APMI International names its “2012 Class of Fellows”

June 19, 2012

June 19, 2012

APMI International, the professional society for the Powder Metallurgy industry, has named Ian Donaldson, Director, Research & Development North America and Materials Engineering, GKN Sinter Metals LLC, and Al Dornisch, a Consultant with Northern Precision Materials, to the 2012 Class of Fellows. They received the award at the PowderMet 2012 International Conference on Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials, Nashville, June 10-13.

Ian Donaldson


Donaldson has distinguished himself as an expert in materials and has a strong engineering background. With over 30 years of PM experience, he has established an international reputation in the field of powder metallurgy.

As Director, Research & Development North America and Materials Engineering, GKN Sinter Metals LLC, he has utilised his BS in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and MS in Material Science & Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in a collaboration with academia, customers, and colleagues that has had significant impact on the PM industry.

He has been involved in research, process and product development, design, manufacturing and production, education/teaching, and many other technical advancement programs. A member of APMI International for 25 years and a current member of the APMI Board of Directors, Donaldson is a judge for the annual APMI metallography competition.

He has participated on many technical program committees for MPIF conferences, and is a co-chairman for PowderMet2012. He was a co-author recipient of the 2010 Howard I. Sanderow Outstanding Technical Paper Award and received the MPIF Distinguished Service to Powder Metallurgy Award in 2011.

Al Dornisch


Dornisch has often been referred to as a “renaissance man”. Having spent nearly 55 years in the PM industry, he has touched upon nearly every facet of PM: manufacturing, engineering, tool design, plant start-ups, sales & marketing, and, most importantly, education, to which he is consummately dedicated.

A member of APMI International for over 30 years, he has parlayed his manufacturing and engineering knowledge into his teaching accomplishments. His quest for mechanical engineering knowledge began at Penn State University, after which he indulged his interest in journalism during studies at Gannon University.

Following stints with Powder Metal Products and Honeywell, in 1968 he developed a formal PM education program at Hennepin Technical College, Minnesota, and served as an instructor and the program’s director until 1985. Dornisch remains active in the PM arena as a consultant with Northern Precision Materials.

He conducts formal PM training classes through the Community Education facility in St. Marys, Pennsylvania, and has participated in many workshops and seminars. His credits include a patent for bronze-lined bearings and the MPIF Distinguished Service to Powder Metallurgy Award, which he received in 2001.

The APMI Fellow Award

Established in 1998, the Fellow Award recognises APMI members for their significant contributions to the society and high level of expertise in the technology of powder metallurgy, practice or business of the PM industry. Fellows are elected through their professional, technical and scientific achievements, continuing professional growth and development, mentoring/outreach, and contributions to APMI International committees.

June 19, 2012

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