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Engineering and Technology Management assistant professor named faculty advisor of year by professional organization

Anna Hartenbach | Jan 26, 2018
Niel Littell

Engineering and Technology Management assistant professor named faculty advisor of year by professional organization

Anna Hartenbach | Jan 26, 2018

Russ College Assistant Professor of Engineering and Technology Management Neil Littell has received the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) 2017 Distinguished Faculty Advisor Award.

Littell, advisor of the Ohio University SME chapter for more than three years, supports students by offering guidance, providing educational experiences, organizing outreach activities and helping them build professional networks. The honor carries an award of $2,000, which he’ll use to further the mission of the chapter.

“I’m ecstatic to have received the award, and I’m very appreciative to the students who nominated me,” he said.

Littell’s nomination included student recommendations, the support of other faculty members, and a personal statement about his career goals and objectives for the OHIO chapter.

“Neil was evaluated against several SME faculty advisors, and based on his work with students, the growth of his SME student chapter, and support of SME’s mission to promote manufacturing technology and develop a skilled workforce, Neil was awarded the top honor,” said Natalie Lowell, SME member and industry relations manager.

Unlike other chapters, the OHIO SME chapter does not receive the support of a professional chapter, making it difficult to gain new members. However, under Littell’s leadership, the chapter has grown from a few students to more than 30 – and even though the name implies it’s a group for engineering students, he encourages students from any discipline to join.

Littell plans to use the award funds for student professional development opportunities such as campus speakers and a visit to the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) this fall.

“I’d really like the students to get that experience, because it’s memorable, and they can talk about it in job interviews,” Littell said of IMTS. “I want them to have good stories when they graduate. Those stories will help them understand where in the manufacturing picture they want to fit, and will help them get the job they want.”