Photo courtesy of UNC Charlotte

Photo courtesy of UNC Charlotte

One leader in NC manufacturing was chosen to be a member of SME’s 2016 College of Fellows, a group of individuals who have contributed greatly to the industry.

SME, a nonprofit that promotes excellence in manufacturing, chooses individuals from research and academia who are crucial figures in manufacturing. The fellows are researchers and educators who have more than 20 years of experience and who have impacted social, technological and educational areas of the profession.

Tony Schmitz from UNC Charlotte is a professor and associate chair of Graduate Programs. During his career, he has received more than 10 awards for his work in manufacturing and teaching. Schmitz has been a member of SME since 2004.

“Inclusion in the SME College of Fellows is a prestigious recognition for a career well-served,” 2016 SME President Dean Bartles said. “These accomplished professionals instruct, inspire and lead. We’re proud to recognize their accomplishments, achievements and contributions to manufacturing.”

In addition to the prestige associated with this recognition, fellows will be featured at SME’s Fall Awards & Installation Banquet on Nov. 12 in Michigan. They will also receive membership to the Fellow of SME, a credential they can place after their names.

The complete list of this year’s fellows can be found on the SME College of Fellows webpage. Nominations for 2017 fellows are due Dec. 1.