Three auto industry engineers ranked among the top eight young manufacturing engineers in the Northeast, according to a leading professional group.
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers on Wednesday handed out its Serope Kalpakjian Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer awards. Among the recipients were Mark Allen Smith, senior project engineer for General Motors, Sury Peddireddi, senior manufacturing engineer for Delphi Corp., and Daniel J. Timco, an instructor at Eaton Corp.'s Cutler-Hammer Technology and Quality Center.
The awards are handed out each year to manufacturing engineers under the age of 35, who are recommended by employers and professors based on excellence in their field.
Smith, 32, helped develop math-based tools and software that helped GM reduce manufacturing costs by reducing variations in product quality and size. He also created a software training class and instructed engineers on how to use his software and tools.
Peddireddi, 34, led a team of fellow engineers and research scientists to discover why cutting tools were failing during production. That led to the development of new tools. He also has developed production processes for Delphi plants in North America, Mexico, and Brazil.
Timco, 28, improved lead times from over two weeks to one day using one-piece flow layout designs at an Eaton plant in Puerto Rico. He also improved productivity 283 percent and decreased inventory at the plant.