SME names 2022 International Honor Award recipients

May 18, 2022

SME, the professional association connecting manufacturing professionals, academia and communities from all disciplines, named its 2022 International Honor Award recipients. These seven leaders from industry and academia are recognized for their contributions in the areas of manufacturing technologies, processes, technical writing, education, research and management, and service to SME.

For more than six decades, SME’s International Honor Awards have identified professionals whose bodies of work have led to critical breakthroughs and advancements in manufacturing technologies, processes and education as well as honored members for their volunteerism. This year’s awardees’ involvement with SME dates back to 1980, showing the consistent dedicated role SME plays within manufacturing.

“I’m proud to acknowledge that all the recipients of this year’s International Honors Awards are active members of our organization,” said Bob Willig, executive director and CEO of SME. “These diverse leaders come from a variety of industries and backgrounds; each will continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible in manufacturing.”

The 2022 International Honor Awards recipients are listed below.

  • Eli Whitney Productivity Award — Jay Lee, PhD, FSME, Foxconn Technology Group, Mason, Ohio
  • Joseph A. Siegel Service Award — Vesna Cota, VMMI, Markham, Ontario
  • SME Albert M. Sargent Progress Award – Yuebin Guo, PhD, FSME, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, Piscataway, New Jersey
  • Donald C. Burnham Manufacturing Management Award — Lisa Strama, The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • SME Education Award — David E. Hardt, PhD, FSME, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • SME Frederick W. Taylor Research Medal — I.S. Jawahir, PhD, FSME, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
  • SME Gold Medal — A. Erman Tekkaya, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. E. h., Technische Universität Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany

SME is currently accepting nominations for the 2023 International Honor Awards. The submission deadline is August 1. 

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