Forging Foundation News July 2023

FIERF’s First Summer Camp Was a Hit!


The Forging Foundation (FIERF) held its first-ever Forge the Future Summer Camp, July 10-11 at the Cuyahoga Community College Advanced Technology Training Center. There were 27 students aged 11-15 years old that attended the two day summer camp to learn more about forging.

Several hands-on STEM activities facilitated by camp volunteers taught the campers about forging materials, equipment, and processes. Campers even had the opportunity to tour Pursuit Aerospace!

A few of the campers’ favorite things included the plant tour, the forging demonstration, and the welding demonstration. It was such a fun experience to be able to expose the younger generations to the world of forging.

Thank you to all of the sponsors that helped make this camp possible. 

We are excited to host more camps in the future and have started working on plans for next year!

Have ideas for activities or are interested in participating in or sponsoring the 2024 Forge the Future Summer Camps? Contact Amanda Dureiko for more information at 216-781-6260 or [email protected]

Pictured: Campers at Pursuit Aerospace

Pictured: Mason Weems, Colorado School of Mines student, conducting the forging demonstration

Pictured: Campers simulate creating a T-fitting through “open die forging”

Made possible with endowment from:

Steel Sponsors:

 Bronze Sponsor:

In-Kind Donor:



The Forging Foundation Awards 22 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 2023- 2024 school year.

Al Underys Engineering, Metallurgical & Material Sciences Memorial Scholarship Winners

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

The 3rd Annual Forging Foundation Golf Outing


Join us for the Forging Foundation’s Third Annual Golf Outing on August 22nd at Firestone Country Club’s South Course. There are only 9 spots left! Registration ends August 8, 2023.


7:00 a.m.:    Registration 

7:30 a.m.:    Shotgun start (scramble play)

12:00 p.m.:  Lunch Reception

Longest Drive: Hole 16
Closest to the Pin: Hole 5

“Beat the Die Pro” (sponsored by Finkl Steel):

Hole #7

Place your bet and take your best tee shot against Finkl Steel’s Mike Pellicane to see who can get closest to the pin. $10 bets (cash only). If Mike wins, your $10 bet will be donated to the Forging Foundation. But if you win, you will get your money + $10 more dollars ($20) back in your pocket!


Click the button below to register online.


Thank You Golf Sponsors:


Title Sponsors:


Golf Towel Sponsor:

Golf Ball Sponsor:

Drink Sponsor:

Golf Hole Sponsors:



Sponsorships are still available. Deadline for sponsorship is August 8, 2023. Contact Tricia Abruzzino at [email protected] for questions or more information.

Does Your Company Have Internships Available?


The Forging Foundation has awarded seven students the Al Underys Engineering, Metallurgical & Material Sciences Memorial Scholarship for the 2023-2024 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!

All contributions, donations, and gifts to the Forging Foundation (FIERF) are tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. All administrative costs and event expenses are paid by the Forging Industry Association so your donation goes directly to supporting FIERF programs such as scholarships, forging related research projects, education initiatives, and workforce development programming.

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.