SME Magazine recognizes 30 future leaders of manufacturing.

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SME's Advanced Manufacturing Media announced honorees for its fourth "30 Under 30" issue, which celebrates and details stories of young people who have demonstrated leadership, excellence, and hard work in manufacturing. By honoring 30 young manufacturing professionals and students, this July issue of Manufacturing Engineering, according to director of content and strategy Sarah Webster, proves manufacturing is "not only alive and well, but adapting and advancing."

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SME's Advanced Manufacturing Media Recognizes 30 Under 30 Future Leaders of Manufacturing

SME's Advanced Manufacturing Media is proud to announce the honorees for its fourth-annual "30 Under 30" issue, celebrating young men and women who have demonstrated leadership, excellence and hard work in manufacturing.

The July issue of Manufacturing Engineering magazine shares the stories of these 30 young manufacturing professionals and students. Among the standouts:

Fabian Bartos, 16, of Franklin Park, Illinois, is the youngest honoree on this year’s list. As a student at East Leyden High School, Bartos became passionate about 3D printing in an engineering class. In 2015, he was even tasked with printing a replica of the White House that was presented to President Obama at a Maker Education event.

Meanwhile, Ashley Buchner, 30, of FCA US, leads the Virtual Assembly Group for the automaker and uses motion capture suit technology. "A lot of people think we play with video games," she said, "but it's in a manufacturing setting. It's a cool and powerful tool, that's for sure."

At Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, senior applications engineer Matt McKee, 29, works on the F35 fighter jet program, using structured light and other augmented reality technology to improve manufacturing processes. McKee always wanted to work on planes, but said, “I didn’t think I’d get to work on a fighter jet, so that was a pretty big bonus.”

Justin Wenning, 23, is a welding engineer at Fabrisonic LLC, which does ultrasonic additive manufacturing – a newer form of 3D printing. “All other 3D printing technologies have a 10-year head start on us,” he said. “It’s extremely exciting to be here.”

In addition to his work as a field service engineer for ABB, Andrew Siwicki, 23, helped to program the robotic piano Lady Gaga played at this year’s Grammy Awards. “Working with a robotics system is incredibly rewarding,” he said. “It’s amazing to see what robots can do.”

Sarah Webster, director, content and strategy, Advanced Manufacturing Media, said it’s important to bring attention to the high-tech work that young people in manufacturing and other related STEM fields are doing. "These talented and hardworking professionals and students prove that manufacturing is not only alive and well, but adapting and advancing," she said. "Their stories also demonstrate that a career in manufacturing can be important, rewarding and fun.”

The 30 individuals recognized (all age 30 or younger at the time of nomination) are:

1. Aaron Birt, 26, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts

2. Amber Williamson, 28, Baxter Healthcare, Mountain Home, Arkansas

3. Andres Valdez , 25, Global Shop Solutions, The Woodlands, Texas

4. Andrew Siwicki, 23, ABB Inc., Auburn Hills, Michigan

5. Anselmo Gallegos, 27, General Motors, Detroit, Michigan

6. Ashley Buchner, 30, FCA US, Auburn Hills, Michigan

7. Austin Hall, 27, HDH Manufacturing, Indianapolis, Indiana

8. Caroline Richardson, 27, Abbott Point of Care, Princeton, New Jersey

9. Daniel Tunis, 25, FCA US, Auburn Hills, Michigan

10. David Kriesberg, 22, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

11. David Zwick, 22, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

12. Denise Karabowicz, 25, Thales Visionix, Inc., Aurora, Illinois

13. Edward Brabandt, 30, Systematic Manufacturing, Inc., Sterling Heights, Michigan

14. Fabian Bartos, 16, East Leyden High School Franklin Park, Illinois

15. Graham Hargreaves, 30, CNC Software, Inc. Tolland, Connecticut

16. Hannah Kalinowski, 28, The Boeing Company, Everett, Washington

17. Jacob S. Larson, 22, John Deere, Waterloo, Iowa

18. Joseph Prosnitz, 27, Prosnitz Solutions/Up-Ride, Skokie, Illinois

19. Justin Wenning, 23, Fabrisonic, Columbus, Ohio

20. Kaylie Crosby, 23, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

21. Long Phan, 27, United Grinding, Miamisburg, Ohio

22. Madeline McCloughan, 24, 3M - Industrial Adhesives & Tapes Division, St. Paul, Minnesota

23. Matt McKee, 29, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Fort Worth, Texas

24. Matthew R. Kelly, 24, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana

25. Nick Raymond, 28, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Moss Landing, California

26. Perry Parks, 28, Siemens PLM, Cypress, California

27. Sean Sullivan, 30, Siemens Industry Inc., Tacoma, Washington

28. Teresa Munger, 30, Pratt & Whitney, East Hartford, Connecticut

29. Troy Wallace Pierson, 18, University of Alabama - Incoming Freshman, Mission Viejo, California

30. Whitney Hill, 30, The Boeing Company, Everett, Washington

Profiles of the individual honorees are included in the July issue of Manufacturing Engineering magazine, which is available for free at

This special 30 Under 30 issue is supported by a sponsorship from Kelly Services, a leader in providing workforce solutions through outsourcing, consulting services and staffing to clients around the globe.

Advanced Manufacturing Media is the media division of SME, which is an organization dedicated to advancing and educating the manufacturing industry.

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About Advanced Manufacturing Media

SME’s Advanced Manufacturing 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. Learn more at, follow @MfgEngNews on Twitter or


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