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2018 SME Board of Directors Biographies



Thomas R. Kurfess Thomas R. Kurfess, PhD, FSME, PE, is the HUSCO/Ramirez Distinguished Chair in Fluid Power and Motion Control and professor of mechanical engineering. From 2012-13, Kurfess served as the assistant director for advanced manufacturing at the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President of the United States of America. He has also served as a special consultant of the United Nations to the Government of Malaysia in the area of applied mechatronics and manufacturing and presently serves on the board of the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, and the board of the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining. Throughout his career, Kurfess has received numerous awards including the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, the NSF Presidential Faculty Fellowship Award, the AMT Charles F. Carter Jr. Advancing Manufacturing Award, the 2006 SME Philip R. Marsilius Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award and the 2010 SME Education Award. He is currently serving as the 2018 SME president. Kurfess was elected to the 2006 Class of SME Fellows, served as the 2007-08 NAMRI/SME president and was a member of the former Manufacturing Enterprise Council. He received his SB, SM and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT in 1986, 1987 and 1989, respectively, and his SM degree in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT in 1988. SME Member Since 1983


Michalski, MarkMark L. Michalski is senior director of technical operations and strategy for MKS Instruments, a global provider of instruments, subsystems and process control solutions that measure, control, power, monitor and analyze critical parameters of advanced manufacturing processes to improve process performance and productivity. Responsible for strategies in process development, new product introduction and information technologies, he is chief architect of Visual Factory, a groundbreaking solution to data transparency and integration in the areas of SPC and shop-floor management visualization. Prior to joining MKS, Michalski held positions as director of operations at Bel Fuse, a DC-to-DC converter manufacturer, and vice president of operations at Acumentrics Corp., an advanced fuel-cell provider. He also served in senior technical management positions at Zoll Medical and BBN Advanced Computers. Michalski received his education in manufacturing engineering and operations technology from Northeastern and Lowell Universities. For SME, he has held a wide variety of leadership positions. Michalski served as executive board member and chair of Boston Chapter 33 for seven years, credited as a member of the team responsible for revitalization of the chapter. Nationally, he has served as chair of the Manufacturing Enterprise Council and Member Council, as well as chair of the Chapter Enhancement Committee and member of the International Director/Member Council Nominating Committee. As co-chair of the One SME Committee, Michalski co-developed the strategy to combine and leverage chapter and technical community resources. In 2010, he became an Award of Merit recipient. As chair of the SME Leadership Series Development team, Michalski has been primary speaker at more than 30 series events throughout the U.S. He has been a member of the International Awards, Innovation and Business Development Committees, as well as serving as an SME Education Foundation scholarship reviewer since 2013. Since 2010, Michalski has served on the SME Board of Directors, and in 2017, was elected to serve as its vice president. SME Member Since 1992

Vice President

Smyth, Susan

Susan Smyth, PhD, FSME, is the chief scientist for global manufacturing at General Motors and the director of GM R&D Manufacturing Systems Research Labs. In this capacity, she directs the creation of GM’s global manufacturing R&D strategies and oversees innovation and implementation of its advanced manufacturing technology portfolio. Smyth is recognized as one of the strategic technology leaders inside and outside GM. She served as chair of the U.S. Manufacturing Council, which advises the secretary of Commerce on government policies and programs that affect U.S. manufacturing. Smyth is the GM executive representative and chair of the Manufacturing Technology Leadership Council at the U.S. Council for Automotive Research. She has also served as executive technology advisor to many prestigious research institutes, including University of Michigan, MIT, Georgia Tech, Northwestern and Shanghai Jiao-Tong University. Since 2012, Smyth has been serving on the Board of Directors for SME, a nonprofit organization that has been supporting the manufacturing industry for the last 85 years, promoting manufacturing technology and developing education programs for workforce development. In 2018, she will serve as SME’s vice president. In her current position at GM, Smyth is responsible for manufacturing technology research and development enabling the production of world-class vehicle and propulsion systems and driving innovations to enhance quality, efficiency and flexibility of its manufacturing systems. She began her career with GM as a senior project engineer with the Advanced Engineering staff. Since then, Smyth has held a variety of leadership positions in manufacturing, quality, “big data” analytics, research and development. She has a bachelor degree in physics, a master’s degree in optoelectronics and information technology and a doctorate in physics from the Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland. SME Member Since 2010


