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The UNI American Foundry Society (AFS) is a student-run organization that creates a community of metal casting students and professionals on a local and national scale. The UNI AFS Chapter competes and presents their original work at competitions and takes tours of local foundries. Aside from career development, the UNI AFS Chapter supports other organizations through creating unique metal designs and teaching others the casting process. This 27 member organization takes pride in working with their community and enhancing their professional network. To find more information about the UNI American Foundry Society, visit their page on the UNI Student Involvement Center or contact the Chapter President, Vince LaRue at


Four students, Brad Walski, Nate Bryant, Bo Wallace, and Adam Foreman, attended the Foundry Education Foundation College Industry Conference in Chicago on November 17-19, 2016. Students were able to participate in an evening Career Fair, interacting with over 45 metal casting and foundry-related companies. Afterward, industrial sponsors invited students to enjoy dinner with them in downtown Chicago. The following day, two of the four delegates were awarded scholarships at the Annual Luncheon. Nate Bryant was awarded the Bill Sorenson scholarship and Adam Foreman the John Deere scholarship, recognizing their academic achievements, community involvement, and passion to pursue a career in the metal casting industry.

The UNI AFS Student Chapter attended the 79th AFS Wisconsin Regional on February 8-10, 2017 in Milwaukee, WI. The students entering the Casting Competition with a possibility of winning $2,500 for the student chapter. The competition was judged based on interaction with a customer, delivery, and uniqueness of the casting design and selected process. Quality and workmanship was judged by a panel of five industry experts in casting design. This year, the student chapter worked on a casting for Neenah Foundry. Neenah Foundry is a manufacturer of municipal castings. They were contacted by an architectural firm from San Francisco in casting ornamental tree grates for a building presently being built.  Since the order was rather small for Neenah, the company asked the students to create a design using 3D additive mold manufacturing to deliver the castings to the customer by March. The students designed, modeled, manufactured, and cast the ductile iron tree casting and will be entering their design for this year's casting competition.

At the end of the Spring semester, the student chapter plans on attending the AFS Casting Congress on April 24-27, 2017 in Milwaukee, WI.  Plans are in the process but the students look forward to interacting with foundry professional and attending numerous technical papers and panels. They are also planning in assisting in the conference, serving as workshop assistants for the paper presenters and panelists. More information will become available.