NCDMM’s Ralph Resnick Elected to the 2016 SME International Directors

Blairsville, Pa. — October 9, 2015. 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 reelected to serve as a 2016 SME International Director.

“I am honored to once again serve on the 2016 SME International Directors along with many respected colleagues and manufacturing industry leaders as we help to fulfill SME’s mission of inspiring, preparing, and supporting our stakeholders in the advancement of manufacturing,” said Mr. Resnick.

Mr. Resnick proudly joins five other illustrious industry leaders on the 2016 SME International Board, whose terms will begin in January 2016:

  • Sandra Bouckley, GKN Driveline Americas
  • Mark Michalski, MKS Instruments
  • Robert Nesbitt, AbbVie
  • Jim Schlusemann, Prosperia International
  • Susan Smyth, General Motors

On the election of the six international directors to serve as the governing body of SME, Wayne Frost, 2015 SME President said, “Their diverse manufacturing and engineering backgrounds, as well as their long-time membership in this organization, meld to provide rare talent, experience, and ability. They’re committed to SME being the leader in support of our industry and its workforce through education, engagement, and advocacy.”

SME members also elected four new Member Council representatives. The Council works to recognize and meet the needs of members and counsel SME leadership on effective membership recruitment, retention, and engagement.

“Our Member Council is dedicated to service—both to the SME organization and to its members—to strengthen that relationship,” said Thomas Bridge, 2015 SME Member Council Chair. “We want to bring engagement and experience to our members, and we need their energy and expertise to do so. We welcome our new representatives.”

The 2016 SME Member Council representatives include:

  • Maite Mauri, SME Seattle Chair
  • Dean Phillips, LINK Systems
  • Brock Strunk, Epic Aircraft LLC
  • David Wells, North Dakota State University

SME leadership, members, and staff will install a new president and board of directors in November.

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 including events, media, membership, training and development, and an education foundation. SME focuses its efforts on several areas of manufacturing: aerospace and defense, energy, medical, and motorized vehicles.



NCDMM delivers optimized manufacturing solutions that enhance the quality, affordability, maintainability, and rapid deployment of existing and yet-to-be developed defense systems. This is accomplished through collaboration with government, industry, and academic organizations to promote the implementation of best practices to key stakeholders through the development and delivery of disciplined training, advanced technologies, and methodologies. 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 NCDMM at

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