According to SPE Bylaws, “To be elected an Honored Service Member, a candidate shall have demonstrated long-term, outstanding service to, and support of, the Society and its objectives; shall be sponsored, in writing, by the Board of Directors of at least one Section or Division.”
345 members have been elected to this prestigious status since it was established in 1992.
The 2020 Honored Service Members are:
Mr. Mark MacLean-Blevins, nominated by the SPE Product Design & Development Division, has been an independent product design consultant since 1992, Mark has spent his career developing products manufactured from plastics. A Mechanical Engineering graduate of the Johns Hopkins University, Mark has been named as inventor or co-inventor on 49 US patents, many issued internationally. Mark’s book, Designing Successful Products with Plastics was published by Elsevier in 2017. He has received several design-based awards, including the SPE 2007 Glenn L. Beall Consumer Product Design Award, the SPE Baltimore/Washington Section 1991 Product Design of the Year Award, runner up in the 2009 Wine Enthusiast Decanter Design Competition, and a finalist in the International Design Competition at NPE 2012. Mark has served as a longtime volunteer member on the Board of Directors for the Product Design and Development Division of SPE in a variety of positions including Division Chair and Counselor. Mark and his wife Kim, parents of eight children, live and work in Westminster, Maryland.
Mr. Robert V. Petrach Jr., nominated by the Nominated by the SPE Detroit Section, currently runs the injection molding operation at Safety Technology International for that last 10 years. Prior to that, he was with GM/Delphi for 38.5 years with 12 years in the Delphi Injection Molding Center of Expertise. Bob is currently serving as the Secretary of the SPE Detroit Section, a role he has held since 2014. Bob has been an active member of the Detroit Section Executive Board since 2009 in a variety of positions, including President. He supports STEM education activities collaborating with SPE Divisions and other professional societies, SAE and SME, on technical events as well as Engineering Society of Detroit STEM activities, especially Future Cities. Prior to becoming active in SPE, Bob served as Chair of SME Oakland Macomb Chapter and Chair of SME Plastics, Composites, and Coatings Technical Community, 2009-2010. Bob received the SME Award of Merit, 2011.