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Ehmann Receives SME’s Taylor Medal

Professor Kornel Ehmann was recognized for his pioneering research on manufacturing

Northwestern Engineering's Kornel Ehmann, professor of mechanical engineering, has received the 2021 Frederick W. Taylor Research Medal from the SME, previously known as the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. The Taylor Medal is the highest honor given by SME to a researcher in the broad manufacturing field.

Kornel EhmannThe Taylor Medal honors published research that leads to a better understanding of materials, facilities, principles, operations, and their application to improve manufacturing processes. Ehmann received the award for his pioneering work in the interrelated areas of machine tool structural dynamics, metal cutting dynamics, computer control of machine tools and robots, accuracy control in machining, metal cutting processes, and micromanufacturing.

The codirector of the McCormick School of Engineering’s Advanced Manufacturing Processes Laboratory, Ehmann has published more than 250 research articles. His work has been supported by General Electric, General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, IBM, Ingersoll, SpeedFam, American Tool, and others.

An elected fellow of SME and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Ehmann has received multiple awards, including the SME Gold Medal and ASME’s Milton C. Shaw Manufacturing Research Medal and Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award. He has also served as editor of the journal Manufacturing Letters, technical editor of the Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, and served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Manufacturing Processes and the International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture.