SME Education Foundation announces 2011 Board of Directors.

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SME Education Foundation has selected its 2011 Board of Directors based on individuals' involvement and commitment to issues critical to preparing next generation for tech-based careers in global economy. In addition to 8 directors and 4 new members, selected officers include President Khalil S. Taraman, Vice President/Secretary Brian A. Ruestow, Treasurer/Chair of Finance Peter F. Mackie, and Assistant Treasurer/Vice Chair of Finance Edward Swallow.

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SME Education Foundation Announces 2011 Board of Directors

The SME Education Foundation 2011 Board of Directors, including four new members, will continue to expand its STEM-based education programs.

DEARBORN, Mich. - As the U.S. ramps up efforts to improve STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Manufacturing) education, the SME Education Foundation is building on its 30-year record of advancing technology-based education with the selection of its 2011 Board of Directors. The Foundation's board members, representing business, industry and academia, were selected based on their involvement and commitment to issues critical to preparing the next generation for tech-based careers in a global economy.

Officers include: President: Khalil S. Taraman, PhD, FSME, PE and D.I.T. Chair of Manufacturing Engineering, Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Mich.;
Vice President/Secretary: Brian A. Ruestow, operations manager, F. W. Roberts Manufacturing Co., Inc., Lockport, N.Y.; Treasurer/Chair of Finance: Peter F. Mackie, senior vice president - Investments, Wells Fargo Advisors LLC, St. Louis, Mo., and Assistant Treasurer/Vice Chair of Finance: Edward Swallow, vice president, Business Development, Civil Systems Division, Northrop Grumman Information Systems, McLean, Va.

Directors include: F. Brian Holmes, CMfgE, vice president operations, Columbia Plastics Ltd., Surrey, British Columbia, Canada; Barbara W. Kaufmann, director, 3M Foundation, manager, Education Giving/3M, St. Paul, Minn.; Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, EdD., president and CEO, National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME), White Plains, N.Y.; Glen H. Pearson, director, Manufacturing Research & Engineering, Eastman Kodak Company (ret.), Rochester, N.Y.; Pamela J. Ruschau, Esq., attorney, Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd., Chicago, Ill.; Mike Sayen, vice president of Strategy, Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division, Plano, Texas.; Bill Tacon, PhD, senior director, Workforce and Education, BioOhio, Columbus, Ohio, and William Taylor, associate vice president, Network Development & Expansion - Programs, National Academy Foundation (NAF), New York, N.Y.

The SME Education Foundation has also selected four new members to serve a two-year term on its Board of Directors effective January 1, 2011. They are: Ashok Agrawal, M.S., P.E., vice president, academic affairs, St. Louis Community College, Florissant Valley, Mo., Kathy Burnham, APR, senior vice president, Padilla, Speer Beardsley, Inc., Minneapolis, Minn., Mike Schmidt, director, Education and Community Development, Ford Motor Company Fund, Dearborn, Mich., and Susan E. Shimoyama, vice president, Global Sales Operations, Rockwell Automation, Milwaukee, Wis.

Biographies - New Board Members:
Ashok Agrawal, M.S., P.E., dean, Math, Science, Engineering and Technology Division (MSET), St. Louis Community College (STLCC), Florissant Valley, Mo. and director of the Emerson Center for Engineering and Manufacturing. Agrawal is also involved in international activities collaborating with Georgetown University to coordinate the Cooperative Association of States for Scholarships (CASS) and Scholarships for Education and Economic Development (SEED) programs, and visiting technical colleges and programs in Japan, Mexico, Brazil, Germany and Ireland. He holds an MS degree in Materials Science, an MS degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Kentucky, and a BS degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Nagpur University in India.

Kathy Burnham, APR, senior vice president, Padilla Speer Beardsley, Inc., Minneapolis, Minn., directs strategic planning, conducts research and manages integrated marketing communications programs. She is a founding member of the Minnesota Manufacturers' Coalition, and serves on the board for the Minnesota Council for Quality. Burnham holds a bachelor's degree in communications from Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, Minn., serves on the university Alumni Association's board of directors and is a community faculty member in the university's communications college. She is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and the Business Marketing Association.

Mike Schmidt, director, Education and Community Development, Ford Motor Company Fund, Dearborn, Mich., oversees Ford's major national partnerships with public K-12 education which includes the Henry Ford Academy and the Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies (Ford PAS), as well as the company's relationships with colleges and universities. Prior, he was involved in managing the design and launch of the Henry Ford Academy, served as chair of the National Employer Leadership Council, and member of the joint UAW/Ford team for the design of the UAW/Ford Family Service and Learning Center initiative. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and Master of Public Management from the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, College Park, Md.

Susan E. Shimoyama, vice president, Global Sales Operations, Rockwell Automation, Milwaukee, Wis., directs its sales force; and a new organization within Rockwell which she created, developed and implemented resulting in a transformed global market-to-quote processes. Her credentials include global product management, commercial marketing, channel development, market development and business operations. Her expertise includes strategic and portfolio planning, technology road-mapping, sales and channel development, business process operations, market development, commercial planning, people development and team collaboration and continuous improvement and Lean Enterprise. Shimoyama holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Champaign, Ill.

About the SME Education Foundation:
The SME Education Foundation is committed to inspiring, supporting and preparing the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists in the advancement of manufacturing education. Created by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 1979, the SME Education Foundation has provided more than $31 million since 1980 in grants, scholarships and awards through its partnerships with corporations, organizations, foundations, and individual donors. For more information, visit the SME Education Foundation at Also visit for information on advanced manufacturing careers and, our award-winning website for young people,

Questions or comments may be directed to the SME Education Foundation by phone 313.425.3300, or email at


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