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MTE Students Awarded FEF Scholarships

Tuscaloosa, Ala. – Six students studying metallurgical and materials engineering at The University of Alabama were awarded Foundry Educational Foundation Scholarships at the conclusion of the 2014 spring semester.

The scholarships are given in recognition of interest in cast metals along with outstanding academic achievement, desirable traits of character, personality and leadership as well as professional potential.

This year’s recipients from the UA department of metallurgical and materials engineering include:

  • Kyle Burns, a junior from Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Robert Douglas, a senior from Madison, Tennessee
  • Caleb Felker, a junior from Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Kurt Kamena, a senior from Prattville, Alabama
  • Jeremy Peters, a senior from Evergreen, Alabama
  • Bryan Reczek, a junior from Peach Tree City, Georgia

The students were selected by Dr. Laurentiu Nastac, associate professor of metallurgical and materials engineering. He also serves as an FEF key professor, a liaison between the foundation and students.

FEF was established in 1947 by the leaders of the metal casting industry with the support of affiliated organizations and societies as an independent extension of metalcasting educational programs at colleges and universities across the country. The primary objective is to bring top-quality men and women into the industry, and FEF provides its company contributors with a crucial link to college campuses.

In 1837, The University of Alabama became one of the first five universities in the nation to offer engineering classes. Today, UA’s College of Engineering has more than 5,800 students and more than 130 faculty. In recent years, students in the College have been named USA Today All-USA College Academic Team members, Goldwater, Hollings, Portz, Boren, Mitchell and Truman scholars.