William F Jandeska, Jr, President, Midwest Metallurgical, Ltd., Rockford, Illinois, USA, has been selected to receive the Kempton H Roll PM Lifetime Achievement Award by the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF). The award will be presented at POWDERMET2016, the International Conference on Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials in Boston, Massachusetts, June 5-7, 2016.
Jandeska has distinguished himself as an expert in the field of Powder Metallurgy through developing innovative components and relationships between suppliers and vendors. He has promoted the continued growth of PM for more than 44 years through the joint involvement of part fabricators and the end-user community, which is evident by his support and leadership activity in MPIF, APMI, SAE, and ASM.
Beginning his career as an intern at US Steel and Caterpillar Tractor, Jandeska worked whilst completing his BS, MS, and PhD from the University of Illinois. After completing his degrees in 1971, Jandeska joined General Motors Research Labs for a 20-year tenure, which included an appointment to assist the DoD National Technology Leader for GM with responsibility for high-performance magnetics, Powder Forged connecting rods, main bearing caps, and development of advanced gearing materials. In 1991, he joined GM Global Powertrain Group as manager for PM technology and lead subject matter expert for the PM creativity team, positions he held until his retirement in 2006.
Jandeska has received numerous awards, including the MPIF Distinguished Service to Powder Metallurgy Award and the MPIF Automotive Achievement Award. He also co-chaired both the 1989 Powder Metallurgy Conference & Exhibition and the 2002 World Congress on Powder Metallurgy and Particulate Materials, in addition to chairing the MPIF Technical Board from 1989 to 2003. Jandeska has conducted APMI International chapter presentations on technology, needs, and the direction of the automotive industry; authored numerous technical papers and presentations at MPIF/APMI annual conferences; and has held numerous seminars educating hundreds of GM personnel worldwide. Jandeska is an APMI International Fellow, ASM International Fellow, and received the SAE McFarland Award and the ASM Outstanding Young Member Award.
The Lifetime Achievement Award, named in honour of Kempton H. Roll, founding executive director of MPIF, was established in 2007 in order to recognise individuals with outstanding accomplishments and achievements who have devoted their careers and a lifetime of involvement in the field of PM and related technologies. This will only be the third time the award has been given since its inception.