Riffe honored by SME

Feb 1, 2009

Dr. William Riffe was honored by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers for 12 years of volunteer service to the organization.

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) honored Dr. William Riffe, professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Kettering University, during the SME annual meeting in December. 

Riffe was recognized and thanked for his leadership, promotion and tireless commitment from 2001-2008 in support of SME’s Forming & Fabricating and Technical Community.  

According to SME officials, Riffe has been a dedicated member volunteer of the Society since 1997, and a passionate advocate for the Society and manufacturing in general, and was instrumental in revitalizing SME’s former Association for Forming and Fabricating Technologies. In 2003, when the former association evolved into SME’s Forming & Fabricating Community, Riffe took on additional leadership roles to make the community a go-to resource for manufacturing professionals.

His passion for the forming and fabricating industry can also be found in the technical papers he contributed to SME’s former Forming & Fabricating magazine, and his role in developing aspects and selecting winners of the FFC Technical Paper Excellence Award.

Riffe earned a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Carnegie Institute of Technology, with expertise in sheet metal forming, product development, innovation in entrepreneurship and other specialties.

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is the world's leading professional society advancing manufacturing knowledge and influencing more than half a million manufacturing practitioners annually. SME promotes an increased awareness of manufacturing engineering and keeps manufacturing professionals up to date on leading trends and technologies. Headquartered inMichigan, the Society has members in more than 70 countries and represents manufacturing practitioners across all industries.

Written by Dawn Hibbard