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DEARBORN, Mich., January 24, 2012 The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)  announced the election of a widely recognized manufacturing authority as its 2012 president. LaRoux K. Gillespie, Dr. Eng., FSME, PE, CMfgE, a metal finishing consultant and retired Kansas City Honeywell quality leader was sworn in along with the rest of the 2012 SME Executive Committee and Board of Directors at the Societys Awards & Installation Banquet held November 12, 2011, in Chicago.
As president, Gillespie hopes to inspireother manufacturers to realize the impact they can make through an organization like SME.
SME has provided me and thousands of others with tools to learn, leadership opportunities and a lifelong association with those coming to learn and those who are already world authorities, said Gillespie. The Society has been an important part of my professional growth.
Gillespie has been a member since a University of Kansas professor introduced him to SME (then ASTE) in 1963. He later became a leader in Kansas City No. 57 chapter, the SME Robotics International chapter, and eventually, 67 leadership positions within the Society.
I enjoy learning, leading and making things
happen, and SME provided a chance to listen to others, lead
technical conferences, publish my ideas and research, and organize
others, Gillespie said. SME offers so many no-cost or low-cost
opportunities for manufacturing knowledge that it provides the
highest return on your investment of anything I have seen.
Vice-President: Michael F. Molnar, FSME, CMfgE, PE
Molnar is the chief manufacturing officer for the Commerce Departments National Institute of Standards and Technology. Previously, he was the director of environmental policy and sustainable development for Cummins Inc. where he was responsible for corporate initiatives such as energy efficiency, sustainability of operations and compliance affairs. Molnar has more than 25 years of industrial experience in leadership roles across functions. He has held many leadership positions with SME since joining in 1982, including chair of the SME Member Council. Molnar was elected an SME Fellow in 2008 and holds BSME and MSMSE degrees from the University of Wisconsin, and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.
Secretary/Treasurer: Wayne Frost, CMfgE
Frost is retired from John Deere Waterloo Works where he managed the lean manufacturing program and currently works as a consultant. With John Deere for 37 years, he accepted increasingly responsible positions in manufacturing management, quality assurance and supply management. An active SME member since 1983, Frost has served at the international, regional and chapter levels. His honors include the SME Award of Merit, SME Presidents Award, the SME Waterloo Chapter Kurt E. Lear Award and the John Deere General Managers Award. Frost earned a BS and MS from the University of Northern Iowa.
At-Large Executive Committee Member: Thomas R. Kurfess, PhD, FSME, CMfgT, PE
Kurfess is one of the world's leading experts in the field of microscale manufacturing metrology, with research focused on the design and development of high-precision manufacturing and metrology systems. In 2005, he joined the faculty at Clemson University as the BMW chair of manufacturing where he also currently leads the Automotive Engineering Program. Kurfess joined SME in 1983, was elected to the 2006 Class of SME Fellows, served as the 2007-08 NAMRI/SME president and is a former member of the Manufacturing Enterprise Council. Kurfess 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.
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The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)  is the premier source for manufacturing knowledge, education and networking. Through its many programs, events, activities and online training division, Tooling U , SME connects manufacturing practitioners to each other, to the latest technologies and to the most up-to-date manufacturing processes. SME has members around the world and is supported by a network of chapters and technical communities. A 501(c)3 organization, SME is a leader in manufacturing workforce development issues, working with industry, academic and government partners to support the current and future skilled workforce.
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