Forging Foundation News July 2022

The Forging Foundation Awards 19 New Scholarships

Each year the Forging Industry Educational and Research Foundation (FIERF) awards three different scholarships to qualified students in North America. FIERF is pleased to announce that the following students will be awarded a scholarship for the upcoming 2022- 2023 school year.

Al Underys Engineering, Metallurgical & Material Sciences Memorial Scholarship Winners

The Al Underys Engineering, Metallurgical & Material Sciences Memorial Scholarship is a $2,500 scholarship that is available to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in engineering. Scholarship recipients will complete an internship with an FIA member company after receiving the award.

Abby Frisk
Ferris State University
Mechanical Engineering & Welding Engineering Technology
Emily Kate Freeman
Texas A&M University
Industrial Engineering
Jillian Parrino
Cornell University
Mechanical Engineering & Computer Science Engineering
Campbell Nystrom
University of Southern California
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Daniel Sims
Wayne State University
Welding and Metallurgical Engineering Technology
Mia Crider
Georgia Institute of Technology
Chemical Engineering
Jose Gonzalez
University of Texas at El Paso
Metallurgical Engineering

“This scholarship will greatly help me to lower the costs of college and allow me to be able to spend more time on my studies. I will be able to follow my dream of becoming a welding engineer and working with aircraft, but also improving the welding industry and inspire the next generation of welding professionals. I'm pursuing my welding engineering Bachelor's Degree to learn as much as I can about welding and to be able to help make things in our daily lives safe. The welding industry has so many different career avenues whether its education, engineering, sales, robotics or inspection just to name a few and I want to have the opportunity to work in all of them.

I'm very excited for a chance to have an internship with a partner company and am willing to relocate for the internship. Some of my interests are metallurgy, welding inspection, failure analysis, steel mills - the whole metal making process. I have a broad interest in aircraft, mining, oil and gas, and agriculture.”

Abby Frisk, Ferris State University, Al Underys Engineering, Metallurgical & Material Sciences Memorial Scholarship Winner         

Forging Industry Women's Scholarship Winners

The Women’s Scholarship awards up to $5,000 scholarships to full-time graduate and undergraduate women attending a four-year college or university studying the fields of engineering or business.

Brianna Hoff
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Metallurgical Engineering
Najmah Abdur-Rahman
University of Maryland: College Park
Mechanical Engineering
Kinsey Duwa
University of Alabama
Business Management
Cristina Lopez Puga
University of North Texas
Materials Science Engineering


Charles W. Finkl Scholarship Winners   

Charles W. Finkl Scholarships are awarded to college juniors and seniors majoring in metallurgical, materials, chemical, computer, electrical or industrial engineering at an accredited four-year college or university.  Awards are $2,000 in the junior year and an additional $2,000 in the senior year if the student remains eligible. 

Madison Pixler
University of Notre Dame
Chemical Engineering
Liam Stack
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Metallurgical Engineering
William Godkin
North Carolina State University
Mechanical Engineering
Aaron White
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Metallurgical Engineering
Nicholas Stogdill
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Metallurgical Engineering
Kyle McComis
University of Kentucky
Mechanical Engineering
Samuel Rauch
University of Delaware
Mechanical Engineering
Michael Chavez
University of Nevada: Reno
Electrical Engineering


Contact Amanda Dureiko at [email protected] if you are interested in learning more about FIERF’s scholarship programs or have internship opportunities available for students at your company.


We are excited for another great outing benefiting the Forging Industry Educational and Research Foundation! This year’s outing will take place on August 23rd at Firestone Country Club, South Course in Akron, OH.

Click here to see a list of participating companies.

You can still support the outing by becoming a sponsor! Click the red button below to download the sponsorship brochure.

For more information on sponsorship and branding opportunities please contact FIA Membership & Sales Manager, Tricia Abruzzino at [email protected] or call (216) 781-6260. The deadline for sponsorships is August 9, 2022.

Thank you to our Title Sponsors:



Thank you to our Hole Sponsors:


The Forging Foundation has added an additional Golf Outing at The Bog in Saukville, WI on Monday, September 19th, taking place prior to FIA's Marketing Conference.

The Bog is located 25 minutes north of Milwaukee. Designed by Arnold Palmer, The Bog is a public 18-hole, Par 72 championship layout, playable from 5,110 yds - 7,221 yds to all skill and courage levels, flowing through 297 acres of woods, wetlands, rolling hills and wildlife habitat. The Bog offers a challenging golf course and packages in a beautiful natural setting in Saukville, Wisconsin.

Individual(s): $500 
Foursome: $2,000* 
Rental Clubs: $65


100% of your golf registration fee will be donated to FIA's Forging Foundation (FIERF) to fund student scholarships and educational research projects.

The deadline to register for this event is August 30, 2022. Registrations will not be accepted after this date. For questions concerning registration, or to submit a paper registration form, contact Kathy Edwards by email at [email protected] or by phone at (216) 781-6260.

Sponsorship Opportunities:
Sponsorships and branding opportunities are also available. If you would like to become a FIERF Golf Outing Sponsor please complete the Sponsorship Form and submit it to Tricia Abruzzino at [email protected].

Registration Fees are non-refundable. Individual substitutions are allowed and must be submitted in writing by August 30, 2022.

Please Note:
No registration is final until accepted by FIA. FIA reserves the right to refuse registration/attendance to any person. Any registration that is not accepted by the FIA will be refunded in full.

MFG Day 2022


MFG Day kicks-off October 7th with additional events happening throughout the month.  These events provide opportunities for students, parents, teachers, and local community leaders to go to manufacturing facilities to see and learn more about modern manufacturing.

Register your company to host an event to inspire the next generation of manufacturers!


Join us virtually for the next Women in Forging Panel Session: Advancing Your Career in the Forging Industry!

On Monday, August 8, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. (EDT) via Zoom, industry veterans will discuss their career paths, how men can be allies, negotiation, finding mentors, imposter syndrome and inspiring the next generation of female leaders. If you have specific questions you would like answered, you can submit those when registering for the webinar.


When: August 8, 2022

FIA Members & Students: Free
Non-member: $195

Click the red button below to register:

Does Your Company Have Internships Available?

The Forging Foundation has awarded seven students the Al Underys Engineering, Metallurgical & Material Sciences Memorial Scholarship for the 2022-2023 school year! Scholarship recipients are asked to complete an internship with an FIA member company.

Let us know if your company has internships available or will have internships available in the future. Internship positions will also be shared with additional students and schools FIERF is partnered with.

Send internship opportunities to Amanda Dureiko at [email protected].



Thank you to all of the new and continued supporters of the Forging Foundation.  We couldn’t continue to do what we do with out the generous support from you!

We invite you to partner with the Forging Foundation. A partnership with the Forging Foundation means you will help develop our future workforce!

If you are interested in learning more about the Forging Foundation and the workforce development programming that we do, contact Amanda Dureiko at [email protected] or 216-781-6260.