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2011 Class of SME Fellows

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Ten manufacturing leaders have been elected to the 2011 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.

Viktor P. Astakhov Viktor P. Astakhov, PhD, FSME
Tool Research and Application Manager
General Motors Business Unit of PSMI
Rochester Hills, Mich.

Viktor Astakhov received his PhD in mechanical engineering from Tula State Polytechnic University, Tula-Moscow, Russia, in 1983. He was awarded a D.Sc. designation (Dr. habil., Docteur d’État) and title "State Professor of Ukraine" in 1991 for his outstanding performance, teaching and profound impact on science and technology. Currently, Astakhov is the tool research and application manager of General Motors Business Unit of PSMI. As a professor, he is involved in supervising of graduate students at Michigan State University. Astakhov has won a number of national and international awards for both his teaching and research. He has published fundamental and text books, book chapters and many papers in professional journals as well as papers in trade periodicals. Among the books Astakhov has authored are "Geometry of Single-point Turning Tools and Drills," "Fundamentals and Practical Applications," "Tribology of Metal Cutting," "Physics of Strength and Fracture Control" and "Mechanics of Metal Cutting." He is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Advances in Machining and Forming Operations, and associate editor, board member, reviewer and advisor for many international journals and professional societies. Astakhov's main research and application interests include theory (including physics, analytical and numerical [FEM] modeling) of metal cutting and its applications; cutting tool design, assessment and optimization; machinability of materials; new tool materials and coatings; design of experiments; and coolant application practices. He joined SME in 2000.

George Bullen George “Nick” Bullen, FSME
President and CEO
Smart Blades Inc.
Oxnard, Calif.

George “Nick” Bullen retired in November 2010 as principal engineer and technical expert for advanced manufacturing technology and advanced programs for Northrop Grumman Corp. Bullen is currently the president and CEO of Smart Blades Inc. He has 16 patents for technology innovations related to mechanization, robotics and robotics control software, which are the basis for all current automated systems used for the assembly of airframes. Bullen maintains membership on academic boards of major universities, is a member of the steering committees of professional societies and is founder of the Aerospace Automation Consortium. His expertise includes inhabited and uninhabited aerial vehicles, as well as space vehicle design and manufacture. Bullen is widely published in magazines, proceedings, journals and peer-reviewed journals, and received the AIAA Design Engineering Award in 2000. He is certified in production and inventory control management, and has an MBA from Loyola Marymount University, a BS degree from Pepperdine University, an AS degree from Mesa College and is currently finishing his PhD in engineering research.

F. Frank Chen F. Frank Chen, PhD, FSME
Luther Brown Distinguished Chair Professor of Advanced Manufacturing
Director, Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Lean Systems
College of Engineering
The University of Texas at San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas

F. Frank Chen demonstrated prolific research careers in both industry and academia. He is the founding director of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing & Lean Systems at the University of Texas at San Antonio with an active industry-based research consortium aimed at advancing lean and sustainable manufacturing and flexible automation tools. Before joining UTSA in 2006, Chen was with Virginia Tech as the John L. Lawrence professor of manufacturing systems engineering in its Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Prior to his full-time academic career in 1991, Chen was with Caterpillar Technical Center Manufacturing R&D Divisions as a senior engineer and a project manager leading a corporate research and technical services group specializing in design and control of manufacturing cells. As one of the 20 recipients of the 1996 NSF Presidential Faculty Fellows Award, Chen has been the principal investigator of more than $13 million research projects sponsored by agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Research Laboratory, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Army Research Office and many other industry firms. His commitment to manufacturing education and research also includes supervision of 30 PhD dissertations and postdoctoral researchers and 39 MS theses. He has been an SME member since 1983.

Dianne Chong Dianne Chong, PhD, FSME
Vice President of Materials Assembly
Factory & Support Technology
Boeing Research & Technology

Dianne Chong is vice president of materials assembly, Factory & Support Technology, an organization within Boeing Research & Technology, the company's central research and development unit. She has been a Boeing employee since 1986. Chong's team provides materials and processes engineering and manufacturing support for the Boeing enterprise, including the company's two major business units: Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Boeing Defense, Space & Security. Chong's team is responsible for providing nondestructive evaluation for programs such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. In addition, her organization researches and develops advanced assembly and integration concepts. Chong is an active supporter of many professional societies and serves on several university boards and industry committees. She currently serves on the National Academy of Sciences' Board on Global Science and Technology and is a commissioner to the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. In 2010, Chong was presented with the Asian-American Executive of the Year Award by the Chinese Institute of Engineers. An expert in metallurgical engineering, she holds a PhD, master's and bachelor's degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Chong also holds of an executive master's degree in manufacturing management from Washington University. She joined SME in 1997.

Placid M. Ferreira Placid M. Ferreira, PhD, FSME
Head and Grayce Wicall Gauthier Professor
Mechanical Science and Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, Ill.

