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January 18, 2013 - SME Education Foundation announced its 2013 Board of Directors as well as collective commitment of industry partners and donors to STEM education. New members – Laser FANUC FA America product manager Elizabeth Kautzmann and Wheeling High School EdD and principal Lazaro J. Lopez – will serve 2-year terms starting January 1, 2013. Announcement also names those who will fill positions of President, Vice President/Secretary, Treasurer/Chair of Finance, Assistant Treasurer, and Directors.

SME Education Foundation Announces 2013 Board of Directors and Collective Commitment to STEM Education

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1 SME Dr., P.O. Box 930
Dearborn, MI, 48121

Press release date: January 16, 2013

The SME Education Foundation announces its 2013 Board of Directors and the collective commitment of its industry partners and donors to STEM education.

DEARBORN, Mich.–The SME Education Foundation (SME-EF) announces its 2013 Board of Directors and the collective commitment of its industry partners and donors to STEM education. Joining the board are two new members, Elizabeth Kautzmann, product manager, Laser FANUC FA America, Hoffman Estates, Ill., and Lazaro J. Lopez, EdD, principal, Wheeling High School, Wheeling, Ill. They were approved at the SME-EF fall meeting of its Board of Directors held in Torrance, Calif. and will serve two-year terms effective January 1, 2013.

“We are fortunate to have a board representing major facets of business, industry and academia, their domestic and international acumen and collective commitment to STEM education,” says Bart A. Aslin, CEO, SME Education Foundation. “The mantra of STEM is global and as important in Europe, China, Brazil, and other countries around the world, as it is in the U.S., even more so. Maintaining our competitive position and supporting STEM-based manufacturing education is an imperative.”

Officers include:

Brian A. Ruestow, operations manager, F. W. Roberts Manufacturing Co., Inc., Lockport, N.Y.

Vice President/Secretary:
Kathy Burnham, senior vice president, Padilla Speer Beardsley, Minneapolis, Minn.

Treasurer/Chair of Finance:
Peter F. Mackie, vice president – Investments, Wells Fargo Advisors LLC, St. Louis, Mo.

Assistant Treasurer:
Edward M. Swallow, vice president, Business Development, Civil Systems Division, Northrop Grumman Information Systems, McLean, Va.

Directors include:

Ashok Agrawal, managing director – Professional Development, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Washington, D.C.

David P. Bozeman, vice president, Integrated Manufacturing Operations Division, Caterpillar Inc., East Peoria, Ill.

Barbara M. Fossum, PhD, FSME, CEO, (Interim) American Society of Anesthesiologists, Park Ridge, Ill.

Elizabeth Kautzmann, product manager, Laser FANUC FA America, Hoffman Estates, Ill.

Lazaro J. Lopez, EdD, principal, Wheeling High School, Wheeling, Ill.

Irving Pressley McPhail, EdD, president and CEO, National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), White Plains, N.Y.

Julian E. Pate III, director, The Michigan Engineering Zone, Detroit, Mich.

Ted Peachee, executive vice president, Emerson (NYSE: EMR), St. Louis, Mo.

Pamela J. Ruschau, Esq., Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd., Chicago, Ill.

Mike Sayen, vice president, Strategy, Siemens PLM Software, Plano, Texas

Mike Schmidt, director of Education and Community Development, Ford Motor Company Fund, Dearborn, Mich.

Susan E. Shimoyama, vice president, Global Sales Operations, Rockwell Automation, Milwaukee, Wis.

William Taylor, associate vice president, Network Development & Expansion Programs, National Academy Foundation (NAF), New York, N.Y.

Peter T. Zierhut, director, Haas Europe & Special Programs, Haas Automation, Inc., Oxnard, Calif.

SME Education Foundation funding is directed to STEM-based manufacturing education programs including the Gateway Academy administered by Project Lead The Way, robotic competitions, and scholarships for students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in manufacturing engineering.

In 2013, the Foundation will fund the third phase of a new community-based program, PRIME (Partnership Response in Manufacturing Education), which is designed to create strong partnerships between schools, organizations, and businesses. Its primary purpose is to transform manufacturing education and measurably change public perception of manufacturing as a career.

Corporate funding and donor contributions are provided by: 3M, Algonquin Industries, Inc.; Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT); Boeing Company; CNC Software, Inc.; Emerson Charitable Trust; FLEXCon Corporation; Ford Motor Company Fund; Gene Haas Foundation; Google Ann Arbor; Haworth, Inc.; Interstate Diesel Service Inc.; Iverson & Company; Jodela Creations; Northrop Grumman; Norton McMurray Manufacturing; Peak Manufacturing, Inc.; Padilla Speer Beardsley; Portsmouth Metal Stamping Inc.; Rockwell Automation; Sandvik Coromant Corporation, and Siemens PLM Software.

About the SME Education Foundation:
The SME Education Foundation is committed to inspiring, preparing and supporting the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists for the advancement of manufacturing education. Created by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 1979, the SME Education Foundation has provided more than $33 million since 1980 in grants, scholarships and awards through its partnerships with corporations, organizations, foundations and individual donors. Visit Also visit for information on advanced manufacturing careers, and, our award-winning website for young people.

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