40 from college and industry celebrate UWM’s commitment to the foundry field

Pradeep Rohatgi, State of Wisconsin and UWM distinguished professor, welcomed industry leaders and students to an AFS-FEF pizza party on June 12. The event drew about 40 faculty and staff members, students, and IAB representatives including those representing Maynard Steel and Industrial Re-Use.

Addressing the group, the executive director of the Foundry Educational Foundation, Brian Lewis, highlighted FEF’s commitment to supporting students in the metal casting and foundry field.

The College of Engineering & Applied Science is a major resource of talented graduates for the foundry industry, in large part because of FEF accreditation.

In addition to providing student scholarships, FEF supports foundry education in the college by providing course feedback and helping to create labs.

Graduates have consistently and readily found jobs with companies including Boeing, General Motors, Grede, Kohler, MetalTek International, Neenah Foundry, Nemak, Signicast, Waukesha Foundry, Charter Steel, and Waupaca Foundry.

Since 1996, Rohatgi has served as FEF’s key professor at UWM, where he has built world leadership in foundry-produced advanced materials that have applications in transportation, energy conservation, water and biomedical industries. UWM is one of only 30 universities with a FEF program.