AsianScientist (Jul 18, 2014) – Professor Andrew Nee, from the National University of Singapore Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been awarded the US Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Gold Medal.
Since 1955, the SME Gold Medal has given out the yearly award in recognition of significant contributions to the field of manufacturing engineering in the areas of manufacturing technologies, processes, technical writing, education, research, management and service to the Society. Nee is the first Asian outside of Japan to be awarded the honor.
“This is an honor equivalent to awards recognizing lifetime achievements in the arts such as the Pulitzer Prize. I am deeply honoured to be a recipient of the SME Gold Medal,” he said.
Nee won the medal for his research, which has led to a better understanding of metal stamping dies design and analysis, plastic injection mold design and analysis, fixture design and planning, and product development of manufacturing.
His work on plastic injection molds has resulted in a commercial software IMOLD, and for the progressive stamping die IPD, Nee received Singapore’s National Technology Award in 2002. His recent work in applying augmented reality to manufacturing operations has opened up a new arena, which could help users better learn and visualize manufacturing operations, leading to significant productivity gains.
Nee holds honorary professorships with five universities in China. In February 2014, he was appointed editor-in-chief of Springer’s International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology.
Source: National University of Singapore.
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