George Vander Voort, President & Consultant to Vander Voort Consulting & Consultant for Struers Inc. and Struers A/S, has just recently been selected as Top Consultant of the Year for 2019 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP), for his outstanding leadership, dedication and contributions to Metallurgy, Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering.
While inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself, only a few members in each discipline are chosen for this distinction. These special honorees are distinguished based on their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, longevity in the field, other affiliations and contributions to their communities. All honorees are invited to attend the IAOTP’s annual award gala at the end of this year for a night to honor their achievements. www.iaotp.com/award-gala
With having over 6 decades of professional experience as a Research Engineer in Metallurgical Services and Investigations, Mr. Vander Voort has certainly proven himself as an extraordinary professional, pioneer and expert in the field. Mr. Vander Voort is a dynamic, results-driven leader who has demonstrated success not only as a Consultant and Specialist in all aspects of Metallographic Analysis & Research, but with every position he has ever held. His impressive repertoire of other roles have included; Research Engineer for the Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Supervisor of Metal Physics, Materials Characterization & Microstructural Analysis and Mechanical Testing for the Carpenter Technology Corporation, and Director for Research and Technology for Buehler Ltd. He taught physical metallurgy at Pennsylvania State University and was a visiting lecturer at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. He is regarded by his peers as one of the world’s most influential and best Metallurgical Research Engineers of his time.
George is well-recognized for his work in failure analysis, both through publications and investigations. He was a major contributor to the ASM Handbook series volumes on Metallography and Microstructures, Fractography, Failure Analysis, and Materials Characterization. He is a court certified expert on failure analysis and has been involved in numerous cases. In 1993, he was requested by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to review the microscopy studies on the lower head of the Three-Mile Island Unit 2 nuclear reactor which suffered a catastrophic accident in March 1979. The studies were performed by personnel at Argonne National Laboratory and at Idaho Falls National Engineering Laboratory. The review was prompted by disputes as to how hot, how close to melt down, the lower head got during the incident. George critiqued the work, obtained a set of specimens, and showed how the exposure temperatures could be determined with much higher precision using quantitative metallography and selective etching. More recently, he has worked with a FEMA board member and several faculty members at Worcester Polytechnic Institute to examine structural steel beams from building 7 and from buildings 1 and 2 of the World Trade Center after the 9/11/01 attack to determine why building 7 collapsed, as it was not impacted but only caught on fire from falling debris, and why the structural steel beams were so heavily attacked to perforation. George has also studied a number of failures involving semi-submersible oil exploration rigs and permanently installed drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, pressure vessel failures, and soldered pipe joint failures. He studied a lampshade frame, covered by human skin and believed to have been made at the Buchenwald concentration camp, for Hoggard Films to determine when it was made. The 60-minute documentary made for National Geographic TV was broadcast on 29 September 2012.
Mr. Vander Voort received his Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering from Drexel Institute of Technology in 1967, and his Master of Science Degree in Metallurgy and Materials Science from Lehigh University in 1974. Stephanie Cirami, President of IAOTP stated, “Choosing Mr. Vander Voort for this honor was an easy decision for our panel to make. Mr. Vander Voort’s numerous accomplishments, awards and accolades are extremely impressive. He has tremendous foresight, extensive knowledge, is brilliant at what he does and was exactly what we were looking for. We are truly honored to have him as our Top Consultant of the Year and we are looking forward to meeting him at the gala.”
Throughout his illustrious career, Mr. Vander Voort has received numerous awards and accolades and has been recognized worldwide for his outstanding leadership and commitment to the profession. For 2019 he is being considered to be featured in TIP (Top Industry Professional Magazine), and is also being considered for IAOTP’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2016 he received Drexel’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. He has been published in over 49 times in 16 editions of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, International Who’s Who in Engineering, Who’s Who in Technology Today, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry and Who’s Who in the World. The September 2009 Issue of, Practical Metallography was dedicated to George’s 65th Birthday. In 2008 he was named a Distinguished Life Member and Fellow of Alpha Sigma Mu honorary scholastic society for materials science majors and was elected to their board and served as Vice President from 2011-2015. In 2006 he received the Roland Mitsche prize of the Montanuniversitat Leoben, in Leoben, Austria for his contributions to metallography. In 2004, he received the IMS Henry Clifton Sorby Award. He received the Men of Achievement Distinction for three years, the ASM International Fellow Award for 1990 and the ASTM E-28 Anthony DeBellis Award for his contributions in hardness testing. In 1992 he received the Francis F. Lucas Grand Prize in Metallography, in 1993 recipient of the Bradley Stoughton Award of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of ASM International, and in 1994 he received the Wyman Memorial Award, just to name a few.
Aside from his successful career, Mr. Vander Voort is also a sought-after lecturer, Keynote speaker, published author, contributor to many articles and has served on numerous boards and committees. He has given 450 lectures in 42 countries, spoken 84 times at 52 ASM Chapters, and at 74 Universities. He is the principal author of 439 publications, edited 18 books, author of 31 articles in various editions of the ASM Metals Handbook Series, has made 11 videotapes in the ASM video course Principles of Metallography, is the author of 8 ASTM standards and holds 6 patents. Mr. Vander Voort’s micrographs have been within or on the covers of over 180 books, magazines, newsletters, brochures or calendars. He has taught 87 one-week courses for ASM’s Metals Engineering Institute, 117 courses for Buehler and 71 for other societies, companies and universities. George is a member of the American Society for Metals and served on the executive committee of the Lehigh Valley Chapter, past member of the MEI and the Academy Committees, he chaired the Technical Books Committee and was secretary and vice chairman of Publications Council. Currently he is now on the Technical Books Committee, the Handbook Committee, the Events Committee and the International Committee. He is also a member of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and was chairman of E.04.14 where he developed and wrote 8 standards for both manual and automated quantitative metallographic measurements. He also chaired three international symposia for ASTM E-4. George is also a member of the International Society for Stereology, the Polish Society for Stereology, and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde (German Materials Society) (just to name a few).
Looking back, Mr. Vander Voort attributes his success to his education, mentors he has had along the way and staying passionate in his research and work. He has two children. When not working, George enjoys foreign travel, food and wine, watercolor painting, photography, hiking and backpacking. His wife, Dr. Elena (Manilova) Vander Voort, is a physical metallurgist and electron microscopy expert on high-temperature alloys with 30 years of service at the Pulzonuv Central Boiler and Turbine Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia, in the failure analysis and life extension department. For the future, he hopes that his research and continuous efforts will enlighten and inspire people to pursue a career in this industry.
For more information on Mr. Vander Voort please visit: www.georgevandervoort.com
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