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2012 SME Award of Merit Recipients

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Ronald A. Bohlander, PhD, FSME
GTRI Fellow and Associate Director for Business Operations & Commercialization
Communications and Information Laboratory, Georgia Tech Research Institute
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta No. 61

Bohlander is a leader in forging new public-private alliances, and in bringing industrial clients and research engineers together to work on technology strategy, product design, prototyping, transitions to realizable manufacturing and development of viable business models. This collaboration focuses on electronics and information system products for telecommunications, medical systems, aerospace and other industries. He also is called on for enterprise leadership at many levels in the Georgia Institute of Technology, serving the institute as secretary of the faculty. Previously, Bohlander led a Georgia Tech program in advanced electronics miniaturization and electronics manufacturing processes for the Army Aviation and Missile Command and managed the Intelligent Systems Program of Georgia Tech’s Material Handling Research Center. He has been an SME since 1988 and is a past member of its Board of Directors. In Atlanta, Bohlander serves on the Technology Association of Georgia’s Manufacturing Society Board. He holds a patent in triple-play systems in the telecommunications field. Bohlander received a BS in astronomy from Case Western Reserve University, an MS in physics from the University of Colorado and a PhD in physics from Imperial College, London.

Harry J. Buhalis, PhD
Faculty, Division of Career & Technical Education
Macomb Community College
Warren, Mich.

Macomb Community College S071


Buhalis joined SME in 1999 and is the current faculty advisor for Macomb Community College S071. Through the years, he has coordinated many high school and college 2-D drafting and 3-D computer-aided design (CAD) competitions, SME presentations, conducted brainstorming think-tank sessions for membership improvement in collaboration with SME’s Detroit No. 1 chapter and participated as a judge at the Future Cities Competition representing SME’s Best Manufacturing Zone. As a program coordinator and faculty member for the Division of Engineering & Advanced Technology at Macomb Community College, Buhalis provided support for the development of the Industrial Internship Program and created the advisory committee for Virtual Simulation Technology. His credentials include a PhD and a master’s from Wayne State University, a bachelor’s of science from Eastern Michigan University and designation as an online instructor. In addition, Buhalis has obtained Michigan secondary vocational teaching certificates and a management consultant certificate.



Eric Kam

Product Manager
AutoForm Engineering GmbH
Troy, Mich.
Forming & Fabricating Community


Kam, a product manager for AutoForm Engineering GmbH, has been active in the forming and fabricating community providing training, consulting and leadership since 1994. Sheet-metal stamping design, formability, press engineering and maintenance, tool and die fundamentals, die processing and layout, and simulation experience has brought him to numerous automotive OEM, Tier 1 suppliers, aerospace and materials suppliers, both domestic and globally. Kam, who joined SME in 1998, is the former chair of SME’s Forming & Fabricating Community and current co-chair of the community’s Stamping & Dies Tech Group.


Mac Iver

Ronald R. Mac Iver, LSME, CMfgE, PE
Manufacturing Engineer Manager (retired)
Northrop Grumman Corp.
Hawthorne, Calif.
Orange Coast CASA/SME No. 233


Mac Iver has been an active SME member since he joined a student chapter at Santa Monica City College in April 1960. He was one of the founding members of the new student chapter and served as its first secretary for two years. This new chapter was sponsored by SME’s South Bay Area No. 153 chapter and Douglas Aircraft. During Mac Iver’s 50+ years in the Society, he has served in a variety of roles. Mac Iver has been editor of the Los Angeles & Ventura County No. 173 newsletter, the “SME Informer,” which began as the Region 12 newsletter, for the past 10 years. He is currently the Orange Coast CASA/SME No. 233 chapter treasurer. During his long tenure with SME, Mac Iver has worked with student chapters, served as a WESTEC Manufacturing Challenge contest judge and as a recruiter for SME membership. He has held a number of positions in manufacturing, tool engineering and manufacturing engineering at North American Aviation, Rockwell Aviation and Northrop Grumman Corp.


Mark S. MacLaughlin
UniPunch Products Inc.
Clear Lake, Wis.
Indianhead No. 335


MacLaughlin served as chapter chair for SME’s Chippewa Valley Technical College S170 in 1988 and migrated to participating and serving SME’s Indianhead No. 335 chapter. Throughout the years, he has served as secretary, treasurer, chair-elect, and in 1995, chapter chair. In 2009, MacLaughlin was elected co-chair of Chapter 335 and currently maintains this position. He is also the chapter webmaster. MacLaughlin is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served as volunteer firefighter for the village of Elk Mound. In addition, MacLaughlin is a faculty advisor for the Mechanical Design and Industrial Engineering programs at Chippewa Valley Technical College.


Larry Reuss,
GE Aircraft Engines (retired)
Cincinnati No. 21


Reuss retired from GE Aircraft Engines after 26 years as a manufacturing engineer. Previously, he was with BAE Systems (formerly Ogara, Hess & Eisenhardt) for 10 years. He has taught various CAD/CAM, math, and computer subjects at Cincinnati State College for five years. While serving on the Tech Prep Steering Committee, Reuss helped design and implement the Tech Prep Program for making “2+2” technician-level curricula for the state of Ohio. He has also worked in various capacities at several local machine tool manufacturers, including Mazak, Makino, Krauss-Maffei and Cincinnati Inc. Reuss has been an active SME member since 1994, serving as executive chapter officer and chair for Cincinnati No. 21. Recently, he created a “Manufacturing Jeopardy” game for local student chapters to use for school competitions, receiving funding from Chapter 21, learning and just having fun.