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SME Education Foundation announces new officers and board members

DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 29, 2006 - The Society of Manufacturing Engineering (SME) Education Foundation has named new officers and selected three new members to serve on its Board of Directors. All terms will be effective Jan. 1, 2007.

Glen Pearson will assume the position of President of the Foundation and Sandra Bouckley will become Vice President; Peter Mackie was re-elected as Treasurer and Dr. Winston Erevelles will serve as Secretary of the Foundation's Board.

The Board of Directors is composed of 16 people from across the nation who are elected and appointed each fall for the following year. The board members guide the SME Education Foundation in its mission to develop programs designed to ignite and fuel the curiosity of young people about manufacturing, engineering, science and technology, and to meet the needs of the industry by increasing the number of students choosing these careers. The SME Education Foundation reaches students through outreach programs, grants, scholarships and fellowships.

President Glen Pearson retired from Eastman Kodak Co. as the associate director of the global manufacturing technology organization. Pearson held various positions in R&D manufacturing in his 30-year career. He holds degrees in chemical engineering from Virginia Tech University and the University of Massachusetts. As Foundation President, Pearson wants to ensure the Education Foundation continues to motivate and lead the next generation into manufacturing and technology fields.

Vice President Sandra Bouckley is the plant manager for Daimler Chrysler Corporation. Bouckley holds a master's degree in business from Michigan State University, a Master of Science from GMI Engineering and Management Institute, and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from General Motors Institute. Bouckley hopes her passion for youth and youth education is infectious to the educators and contributors the SME Education Foundation works with, and plans to spearhead the Foundation to partner with other like-minded groups to strengthen youth programs across the country.

Treasurer Peter Mackie is a senior financial consultant for A.G. Edwards. He holds a bachelor's degree in history and a minor in economics from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., and is an accredited asset management specialist with the College for Financial Planning. Mackie will chair the committee that oversees the financial management of the investment assets for the SME Education Foundation.

Secretary Winston Erevelles is the dean of the School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science and a professor of engineering at Robert Morris University. He earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Bangalore University, India, and his Master of Science and doctorate in engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla. Erevelles believes that the SME Education Foundation should be a leader in implementing a broad-based strategy targeting the preparedness of the workforce at all levels in order to restore our nation to a place of pre-eminence in manufacturing and technology fields.

New board members for 2007-2008 are Pamela Ruschau, Gene Nelson and Albert Wavering.

Pamela Ruschau is a shareholder with Leydig, Voit & Mayer Ltd., an intellectual property law firm. She received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from General Motors Institute and a Juris Doctor degree from the College of Law of the Ohio State University.

Gene Nelson was the President of SME in 2005 and the President of SME Education Foundation Board in 1998-1999. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in technology from Ohio University and a master's degree in business from Michigan State University.

Albert Wavering is division chief of the intelligent systems division of the manufacturing engineering laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech University and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois.

About the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation is one of the nation's leading non-profit organizations dedicated to advancing manufacturing education. Its approach is three-fold: to inspire youth to pursue careers in manufacturing; to support students studying for a career in an engineering-related field; and prepare these students through its Manufacturing Education Plan grant program in colleges and technical schools. Since 1980, the Foundation has provided more than $19 million in grants, scholarships, and awards. The Education Foundation was created by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 1979 as a means of transforming manufacturing education in North American colleges and universities.
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