Dr. Ndy Ekere Honored by SME with 2006 Teem Award

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

"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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