Ian Donaldson and Al Dornisch confirmed as APMI 2012 Fellow Award recipients

January 25, 2012

Ian Donaldson and Al Dornisch have been confirmed as recipients of APMI International’s most prestigious Fellow award, recognising significant contributions to the goals, purpose, and mission of the organisation as well as for a high level of expertise in the technology, practice, or business of the Powder Metallurgy industry.

The recipients will receive elevation to Fellow status at PowderMet2012, Nashville, during the Industry Recognition Luncheon on June 11.

Ian Donaldson, GKN Sinter Metals

Ian Donaldson, Director, Research & Development North America and Materials Engineering, GKN Sinter Metals LLC, with over 30 years of powder metallurgy experience, has established an international reputation in the field. His work and collaboration with academia, customers, and colleagues has had significant impact on the PM industry.

With a strong engineering background (BS Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Michigan and MS Material Science & Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute), he has been involved in research, process and product development, design, manufacturing and production, education 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 serves as a judge for the annual APMI metallography competition. He has been a member of many technical program committees for MPIF conferences, and is a co-chairman for PowderMet2012. Among his honors are the 2010 Howard I. Sanderow Outstanding Technical Paper Award and the MPIF Distinguished Service to Powder Metallurgy Award in 2011.

Al Dornisch

Al 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 important, education, to which he is consummately dedicated.

A member of APMI International for over 30 years, Dornisch 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. 

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