SME elects LaRoux Gillespie as 2012 president.
Press Release Summary:
January 27, 2012 - A member of SME since 1963, LaRoux K. Gillespie became a leader in Kansas City No. 57 chapter, SME Robotics International chapter, and eventually 67 leadership positions within SME. His career path gives him broad view of manufacturing, from process engineer with Bendix in 1966, to quality assurance manager of Honeywell's Federal Manufacturing & Technologies division. Today, he is an independent consultant and researcher who writes for Cutting Tool Engineering and MICROmanufacturing magazines.
Original Press Release
LaRoux Gillespie Elected as Society of Manufacturing Engineers 2012 President
Press release date: January 24, 2012
Bray is the president and CEO of Contour Precision Group, LLC, located in Clover, South Carolina. Prior to joining Contour Precision in 2010, Bray was the managing member of Bray Innovation Group, LLC. He also served as president and CEO of Cincinnati Inc. His entire career has been devoted to broadening the knowledge base of manufacturing. A member of the Society since 1985, Bray was elected to the SME College of Fellows in 2003. Additional honors include the SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award and the Ford Foundation Fellowship-University of Wisconsin. He holds a bachelor's degree in engineering and a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Vice-President: Michael F. Molnar, FSME, CMfgE, PE
Molnar is the chief manufacturing officer for the Commerce Department's 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 President's Award, the SME Waterloo Chapter Kurt E. Lear Award and the John Deere General Manager's 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 Clemson University
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. About SME:
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.