SME's Advanced Manufacturing Media names "30 Under 30" honorees.

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SME's Advanced Manufacturing Media announced honorees for third-annual "30 Under 30" issue, which celebrates young men and women who demonstrate leadership and excellence in manufacturing. According to Manufacturing Engineering magazine Editor-In-Chief Sarah Webster, stories of these "talented and hardworking professionals and students...demonstrate that a career in manufacturing can be important and rewarding." She hailed their work as "critical" and praised their leadership.

Original Press Release:

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

(DEARBORN, Mich.) -- SME’s Advanced Manufacturing Media is proud to announce the honorees for its third-annual “30 Under 30” issue, celebrating young men and women who have demonstrated leadership and excellence in manufacturing.

The July issue of Manufacturing Engineering magazine highlights these 30 young manufacturing professionals and students for their accomplishments. Among the standouts: Christopher Tyler, 28, who worked with the U.S. Air Force on optimizing the topology of flapping wing vehicles; Kathryn Tillery-Merk, 28, who manages projects to close manufacturing technology gaps, such as those with intelligent machining; and Rachel Battershaw, 23, a Spirit AeroSystems’ principal investigator on two major programs, the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787.

“These talented and hardworking professionals and students are the future of manufacturing,” said Manufacturing Engineering magazine Editor-In-Chief Sarah Webster. “Their stories demonstrate that a career in manufacturing can be important and rewarding. These young people are doing critical work, inventing medical devices, reducing industry’s ecological footprint, and leading a new wave of manufacturing with 3D software and printers.”

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

Adrienne Oda, 28, Healionics, Seattle.

Alex Cimino-Hurt, 30, SBW Consulting, Seattle.

Amelia Gandara, 26, General Electric, Louisville, Kentucky.

Andrew Dalman, 23, North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota.

Barry Belmont, 27, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Brad Stropes, 28, Cincinnati Bell Technical Solutions, Cincinnati.

Brendan Weatherly, 30, RevolutionAR, Spokane, Washington.

Brittany Speroni, 25, Methods Machine Tools, Sudbury, Massachusetts.

Cameron Peahl, 24, Eaton Corp., Providence, Rhode Island.

Chris Rye, 27, General Dynamics NASSCO, San Diego.

Christopher Tyler, 28, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina.

David M. Huston, 27, Hamill Manufacturing Co., Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

Farhad Ghadamli, 26, University of California, Davis, California.

Jane Karpinsky, 25, The Boeing Co., Renton, Washington.

Joshua Tanida, 26, ICI Services, La Jolla, California.

Justin Bailey, 28, The Boeing Co., Renton, Washington.

Justin Gordon, 31, Fairlane Products/Fixtureworks, Fraser, Michigan.

Katelyn Reno McCutcheon, 27, Ford Motor Co., Lima, Ohio.

Kathryn Tillery-Merk, 28, Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, Chicago.

Kristin Cermak, 30, General Motors, Detroit.

Kyle Riegel, 25, United Equipment Accessories, Waverly, Iowa.

Liam David, 15, Student, Arlington, Virginia.

Maite Mauri, 31, SME Seattle Chapter 39, Seattle.

Omar Fergani, 28, Schlumberger, Houston.

Patrick Bloss, 25, Ford Motor Co., Cincinnati.

Rachel Battershaw, 23, Spirit AeroSystems, Wichita, Kansas.

Ryan Jacquemin, 17, Student, Oliver Wolcott Technical High School, Torrington, Connecticut.

Ryan Sekol, 29, General Motors, Rochester Hills, Michigan.

Todd Hinton, 22, NMG Aerospace, Stow, Ohio.

Wenjing Jin, 28, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati.

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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