Published on Tuesday September 27, 2005
The Department of Materials Science and Engineering honored alumnus George Vander Voort (BS, Metallurgical Engineering, CoE, 1967) with the 2005 Department of Materials Science and Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Vander Voort has had a lengthy and distinguished career in the microscopy field. After graduation from Drexel, Vander Voort joined Bethlehem Steel Corporation in Bethlehem, PA. After six years in the Bethlehem Plant metallurgy department he was transferred to the Homer Research Laboratories as a research engineer; nine years followed in the Metallurgical Service and Investigations group with involvement in all areas of microscopy, failure analysis work, and alloy development. In 1983, Vander Voort joined Carpenter Technology Corporation as supervisor of Materials Characterization in their research center. He was responsible for all areas of microscopy and mechanical testing. In 1996, Vander Voort joined Buehler Ltd. as Director of Research and Technology, where he is today.
For his work in the field, he has received several awards, has written numerous publications, and holds several patents. In addition to his bachelor's degree from Drexel, Vander Voort holds an M.S. degree from Lehigh University.
This year's awards ceremony took place at a departmental sponsored alumni reception during the Materials Science & Technology 2005 Conference and Exhibition in Pittsburgh, PA, September 26, 2005 at 4:30 PM at the Hilton Pittsburgh Hotel. Approximately 30 alumni, colleagues, and well-wishers attended the reception where department head Dr. Surya Kalidindi presented Vander Voort with the award.
The award text follows:
DEPARTMENT OF MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS AWARD
GEORGE F. VANDER VOORT
FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE SCIENCE AND PRACTICE OF MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING AND TO ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT IN MATERIALS AND RELATED INDUSTRIES
SEPTEMBER 26, 2005