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Dr. Ndy Ekere Honored by SME with 2006 Teem Award

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Dr. Ndy Ekere Honored by SME with 2006 Teem Award

Press release date: June 9, 2006

DEARBORN, Mich. June 9, 2006 - The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and its Electronics Manufacturing Tech Group recently honored Professor Ndy Ekere head of Medway School of Engineering at the University of Greenwich with its prestigious 2006 Total Excellence in Electronics Manufacturing (TEEM) Award. Professor Ekere received the award at the SME Summit Automation & Assembly Conference keynote in Los Angeles. The award is given annually to an individual in recognition of extraordinary dedication and innovation in setting new or higher levels of achievement in electronics manufacturing. SME's Electronics Manufacturing Tech Group, originally established in 1985 as the Association for Electronics Manufacturing, comprises a membership of industry practitioners, vendors and academics providing educational leadership and promoting the exchange of information in electronics manufacturing. "He is a proven leader and innovator in the electronics manufacturing community," says Professor Ismail Fidan, 2006 SME TEEM Chairman. "We had many strong candidates from academia and industry this year. Nominees had excellent publication and research track records; and also excellent contribution and service to the electronics manufacturing community but his excellent credentials in research, service to both academia and the electronics manufacturing industry deserves recognition, and the 2006 SME TEEM award committee are proud to honor Professor Ekere for his contributions. His many years of contributions such as pioneering work on the development of low-cost flip-chip assembly route techniques and the process modeling of BGA/CSP and flip-chip assembly and rework processes, make him an excellent choice for this award." Professor Ndy Ekere has successfully completed 22 research projects and the results of his work have been published more than 100 papers. He has worked directly with more than 50 electronics manufacturing companies and the results from his research projects which are focused on increasing science-based understanding of electronics manufacturing processes and materials have helped R&D staff, line managers and operators world-wide to increase process yield, improve product quality and reliability - thereby increasing their competitiveness in the global market-place. He has given numerous key-note presentations at international/national conferences and other technical events. He has also organized or contributed to the organization of eight national and/or international conferences. Professor Ekere joined the University of Greenwich in 2002 as professor of manufacturing processes and he also leads the Electronics Manufacturing Engineering Research Group (EMERG). Prior to joining the University of Greenwich, he was the Director of Research Institute for Aeronautical, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Salford, Manchester. He was also Professor of Electronics Manufacturing and Head of EMERG which he founded in 1992. A Chartered Engineer and Fellow of Institution of Electrical Engineering, Professor Ekere is a member of the United Kingdom Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Peer Review Panel and an External Referee for the Hong Kong Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. He has served as External Examiner for seven different Universities. About SME: The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is the world's leading professional society supporting manufacturing education. Through its member programs, publications, expositions and professional development resources SME promotes an increased awareness of manufacturing engineering and helps keep manufacturing professionals up to date on leading trends and technologies. Headquartered in Michigan, SME influences more than half a million manufacturing engineers and executives annually. The Society has members in 70 countries and is supported by a network of hundreds of chapters worldwide. Visit www.sme.org. Contact: Alex Yovanovich SME Public Relations Phone: (313) 425-3155 Email: ayovanovich@sme.org

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