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Former AFS Technical Director Ezra Kotzin, 1919-2012 Former AFS member, technical

director and class instructor Ezra Kotzin died Oct. 29 at the age of 93. A metallurgist by trade, Kotzin spent the first 24 years of his profes- sional career in production metalcast- ing facilities before joining AFS in 1970 and serving as technical director, later becoming the vice president of engineering services. “AFS and the industry have been

greatly enriched by Kotzin’s service,” said Jerry Call, AFS excutive vice presi- dent. “His memory and contributions to the industry live on.” Troughout his career at AFS, Kotzin authored and edited numerous books and technical papers and, as a well-respected technical speaker, gave presentations internationally to industry groups and com- panies. He also was a regular instructor for the Cast Metals Institute and other metalcasting organizations.

“There is no doubt that Ezra

Kotzin’s legacy will be his enthusiasm for the art and science of metalcasting and his passion for life,” said Dwight Barnhard former AFS president, and current director at Superior Alumi- num Castings, Indepedence, Mo. “The history of metalcasting will record him as the high tensile link in the chain of wisdom that continues to move us to our highest potential.” After a 32-year career, Kotzin

Ezra Kotzin (left) was a Hoyt Memorial Lecturer in 1997 and earned an AFS Gold Medal in 2003.

retired from AFS in 2002. He received a number of honors over the years and the society created a Special Award of Recognition to honor his contributions to the industry in 1990. Kotzin was the Hoyt Memorial Lecturer in 1997 and FM&T Magazine’s Foundryman of the

Year in 2000. In 2003, he received the Tomas W. Pangborn Gold Medal from AFS recognizing his service and contribu- tions to the industry in his 62-year metalcasting career.

Art Casting Conference Issues Call for Papers Te American Foundry Society (AFS) has issued a call

for papers for its Art Casting Conference. Te conference will be held in Colorado, May 29-31, 2013. Submission is open for presentations and technical

papers covering all issues relating to art casting technology. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, additive

Casting of the Year Applications Now Accepted

The American Foundry Society (AFS) and Metal Casting Design & Purchasing Magazine (MCDP) have announced it is now accepting submissions for the 2013 Casting of the Year Competition. Along with top honors, Best-In–Class and Honorable Men- tion winners also will be named. The competition is a chance for metalcasters and designers to showcase innovative designs, savings through casting conversions and unique metalcast- ing applications. Winners will be featured in MCDP throughout the year. This year’s winners will be on display at Cast-

Expo’13 at America’s Center in St. Louis, Mo., the biggest metalcasting event of 2013. Visit to download an entry application for the 2013 Casting of the Year.

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manufacturing technologies, digital technology, environmen- tal health and safety, municipal bidding, mold creation, shell preparation and wax pulling, chasing and spruing. Presentation abstracts are due Jan. 4. For more informa-

tion, contact Steve Robison,, or Katie Matticks,

AFS, FEF Offer Student

Technology Scholarship Submissions are now open for the 2013 Foundry Edu-

cation Foundation (FEF) and American Foundry Society (AFS) Student Technology Scholarship Contest. Te competition encourages student participation and

recognizes excellence in student research in the field of met- alcasting technology or molten metal processing. It highlights student and senior projects, graduate research and other work. All projects must represent current or recent work. Te winning undergraduate project will receive a $1,000 FEF

scholarship and an AFS award of merit. Te winning graduate/ doctoral project will receive a $1,500 FEF scholarship and an AFS award of merit. Top submissions will be published in the AFS International Journal of Metalcasting, and announced at CastExpo ’13 and the 117th

Metalcasting Congress.

Visit for submission details or contact Katie Matticks,, 847/537-4237 x 294.

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