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SME International Awards Gala Recognizes; Celebrates Manufacturing Leaders and Researchers

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(CHICAGO, May 1, 2017)SME recognized and celebrated the achievements of leaders from across the manufacturing industry and academia at its 2017 annual International Awards Gala on April 30 in Chicago.

These annual awards acknowledge the profound impact made by the honorees in manufacturing technologies, processes, technical writing, education, research and management, as well as service to SME.

Opening the event, SME CEO Jeff Krause said “Tonight, SME recognizes the achievers. The thinkers. The doers. They’ve given so much to the industry and tonight we celebrate you, your hard work and dedication.”

SME’s 2017 International Honor Award honorees are listed below:

  • John C. Ziegert, PhD, FSME, University of North Carolina: Frederick W. Taylor Research Medal
  • David L. Bourell, PhD, The University of Texas at Austin: Albert M. Sargent Progress Award
  • Robert B. Habingreither, EdD, CMfgE, Texas State University College of Science & Engineering: SME Education Award  
  • S. Jack Hu, PhD, University of Michigan: SME Gold Medal
  • Wayne Orr, LSME, CMfgE, Blanchat Machine Co. (Retired): Joseph A. Siegel Service Award
  • Yoshimaro Hanaki, Okuma Corp.: Eli Whitney Productivity Award  

Additionally, SME recognized six young professionals with the 2017 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award:

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers and SME also recognized Michael F. Molnar, FSME, CMfgE, PE, with their joint M. Eugene Merchant Manufacturing Medal at the gala, for his longtime and outstanding contributions to manufacturing research and its implementation in industry.

“This year’s Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineers were selected based on their work in emerging manufacturing applications, technical publications, patents, and academic or industry leadership,” said Rebecca Taylor, SME board member, while presenting the awards. “We celebrate them for their innovative spirit, visionary work and their impact on the future of manufacturing.”

Nominations for SME’s International Honor Awards are accepted through Aug. 1 of each year. Award details and nomination form are available at


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