2015 CIC Recap


Career Session2Nearly 300 industry executives, key professors, student delegates, and FEF supporters were in attendance at this year’s FEF College Industry Conference (CIC), held recently at the Westin Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago.

The conference began on Thursday, November 19, with the Career Information Session. The information session is a unique opportunity for student delegates to interact and discuss job opportunities and internships with nearly 40 organizations in the metal casting industry. Students attending the CIC are selected based on their interest in the metal casting industry, the fact that they are looking for a position in this industry, and their academic excellence. The students also have an opportunity to network and learn more about specific companies during dinner with industry representatives at a wide variety of restaurants in downtown Chicago.

During the General Session on Friday, speakers shared their work and personal experiences in the metal casting industry. Each focused on their Contributions to Technology - this year's CIC theme.

  • Jason Gutierrez (Strategic Materials Corp.)
  • Tom Prucha (AFS)
  • Rick James (Metal Technologies)

The FEF/AFS Distinguished Professor Award was presented to FEF Key Professor, Paul Sanders, Michigan Tech, in recognition of his excellence as a motivator and mentor to his students, as well as his high-level knowledge and interaction with the industry.FEF’s highest award, the E.J. Walsh Award, was presented to Bill Sorensen, former FEF Executive Director, in recognition of his many years of service in developing and expanding the impact of the Foundry Educational Foundation.

Next year’s conference will be held on November 17 & 18 at the Westin Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Plan now to attend this exciting event!