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2015 SME College of Fellows

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Seven manufacturing leaders have been elected to the 2015 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.

Jeff AbellJeffrey A. Abell, PhD, FSME, CMfgE, PE
GM Technical Fellow and Lab Group Manager
Manufacturing Systems Research Lab
General Motors Global Research and Development
Warren, Michigan

Jeffrey Abell is GM technical fellow and lab group manager, Manufacturing Systems Research Lab, General Motors Global Research and Development. He is responsible for all battery manufacturing research in the company, and his team was key to bringing the Chevy Volt advanced, high-power battery to production. Abell was awarded the 2011 General Motors Boss Kettering Award for outstanding technical innovation in battery manufacturing, and the 2014 Boss Kettering Award for work related to automotive application of elastic averaging. Previous assignments include robust synthesis and optimization; global engineering integration (GM Europe); vehicle development process engineering; robotics simulation (DaimlerChrysler); and advanced manufacturing development (Delphi Automotive Systems). He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University), and graduate degrees in systems engineering from Oakland University. Abell is an SME Fellow, a member of the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, chair of SME’s Accreditation Committee and member of SAE’s ABET Committee. He has written numerous technical papers for conferences and journals. Abell is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Michigan. SME Member Since 2006

Paul BradleyPaul D. Bradley, FSME, PE
Managing Director
Peterson Industries Pty Ltd.
Adelaide, South Australia

Paul Bradley is in his sixteenth year as managing director of Peterson Industries in Adelaide, South Australia. Established in 1951, Peterson is a project management and manufacturing company, including sourcing design and processes/items outside of their standard manufacturing scope, servicing mining, defence, automotive and various other sectors. Since joining Peterson in 1980, Bradley’s career has contributed to many facets of the manufacturing community. In addition, he has extensive board experience, including constitutions, bylaws and procedures, and developing brands and strategic plans. In 2011, Bradley served as SME’s president, and during his tenure, he launched the SME Brand Task Force. At the conclusion of 2012, Bradley completed 10 years of service as an SME international director and has served in various SME positions since becoming a member. In 2003, he was a member of SME’s Board Work Group on International Alliances, which led to a new alliance with the Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Ltd, AMTIL. Bradley is a recipient of the 1997 SME Ralph E. Cross Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, and in 2001, received the Governor’s Leadership Foundation Fellowship Award in Adelaide. He completed a four-year apprenticeship as a fitter and turner, is a registered professional engineer in South Australia and earned a diploma of management in 1991. SME Member Since 1989

XiaoQi ChenXiaoQi Chen, PhD, FSME
Professor in Mechanical Engineering
University of Canterbury
Christchurch, New Zealand

XiaoQi Chen is a professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Canterbury. He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the South China University of Technology in 1984, master’s degree in materials technology from Brunel University in 1986 and doctorate in robotics from the University of Liverpool in 1989. Chen is also the recipient of China-UK Technical Cooperation Award (1985-89). His research spans over materials processing, robotics and manufacturing automation. Chen has published four books, over 200 scientific articles and 10 patents. He received the Singapore National Technology Award in 1999 for his outstanding contribution to the development of a robotic, 3D-grinding/polishing system for turbine aerofoils. Chen’s innovation in climbing machines led to the creation of a spinoff company, winning the New Zealand Ministry of Science and Technology’s Hi-Tech Start-Up Excellence Award in 2012. He has served as an associate editor for several journals. Including IEEE’s “Transactions on Industrial Electronics, Control and Intelligent Systems” and the “International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems.” Chen was chair-elect of SME’s Singapore Chapter 219 and the founding chair of IEEE’s RAS New Zealand chapter. He is a China National 1000Plan Scholar and an elected fellow of IPENZ. SME Member Since 1997

