Kent Kohkonen, an assistant professor in the Department of Technology at Brigham Young University, has won the Distinguished CAD/CAM/CIM Education Achievement Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in Woodland Hills, Calif.

Kohkonen is receiving the award for his contributions in the areas of computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) and computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM).The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is an international professional engineering organization with a membership of over 85,000.

Working with two other BYU professors, Kohkonen has developed software and computer applications that help design special shoes for the correction of foot problems. He has also used computer technology to design more efficient milking machinery and to design tools for various manufacturing processes.

A member of the technology faculty at BYU since 1970, Kohkonen previously worked at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft, which manufactures jet engines, and Caterpillar Tractors.

Kohkonen received his bachelor of science degree in 1968 and his master's degree in 1976 from BYU.