King named SME Fellow for achievements in manufacturing

8/29/2022 Julia Park

Professor Bill King received the honor for his decades of extensive leadership in industry, academia, and education.

Written by Julia Park

Bill KingMechSE Professor and Ralph A. Andersen Endowed Chair Bill King was elected to the 2022 class of SME Fellows for his 20+ years of dedication, service, and contributions to the manufacturing engineering profession.

King was one of just eight recipients this year to earn the highly competitive honor. He also holds Fellow honors from ASME, AAAS, APS, and IEEE. His SME honor is based on his leadership in academia and industry, most notably through Fast Radius Inc, the company he co-founded and which went public earlier this year. King co-founded two other companies, Anasys Instruments, which commercialized his innovations in measurement technology, and Hoowaki, which focuses on his micro-manufacturing technology.

King’s accomplishments in research and education are no less impressive. He has graduated 25 PhD students from his research group, published more than 250 journal articles, and has developed and patented 20 innovations that have revolutionized the manufacturing process and manufacturing technologies around the world.

Since 1986, SME has recognized a select group as SME Fellows. Recipients are vetted through the SME International Awards & Recognition Committee and receive lifetime, dues-free membership and carry the designation “FSME” (Fellow of SME) after their names. 

“Our 2022 SME College of Fellows recipients demonstrate a wide range of expertise in manufacturing that is needed to drive innovation,” said Bob Willig, SME executive director and CEO. “We’re excited to honor these members and welcome them into the esteemed SME College of Fellows. We celebrate their lifelong commitment to manufacturing. It’s individuals such as these eight fellows that will continue to push the boundaries of what is next in manufacturing.”

King will be honored at the SME Annual Gala event in Atlanta this November.   

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This story was published August 29, 2022.