Waguih ElMaraghyWaguih ElMaraghy, PhD, FSME, PE
Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
Director of the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems Centre
University of Windsor
Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Waguih ElMaraghy is professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering and director of the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems Centre at the University of Windsor. He has led important initiatives in his role as professor and head of the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, as well as special advisor to the vice president Academic on University/Industry Partnership. He has consulted for multinationals as well as small and medium-sized enterprises. ElMaraghy supervises a large number of graduate students at Windsor and internationally. His current research interests include complexity management, complex products design, smart systems and socio-technical-lifecycle aspects. He has more than 300 publications in international journals and conferences, four edited books and two patents. ElMaraghy has organized and participated in many international conferences, including the SME international Manufacturing Education conferences. He is a registered professional engineer in Ontario and a member of the Academic Requirements Committee of Professional Engineers Ontario. ElMaraghy is a fellow of: SME, the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering, Engineers Canada and the Canadian Academy of Engineering. SME Member Since 1984

Shreyes MelkoteShreyes N. Melkote, PhD, FSME
Swanson Federal Fellow
Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office
Washington, D.C. 

Shreyes Melkote holds the Morris M. Bryan Jr. Professorship for Advanced Manufacturing Systems in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech. He also serves as associate director of the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute. Melkote’s currently a Swanson Federal Fellow, serving as the assistant director for technology in the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office. His research contributions are in the areas of precision machining, surface modification, sensing and process monitoring, and photovoltaic manufacturing. He has published over 160 peer-reviewed papers on these and related topics. Melkote received his bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1987, and his doctorate in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1993. From 1993-95, Melkote was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a recipient of several honors including the ASME Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award, the SME Dell K. Allen Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award and Best Paper Awards at ASME conferences and SME’s North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC). Melkote served as an associate editor for SME’s “Journal of Manufacturing Processes” and the ASME “Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering.” He is a fellow of ASME, an associate member of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP) and 2014-15 president of the North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME (NAMRI/SME). SME Member Since 1994

Jyhwen WangJyhwen Wang, PhD, FSME
Professor of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas

Jyhwen Wang is a professor of engineering technology and industrial distribution and holds a joint appointment in mechanical engineering at Texas A&M University. Wang received his doctorate in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University in 1991. He was a visiting professor at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, and Universidad De Las Americas, Mexico. From 1991 to 2001, Wang was a researcher and R&D manager at Weirton Steel Technology Center. His research interests are in the design and analysis of manufacturing processes. In particular, Wang has conducted extensive research on high-strength steel applications in metal packaging and plastic deformation of layered materials. He also conducted research in engineering education to understand student learning. Wang served as an associate editor for ASME's "Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering." He is serving on the SME Accreditation Committee and is currently a commissioner of ABET Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission. Wang is a recipient of the NAMRI/SME Outstanding Paper Award, SME Education Foundation Research Initiation Grant and the NSF CAREER Award. He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a member of the American Society for Engineering Education. SME Member Since 1997

YuMing ZhangYuMing Zhang, PhD, FSME
James R. Boyd Professor in Electrical Engineering
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

YuMing Zhang has been with the University of Kentucky since 1991 where he is currently the James R. Boyd professor in electrical engineering and also directs the Welding Research Laboratory. Zhang is also the founder and president of Adaptive Intelligent Systems LLC, which has developed cutting-edge technologies for the welding industry. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in control major from Harbin Institute of Technology where he later finished his doctorate in welding major in 1990. Zhang’s research in innovative welding processes, sensing and control of welding processes, intelligent robotic welding and human-robot collaborative welding at the University of Kentucky has been continuously funded by the National Science Foundation. His research has brought him over 170 peer-reviewed journal publications, seven U.S. patents and several recognitions, including the Donald Julius Groen Prize from The Institution of Mechanical Engineers, United Kingdom; IFAC (International Federation of Automatic Control) Congress Poster Paper Prize; IFAC Congress Application Paper Finalist; and numerous awards from the American Welding Society. Four of his doctorate students received the Henry Granjon Prize (2015, 2013, 2012 and 2009) from the International Institute of Welding. Zhang is also a fellow of AWS and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. SME Member Since 1995