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UNI professor receives award of merit from Society of Manufacturing Engineers

January 15, 2003

Cheryl Smith, program associate, UNI College of Natural Sciences, (319) 273-6809
Teresa Hall, UNI associate professor of industrial technology, (319) 273- 2756
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A University of Northern Iowa professor has received a Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Award of Merit for 2003.

Teresa Hall, associate professor of industrial technology at UNI, received the prestigious award for her service to SME over the past 10 years. The 50,000-member organization, which is devoted to promoting increased awareness of manufacturing engineering, gave nine 2003 awards worldwide. Hall was the only winner within the Upper Midwest Region (Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Manitoba and Western Ontario in Canada).

'The award is conferred annually to honor outstanding individual SME members who have made valued, balanced contributions to the society's professional activities and growth,' said Wayne Frost, general supervisor for quality assurance at John Deere Waterloo Works and 2002 SME Upper Midwest Region chair. 'The emphasis is on the member's accomplishments as an individual.'

Hall has served SME in several capacities: as faculty adviser for the UNI SME student chapter, liaison to the SME chapters at UNI and Hawkeye Community College, instructor for engineering certification exam preparation courses, and as academic and student development chair for regional faculty advisers in chapter management. She is currently a member of the certification oversight and appeals committee at the international level of SME and chair of the Waterloo SME chapter for 2003.

The award will be formally presented to Hall at the joint meeting of the SME Waterloo chapter and the UNI SME student chapter at UNI on April 8.