George A. Roberts Award

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ASM Materials Education Foundation Trustees recognized the need to annually honor an individual who has made a significant impact on our ability to reach students and teachers to increase awareness of materials and applied science careers. To recognize the importance of educational outreach, Trustees established the George A. Roberts Award in 2003. The first recipient was its namesake, Dr. George A. Roberts, who served the materials community with great distinction for many years.

George A. Roberts Award Recipient

“For a life-long commitment and continued service to materials education for students, teachers and materials professionals, through the K-12 teacher Grant program, the Materials Camp program, and development and instruction of MEI courses.”

Dr. Kishor M. Kulkarni

Dr. Kishor M. Kulkarni has been active in ASM for more than forty years and has served on many committees. He is a Past Trustee (1994-97) and became a Fellow of ASM in 1989. In 1979, he started the still ongoing ASM-IIM Visiting Lectureship program. In 2007, his family and Dr. Kulkarni made an endowed donation to ASM MEF. It led to the annual ‘Kishor M. Kulkarni Distinguished High School Teacher Award’ to recognize a high school teacher who has had a significant impact on pre-college age students. Over the years, Dr. Kulkarni has known and worked with several Presidents of ASM. For some thirty years, Dr. Kulkarni was also active in metal powder related organizations MPIF and APMI. He is a Fellow of APMI. He has about fifty technical publications.

In 1984, Dr. Kulkarni founded Advanced Metalworking Practices, Inc. The company was the first in the world to offer feedstock for Metal Injection Molding (MIM) on a commercial basis. The company was sold in 2007. After operating it for one year for the new owners, Dr. Kulkarni retired in 2008. Previously, he worked in managerial capacities at Cabot Corporation (production of cobalt and nickel based powders and parts), SCM Glidden Metals (High Speed Steels) and IIT Research Institute (isothermal forging of titanium alloys and squeeze casting of steels).

Kishor received his B. Tech. in Mechanical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 1965. He received his M. S. (1968) and Ph.D. (1972) at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He has benefited from good teachers throughout his career and values education and teachers greatly. He has maintained contact with Prof. S. Kalpakjian – his advisor at IIT in Chicago – for over 50 years. He supports both his alma maters. In addition, he makes substantial contributions to organizations such as UNICEF, Doctors Without Borders, CARE, American Red Cross and Oxfam.

Kishor grew up in Mumbai (Bombay), India. He comes from a close knit family. Josie and he have been married for nearly fifty years. They have two grown children. He is in frequent touch with his siblings in India and many close relatives. Josie and Kishor live an active life in Naples, FL. His interests include current events, discussion groups and book clubs, charities, personal health, restaurant outings and travel. He has visited nearly forty countries.

Dr. Kulkarni appreciates the honor bestowed on him with this George A. Roberts Award. He admired Dr. Roberts for his professional success, dedication to ASM and philanthropy. He had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Roberts briefly. He studied the book on tool steels authored by Dr. Roberts.

Distinguished Awardees Include:

2018 – Dr. Kishor M. Kulkarni
2017 – Thomas K. Glasgow, FASM
2016 – Dr. Peggy E. Jones, Ph.D, FASM
2015 – Ashok K. Khare, FASM
2014 – Mr. Michael B. Connelly, FASM
2013 – Dr. Donald R. Muzyka, FASM
2012 – Mrs. Frauke Hogue, FASM
2011 – Dr. Daniel P. Dennies, FASM
2010 – Edouard Duval
2009 – Dr. Kathy L. Hayrynen, Ph.D, FASM
2008 – Ms. Debbie Goodwin
2007 – Alton D. Romig, Jr., FASM
2006 – Dr. Thomas G. Stoebe, FASM
2005 – Aziz I. Asphahani, FASM
2004 – Jack G. Simon, FASM
2003 – George A. Roberts, FASM