SME Education Foundation Announces 2012 Board of Director

DEARBORN, Mich., January 17, 2012 -The SME Education Foundation announces its 2012 Board of Directors which includes the return of Glen H. Pearson as president, having previously served in this position (2007-2008), and four new directors: Barbara M. Fossum, PhD, FSME, Julian E. Pate III, Ted Peachee, and Peter T. Zierhut.

Board members representing business, industry and academia support the mission of the SME Education Foundation to inspire, support, and prepare the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists for the advancement of manufacturing education.

Funding provided by the SME Education Foundation is directed to technology-based youth programs through its Gateway Academy administered by Project Lead The Way, a national education non-profit, robotic competitions, scholarships for students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in manufacturing engineering, and PRIME (Partnership Response in Manufacturing Education), a new program which takes a community-based approach to addressing the shortage of manufacturing, engineering and technical talent in the United States, and designed to create strong partnerships between schools, organizations and businesses.

Officers include: President: Glen H. Pearson, director, Manufacturing Research & Engineering, Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, N.Y., (Ret.); Vice President/Secretary: Brian A. Ruestow, operations manager, F. W. Roberts Manufacturing Co., Inc., Lockport, N.Y.; Treasurer/Chair of Finance: Peter F. Mackie, manager, Fundamental Choice Portfolio, Wells Fargo Advisors LLC, St. Louis, Mo.; Assistant Treasurer/Vice Chair of Finance: Edward M. Swallow, vice president, Business Development, Civil Systems Division, Northrop Grumman Information Systems,
McLean, Va.

Directors include: Ashok Agrawal, vice president for Academic Affairs, St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, St. Louis, Mo., David P. Bozeman, vice president, Integrated Manufacturing Operations Division, Caterpillar Inc., East Peoria, Ill.; Kathy Burnham, senior vice president, Padilla Speer Beardsley, Minneapolis, Minn.; Barbara M. Kaufmann, director, 3M Foundation, manager, Education Contributions, 3M Community Affairs, St. Paul, Minn.; Irving Pressley McPhail, Ed.D., President and CEO, National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), White Plains, N.Y.; Pamela J. Ruschau, Esq., Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd., Chicago, Ill.; Mike Sayen, vice president, Strategy, Siemens PLM Software, Plano, Texas; Mike Schmidt, director, Education & Community Development, Ford Motor Company Fund, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Mich.; Susan E. Shimoyama, vice president, Global Sales Operations, Rockwell Automation, Milwaukee, Wis.; William Tacon, PhD, senior director Workforce Education, BioOhio, Columbus, Ohio, and William Taylor, associate vice president, Network-Development and Expansion Programs, National Academy Foundation (NAF), New York, N.Y.

New Board Member Biographies:

Barbara M. Fossum, PhD, FSME, consultant and coach in the areas of strategic planning and business planning for nonprofits, and a Senior Research Fellow of the IC2 Institute, University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin). Fossum was president of the Gordon Group, Chicago, Ill., and president of Reveille Technology, Inc., Austin, Texas. Prior, she held management positions at Unisys, Bell Laboratories and UT Austin. She is a SME Fellow, 2010 past president of SME, and member of SME Chapters 159 (Suncoast) and 150 (Ft. Lauderdale). Fossum served on the SME Executive, Executive Compensation, Audit, Finance, Budget, Ad Hoc Lifelong Learning and Nominating Committees, as well as on the Board of CASA/SME, which she chaired. Fossum was educated at the University of Texas at Austin, Stevens Institute of Technology and St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, where she currently is a member of the Leadership Advisory Board. She holds a PhD in Operations Management, and an MBA and MS in Mathematics/Computer Science. Fossum also is a member of the Organizing Board and the Executive Committee of the Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida.

Julian E. Pate, III, director of Timing, Release and Material Control, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Mich. (Ret), responsible for global logistical management for prototype vehicle programs. He held management positions in product development and research throughout his 30-year career at Ford. Prior, as engineering consultant and director of product development, Gilreath Manufacturing, Inc., Howell, Mich., he created and established the product design engineering and project management department. His non-profit career began as a professional development manager at Focus: HOPE, Detroit, Mich., where he developed a student/mentor program and implemented a formal job recruitment and placement process for graduating students. In 2002 he re-joined the Focus: HOPE leadership team as director of education. Mr. Pate is a native of Detroit, Mich. He holds a BS Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technology from Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich., and a MBA, Advanced Management Program (AMP), Michigan State University, Lansing, Mich.

Ted Peachee, executive vice president, Emerson (NYSE: EMR),St. Louis, Mo. has management responsibilities for Advanced Manufacturing, Information Technology; Engineering, New Product Development and Portfolio Management; Logistics and Procurement; Global Engineering Centers; Emerson China Motor Company Manufacturing facility, Qingdao, China, and Trade Compliance. Mr. Peachee is the Technology Business Leader for the Commercial Industrial Solutions Group of Emerson. He has received twelve U.S. patents. He serves as a board member of the School of Engineering Industrial Advisory Board at Washington University, Missouri University of Science & Technology Dean's Advisory Council, and is a member of the Academy of Mechanical Engineers (AME). He holds BSME (1972) and Professional M.E. (1997) from Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, Mo.

Peter T. Zierhut, director, Haas Europe and Special Programs, Haas Automation, Inc., Oxnard Calif., is responsible for oversight of Haas Automation's European headquarters in Brussels, Belgium and management of the Haas Technical Education (HTEC) Network, comprised of more than 1500 educational institutions around the world that utilize Haas machine tools for educational purposes. His 27-year career at Haas includes management positions in manufacturing, sales, marketing and IT and serving as a member of the management committee of Windshear, Inc., Concord, N.C., a high-tech automotive wind tunnel owned by Haas Automation. Mr. Zierhut is also business manager, a volunteer-position in management at the Gene Haas Foundation, where he has responsibilities for managing the day-to-day operations of the Foundation including grant processing and public relations.

About the SME Education Foundation:
The SME Education Foundation is committed to inspiring, supporting and preparing the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists for the advancement of manufacturing education. Created by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 1979, the SME Education Foundation has provided more than $31 million since 1980 in grants, scholarships and awards through its partnerships with corporations, organizations, foundations and individual donors. Visit Also visit for information on advanced manufacturing careers, and, our award-winning website for young people.

Media Contact:
Bart A. Aslin, CEO, SME Education Foundation, (313) 425-3300,


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