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SME recognizes Dr. Hitesh Vora as 2021 distinguished faculty advisor

Friday, October 22, 2021

The Society of Manufacturing Engineering (SME) announced that Dr. Hitesh Vora, an associate professor in Mechanal Engineering Technology and director of the Industrial Assessment Center at Oklahoma State University, was selected as a recipient of the SME 2021 Distinguished Faculty Advisor award.


SME chose five university professors to receive this award.  Established in 2011, the award is presented to SME student chapter faculty advisors to recognize their continued oversight and engagement efforts advocating for students and the manufacturing industry.  


Faculty advisors share their expertise to integrate real-world design projects into their classrooms, offer on-site research lab experience, sponsor attendance at industry conferences and co-author scientific papers published in peer-reviewed journals and professional conferences. 


“Faculty advisors showcase just how vast manufacturing is and share with their students what can be accomplished in this industry,” said 2021 SME Member Council Chair Will Sniadack, welding engineer with Neles USA Inc. “The leadership and dedication of these very distinguished advisors help our important student chapters thrive.”


SME provides a monetary award to each awardee as well as a recognition certificate. Additional award information can be found at


Other awardees include:

  • Bahram Asiabanpour, PhD, CMfgE, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas
  • Steve Dusseau, PhD, Indiana Tech, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Eric McKell, PE, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
  • Thomas Lucas, PhD, Purdue University, New Albany, Indiana
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