Elizabeth Cudney of Ballwin, Mo., a Ph.D. student in engineering management at the University of Missouri-Rolla, will accept the Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers March 28 in Los Angeles.
The award, which will be presented during the SME Summit conference and annual meeting, is given to manufacturing engineers, age 35 or younger, who have made exceptional contributions and accomplishments in the manufacturing industry throughout the early stages of their careers.
Prior to returning to school for her doctorate, Cudney worked for more than five years at Jacobs Vehicle Systems in Bloomfield, Conn., in various roles including Six Sigma Black Belt, quality and process engineer, quality auditor, senior manufacturing engineer and manufacturing manager.
Interested in quality and lean manufacturing, Cudney has published more than 20 articles and coauthored two workshops for the Association for Operations Management (APICS). She is an American Society for Quality (ASQ) certified quality engineer and a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. She serves as president of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) Lean Division. In addition, Cudney is a member of the Rotary Club of Rolla, Mo., the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASQ, IIE, the Society of Automotive Engineers, the Society of American Valve Engineers, SME and APICS.
Cudney received her bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from North Carolina State University and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering and business administration from the University of Hartford.