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Aug. 6, 2003

SMU School Of Engineering Appoints Two New Board Members

DALLAS (SMU) -- Two new members have been appointed to the Executive Board of the SMU School of Engineering.

Board members work with Dean Stephen Szygenda and his leadership team to promote interaction between the school and industry and to implement new programs in the school, including its new executive master's degrees in engineering, its new Industry Scholars and Research Scholars programs, and its new Gender Parity Initiative.

The new members are Tony Affuso and Clifton Triplett.

Tony Affuso is president of EDS' PLM Solutions line of business and a member of EDS' Executive Operations Team. PLM Solutions develops software to support the collaborative engineering and manufacturing of products in the automotive, aerospace, consumer products, high-tech, retail and machine/tooling industries. The line of business employs 5,250 people in 140 sales offices and 23 research and development centers throughout the world.

Clifton Triplett is the Global Process information officer for Manufacturing and Quality at General Motors Information Systems and Services (IS&S) organization. In this position, he is responsible for driving common processes and systems across all the various GM manufacturing and quality business functions to maximize business results. His areas of responsibility include process and systems support of manufacturing, industrial engineering, manufacturing engineering and quality.

" We are very grateful to Tony, Clifton and other corporate leaders who have agreed to share their time and talents to help the SMU School of Engineering enhance its programs to serve our students and the business community in the best possible way," Szygenda said.

The SMU School of Engineering, which was founded in 1925, offers a value-added engineering education designed to prepare students to be the technology leaders of the future. For more information on the school, visit its Web site at