Michael Packer Michael D. Packer, FSME, is vice president of manufacturing strategy and technical integration for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company. Besides SME, Packer is active in the Institute of Industrial Engineers; SAE International serving as general chair for past AeroTech World Congress; and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics where he was conferred as an associate fellow in 2011. He currently serves as an executive board member for the National Defense Industrial Association – Manufacturing Division, executive board member and treasurer for the National Manufacturing Skills Standards Council, Manufacturing Executive Leadership Journal Board Member and past member of the Georgia Tech Industrial Advisory Board. Packer is Shingijutsu Lean Production System trained and certified, and is a past board member of the MIT Lean Aerospace Initiative. He has published six articles concerning manufacturing strategy, advance manufacturing technology and methods; transition from development to production; team-based, high-performance organization design; and manufacturing talent development. Packer attended Eastern Michigan University on athletic and academic scholarships earning a bachelor's degree in industrial technology. He also earned an MBA from Washington University at St. Louis and completed the manufacturing executive program at the University of Michigan. SME Member Since 2003


Dianne ChongDianne Chong, PhD, FSME, was the vice president in the Boeing Research and Technology organization in the Boeing Engineering, Operations & Technology organization. In this position, she led special projects that impacted processes and program integration for the Boeing Enterprise. Prior to this, Chong was the vice president of materials, manufacturing, structures and support in the Boeing Engineering, Operations & Technology organization. In that role, she led the organization responsible for development and support of manufacturing processes and program integration for the Boeing Enterprise. Chong has served as the St. Louis representative to Military Handbook 5 where she has chaired the Aerospace Users’ Group and titanium casting group. Chong is a member of TMS, AIAA, ASM International, SME, SWE, Beta Gamma Sigma and Tau Beta Pi. She has also been a member of the National Materials Advisory Board, served on the board of trustees, is a fellow of ASM International, and in 2007-08, served as the president of ASM International. Chong is currently serving on the SME Board of Directors and is a fellow of SME. She has been recognized for managerial achievements and as a diversity change agent. Chong was also recognized as an outstanding alumna of University of Illinois in 2006 and is the recipient of numerous technical and diversity awards. Chong received her bachelor’s degrees in biology and psychology from the University of Illinois. She also earned master’s degrees in physiology and metallurgical engineering. In 1986, Chong received her doctorate in metallurgical engineering from the University of Illinois. She also completed an executive master of manufacturing management at Washington University. SME Member Since 1997

International Directors

Bouckley, SandraSandra L. Bouckley, FSME, P.Eng., is the 2017 SME president. Previously, she was the vice president of manufacturing systems, supply chain management and lean at GKN Driveline Americas, leading operational excellence by driving lean manufacturing and investment efficiency to establish an optimized manufacturing footprint for the U.S., Mexico, Brazil and Colombia. Bouckley had global leadership responsibilities on the GKN Driveline Global Manufacturing Systems Council and had been with GKN since January 2015. She retired in late 2014 from the position of vice president, operations for the Electrical Systems and Services Business for the Electrical Sector of Eaton to which she was appointed in March 2013. Bouckley was responsible for developing and implementing the ESSG manufacturing strategy, while providing functional leadership across manufacturing, quality, operational excellence, supply chain, logistics and environmental health and safety. She joined Eaton in January 2011 as vice president of global advanced manufacturing for the industrial sector. Prior to joining Eaton, Bouckley was global director of operations at Tyco Electrical and Metal Products (division of Tyco International) where she led 20 plants and the manufacturing engineering activities. Previously, Bouckley served as director of advance manufacturing engineering for the front-wheel drive platform at Chrysler. She was plant manager at six different facilities in the U.S. and Canada and ran the largest plant (St. Louis Minivan Assembly). Before Chrysler, Bouckley held positions in product engineering at General Motors both in the U.S. and Canada. She holds an MBA from Michigan State University (Executive Program), a master's degree in manufacturing management from Kettering University and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Kettering University (formerly General Motors Institute). Bouckley is a professional engineer registered in the Province of Ontario, Canada. She was elected to the SME Board of Directors and is serving through 2018. In 2016, Bouckley was elected SME president-elect and elected as an SME Fellow. In 2014, she was a STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Production) Award honoree from the Manufacturing Institute. Bouckley was named one of the 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry by Automotive News in 2005 and again in 2015. She has served on the boards of the SME Education Foundation, GMI Alumni Association and the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit. Bouckley is also a member of both the Society of Automotive Engineers (winner of Outstanding Younger Member) and Society of Women Engineers (former VP of Detroit section). SME Member Since 2004 