Placid M. Ferreira is the head and Grayce Wicall Gauthier professor of mechanical science and engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From 2003-09, he was director of the Center for Chemical-Electrical-Mechanical Manufacturing Systems, an NSF-sponsored Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center. Ferreira received a PhD in industrial engineering from Purdue University in 1987, a master's of technology degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 1982 and a bachelor's in mechanical engineering from the University of Bombay in 1980. His research spans several areas of manufacturing engineering, including precision machine tools, micro and nanoscale fabrication and flexible automation. In recognition of Ferreira's research, he has received SME's Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award (1990), the National Science Foundation's Presidential Young Investigator Award (1991) and the University of Illinois' University Scholar Award (1995). Ferreira has served as an editor for the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering and the IIE Transactions on Design and Manufacturing. He joined SME in 2006.

Changsheng Guo Changsheng Guo, PhD, FSME
Project Manager
United Technologies Research Center
East Hartford, Conn.

Changsheng Guo is a project manager with United Technologies Research Center where he leads projects in modeling and optimization of manufacturing processes. Guo received his PhD in mechanical engineering and his MBA from the University of Massachusetts, a master's degree in manufacturing engineering and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Northeastern University in China. Before joining UTRC, Guo was a research fellow and the co-director of the grinding research program at UMass, the technical director of a ceramic machining company and an assistant professor at Northeastern University. His research focus has been on the fundamentals and applications of machining processes including grinding, milling and ceramic machining. Guo has more than 80 published papers and coauthored one book. He has been an SME member since 1993, and is also a member of CIRP and an associate editor for the Journal of Machining Science and Technology. Guo is the recipient of the F.W. Taylor Medal of CIRP and the ASME Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award.

Wallace Hopp Wallace Hopp, PhD, FSME
Associate Dean for Faculty and Research
Ross School of Business
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Wallace Hopp is an accomplished manufacturing scholar and educator. He has published nearly 100 papers and book chapter focusing on the design, control and management of operations systems, with emphasis on manufacturing and supply chain systems, innovation processes and health care systems. Hopp coauthored the influential "Factory Physics" text, founded the bachelor's in manufacturing engineering and the master's of management and manufacturing programs at Northwestern University. He has been active in professional service, including terms as editor of Management Science and president of POMS, and as an industry consultant. Hopp, who has been an SME member since 1992, has been recognized with a number of awards, including the IIE Joint Publishers Book-of-the-Year Award, the IIE Technical Innovation Award, the SME Education Award and Fellow awards from IIE, INFORMS, MSOM and POMS. Hopp is currently the associate dean for faculty and research at the Ross School of Business of the University of Michigan.

Jack Jeswiet Jack Jeswiet, PhD, FSME, PE
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Jack Jeswiet is professor of mechanical engineering at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, where he is the chair of undergraduate studies. Jeswiet is a professional engineer in the Province of Ontario, Canada. He is a fellow of Engineers Canada, The Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers, The Engineering Institute of Canada and The International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP). Research interests include: sustainable product design (ecodesign); sheet metalforming, including incremental sheet forming; microplastic metalforming; measurement of friction and temperature in metalforming; and powder metallurgy. Jeswiet's recent activities include board of directors of CSME; chair, CIRP Scientific Committee on Forming; vice-chair, CIRP Scientific Committee on Life Cycle/Assembly; and warden of Camp 3 of the Obligation of the Engineer. He became an SME member in 2009.

Pradeep Rohatgi Pradeep Rohatgi, PhD, FSME
Wisconsin and UWM Distinguished Professor
Director of UWM Composite and Advanced Materials Manufacture Centers
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Pradeep Rohatgi received his undergraduate degree from Banaras University, India, and his master's and doctorate in science from MIT in 1963 and 1964, respectively. He served as a professor at the Indian Institute of Science and Indian Institute of Technology. Rohatgi also served as the founder, director and chief executive officer of two National Laboratories, one in Trivandrum and the other in Bhopal for CSIR, India. He currently serves as a Wisconsin and UWM distinguished professor and as the director of the UWM Composite and Advanced Materials Manufacture Centers at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Rohatgi's initial research on cast metal-matrix composites has been listed as a major landmark in the history of metal casting on synthesis, processing and characterization of cast metal-matrix composites. His research stimulated a large number of researchers, which led to manufacture and use of metal-matrix composites in automotive, aerospace, thermal management and recreation equipment sectors. Rohatgi has been an SME member since 2005.

Lihui Wang Lihui Wang, PhD, FSME, PE
Professor, Virtual Systems Research Centre
University of Skövde
Skövde, Sweden

An accomplished researcher, educator and professional engineer, Lihui Wang's research interests are focused on collaborative process planning, Web-based, real-time monitoring and remote control, as well as intelligent and adaptive manufacturing systems. Wang has published six books and authored in excess of 200 scientific articles in books, archival journals and refereed conference proceedings in these fields. A senior member of SME since 1999, he is actively engaged in various SME activities. Wang has been a member of the Scientific Committee of the North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME (NAMRI/SME) since 2004, and a member of its board of directors since 2008. Currently, he is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Manufacturing Research, editor of the Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, editor (Northern Europe) of the Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing and associate editor of the Journal of Manufacturing Systems. Wang is also a registered professional engineer in Canada. His accomplishments have won him 12 international and institutional awards.