Resident receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Brian Ruestow, a resident of Orchard Park and president of the SME Education Foundation, was recently honored with the foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his longtime commitment to SME and ongoing efforts to prepare youth for advanced manufacturing careers, a release said.
Ruestow received his Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual SME International Awards Gala on May 15.
Ruestow has a long history of involvement with SME and has been recognized on numerous occasions for his work. Since becoming a member in 1975, Ruestow received SME’s Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award in 1988 and the Joseph A. Siegel Service Award in 2009.
His support and engagement with the foundation began in 1985, first as a member of the student development committee, which later became the scholarship review committee. He subsequently took over as chairman and continues to serve on this committee today.
“Brian’s impact on our organization through the years has been immense, and we are extremely fortunate and grateful to have benefited from his leadership, his vision, and his commitment to excellence in advancing our mission to inspire and prepare students for skilled careers in manufacturing,” said Brian Glowiak, director of the SME Education Foundation.
Ruestow joined the SME Education Foundation Board of Directors in 2009, served as vice president from 2010 to 2012 and became president of the foundation in 2013, a position he currently holds.
He also has contributed to the foundation with monetary gifts to the Directors Scholarship Fund, youth programs, general scholarship and general enrichment.
“My entire career has been spent in manufacturing and I can’t think of another industry that is as important to the American econom y,” Ruestow said. “I am proud of the work we do to help create new opportunities in manufacturing, and I look forward to many more years helping my colleagues stimulate growth in this industry.”