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ORNL’s Dehoff elected SME 2024 Fellow

Three men standing in grey suites; the one in the middle had a medal around their neck.
From the left, Winston Erevelles, president at St. Mary's University; Ryan Dehoff, director of DOE's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL; and Robert "Bob" Willig, executive director and CEO of Plasan Carbon Composites. Credit: Carlos Jones/Credit: ORNL, U.S. Dept. of Energy

Ryan Dehoff, director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been elected a 2024 Fellow for SME. The prestigious honor recognizes Dehoff’s outstanding contributions in materials, processing and energy efficiency in manufacturing. Dehoff received the award at a ceremony Thursday as part of the SME North American Manufacturing Research Conference in Knoxville. 

Dehoff began his career at ORNL as a materials scientist, where his contributions at ORNL have significantly advanced manufacturing, especially in metal additive manufacturing, through the development of innovative techniques enhancing the properties, performance and scalability of printed materials. His research focuses on exploring correlations between process conditions of advanced manufacturing, materials, microstructure and mechanical performance. His expertise extends to various technologies, such as electron beam and laser powder bed, large-scale directed energy deposition and solid-state-based AM processes.

Dehoff has led the MDF since 2022. The MDF, supported by DOE’s Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technologies Office, is a nationwide consortium of collaborators working with ORNL to innovate, inspire and catalyze the transformation of U.S. manufacturing.

Dehoff was one of nine fellows from academia, industry and government elected nationwide, and the only fellow representing a DOE national laboratory. Since 1986, the SME College of Fellows has honored those members who have made outstanding contributions to the social, technological and educational aspects of the manufacturing profession.  

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