Dr. Alan P. Druschitz’s experience in research, manufacturing, design, and in education that inquiry must be guided by practicality, and that technological progress is useless without understanding.
Dr. Druschitz is the latest metalcaster enrolled in the FM&T Hall of Honor. His career in research, manufacturing, design, and in education has been guided by practicality and inspired by insights and discoveries, and in that way his experience parallels the progress and transformation in the metalcasting industry over the past four decades.
Today, Druschitz is an Associate Professor at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Virginia Tech, Director of VT-FIRE, the Foundry Institute for Research and Education, and the Foundry Educational Foundation Key Professor. Through his work in research, in education, and in scholarship he continues to demonstrate that inquiry must be guided by practicality, and technological progress is useless without a dedication to understanding causes and effects.
The Hall of Honor was inaugurated in 1992 to mark the centennial of FM&T, and to recognize men and women whose technical and process innovations; organizational leadership; professional and industrial standards; and personal contributions and achievements have improved and enhanced metalcasting as a science, as an industry, and as a community.