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2013 Class of SME Fellows

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Six manufacturing leaders have been elected to the 2013 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.

Helmi Attia M. Helmi Attia, PhD, FSME
Manager of Advanced Material Removal Processes, Aerospace Manufacturing
National Research Council Canada
Montreal, Quebec, Canada 

M. Helmi Attia is manager of advanced material removal processes, aerospace manufacturing, National Research Council Canada, and adjunct professor of Mechanical Engineering, McGill University. Before joining the NRC in 2002, Attia was principal research engineer, Ontario Hydro Technologies, and manager of fabrication technology, Spar Aerospace Technology Ltd. He has also been adjunct professor of mechanical engineering with Concordia and McMaster Universities, Canada (1980-2005). Attia is professional engineer of Ontario, Canada, fellow of CIRP (College International pour la Recherche en Productique) and fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is the recipient of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013) and the prestigious ASME Blackall Machine Tools and Gage Award (1989). Attia received numerous recognitions from ASME and ASTM for being the principal organizer and editor of symposia related to manufacturing and tribology. He is on the editorial board of a number of international journals, including the Journal of Machining Science and Technology, Journal of Sustainable Manufacturing and Journal of Computational Material Science and Surface Engineering. Attia served as the chairman of the ASTM Task Group on Fretting Fatigue, and liaison officer of the ASME Production Engineering and Tribology Divisions (1990-96). To his credit, Attia has authored/coauthored some 180 papers in archival journals and refereed conference proceedings, and more than 100 technical research reports.

Douglas Genord Doug Genord, FSME
Technical Fellow
The Boeing Co.
Federal Way, Wash. 

Doug Genord is a technical fellow of The Boeing Co. in its information technology organization. He has more than 30 years’ experience developing manufacturing and quality systems for fabrication and assembly operations. Genord supports the development and implementation of Boeing’s advanced manufacturing strategy and was the technical lead engineer responsible for developing and implementing Boeing’s new NC programming application that is used to fabricate the composite wing and empennage skins for its new 787 airplane. He has served on the Boeing Engineering Operations and Technology’s Diversity Council and is the Boeing IT Technical Focal for the University of Washington. Genord is currently chair of SME’s Product & Process Design and Management Community and was a member of the SME Board of Directors in 2005 and 2006. He has also served on and chaired several SME steering, advisory and organizing committees, including the former Computer Automated Systems Association of SME (CASA/SME), the Diversity in Manufacturing Action Council, AUTOFACT and WESTEC. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in computer science and engineering from the University of Washington.

John Gillespie Jr. John W. Gillespie Jr., PhD, FSME
University of Delaware Center for Composite Materials
Newark, Del. 

John W. Gillespie Jr. has served the University of Delaware Center for Composite Materials in several roles since 1981, achieving the position of director in 1996. Gillespie is the Donald C. Phillips Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and he also holds joint appointments in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He has authored/coauthored more than 650 publications in composites science and technology including 13 book/book chapters, 15 patents, and more than 250 refereed journal papers and 400 proceeding papers. Gillespie has served as a member of the prestigious and influential National Research Council Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design, and chair of the National Materials Advisory Board Committee on High-Performance Structural Fibers for Advanced Polymer-Matrix Composites. He has been editor of the Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials since 1993. Gillespie is a fellow of the American Society for Composites, recipient of the 2013 American Society for Civil Engineers Charles Pankow Award for Innovation and the first academic recipient of SME’s J.H. “Jud” Hall Composites Manufacturing Award.

Vincent Howell Vincent W. Howell Sr., FSME, CMfgE 
Manager, Information Security and Policy
Corning Inc.
Corning, N.Y. 

Since earning a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology (manufacturing) in 1975 from the North Carolina A&T State University, where he was first introduced to SME, Vincent W. Howell Sr. has been a member for 31 years. During this time, he has served as a chair and officer for Elmira Chapter 24 and Lexington Chapter 154, on the Member Council (chair, Leadership Development Task Group) and on various committees, including the Member Enhancement Committee. Howell has 36 years of international engineering management, project management and engineering experience in the active matrix liquid crystal display (LCD) glass and electronics manufacturing industries. Prior to his current position as manager, information security and policy in the Display Technologies division at Corning Inc., Howell was engineering project portfolio manager for the Corning Inc. Display Technologies Division Engineering group. Before joining Corning Inc. in 1992, he held manufacturing management and engineering positions in the defense electronics and telecommunications industry. Howell’s experiences have included developing and implementing quality improvement and workforce development strategies, as well as earning a six-sigma green belt certification. His professional contributions have resulted in two patents and awards from ATMAE, the Institute of Industrial Engineers and SME. Howell's work in engineering organizational development when Corning Display Technologies expanded internationally (serving a three-year expat assignment) resulted in him being awarded the divisions prestigious “People Development Award” in 2006. In addition, Howell has authored some 40 technical papers and conference presentations, and contributed to three books. He also authored “Quality Improvement through Continuing Education – An Engineers Guide to Life-Long Learning,” which was published by ASQ. Howell is also a member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers and recently completed his term as president of the Process Industries Division.

Yeau-Ren Jeng Yeau-Ren Jeng, PhD, FSME
Endowed Chair Professor and Executive Vice President
National Chung Cheng University

Yeau-Ren Jeng is currently an endowed chair professor and executive vice president of National Chung Cheng University, founding director of the Advanced Institute for Manufacturing with High-Tech Innovations and a professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He received his doctorate in mechanical engineering in 1985 from Case Western Reserve University. Before joining the university, Jeng worked at General Motors Research and Development Center and NASA Glenn Research Center. His current interest is in the areas of tribology, and surface roughness metrology, performance and manufacturing. Jeng’s research has provided significant benefits to multiple industries, including the automotive, electronic, manufacturing and nano-related industries. He is the owner of more than 20 patents and is the recipient of numerous awards, including Charles L. McCuen Special Achievement Award from General Motors, Innovative Research Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society of Tribologists & Lubrication Engineers Walter D. Hodson Best Paper Award, Research Invention Award from the president of Taiwan and the Outstanding Research Award from the National Research Council of Taiwan. Jeng is the associate editor of several international journals including the ASME Journal of Tribology and STLE Tribology Transactions.

Bert Lauwers Prof. Dr. Ir. Bert Lauwers, FSME
KU Leuven
Leuven, Belgium 

Bert Lauwers obtained the degree of mechanical engineer – option manufacturing technology and production management in 1987 from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven). In 1993, Lauwers earned his doctorate from the same university on the subject “Computer-Aided Process Planning and Manufacturing for Electrical Discharge Machining.” In 1992, he was a visiting lecturer at the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok. Since 1993, Professor Lauwers has conducted research in KU Leuven’s production engineering, machine design and automation division on manufacturing processes (multiaxis milling, high-speed machining, electrical discharge machining, hybrid processes, machining of advanced materials) and computer support in manufacturing such as CAD/CAM, NC programming, NC simulation and NC post-processing. He was and is active in several national and international (European-level) research projects. Very important is Lauwers’ cooperation with industry, either direct or indirect through industry associations, and national as well as international. From October 1, 2013, Lauwers will hold the chair of Science and Technology at KU Leuven, Thomas More. He is involved in various professional societies or associations. Lauwers is an active member of CIRP (the International Academy for Production Engineering). He has also been an SME member for more than 10 years. In 1998, Lauwers and his team received the CASA/SME University Lead Award.