peloton Interactive. Marth works to develop Peloton’s U.S. manufacturing base through NPI (new product introduction) and automation projects. Before joining Precor, he worked for a diverse range of organizations, including Energizer and Honda of America Manufacturing. In addition to his work at Precor, Marth is passionate about lean manufacturing and has served on the executive boards of both SME Seattle Chapter 39 and SME Northern Piedmont Chapter 82 in North Carolina. As chair of Chapter 39, Marth hosted a Pacific Northwest Chapter regional meeting in 2016 and helped the chapter receive/achieve its second Platinum Award for the SME Annual Chapter Recognition. Marth served on the SME Chapter Enhancement Committee and the Chapter Revitalization Committee. He is an SME Certified Manufacturing Engineer, Lean Bronze Certified and holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. SME Member Since 2007

 
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Teresa Rinker, PhD
General Motors Research & Development

Teresa Rinker, PhD, is a senior researcher at General Motors Research & Development in the Manufacturing Systems Research Lab. While studying mechanical engineering as an undergrad at Michigan State University, she had an opportunity to research functionally graded ceramics, which sparked an initial interest in manufacturing. After graduation, Rinker became a manufacturing engineer for Toyota in a weld and vehicle assembly shop, which furthered her interest in automotive manufacturing. During graduate school, Rinker studied joining and fatigue failure of dissimilar ultrasonic welds in magnesium and steel where she was an NSF graduate research fellow at the University of Michigan. While there, Rinker received a master’s degree in both mechanical engineering and material science and engineering in 2010 and 2013, along with her doctorate in mechanical engineering in 2013. Currently, Rinker is working on battery joining for electric vehicles. Her research interests include destructive and nondestructive testing as well as welding of dissimilar metals. SME Member Since 2016

 
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Phillip S. "Phil" Waldrop, PhD, LSME
Georgia Southern University (retired)

Phillip S. "Phil" Waldrop, PhD, LSME, is a 2010 SME Award of Merit recipient and a graduate of Ball State and Purdue universities. He retired from Georgia Southern University in 2011, having taught hands-on materials/processes and technical management courses. Waldrop continues to teach online graduate engineering management courses, including lean manufacturing, and serves as an advisor to the new manufacturing engineering degree program. Before college teaching, he taught high school machine shop. Waldrop’s industry experience ranges from turret lathe operator and CNC programmer to aerospace manufacturing R&D, management of B-2 aircraft program factory modernization projects and a strategic supplier development program in Spain. As an ATMAE-certified senior technology manager, he served as president of ATMAE’s Industry and Management divisions and served on the SPE Composites Division Board of Directors. For SME, Waldrop has served as chapter chair, student chapter advisor, Technical Community advisor and Nominating Committee member. He is currently an SME chapter ambassador and a member of SME’s Student Relations Committee. SME Member Since 1976

 
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Jason B. Wolf
Air Force Research Laboratory

Jason B. Wolf serves as a mechanical engineer and program manager with the Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies Division, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. Wolf is responsible for planning, managing and executing programs that provide advanced manufacturing processes, techniques and technologies for timely, high-quality and economical production and sustainment to strengthen the defense industrial base. In this capacity, he has managed a portfolio of projects valued over $80M. Wolf serves as a subject-matter expert on the Joint Defense Manufacturing Technology Panel – Metals Subpanel. Before working at AFRL, he exercised his manufacturing abilities as a manufacturing apprentice at the NASA Glenn Research Center and as a tool and diemaker apprentice at Exact Tool & Die in Cleveland. Wolf served as an advisory council member for Polaris Career Center’s Precision CNC Machining Program, a program he graduated from as a high school student. In 2018, Wolf was recognized as an SME 30 Under 30 honoree. He earned his master’s degree in manufacturing systems engineering from the University of Kentucky in 2019 and bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Cleveland State University in 2015. Wolf is an active member of SME, ASME and AIAA. SME Member Since 2016