Dr. Alexander H. Slocum of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been awarded the 2014 Charles F. Carter, Jr. Advancing Manufacturing award. Dr. Slocum, who is the Pappalardo Professor of Mechanical Engineering, was selected to receive this award for his work to improve and extend relationships between academia and industry. The award, which recognizes individual, academic efforts to better integrate research and development knowledge-base with production transition, is based on the merit of people who have engaged industry to meet needs and provide technology paths to improve productivity.

The honor was given by the Technology Issues Committee and is named in honor of Charles F. Carter, Jr., who was a dedicated member of the AMT Technology department for many years. A plaque recognizing Dr. Slocum’s accomplishments was presented to him during September’s IMTS – International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago, Ill.

Dr. Slocum’s work engaged and guided students to advancements in self-compensated hydrostatic linear guideway system design, as well as self-compensated hydrostatic high-speed rotary live tooling systems. He is also well-known for his direct work with industry. AMT members Hardinge and CNC North were beneficiaries of his precision design capabilities both in on-site lectures and in new product designs for market.

As a dedicated educator and mentor, Professor Slocum has encouraged his students to first think conceptually and systematically, and then to sharpen their pencils for the mathematical proofs, precise calculations and rigor of engineering. By always including a bit of the fun-factor, Dr. Slocum reminds us all that when having fun … anything is possible! 

The Charles F. Carter, Jr. Advancing Manufacturing award is presented to an active faculty member teaching at an accredited U.S. university, who is recognized by AMT as contributing to the advancement of the industry by enabling research that has been put into practice and training highly qualified students. Nominations are submitted by AMT member companies. To submit a candidate, please review submission information located on the AMT website at Technology Initiatives.

For more information about this article, please contact Tim Shinbara at tshinbara@AMTonline.org or 703-827-5243.