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Individuals Honored With Industry Awards at AFS Metalcasting Congress

April 25, 2017

The annual AFS award winners have been announced by the AFS Board of Awards for presentation at Metalcasting Congress in Milwaukee, April 25-27.

The Gold Medal, Award of Scientific Merit, and Service Citation are presented annually for service to the metalcasting industry. Gary Gigante, retired CEO, Waupaca Foundry Inc. (Waupaca, Wisconsin), and Sara Joyce, vice president of quality and technical assurance, Badger Mining Corp. (Berlin, Wisconsin), will be given the industry’s top honor—the AFS Gold Medal, during the Annual Banquet on April 27.

Gigante will receive the Peter L. Simpson Gold Medal for long-term contributions to the sustainability of the metalcasting industry through environmental stewardship, technological advances, and the development of people in the industry.

Joyce will receive the William H. McFadden Gold Medal for technical contribution to the foundry industry through ground-breaking research, technical articles, and presentations, contributions to books, committee service, and a commitment to advancing the Industry.

The Awards of Scientific Merit and Service Citations will be presented at the President’s Luncheon and Annual Business Meeting April 27. These winners are:

Award of Scientific Merit

  • Gregory A. Miskinis,director of research and process development, Waupaca Foundry Inc., for major contributions to the metalcasting industry through industrial research and mentoring newcomers to the industry and service to the Northeastern Wisconsin chapter of AFS.
  • Pradeep Kumar Rohatgi, distinguished professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Milwaukee) for significant contributions over 50 years to the metalcasting industry in research presentations at AFS events, and the education of casting engineers.

AFS Service Citation

  • Godfrey F. Sergeant,technical director, MPG Casting Technologies (New Castle, Indiana), for meritorious contributions to the AFS Division 4 Technical Committees and the Central Indiana AFS Chapter.
  • Steve Sikorski, vice president of operations, Magma Foundry Technology (Schaumburg, Illinois) for dedication and commitment to the metalcasting industry of North America and commitment to supporting and developing the next generation of metalcasting

Headquartered in Schaumburg, Illinois , 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 $30.3 billion metalcasting industry for the ultimate benefit of its customers and society.