The Forging Industry Educational and Research Foundation (FIERF) board of trustees announced that it has awarded over thirty university graduate and undergraduate scholarships and funding for fellowships for the coming year.

Fifteen students were awarded Finkl Scholarships, named in memory of industry contributor Charles W. Finkl, who served on the FIERF board of trustees, including twice as its president. Scholarships were awarded to:

  • Brittany Banik / Clemson University
  • Travis Brown / University of Kentucky
  • Daniel Burnett / Ohio State University
  • Lydia Collins / Colorado School of Mines
  • Rachel Craft / Case Western Reserve University
  • Christopher Everson / Marquette University
  • Hunter Guilliams / Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • David Hengst / Missouri University of Science & Technology
  • Abraham Jurovitski / University of Utah
  • John Neuman / Marquette University
  • Ryan Nida / Ohio University
  • Scott Pisarik / Missouri University of Science & Technology
  • Jeremy Ruff / Ohio University
  • John Schrantz / DePaul University
  • Jacob Schriner / Bradley University

Additionally four university research projects were awarded funding for the upcoming year. They include:
  • Effect of Surface Roughness on Hot Forging Surfaces (Marquette University)
  • Advanced Tonnage Signal Analysis for Forging Process Monitoring and Quality Improvement (University of Michigan)
  • Influence of Reheating Rate and Holding Temperature on the Interaction of V, Al, and N in Air-Cooled Forging Steels (Colorado School of Mines)
  • Predicting the Depth of Decarburization in Forgings (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute).
As a supporting organization to the Forging Industry Association, the FIERF's goal is to promote formal education and scientific research in the technologies related to the industry. For more information, visit the FIA's website, www.forging.org.