Abridged List of Featured Speakers

Greg Miskinis
Retired, Waupaca Foundry

Hoyt Lecture: Transformation of the Modern Foundry
Monday, April 12

The foundry industry has been in a state of transformation for over 2,600 years. From shapes carved into stone, to topologically optimized and additive manufacturing-facilitated creations, the evolution of metalcasting is easily witnessed. Whether this change has come about by man, method, material or market is debatable. With the gradual shift from personal vehicles with internal combustion engines to semi- or fully autonomous electric vehicles, competing in these shrinking markets will likely require agile and novel foundry solutions. This Hoyt Lecture will examine how foundries have been transformed primarily by shifts in the workforce, market pressures brought by global flattening (competition), environmental, health and safety changes and even by disaster.

Harry Moser
Founder, Reshoring Initiative

How to Benefit from Shorter Supply Chains
Monday, April 19

Reshoring and foreign direct investment (FDI) have brought back over 700,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs in the last 11 years. At the same time, the COVID crisis has demonstrated the risk of long supply chains. In fact, a recent BDO survey showed that 24% of companies are planning to change the country in which they source or produce, and 22% plan to reshore to the U.S.

Harry Moser, president of Reshoring Initiative, will explore how U.S. foundries can take advantage of the trend toward shorter supply chains and what that means for reshoring and FDI. Plus, discover how Reshoring Initiative’s Total Cost of Ownership Estimator and the Import Substitution Program can help your company land contracts that otherwise would have gone overseas.



Tom Prucha
President, MetalMorphasis LLC
Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Metalcasting

Hoyt Lecture: Metalmorphasis: Change and Transition
Tuesday, April 20

Change is constant, as nothing stays the same. Consider the words of the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu, “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them—that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” Some changes are the result of biology and the passage of time, within the natural cycle or order of things. Others are self-generated, under our own control and willful effort, or dependent upon encounters with significant others—family, friends, colleagues, and others close to us. Still, other changes occur because of circumstance or fate, a proverbial “date with destiny” and often beyond what we feel is our control. Whether it is our personal life or occupational, like metalcasting, this change can facilitate transition and transformation. Prucha has coined the term metalmorphasis, and this lecture is a reflection of how to embrace change and use it as a vehicle for new opportunities. Beyond the philosophical, this lecture looks at how we as metallurgists and metalcasters apply change (time, temperature, pressure, chemical reactions, etc.) to transform metals and create metalmorphasis.

Laura Bartlett
Laura Bartlett
Associate Professor, Missouri University of Science & Technology

Quantifying the Effect of Filling Conditions on 8630 Steel Casting Quality
Thursday, April 15

Franco Chiesa
Franco Chiesa
Chief Scientist, Quebec Metallurgy Center

Relation between the Porosity Level and the Radiographic Quality in Aluminum A356 Castings
Monday, April 12



Denny Dotson 
Chairman, Dotson Iron Castings

Foundry Executives Share Key Lessons: A Q&A Session
Tuesday, April 13



Bryant Esch
Director of Environmental Engineering, Waupaca Foundry

Community Engagement Strategies for the Proactive Metalcaster
Wednesday, April 21



Patricio Gil

Honorary Lecture: Trends and Challenges for the Iron Foundries
Wednesday, April 14



David Gilson
Sales Director, SinterCast Inc.

Silver Anniversary Lecture - Air Flow Variations Within a Corebox: A Study of Vent Open Area and Sand Variables
Tuesday, April 20



Andrew Halonen
President, Mayflower Consulting LLC

Trends in Reducing Weight in Metal Castings
Monday, April 12

Cathrine Hartung
Cathrine Hartung
Senior R&D Engineer, Elkem Foundry Products

The History and Evolution of Inoculants
Tuesday, April 13



Kelley Kerns
Director of New Business Development, HA International LLC

Panel: Research, Supplier, Operation: A Look at the Future of AM4MC
Tuesday, April 20



Greg Kramer
Corporate Environmental Manager, ME Elecmetal

Panel: EHS Hot Topics
Thursday, April 22



Jeremy Lipshaw
Product Development Engineer, Unaffiliated

The Underutilized Competitive Advantage: Benefiting from Life Cycle Analyses
Monday, April 19



Andy Mastalir
Sales & Customer Service Manager, C.A. Lawton Co.

Working with Your Foundry in Design for Manufacturing
Tuesday, April 13

Marshall Miller


Marshall Miller
President, Tesserract4D

3D Printed Lost Foam Aluminum, Titanium and Polymer Molds
Tuesday, April 20

Mark Mundell
Sales Manager, Lethbridge Iron Works Co.

Iron Casting Conversion Case Study
Tuesday, April 20



Jeet Radia
Senior Vice President, McWane Inc.

Panel: EHS Hot Topics
Thursday, April 22



Dave Rittmeyer
Customer Care & Additive Manufacturing Manager, Hoosier Pattern Inc.

3D Printing: From Prototype to Production
Thursday, April 15



Hathibelagal Roshan
Chief Metallurgist, Maynard Steel Casting Co.

Potential Applications of Patented Lightweight Steel in Armored Vehicles
Thursday, April 15

Kumar S


Kumar Sadayappan, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, CanmetMATERIALS

Hot Tearing Susceptibility of Al-Zn Alloys
Monday, April 12



Jiten Shah
President, PDA LLC, Naperville, IL

Should You Cast It?
Thursday, April 22



Jerry Thiel
Director, University of Northern Iowa

Wireless Foundry Process Sensors for IOT Applications
Wednesday, April 21



Bob Tuttle,  Ph.D.
Professor, Saginaw Valley State University

Titanium Master Alloy Effect on 1030
Thursday, April 15