Awards & Scholarships

George F. Vander Voort

George F. Vander Voort (AIST)

AIME Benjamin F. Fairless Award* in 2017

For his significant advancements in metallography and metallurgy and application of those advances to the betterment of industry and society; his passion to share this knowledge with students and industry professionals, particularly through his seminal text, “Metallography: Principles and Practice”; and his influential leadership with standards and professional organizations.

George Vander Voort is a graduate of Drexel University and Lehigh University with a background in metallurgy and materials science and 29 years’ experience in the U.S. steel industry with Bethlehem Steel and Carpenter Technology. A past president of the International Metallographic Society and past chairman of ASTM Committee E-4 on Metallography, he was the USA representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) on metallography for 25 years. He has six patents and more than 431 publications, including Metallography: Principles and Practice, the ASM video course, Principles of Metallography, and Buehler’s Guide to Materials Preparation. He served as a trustee for ASM International and was the editor for the 2004 revision of Volume 9 of the ASM Handbook, Metallography and Microstructures. He was a member of the editorial board of Materials Characterization and associate editor and is presently on the editorial boards of Praktische Metallographie, Metallography, Microstructure and Analysis, Image Analysis and Stereology and the Intl. Journal of Microstructure and Materials Properties. Vander Voort has taught 87 ASM Metals Engineering Institute courses since 1977, has given 117 seminars and workshops for Buehler Ltd. and 56 for various technical societies, and has given more than 435 lectures in 42 countries. He created seven ASTM standards. He received 36 awards for his microscopy work. He is a court-certified expert witness in litigations involving failures of metallic components.