Edye BuchananEdye S. Buchanan, CMfgT, was previously a product manager at Fives North American Combustion Inc., where she was responsible for product design engineering, performance improvements and assisting in new product development. Buchanan was a member of the team winning the company’s 2013 Innovation Award. She is currently serving her second term as an SME International Director and is active on several Member Council Task Teams. Buchanan has been the board liaison to SME’s Constitution and Bylaws Committee twice, Member Council and International Awards & Recognition Committee. In 2014, she served as chair of the Organizational Review Task Team and International Officer Nominating Committee. In 1999 and 2000, Buchanan was on the SME Member Committee and was appointed to the first SME Member Council in 2003, serving for seven years including as vice-chair in 2010. She is a former chair of the Chapter Enhancement Committee and the council's Communications Task Force. Buchanan has been active in Lorain County Community College S254 and the former North Coast Chapter 134, serving as a chapter officer in both from 1988-93. Activity in Region 7 culminated as chair in 1999. Currently, she is program chair for Cleveland Chapter 3. Buchanan holds a bachelor's degree from Kent State University and an associate degree from Lorain County Community College. She received a 2013 STEP Award from The Manufacturing Institute, the SME President's Award in 2003, and Regional Awards of Merit in 2000 and 2002 for her outstanding service. Outside of SME, she serves as both a mentor and referee for the FIRST Lego League. SME Member Since 1987  

Winston ErevellesWinston F. Erevelles, PhD, is a professor of engineering and dean of the School of Science, Engineering, and Technology at St. Mary’s University, a Hispanic-serving Institution in San Antonio, Texas. Over the past eight years, he has worked to develop significant automation, robotics, additive manufacturing, reverse engineering and manufacturing process capabilities at the university. Erevelles previously spent 10 years at Robert Morris University where he led the development of Pennsylvania’s only accredited manufacturing engineering program and served as dean of the School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science and associate vice president for academic affairs. While at Robert Morris, Erevelles served as the founding director of the PRIME coalition — a manufacturing education and career development partnership funded by the SME Education Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Labor and several area foundations. He also spent eight years at Kettering University as a faculty member, laboratory director and as director of the Manufacturing Engineering Program. Erevelles began his career as a manufacturing engineer and plant manager at Mykron Engineers, India, where he was responsible for machining systems and maintenance operations. Erevelles has served as a manufacturing engineering program evaluator for the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET since 1997 and is a member of SME’s Accreditation Committee. He represented SME on the EAC from 2004-09, served on the EAC executive committee from 2004-15 and chaired the EAC in 2013-14. Erevelles currently serves as an adjunct accreditation director of engineering, on the Leadership Advisory Council of the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind, the Education Committee of the San Antonio Manufacturers Association and the Education Committee of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the SME Education Foundation, chair of the Grants Trustee Committee and as secretary to the board. Erevelles has also served on the board of directors for Biomed SA and KIPP San Antonio. Erevelles was recognized as a fellow of ABET in 2015, and is a recipient of the 2011 Texas Diversity Council Individual Award, the 2008 SME Education Award, the 2005 Carnegie Science Center Award for Excellence, the 1997 Rodes Professorship at Kettering University, the 1996 SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award and the 1996 GMI Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Teaching. SME Member Since 1989 

Matthew HilgendorfMatthew L. Hilgendorf, CMfgT, EIT, joined Atkore International of Harvey, Illinois, in Aug. 2017 where he is responsible for manufacturing operations at its Allied Tube & Conduit facility. Previously, Hilgendorf was the supplier development and quality manager at Black Horse LLC, a Caterpillar Inc. and Ariel Corp. joint venture. He led quality, sourcing and operational excellence efforts within Black Horse. Hilgendorf's past roles in Caterpillar include leadership positions in operations, quality and supply chain. He is an SME endowment member, active SME Education Foundation donor and scholarship committee member. In 2002, as a student member at Kettering University, formerly GMI, Hilgendorf joined SME and subsequently completed his bachelor’s degrees in manufacturing and mechanical engineering. After graduating, he began his career at Caterpillar as a manufacturing systems research and development engineer. It was then that Hilgendorf began his involvement as a member leader with the Member Council’s Student Relations Committee. During that time, he was also working to revitalize SME’s Greater Peoria Chapter 31 in Illinois. In 2007, 2009 and 2010, Hilgendorf was appointed to the Member Council and subsequently served as its chair in 2014. Hilgendorf was an SME international director in 2012-13, 2015-16 and 2017-18, and an active speaker at the SME Leadership Series. In 2013, he completed his engineering management master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. SME Member Since 2002

