College of Engineering & Applied Science students went home with 19 scholarships and a third-place award at the 80th AFS Wisconsin Regional Foundry Conference and Exposition on Feb. 14, at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. Seventeen students received scholarships from the Foundry Educational Foundation (FEF); Two received scholarships from the American Foundry Society-Wisconsin Chapter.
According to Pradeep Rohatgi, who serves as UWM’s FEF Key Professor, this is the largest number of UWM student to receive FEF/AFS scholarships. “FEF is the only foundry organization that helps students through scholarships and by getting them jobs in the foundry industry,” he said.
The conference included the AFS Wisconsin Regional 5th Annual Invitational Casting Competition, in which our students placed for the first time, coming in third and earning a $500 prize. This year’s casting competition team worked with Industrial Automated Solutions– a small company located in New Berlin that works to automate processes for companies through custom design of robotic devices.
UWM is one of only 20 FEF-certified higher educational institutions in the United States.
“FEF really is a one-of-a-kind organization,” says Emily Gerstein, president of UWM’s AFS student chapter. “ I can say from being a member in many professional societies that none are as proactive in getting students meaningful experience, industry connections, scholarships and ultimately great jobs as FEF. Once I graduate I will have only been in the program for two years, and it’s completely changed my college experience.”