An assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering at the University of Utah has been named chairman-elect of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

Yoichi Matsumoto heads a 250-member chapter of academicians and professional engineers. The organization has more than 70,000 members nationwide.

Matsumoto is a graduate of the Musashi Institute of Technology in Tokyo, Japan. He earned a master's degree at North Carolina State and a doctorate at Purdue University.

His research specialities include computer-aided manufacturing and metal cutting.

Matsumoto was given the Society of Automotive Engineers' Ralph Teetor Award in 1986 for outstanding contributions to teaching, research and student development.