SME Tech Group announces award winners.

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Celebrating innovation and outstanding advances in the industry, SME awarded its 2013 Composites Manufacturing Awards at SME’s Composites Manufacturing Conference and Exhibits event. Douglas A. McCarville, PhD, PE, a technical fellow in Boeing’s Research and Technology division, received J.H. "Jud" Hall Composites Manufacturing Award, while Northrop Grumman of Redondo Beach, CA and Janicki Industries of Sedro-Woolley, WA received 2013 Excellence in Composites Manufacturing Awards.

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2013 Award Recipients Honored for Innovation and Excellence in Composites Manufacturing

Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Tech Group Announces Award Winners

DEARBORN, Mich., — Celebrating innovation and outstanding advances in the industry, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) awarded its 2013 Composites Manufacturing Awards at SME’s Composites Manufacturing Conference and Exhibits event held March 19-21 at the Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, Calif.

In recognition of the significant contributions to the field of composites manufacturing, SME’s Composite Manufacturing Tech Group developed three technical awards to acknowledge the valuable roles manufacturers have within the industry.

The J.H. “Jud” Hall Composites Manufacturing Award is presented annually to an individual who has contributed to composites manufacturing or tooling technology through leadership, technical developments, patents or educational activities. This award celebrates innovation in solving issues related to production and applications development, and acknowledges significant contributions that reduce costs and waste streams, and improves quality and efficiency.

This year’s award recipient is Douglas A. McCarville, PhD, PE, a technical fellow in Boeing’s Research & Technology division. With 25 years of aircraft industry composites experience, McCarville, the holder of 23 composites-related patents, has developed a multitude of innovative methods and composite processing equipment for the production of advanced composites.

Also presented was the 2013 Excellence in Composites Manufacturing Awards. This is an international award that recognizes one large and one small company that have excelled in manufacturing products made from advanced composite materials, by either developing an innovative way via tooling and/or manufacturing process techniques or have shown accelerated growth by providing superior service, quality or cost reduction initiatives that have helped advance the composite manufacturing industry overall.

The 2013 recipients of this award are:

Northrop Grumman, Redondo Beach, Calif. – Northrop Grumman won the award in the large company division in recognition of its leading innovation for the incorporation of composite materials for parts and components on aerospace, ship, missiles and launch vehicles.

Janicki Industries, Sedro-Woolley, Wash. – Janicki Industries received the small company division award in recognition of its innovative developments with composite fabrication materials and techniques in high-precision tooling.

This year’s recipients were honored on March 20 at the Excellence in Composites Manufacturing Awards Ceremony during the co-located AeroDef and Composites Manufacturing event.

About the SME Composites Manufacturing Tech Group:

The Composites Manufacturing Tech Group, which is part of SME’s Plastics, Composites & Coatings Community, provides a forum for members to connect, learn and develop educational resources in composite materials, tooling, processing, post-fabrication, joining and assembly, finishing and composite repair.

About the SME Plastics, Composites & Coatings Community

The SME Plastics, Composites & Coatings Community is SME’s home for engineers and manufacturing professionals involved in manufacturing processes of plastics, composites, and additive finishing and coatings technology. The community offers opportunities for SME members with like interests to connect, learn from one another, and collaborate to further manufacturing knowledge and education.

About the J.H. "Jud" Hall Composites Manufacturing Award

The award is named in honor of the late J.H. "Jud" Hall for his dedication to making the former Composites Manufacturing Association of SME (CMA/SME) an established group within the composites manufacturing industry as well as his contributions to the development of composites technology. For more information, go to

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.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact SME Public Relations at 313.425.3000, email or fax: 313.425.3403.

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