AFS Announces New Research Board Chair, Member

The American Foundry Society has welcomed a new member and announced a new chair for its Research Board, which oversees AFS’s substantial research program.

Jim Archibald of ArchLLC, and formerly of ASK Chemicals, will serve as the board’s chair. Kathy Hayrynen of Applied Process, Inc. joins as a new member.

Other members of the AFS Research Board are Andy Bain (Ford Meter Box), Don Craig (Watts Water Technologies Inc.) and Mark Osborne (Wabtec).

AFS research forms the backbone of the society’s commitment to industry innovation. Currently, AFS is funding more than $400,000 in metalcasting research across a wide range of alloys and processes. Each year, a portion of Corporate Member dues are designated to support this research.

Another $2 million in government-sponsored, defense-related casting research is managed by AFS.

The AFS Research Board reviews and establishes priorities for AFS-sponsored research, selecting projects and providing insight. Most, but not all, research projects are developed by AFS technical committees. The mix of projects varies each year, based on submissions.

Members of the Research Board serve staggered five-year terms.

If you’re interested in participating in an AFS research project or committee activity, contact Steve Robison, Chief Technical Services Officer, at, or Senior Technical Associate Bo Wallace at

To submit a research proposal to AFS, click here.

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