SME Honors Composites Industry Leader as 2001 Fellow

01 October 2001

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers announced the installation of seven members as SME Fellows, including one for outstanding contributions to composites manufacturing.

Hsu-Pin (Ben) Wang, Ph.D., holds a Simon Ostrach Professorship and is chairman of the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Florida A&M-Florida State (FAMU-FSU) College of Engineering in Tallahassee, Fla. His research on affordable composites is already changing products worldwide. In his efforts to substitute metal structures with lower-cost, higher-performance composite materials, he utilizes an integrated product- process design approach.

As a university professor and department head, Wang has developed a new doctoral program in industrial engineering, a Master of Science degree in industrial engineering and two non-thesis masters programs in engineering management and global manufacturing leadership. He also has developed and directed the Integrated Manufacturing Systems Laboratory at the Florida Advanced Center for Composite Technologies. Wang holds four U.S. patents and has co-authored three books.

""He has contributed not only to the science and theory of manufacturing, but he has also contributed to manufacturing practice, professional development, management and leadership of the profession,"" said Richard A. Wysk, Ph. D., Leonhard Chair in Engineering, Penn State University, and SME Fellow. ""He has accomplished more than several dozen very productive people normally accomplish in an entire lifetime."" Since joining SME in 1983, Wang founded SUNY-Buffalo SME Student Chapter S194 and became its first faculty advisor. He has also served on the Executive Committee of the SME Buffalo-Niagara Frontier Chapter No. 10 and the SME Chapter 10 Student Fellowship Review Committee. In 1990, Wang received the Society's Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer award.

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