The FEF College Industry Conference was recently held at the Westin Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Over 280 industry executives (including nine FEF Past Presidents), student delegates, key professors and university administrators were in attendance this year.
The conference began on Thursday, November 15, with the Career Information Session which gave 81 student delegates the opportunity to interact with representatives of 43 companies in the metal casting industry. The Information Session and social time before and after the event is structured to facilitate the sharing of job opportunities and to connect students to potential employers in the industry.
During the General Session on Friday, the following speakers their vast experiences in the metal casting industry: Dwight Barnhard (Superior Aluminum Castings), Mo Lynn (Fairmount Minerals), and John Keough (Applied Process).
The FEF/AFS Distinguished Professor Award was given to FEF Key Professor, Scott Giese, University of Northern Iowa, in recognition of his demonstrated personal interest in his students, as well as his knowledge of the industry. As part of the luncheon this year, the Student Delegate scholarships were presented (see next page for complete list) – 20 students were awarded a total of $44,500.00. Additionally, the Keith Millis and Ron Ruddle scholarship recipients were announced, as well as the recipient of the first William Allan Hunter Scholarship.
At the Annual Reception on the evening of November 16, FEF's highest award, the E.J. Walsh Award, was presented to longtime FEF Board Member & Treasurer, Rob Steele.