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ference, held March 2-4 and presented by the AFS Piedmont Chapter, gathered metalcasters in Charleston, South Caro- lina, to hear discussions on relevant topics affecting the industry in 2016. Te event featured a keynote presenta-


tion from Peter Reich, partner, Laempe Reich, along with an opening address from AFS President Bruce Dienst, Simp-


AFS Piedmont Chapter Hosts Regional son Technologies, and a presentation from incoming AFS CEO Doug Kurkul. Te event also featured presentations


Te AFS Southeastern Regional Con-


from Michael Whitfield, Lodge Manufac- turing, Pete Satre, Allied Minerals, Glenn Mosack, Conbraco Industries, Doug Trinowski, HA International, Tom Prucha, AFS VP Technical Services, and Nick Fox, Galesburg Castings, Inc. Te conference concluded with a tour


AFS Hires New Vice President Technology AFS has hired Dr. Zayna Connor as


its new Vice President Technology. Con- nor will immediately begin her transition with current Vice President Technical Services Tom Prucha. Prucha will be retiring from full-time affiliation with AFS on July 1. Most recently, Connor held the posi-


tion of senior engineering specialist at Caterpillar Inc. Tere, Connor led the corporate casting team, where she was


responsible for all casting and aluminum specifications, performed failure analysis and made recommendations based on the results of the failure analysis. Connor also supported Caterpillar’s Advanced Com- ponent Systems Division as the casting and aluminum expert. Connor also has held positions of:


quality control supervisor at Camsco, metallurgist at International Light Metals, and brazing sheet metallurgist and R&D


of Nucor Steel Berkley.


AFS President Bruce Dienst mingles with South- east Regional attendees.


manager at Alcan Rolled Products. Connor received her B.S. degree


in metallurgical engineering from the University of Missouri–Rolla and her Ph.D. in materials science and engi- neering from Northwestern University. At Northwestern, Connor received a National Science Foundation fellowship and an Amelia Earhart fellowship. Her research was on fatigue in the riveted joints of the fuselage of aircraft.


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