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Headington, Trinowski to Receive Gold Medals at CastExpo’16

April 11, 2016

The annual AFS award winners have been announced by the AFS Board of Awards for presentation at CastExpo’16 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 16-19.

The Gold Medal, Award of Scientific Merit and Service Citation Award are presented annually for service to the metalcasting industry. Frank C. Headington, corporate vice president-technology, Neenah Enterprises, Inc., Neenah, Wisconsin and Douglas M. Trinowski, vice president R&D, HA International LLC, Westmont, Illinois, will be given the industry’s top honor—the AFS Gold Medal, during the Annual Banquet on April 17.

Headington will receive the Peter L. Simpson Gold Medal for long-term contributions to the sustainability of the metalcasting industry through both technology efforts and mentoring the next generation of metalcasting professionals.

Trinowski will receive the William H. McFadden Gold Medal for technical contribution to the foundry industry through product/process development and to improving and developing new chemical binder systems for the metalcasting industry.

Other award winners announced include:

Award of Scientific Merit

  • Dr. Simon Lekakh, research professor, Missouri University of Science and Technology, for research and development of practical applications related to metalcasting including inoculation of cast iron, cupola off-gas cleaning systems, controlling the solidification structure of ferrous alloys as well as liquid metal processing.
  • Raymond Monroe, executive vice president, Steel Founders’ Society of America, for significant contributions to the metalcasting industry in both iron and steel, research, and the education of casting engineers.

AFS Service Citation

  • Robert L. Beard, advanced development director, Sloan Valve Company, for dedicated and tireless contributions to AFS, the Copper Alloy Division, nonferrous foundries and development of alternate low-lead copper alloys for plumbing applications.
  • Robert Bigge, technical director, Iron Casting Research Institute, for dedication and commitment to the iron casting community of North America and willingness to share his knowledge and experience with members of the industry including the next generation of metalcasting professionals.
  • Peter Gravunder, quality technical assurance, Badger Mining Corporation, for meritorious contributions to the AFS Division 4 technical committees and the Northeast Wisconsin AFS chapter.
  • Kenneth Wayne Murphy, manufacturing engineer–melting department, AMERICAN Cast Iron Pipe Company, for introducing the metalcasting industry to thousands of students utilizing the Foundry in a Box Program.

Headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., AFS is a not-for-profit technical and management society that has existed since 1896 to provide and promote knowledge and services that strengthen the metalcasting industry for the ultimate benefit of its customers and society.