College Industry Conference


Over 300 industry executives, student delegates, key professors and university administrators were in attendance at this year's FEF College Industry Conference, held recently at the Westin Michigan Avenue in Chicago.

The conference began on Thursday, November 21, with the Career Information Session which gave 85 student delegates the opportunity to interact with representatives of 44 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 shared their vast experiences in the metal casting industry:

  • Rodney Burkhardt (Metal Technologies)
  • Denny Dotson (Dotson Iron Castings)
  • Al Spada (Modern Casting and Metal Casting Design & Purchasing).

The FEF/AFS Distinguished Professor Award was given to FEF Key Professor, Darryl Webber, Trine University, in recognition of his demonstrated personal interest in his students, as well as his interaction with the industry. As part of the luncheon this year, the Student Delegate scholarships were presented (see next page for complete list) – 21 students were awarded a total of $46,000.00. Additionally, the Keith Millis and Ron Ruddle scholarship recipients were announced during the luncheon.

At the Annual Reception on the evening of November 22, FEF's highest award, the E.J. Walsh Award, was presented to longtime FEF Board Member and FEF Past President (2010), Tom Cobett.

Next year's conference will be help on November 20 & 21 at the Westin Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Plan now to attend this exciting event!