SME Selects Manufacturing Leaders for 2022 International Honor Awards


SOUTHFIELD, Mich. SME, the professional association connecting manufacturing professionals, academia and communities from all disciplines, has announced its 2022 International Honor Award recipients. These seven leaders, from industry and academia, are recognized for their contributions in the areas of manufacturing technologies, processes, technical writing, education, research and management, and service to SME.

For over six decades, SME’s International Honor Awards have identified professionals whose bodies of work have led to critical breakthroughs and advancements in manufacturing technologies, processes and education as well as honored members for their volunteerism. This year’s select awardees’ involvement with SME dates back to 1980, showing the consistent dedicated role SME plays within manufacturing.

2022 International Honor Awards“I’m proud to acknowledge that all the recipients of this year’s International Honors Awards are active members of our organization,” said Bob Willig, executive director and CEO of SME. “These diverse leaders come from a variety of industries and backgrounds; each will continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible in manufacturing.”

  • Eli Whitney Productivity Award — Jay Lee, PhD, FSME, Foxconn Technology Group, Mason, Ohio
  • Joseph A. Siegel Service Award — Vesna Cota, VMMI, Markham, Ontario
  • SME Albert M. Sargent Progress Award – Yuebin Guo, PhD, FSME, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, Piscataway, New Jersey
  • Donald C. Burnham Manufacturing Management Award — Lisa Strama, The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • SME Education Award — David E. Hardt, PhD, FSME, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • SME Frederick W. Taylor Research Medal — I.S. Jawahir, PhD, FSME, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
  • SME Gold Medal — A. Erman Tekkaya, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. E. h., Technische Universität Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany

SME is currently accepting nominations for the 2023 International Honor Awards. The submission deadline is Aug. 1. Award and nomination information is available at For further questions about SME’s International Awards, email

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