Karl Leroy Fetters (Deceased)

AIME President in: 
1964

Karl L. Fetters is a native of Alliance, Ohio. He attended Alliance public schools, graduated from Carnegie Institute of Technology and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering in 1931 and his Doctor of Science degree in 1940.

At the age of 16 he worked for Morgan Engineering Company at Alliance as a chemist. He was metallurgical assistant for National Tube Company at Lorain, Ohio, from 1933 to 1936 and from 1936 to 1938 was open hearth metallurgist for The Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company.

In 1938 Dr. Fetters left The Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company to spend one year as research assistant at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, one year as a national Open Hearth Fellow at M.I.T., then returned to The Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company as general metallurgist. While at M.I.T., he was chosen as an "Honorary Fellow" of The Metallurgical Society of AIME. He is a member of honor societies Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi.

From 1941 to 1943 he was assistant professor and a staff member of the Metals Research Laboratory at Carnegie Institute of Technology and was in charge of the Office of Scientific Research Development project on seamless gun tubes.

Dr. Fetters returned to Youngstown in 1943 as special metallurgical engineer on the staff of the operating vice president; was appointed assistant to the vice president in charge of operations in 1950; became assistant vice president in 1956 and vice president, Research and Development in 1959. He currently holds this office.

Dr. Fetters is a member of The American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers; American Society for Metals; American Iron and Steel Institute; The Iron and Steel Institute (British); West of Scotland Iron and Steel Institute; American Petroleum Institute and Verein Deutscher Eisenhiittenleute. He is a member of the General Research Committee of The American Iron and Steel Institute and was 1958-1959 chairman of the Iron and Steel Division of AIME. He was President of The Metallurgical Society of AIME (1961-62) and a member of the Board of Directors of AIME. In February 1963, he became President-Elect of the Institute. He is a member of the Board of Directors of American Standards Association.

He has been active in committee work of The American Society for Metals, serving on the National Educational Committee (chairman for one year), several national nominating committees and other special committees. In 1949 when The Mahoning Valley Chapter of The American Society for Metals established The Marcus A. Grossman lecture, he was chosen to be the first lecturer. He served a two-year term as a National Trustee of The American Society for Metals, and in 1955 represented the A.S.M. at the joint Metallurgical Conferences in Europe. He was chairman of Mahoning Valley Chapter, American Society for Metals in 1958-59.

Dr. Fetters is a Registered Professional Engineer in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, and Wyoming.

In 1948 he and J. L. Mauthe, former Chairman of the Board of The Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company, received The American Iron and Steel Institute Medal for their paper, The Mineralogy of Basic Open Hearth Slags.

One of his hobbies is Amateur Radio Operating Station WA8BVA. He is a member of American Radio Relay League. He is also interested in boating and navigation. He is an active member of U. S. Power Squadrons where he has taught various courses in seamanship and advanced piloting and is a member of U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary where he has been training officer of 9th Division of U. S. Coast Guard 9th District and hasĀ lectured for various public information courses on boatingĀ safety.

Dr. Fetters is a member of the Youngstown Club, Vermilion Boat Club, Harbour Island Yacht Club, Great Lakes Cruising Club, and Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity.

With his wide and long experience in Institute affairs, Dr. Fetters promises to be an able and valued President of AIME during 1964.

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