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2010 Class of SME Fellows

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Five manufacturing leaders have been elected to the 2010 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.

Cao Jian Cao, PhD, FSME
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Chair, ME Graduate Studies
Northwestern University
Evanston, Ill.


An accomplished researcher and educator, Jian Cao's work has focused on such fields as material characterization of metals and machine/process design. Currently, her research focuses on microforming, dieless forming and laser processing, which have had a direct impact on energy-efficient manufacturing. Cao's work has been funded by both industry and government agencies. A prolific author, she has more than 190 publications to her credit, including journal articles, book chapters and conference articles, as well as two U.S. patents. Cao has delivered nearly 90 invited keynotes at conferences and seminars at institutions and corporations. She is the co-director of the National Science Foundation Summer Institute on Nanomechanics, Nanomaterials and Micro/Nanomanufacturing. Cao's contributions have been recognized by honors and awards given by her peers in the field of manufacturing, applied mechanics and control. Cao currently serves as the 2010-11 president-elect for the North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME (NAMRI/SME) and is active in other professional societies as well.


Dahotre Narendra B. Dahotre, PhD, FSME
Chairman and Professor, Materials Science & Engineering
University of North Texas
Denton, Texas


A nationally renowned educator, Narendra Dahotre has been described as a strong advocate of industrial training and has created dozens of industrial internships or hands-on opportunities for his students. Dahotre has also overseen the work of more than a dozen master's students, 10 doctoral students and four postdoctoral fellows. A dedicated mentor for the next generation, he has reached out to both undergraduate and high school students to work part-time in his laboratory during the academic year and summer. As a researcher, Dahotre's work in the areas of laser material processing and surface engineering has attracted funding of $6.5 million. He is also the author of two books, nearly 200 technical papers and the editor of 14 books. A prolific inventor, Dahotre holds 15 U.S. patents, with one U.S. patent pending. For his many contributions to manufacturing education, Dahotre has received a number of awards, including the University of Tennessee's 2006 Research and Creativity Achievement Award and the 2006 R&D 100 Award. He is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the ASM International and the Indian Institute of Metals. Dahotre is an associate editor of the Journal of Materials Performance & Engineering, and serves on the editorial board of five additional journals in materials and materials processing.


Dobbs Herbert Dobbs, PhD, FSME, PE
Colonel, USA (Retired)
Torvec Board of Directors
Rochester, N.Y.


Herbert Dobbs is the former chairman and a current board member of Torvec Inc., a developer of patented technology used primarily in automotive systems. He began his career in industry, first in manufacturing and then in aircraft and missile design. In the late 1950s, Dobbs began his 28-year career as a United States Army officer. He served in Italy, Vietnam and Taiwan, and had assignments as an engineer, research scientist, project manager and laboratory director. In particular, Dobbs guided the development of the family of tactical vehicles, including the Hummer, fielded at the beginning of the 1980s. He was selected for the civilian Senior Executive Service as technical director of the Army Tank-Automotive Command in 1983. Dobbs has been decorated with, among others, the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star. He has nearly 30 publications and three patents. Dobbs served on the U.S Army Science Board from 1994-2006, and currently serves as an advisor at Wayne State University and Oakland University.


Jawahir I.S. Jawahir, PhD, FSME
James F. Hardymon Chair in Manufacturing Systems
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Ky.


I.S. Jawahir is an internationally recognized researcher and educator. His work has significantly advanced the knowledge and application of machining principles through modeling and optimization of metal machining processes. Jawahir is currently very active in researching sustainable manufacturing. He has published more than 200 refereed papers and presented more than 120 invited technical presentations in 25 countries, including 20 keynote papers at international conferences. Jawahir is the coauthor of four CIRP keynote papers (two as the major author) and holds four U.S. patents. As an educator, he built MS and PhD programs in manufacturing systems engineering and opened large teaching and research laboratories. Jawahir's commitment to the next generation of manufacturing engineers also includes advising 24 PhD and 58 MS graduates, and serving as a member of about 60 PhD committees around the world in such places as Australia, Canada, India, Italy, Malaysia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa and the United States.


Warnecke Günter Warnecke, Dr.-Ing., FSME
Professor Emeritus
Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
Kaiserslautern, Germany

Now retired, Günter Warnecke has devoted his career to both manufacturing and academia. After his study of mechanical and manufacturing engineering at the Technische Hochschule Hannover, Warnecke worked for German radio and television manufacturer Telefunken Hannover. After returning to the university and finishing his doctorate, Warnecke joined General Electric Super Materials Department where he served as manager of European Technical Services. Following GE, Warnecke spent several years at automotive parts manufacturer Fitchel & Sachs as manager of manufacturing development. He later began a career in academia and joined the Universität Kaiserslautern. During Warnecke's years as a professor, he supervised 600 master's theses and 58 doctoral dissertations, while also serving as the university's president and vice president. Beyond his impressive career in academia, Warnecke is also well-known for producing a series of unique microcinematographical films, viewing cutting processes in material microstructure through a microscope, also with high speed, on various materials and conditions. Some of these films are published and recorded in German and English. He is also the author or coauthor of 160 technical papers.