ERC/RMS Director, Yoram Koren, has been selected to receive the 2006 M. Eugene Merchant Manufacturing Medal of ASME/SME for his “outstanding contributions to the science, education, and practice of manufacturing through innovations in reconfigurable manufacturing systems, robotics and manufacturing system control; and for establishing reconfigurable manufacturing as a worldwide scientific discipline.”

The M. Eugene Merchant Manufacturing Medal of ASME/SME was established in 1986 by ASME and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers to honor an exceptional individual who has had significant influence and responsibility for improving the productivity and efficiency of the manufacturing operation.

Formal presentation of the award is scheduled to take place Tuesday, November 7, at the Honors Assembly of the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition. The Exposition will be held at the Hilton Chicago Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, November 5-10, 2006.