MEES Alumni Named SME Outstanding Young Engineers

Friday, May 21, 2021

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) has named MEES alumni Andrew Honeycutt (Ph.D. 2018) and Nick Horvath (Ph.D. 2020) as 2021 Geoffrey Boothroyd Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineers.

The Geoffrey Boothroyd Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineers, age 35 or younger, are recognized for their exceptional contributions and accomplishments in the manufacturing industry. Each year, the award is named in honor of a specific individual who has made lifelong contributions to manufacturing and SME. The 2021 award namesake is University of Massachusetts Professor Geoffrey Boothroyd, Ph.D., FSME, and founder of Boothroyd Dewhurst Inc.

Andrew Honeycutt, Ph.D.
R&D Staff Member
Oak Ridge National Lab Manufacturing Demonstration Facility
Knoxville, Tennessee

Honeycutt is an R&D staff member at the Oak Ridge National Lab Manufacturing Demonstration Facility. He received his doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2018 in mechanical engineering where his focus was on machining dynamics and precision metrology. After graduation, Honeycutt worked for Makino as an R&D process engineer. He started at the MDF in July of 2019 in the Intelligent Machine Tools Group. Honeycutt’s research interests include design for additive manufacturing, precision metrology, machining dynamics and future machine tool technologies. SME Member Since 2019

Nick Horvath, Ph.D.
R&D Staff Machining and Machine Tool Research
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Powell, Tennessee

Horvath is currently appointed as research staff at the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His research includes the development of both processes and machine tools to enable next-generation reflective optics and optical systems. Horvath’s graduate studies were performed at UNC Charlotte in the Center for Freeform Optics where he designed and fabricated freeform optical systems. His most recent research development was on integrating state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities in the design of lightweight mirrors to enable a lighter, more-efficient mirror in ceramics. Horvath’s continued work is furthering the design methodology and developing equipment to realize and scale the components in both size and quantity. SME Member Since 2020

SME is a nonprofit association of professionals, educators and students committed to promoting and supporting the manufacturing industry. SME helps manufacturers innovate, grow and prosper by promoting manufacturing technology, developing a skilled workforce and connecting the manufacturing industry.