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July 16, 2014 - SME’s Manufacturing Engineering Media has announced its second annual "30 Under 30" listing of the brightest young stars in manufacturing and the critical STEM fields that support the industry. Summary of honorees is included in July issue of Manufacturing Engineering magazine, which is dedicated to workforce development challenges facing advanced manufacturing industry. Special 30 Under 30 issue is supported by a sponsorship from Sandvik Coromant based in Fair Lawn, NJ.

30 Rising Stars of Manufacturing Celebrated in Second Annual "30 Under 30"

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

Press release date: July 10, 2014

SME’s Manufacturing Engineering Media honors up-and-comers in special issue  

(DEARBORN, Mich.,)  -- SME’s Manufacturing Engineering Media is proud to announce its second annual “30 Under 30” listing of the brightest young stars in manufacturing and the critical STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields that support the industry.

A summary of the honorees is included in the July issue of Manufacturing Engineering magazine, which is dedicated to the workforce development challenges facing the advanced manufacturing industry. The special 30 Under 30 issue is supported by a sponsorship from Sandvik Coromant, a leading supplier of cutting tools, tooling solutions and know-how to the metalworking industry based in Fair Lawn, New Jersey.

Manufacturing Engineering Media is the publication arm of SME, which is an organization dedicated to advancing and educating the manufacturing industry.

“This year’s 30 Under 30 honorees are an amazing group of hardworking, innovative thinkers,” said Manufacturing Engineering Editor in Chief Sarah Webster. “It’s important to celebrate success in the STEM fields and manufacturing, as an industry. Manufacturing Engineering and SME celebrates these young people for pursuing careers that drive the future of manufacturing.”

The 30 young people chosen for this recognition include:

Adam Prante, 19, Sattler Machine Products, Sharon Center, Ohio.
Ali Rizvi, 27, University of Toronto, Toronto.
Andrew Osborn, 26, United Grinding North America, Miamisburg, Ohio.
Andrew Steiner, 27, Sandvik Coromant, Albany, New York.
Anthony Murphy, 29, Plex Systems, Irvine, California.
Bradley Bilacic, 24, Star Cutter, Tawas, Michigan.
Brian Davis, 24, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.
Eric Icke, 28, General Dynamics NASSCO, San Diego.
Harper Behrens Fry, 21, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas.
Jean Oh, 27, The Boeing Co., Portland, Oregon.
Jeffrey Leone, 27, Stanadyne Corp., Windsor, Connecticut.
Jennifer Kruger, 27, Allmand Brothers, Holdrege, Nebraska.
Jesse Srpan, 24, Raw Iron Choppers, Chardon, Ohio.
Jonathan Grocott, 27, The Boeing Co., Tukwila, Washington.
Kanesha Overton, 22, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma.
Kelly Hentges, 20, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois.
Michael Casey, 24, Workshops for Warriors, San Diego.
Moneer Helu, 28, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California.
Morgan Montalvo, 18, California Polytechnic State University, San Louis Obispo, California.
Natalie Byler, 30, Medtronic Spinal and Biologics, Warsaw, Indiana.
Olivia Girod, 23, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon.
Patrick M. White, 28, Caterpillar Inc., Joliet, Illinois.
Paul David Filler Jr., 25, Workshops for Warriors, San Diego.
Rebecca Kurfess, 19, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Rebekka Neumann, 19, EMAG LLC, Farmington Hills, Michigan.
Sean Humes, 28, Choice Mold Components, Clinton Township, Michigan.
Selin Sirinterlikci, 19, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.
Sonja Riley, 26, Harvey Tool, Rowley, Massachusetts.
Thomas “TJ” Swistro, 30, ebm-papst Inc., Farmington, Connecticut.
Travis Bengtson, 29, Caterpillar Undercarriage Business Unit, East Peoria, Illinois.

Detailed information about the 30 Under 30 program and its honorees can be found at

Manufacturing Engineering Media
SME’s Manufacturing Engineering Media is a leading source for news and in-depth technical information about advanced manufacturing in North America. It serves an audience of more than 100,000 manufacturing professionals who subscribe to the monthly magazine, iTunes App, e-newsletters and other publications. Coverage is focused on some of the world's most critical industries: aerospace and defense, motorized vehicles, medical and energy, whether that's oil and gas, nuclear, electric, solar or wind. Follow @MfgEngNews on Twitter and

About SME
SME connects all those who are passionate about making things that improve our world. As a nonprofit organization, SME has served practitioners, companies, educators, government and communities across the manufacturing spectrum for more than 80 years. Through its strategic areas of events, media, membership, training and development, and the SME Education Foundation, SME is dedicated to advancing manufacturing by addressing both knowledge and skill needs for the industry. Follow @sme_mfg on Twitter and

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