Vincent HowellVincent W. Howell Sr., FSME, CMfgE, has 40 years of manufacturing engineering and management experience spanning process industries and electronics manufacturing. After retiring from Corning Inc. as manager, intellectual asset protection for the LCD glass manufacturing business, Howell currently serves on the faculty of Elmira College graduate school teaching courses in strategic planning, project management and business ethics. Elected an SME fellow in 2013, he has served as a chapter and SME Member Council leader and as a member of SME’s International Director/Member Council Nominating Committee. Howell holds two patents, authored a book focused on engineering continuing education and has contributed broadly to engineering literature (he contributed a chapter in the “International Encyclopedia of Robotics” and has written numerous industry articles and conference presentations). He holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology and a master’s degree and a doctorate focused on project management. IIE and ATMAE have also honored him. SME Member Since 1982

Dean PhillipsDean S. Phillips is a sales engineer for LINK Systems and founder of Longevity Industries. Previously, as a product designer, he worked for companies such as Clearing, Niagara, Bliss Presses, SEYI Press, Piranha-Allsteel, TENNSMITH Inc. and Handling Specialty. With a career spanning 27 years in the forming and fabricating industries, Phillips is regarded as an expert in the field of safety and is a frequent speaker for the Precision Metalforming Association. He is also a member of PMA’s Safety Committee and contributor to its "Safety GREEN Book." Phillips often contributes to “MetalFoming” magazine on safety, controls, automation and continuous improvement topics. In addition, he acts as a consultant and trainer on topics of safety and productivity, outlining safety procedures at various companies across the U.S. Phillips is a longtime webinar contributor, presenter, community advisor and membership consultant. He has also served in every leadership capacity for SME’s Nashville Chapter 43, including chapter chair in 2010. Phillips served as chair of the SME Member Council in 2017 and is currently serving a two-year term on the SME Board of Directors. His commitment to manufacturing can be heard in his Longevity Industries’ podcast where he interviews thought leaders and industry experts on their five-year outlook on the future of manufacturing. SME Member Since 2005  

Resnick, Ralph Ralph L. Resnick, FSME, is president and executive director of the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining and founding director of the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, now known as America Makes. Resnick joined NCDMM in September 2008 as vice president, chief technology officer with more than 35 years of manufacturing experience. He became president and executive director in May 2011, leading the NCDMM to winning the competitive NAMII contract. Prior to joining NCDMM, Resnick served as chief technology officer for both Ex One Corp. and Extrude Hone where he helped establish both as leaders in advanced manufacturing. Resnick holds several patents in manufacturing processes and metrology. Currently, he serves on the boards of the Louisiana Center for Manufacturing Sciences; NIST Smart Machining Consortium; Navy Metalworking Center’s Industry Advisory Board; MTConnect Institute; DoD’s JDMTP Metals Subpanel; and CIRP (International Institution for Production Engineering Research). Resnick was elected to the SME College of Fellows in 2005 and served as chair of SME’s International Awards & Recognition Committee from 2011-13. In 2011, he received the NAMRI/SME Outstanding Lifetime Service Award. SME Member Since 1992

Jim SchlusemannJames W. Schlusemann is president of Prosperia International, focusing on business and process improvement. Schlusemann began his career as a machinist, setting up, operating and programming conventional and CNC machines that made parts for construction equipment, engines and trucks at Navistar, a global manufacturing company. He held positions of process, industrial and systems engineer. After introducing computers to factory floor operations, Schlusemann achieved the executive position of chief information officer for Navistar’s engine business where he directed initiatives that expanded business operations to Brazil, Mexico, India and China. Schlusemann later helped Navistar relaunch foundries in Indiana and Wisconsin. His career and life spans the gamut of representing members, living on the production floor, leading major company initiatives, improving business practices as well as guiding strategic issues facing organizations in today's world. Schlusemann served on the SME Board of Directors in 2005, 2006 and 2011, and contributed to board work groups on strategy, branding and governance. He has also served as an advisor for the former SME Product Design & Automation and the Product Data Management & Exchange tech groups and led a team contributing to the fifth edition of “Fundamentals of Tool Design.” Schlusemann holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and computer science, and a master’s degree in management information systems from North Central College in Illinois. SME Member Since 1989

Rebecca TaylorRebecca R. Taylor is the senior vice president for The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, the largest nonprofit R&D consortium in North America focused on manufacturing. She is responsible for strategic partnerships, oversight of all government programs as well as management of the Washington, District of Columbia, and Bremerton, Washington, offices. Taylor serves on the board for the National Advanced Mobility Consortium and Girls Inc. She also is on the executive committee of the National Defense Industrial Association’s Manufacturing Division, the NASA Marshall Partnership Forum Steering Council and the International Women’s Forum. Taylor serves on the advisory board of the Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity at the Association for Public and Land Grant Universities. She is also the recipient of the national STEP Award recognizing outstanding women in science, technology, engineering and production. Taylor holds a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics. SME Member Since 2014