SME Recognizes Young Engineers for industry accomplishments.

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For 33 years, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) has given Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer (OYME) awards to young practitioners who have made exceptional contributions and accomplishments in industry. OYME award recipients for 2013 include Jasmine Bridges; Jiaxing Huang, PhD; Barbara Linke, PhD; Yu Long, PhD; Kripa Varanasi, PhD; Benxin Wu, PhD; and Chris Yingchun Yuan, PhD.

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Young Engineers Recognized for Accomplishments in the Manufacturing Industry

Society of Manufacturing Engineers to honor seven individuals

DEARBORN, Mich. — The young engineers of today represent the next generation of industry leaders. That’s why for the past 33 years, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) has awarded the Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer (OYME) awards to young practitioners who have made exceptional contributions and accomplishments in the industry.

This year’s 2013 OYME recipients are:

Jasmine Bridges

The Boeing Company

Jasmine Bridges is a manufacturing engineer on the P-8 Airplane at The Boeing Co. Previously, Bridges was a manufacturing engineer on the wing of the next model of the 787 (the 787-9), where she evaluated wing designs and successfully led engineering teams, located both at Boeing and in Nagoya, Japan. (more)

Jiaxing Huang, PhD

Northwestern University

Jiaxing Huang, PhD, is an assistant professor of materials, science and engineering and the Morris E. Fine Junior professor in materials and manufacturing at Northwestern University. His main research interest is in the general area of material chemistry, processing and manufacturing. (more)

Barbara Linke, PhD

University of California at Davis

Barbara Linke, PhD, studied mechanical engineering at the RWTH Aachen University. Since January 2013, Linke has been an assistant professor at the University of California at Davis in the Department for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Her work focuses on sustainable manufacturing and abrasive machining technology. (more)

Yu Long, PhD

United Technologies Research Center

Yu Long, PhD, is a senior scientist in the Physics Sciences Department at the United Technologies Research Center, concurrently taking the role as technology development leader and modeling specialist at Pratt Whitney for additive manufacturing and casting process innovation. Long has published one book, more than 10 journal and conference papers, and holds multiple patents. (more)

Kripa Varanasi, PhD

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Kripa Varanasi, PhD, is a Doherty associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. The primary focus of his research is in the development of nanoengineered surface, interface and coating technologies. Varanasis has filed for more than 50 patents. Time and Forbes magazines have named Varanasi’s invention, LiquiGlide, one of the "Best Inventions of the Year." (more)

Benxin Wu, PhD

Illinois Institute of Technology

Benxin Wu, PhD, received his master's degree in mechanical engineering and a second master's in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla (currently Missouri University of Science and Technology). Wu received his PhD from the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. His research interest involves the study of laser-material interactions, laser-induced plasma and laser applications in manufacturing, materials processing and other fields. (more)

Chris Yingchun Yuan, PhD

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Chris Yingchun Yuan, PhD, is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he is also the director of the Department of Energy’s Industrial Assessment Center, working with dozens of Wisconsin manufacturing companies on energy efficiency and industrial sustainability. (more)

Varanasi will accept his award at the SME Annual Conference, held June 2-4, 2013 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore. The remaining recipients will be accepting their awards at SME’s 41st North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC) held June 10-14, 2013, at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, Wis.

For more on the Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, visit Nominations for the 2014 awards are due August 1, 2013.

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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.


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