Ian W. Donaldson, director R&D North America and materials engineering, GKN Sinter Metals, Jefferson, Mass., received the "Distinguished Service to Powder Metallurgy" award from the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) for his outstanding career achievements.
Established in 1968, the award was presented by MPIF President Michael Lutheran at PowderMet2011, the International Conference on Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials in San Francisco. MPIF is the trade association for the North American metal powder and particulate materials producing and consuming industries.
The award recognizes professionals who have devoted a major part of their careers to one or more segments of the powder metallurgy (PM) industry and whose contributions and achievements deserve special recognition.
Donaldson is currently director R&D North America and Materials Engineering for GKN Sinter Metals. Previously, he was director, Innovation & Technical Services for The PresMet Corporation. He holds a BSc degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Michigan and an MSc in materials science and engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Additionally, he has authored 29 publications and holds 10 patents/patents pending. He has served on numerous MPIF Program Committees for the annual conference and is a co-chairman for next year’s PowderMet2012 conference in Nashville. A member of APMI International, he presently serves on the Board of Directors of the society. He has been involved in various MPIF Standards Committee activities and served on MPIF’s Professional Development Committee. An Eagle Scout, he received the 2007 GKN Presidents Award for Business Excellence and Innovation and received the 2010 MPIF Howard I. Sanderow Outstanding Technical Paper Award.
PM is an automated metalworking process that forms metal powders into precision components and shapes. Parts produced by this process are used in automobiles, farm and garden equipment, business machines and home appliances.