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SME-EF Announces M. Eugene Merchant Memorial Scholarship

September 14, 2006

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Education Foundation announces the establishment of an endowed scholarship in memory of M. Eugene Merchant, ScD, past president of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, who died on Aug. 19, 2006. In keeping with Dr. Merhcant’s lifelong mission, the scholarship will provide funding for the education of future manufacturing engineers and will also serve as a lasting tribute to Dr. Merchant’s pioneering research and discovery.

Dr. Merchant served as SME’s president from 1976-1977, chaired the Foundation’s Proposal Review Committee for more than 20 years, and in 1999 was named Honorary Director Emeritus of the Foundation.

While Dr. Merchant’s contribution to SME is significant, his contribution to modern manufacturing is legendary. In the early 1940s he developed the basic theory of metal-cutting. His pioneering research made it easier for manufacturing engineers to determine the type of tooling needed to provide the optimum cut, how to regulate the amount of power needed to make a cut, and the effect on the metal’s temperature. His theory has been used worldwide and is still considered the best available for explaining and developing the machining process.

His philosophy of computer-integrated manufacturing systems, developed in the 1950s, has become the standard operating practice for manufacturers all over the globe.

Contributions to the M. Eugene Merchant Memorial Scholarship Fund can be made at www.sme.org/foundation.

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