Dr. Kathy Hayrynen of Aalberts Surface Technologies is recognized by Modern Casting Magazine in honor of International Women in Engineering Day.

Did you know that June 23 is celebrated around the world as International Women in Engineering Day––a day that focuses on raising the profile of women who are changing the field of engineering?! FEF, and the industry as a whole, is proud to have many women who are making a difference in the metalcasting industry. In honor of this special day, we would like to introduce you to three female FEF alumni contributing to the success of this industry. Kathy Hayrynen attended Michigan Tech and earned her B.S. in metallurgical engineering in 1986. She went on to earn her M.S. in 1989 and her Ph.D. in 1993. Her introduction to metalcasting is a story that we often hear: “I saw a demonstration of pouring ductile iron at the Women in Engineering program at Michigan Tech. When I saw the flames from the Mg treatment, I was captivated.” Hayrynen began her career 29 years ago with Applied Process, which is now part of Aalberts surface technologies, and she is currently vice president of R&D. When asked

 

Kathy Hayrynen

why she chose her current employment position, she says, “I accepted a job working for a company whose primary business was what I did my graduate research on. I really enjoyed my graduate studies, so it was a natural progression for me.” Hayrynen is very involved with FEF and ASM. Over the years, she has spent several weeks during the summer helping with ASM teacher camps––encouraging and educating high school teachers so they can teach young people about the wonderful world of metalcasting. Sandy Calabrese is also a graduate of Michigan Tech. She graduated in 1993 with her bachelor’s in mechanical engineering and in 1995 earned her master’s in metallurgical engineering. While initially drawn to pursue aerospace engineering for her master’s, a course in practical metallurgical applications during her senior year ignited her lifelong fascination with the intricate science of metals. “Something about the metallurgy pulled on me,” she said. Following a career spanning over 28 years at General Motors across

Sandy Calabrese (with husband and sons)

various departments, she now brings her experience, expertise, and love of this industry to DISA as the director of sales for North America. Like Hayrynen, Calabrese continues to be very involved with FEF, its mission of encouraging students into the field of metalcasting, and its support of women in metalcasting activities. Emily Neuburg graduated from the University of WisconsinPlatteville in 2023 with a degree in industrial technology management, emphasis in manufacturing technology management and a minor in metals processing. Her introduction to hot metal is a little different. She took metals classes in high school, and before she even entered college she knew she wanted to do something with metals. During her intro to metals course, her professor encouraged all the students to join the AFS club––Neuburg said she began attending, “and the rest is history.” After graduating, Neuburg took her current position with MetalTek where she is a product engineer. She said what she enjoys about her job is “working

Emily Neuburg

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