Eight International Awards To Be Presented During Metalcasting Congress

The American Foundry Society announced today that eight international metalcasting awards will be presented by video during the Metalcasting Congress. All of the honorees were selected by the AFS Board of Awards, a group of past presidents of AFS.

The first-ever virtual Metalcasting Congress runs from April 12-22 with on-demand access available until mid-May. Award acceptance remarks will be available for viewing by all registrants. Registration is now open.

The awards to be presented include AFS Gold Medals, Awards of Scientific Merit, and AFS Service Citations. The award recipients are as follows:

  • 2020: Dr. Kumar Sadayappan, CanmetMATERIALS, Hamilton, ON, Canada (John A. Penton Gold Medal)
  • 2020: Cathrine Hartung, Elkem Foundry Products, Kristiansand, Norway (Award of Scientific Merit)
  • 2020: Dr. John Campbell, Campbell Technology Ltd., Herefordshire, U.K. (Award of Scientific Merit)
  • 2020: Dr. Sam Ramrattan, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI (Service Citation)
  • 2020: Jeff Sorenson, Lee Brass Co., Anniston, AL (Service Citation)
  • 2021: Diran Apelian, University of California, Irvine, CA (Award of Scientific Merit)
  • 2021: Brian Began, FOSECO, Cleveland, OH (Service Citation)
  • 2021: Dr. Russ Rosmait, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS (Service Citation)

“For many decades, AFS has presented awards to honor excellence in metalcasting, research, innovation and service to our industry,” noted AFS CEO Doug Kurkul.

“In a normal year, these awards would be presented in person,” Kurkul added. “This year, due to the pandemic, we have to do it in an alternate way. Eight international awards are being presented by video as part of Metalcasting Congress 2021. All division and committee awards will be presented in the coming weeks during virtual committee meetings. We thank all AFS members who participated in this process and congratulate the distinguished honorees.”

Additionally, a number of international awards will be presented at the Foundry Leadership Summit, September 12-14 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Registration for the Foundry Leadership Summit will open in May.

Lists of past AFS international award winners can be found in the History section of the AFS website at

The American Foundry Society is a dynamic technical and advocacy organization that serves and represents the $44 billion metalcasting industry. AFS is the only association serving the entire industry, including all metals and processes, with a three-part focus on advocacy, education, and innovation. AFS also publishes Modern Casting and Casting Source magazines and presents Metalcasting Congress and CastExpo, the largest metalcasting trade events in North America. Founded in 1896, the organization is based in Schaumburg, Illinois, with an advocacy office in Washington, D.C. More information is available at