We are driven to exceed the needs and expectations of our customers and produce exceptional results.

November 9, 2017

NCDMM’s Ralph Resnick Reelected to Serve as a 2018 SME International Director

Blairsville, Pa. — November 9, 2017. The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) proudly announces that NCDMM President and Executive Director, America Makes Founding Director, and Fellow of SME (FSME) Ralph Resnick was recently reelected to serve as a 2018 SME International Director. Mr. Resnick was installed at the annual SME Awards and Installation Banquet held on Saturday, November 4th, in Chicago.

“It is a great honor to once again be elected to serve as a SME International Director,” said Ralph Resnick, NCDMM President and Executive Director. “For the last 85 years, SME has made countless contributions to the manufacturing industry and the workforce that serves it. I personally look forward to collaborating with my fellow SME International Directors, and working on the advancement of our industry, our technology, and our people.”

NCDMM's Ralph Resnick was elected to the 2018 SME International Directors and Dr. Tom Kurfess was elected 2018 President of SME at the annual SME Awards & Installation Banquet, Nov. 4, 2017.

The International Directors serve as the governing body of SME and are elected by the entire voting membership of SME. The 2018 SME International Directors’ term will commence in January 2018.

Mr. Resnick proudly joins five other industry leaders as 2018 SME International Directors, including:

  • Winston F. Erevelles, Ph.D., Professor of Engineering and Dean of the School of Science, Engineering, and Technology, St. Mary’s University
  • Mark L. Michalski, Senior Director of Technical Operations and Strategy, MKS Instruments
  • Dean S. Phillips, Sales Engineer, LINK Systems and Founder, Longevity Industries
  • Jim W. Schlusemann, President, Prosperia International
  • Susan M. Smyth, Ph.D., FSME, Chief Scientist for Global Manufacturing, General Motors and Director, GM R&D Manufacturing Systems Research Lab

SME also recognized the International Directors serving in new leadership roles. Officers include:

  • President
    Thomas R. Kurfess, Ph.D., FSME, PE, the HUSCO/Ramirez Distinguished Chair in Fluid Power and Motion Control and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • President-Elect
    Mark L. Michalski
  • Vice President
    Susan M. Smyth, Ph.D., FSME
  • Treasurer
    Michael D. Packer, FSME, VP, Manufacturing Strategy & Technical Integration, Lockheed Martin
  • Secretary
    Dianne Chong, Ph.D., FSME, The Boeing Co. (Retired)

Additionally, SME members elected four new Member Council representatives. The Council leads member engagement activities and formulates recommendations for membership recruitment and retention. The 2018 Council includes:

  • Vesna Cota, Tyco Electronics Canada ULC
  • Lonnie Love, PhD, FSME, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Kyle Riegel, United Equipment Accessories
  • Brock Strunk, Epic Aircraft LLC

SME is an organization for individuals, students, educators, and companies involved in all facets of manufacturing. Founded in 1932, it is dedicated to advancing and educating the manufacturing industry. This is accomplished through a variety of tactics and outlets, such as events, media, membership, training and development, and an education foundation. SME focuses its efforts on several areas of manufacturing, including aerospace and defense, energy, medical, and motorized vehicles.



NCDMM delivers innovative and collaborative manufacturing solutions that enhance our nation’s workforce and economic competitiveness. NCDMM has extensive knowledge and depth in manufacturing areas—both commercial and defense—continually innovate, improve, and advance manufacturing technologies and methodologies. Our experienced team specializes in identifying the needs, the players, the technologies, and processes to attain optimal solutions for our customers. We connect the dots. That’s the NCDMM methodology. NCDMM also manages the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM) and 3DP printing (3DP), America Makes—the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. For additional information, visit the NCDMM at ncdmm.org/.

About SME

SME connects all those who are passionate about making things that improve our world. As a nonprofit organization, SME has served practitioners, companies, educators, government and communities across the manufacturing spectrum for more than 80 years. Through its strategic areas of events, media, membership, training and development, and the SME Education Foundation, SME is uniquely dedicated to the advancement of manufacturing by addressing both knowledge and skills needed for the industry. Learn more at sme.org, follow @SME_MFG on Twitter or Facebook.com/SMEmfg