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SME Speaks: Thank You, SME Members!

Brock Strunk

By Brock Strunk
Chair, Member Council
Society of Manufacturing Engineers

As 2012 comes to a close, all of us can look back at the many great experiences we had as SME members and volunteer leaders. I would like to take this opportunity to say a special thank you to all of my fellow volunteer leaders and SME staff that provided their guidance and personal time to help this year’s Member Council lead the member engagement activities of the Society.  

The Council is responsible for assisting SME in recognizing and meeting the needs of its membership in this rapidly changing environment, building on the long-term SME strategic goals, strengthening member participation in SME activities, and formulating recommendations relative to Society membership recruitment, retention and engagement; both as they are found in chapters and local communities, and as they are realized in the international Technical Communities.

Eight Member Council members are elected by the membership to serve alternating two-year terms. The remaining three members are appointed by the SME President to serve a one-year term. One of these 11 members is appointed by the SME President to serve a one-year term as Member Council chair. I was honored to fulfill this role as the 2012 Member Council chair. This leadership position gave me the opportunity to engage with passionate members and industry leaders to understand the needs of our members, which ultimately advances and improves SME.  

As chair of the Member Council, I have met and interacted with many SME members, especially during one of SME’s greatest events—its Annual Conference. I encourage all member leaders to attend and ensure that your up-and-coming leaders are also attending. This is an excellent conference with substantial technical content with several leadership tracks as well. It’s also your opportunity to meet the leadership of the Society face-to-face in a relaxed setting. While I can attest that the content is wonderful, I would be remiss if I did not mention that there’s also an element of fun to the Annual Conference, including barbeques (Nashville 2010), go-cart racing (Seattle 2011) and bowling (Cleveland 2012). 

Another recommendation I would like to share is to regularly visit and login to for updates or to set up a daily digest for information on what’s going on nationally with SME. Once you log in, you’ll be able to utilize one of the new methods I feel will help SME stay relevant for many years to come, which is its new members-only platform. Through this new platform, you can set up your member profile and start building your SME network. This has been an effective tool for me as a leader to get feedback from other members on their ideas and opinions from multiple discussion topics, which are all posted on the discussions forums; nonmembers do not have access to this members-only area. 

One topic in particular that I am passionate about has been improving on our Technical Community Network (TCN). I recently presented a plan I am calling TCN 2.0 to the SME Board of Directors in Cleveland. The TCN is a great way for members to receive/share technical ideas and information in their area of interest in manufacturing. With all good things, however, there are always areas where we can make improvements. If you have any suggestions on how we can improve the TCN, I would like to hear from you—you can easily start a discussion once you login to or connect with me through your member profile.

Again, I thank you for all that you do for the Society, and most notably, for continuing to be an SME member. I also appreciate the opportunity to serve as the 2012 Member Council chair—it has been a great experience. I encourage everyone to get more involved in the Society, if you haven’t already. To do so, please visit or email 

Official 2012 SME Election Results

On September 11, 2012, the 2012 election results for the SME Board of Directors and Member Council were announced. The six International Directors taking office on January 1, 2013, for a two-year term are:

 Joseph J. Beaman

Joseph J. Beaman, PhD

D5 Engineering (Austin, TX)

Edye S. Buchanan

Edye S. Buchanan, CMfgT

Fives North American Combustion, Inc.  (Cleveland)


 Wayne F. Frost

Wayne F. Frost, CMfgE 

John Deere Waterloo Works

(Retired; Waterloo, IA)

 Thomas R. Kurfess

Thomas R. Kurfess, PhD, FSME, CMfgT, PE

Office of Science and Technology Policy 

Executive Office of the President of the

United States of America (Washington, DC)


 Michael F. Molnar

Michael F. Molnar, FSME, CMfgE, PE

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST, Gaithersburg, MD)


 Michael D. Packer

Michael D. Packer 

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.

(Fort Worth, TX)


The four newly elected members of the 2013–14 SME Member Council, serving a two-year term and taking office on January 1, 2013, are:


Thomas G. Bridge

Thomas G. Bridge, PhD, CMfgE

Western Illinois University (Macomb, IL)

 Glenn Mattsson

Glenn Mattsson

Enphase Energy (Petaluma, CA)

Dean Phillips

Dean Phillips

LINK Systems (Nashville, TN)


Cary J. Rosenberg

Cary J. Rosenberg, CMfgE

Watts Water Technologies, Inc.

(North Andover, MA)



The SME Board of Directors establishes the Society’s business policies and strategic direction, while the SME Member Council formulates recommendations to the Board of Directors relative to Society membership recruitment, retention and engagement. Anyone interested in submitting their application to be considered for a seat on the SME board or to serve on the Member Council can download an application at Applications are due February 15, 2013. 


Manufacturing Knowledge

Base Wiki Contributors Needed


SME has a new engagement opportunity for its members—the Manufacturing Knowledge Base Wiki. The wiki is an interactive knowledge platform, which, at its core is the nine-volume encyclopedic reference source, SME’s Tool & Manufacturing Engineers Handbook (TMEH). These handbooks have been transformed into the new digital knowledge base wiki. This is a great opportunity to make an impact on how things are made, while leaving a legacy in the knowledge resource at SME. How can you help?

Contribute technical content. You can start any time—just login at

If you are savvy at providing technical reviews, you could become a reviewer.

If you have editorial experience, you could become an editor.

If you know of people who are subject-matter experts in manufacturing, recommend them to SME, and we can recruit on your behalf.

The Society’s goal is to recruit technical experts in all categories, with each member to contribute one new entry into the manufacturing wiki. Anyone interested can contact 


Submit Your 2013 College of Fellows Nominations

Since 1986, the SME College of Fellows has honored those members who have made outstanding contributions to the social, technological and educational aspects of the manufacturing profession. This is a highly prestigious honor that can only be earned through years (20 or more) of dedication and service. To submit a nomination, visit Nominations are due December 1, 2012.


Composites Manufacturing Awards

Each year, the Composites Manufacturing Tech Group, which is part of SME's Plastics, Composites & Coatings Community, gives out three composites-related awards: the Excellence in Composites Manufacturing Awards and the J.H. "Jud" Hall Composites Manufacturing Award. The Excellence in Composites Manufacturing Awards are two technical awards, which were created to acknowledge the valuable roles that both large and small manufacturers play within the composites industry. Each award will showcase those companies that have excelled in manufacturing products made from advanced composite materials. That excellence will include developing an innovative way via tooling and/or manufacturing process techniques, which will help manufacture future products made from these materials; or have shown accelerated growth by providing superior service, quality or cost reduction initiatives. The J.H. "Jud" Hall Composites Manufacturing Award honors the late Judge H. Hall (1931-85) for his dedication to making the former Composites Manufacturing Association of SME (CMA/SME) an established group within the composites manufacturing industry, and for his contributions to the development of composites technology. The Jud Hall Award celebrates innovation in solving issues related to production and applications development, and acknowledges significant contributions that reduce costs and waste streams, and improves quality and efficiency. Award nominations are due January 20, 2013, and can be submitted online at or 

This article was first published in the November 2012 edition of Manufacturing Engineering magazine.  Click here for PDF.  

Published Date : 11/1/2012

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