UNI’s Bryant receives Technical Achievement Award from the American Foundry Society

UNI’s Bryant receives Technical Achievement Award from the American Foundry Society

MILWAUKEE – Nathaniel Bryant, assistant project manager of the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) Metal Casting Center and Foundry 4.0 Centers, was selected by the Additive Manufacturing Division of the American Foundry Society (AFS) Technical Council as the winner of the 2024 Technical Achievement Award.

“When I first started working with the university in 2013 as a student, I was blessed with the opportunity to work with a brand-new 3D sand printer,” said Bryant. “I didn't realize just how important this would be for my career. In 2014, after working with the equipment for about a year, I gave my first presentation about additive manufacturing of sand at a conference in Minneapolis covering the basics. I was very surprised to see upwards of 150 attendees, and the buzz around this new technology was palpable. A lot of the attendees that I met there are still my friends to this day. That research and the subsequent projects we've done in additive manufacturing have really made a difference in the way we make castings. I'm very honored to receive an award, but the real reward is seeing the technology adopted throughout our industry.”

The Technical Achievement Award will be presented to Bryant as part of the Volunteer Leadership Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, April 23, at the 128th Metalcasting Congress in Milwaukee.

“Nate has shown an extraordinary ability to push the boundaries of technology in the foundry industry,” said Jerry Thiel, director of the UNI Metal Casting and Foundry 4.0 Centers. “Starting with a strong foundry materials background he’s been a large part of the center’s research activities. His work with IoT process sensors and machine learning is already changing how the industry makes castings. I look forward to even greater accomplishments in the future.”

Nathaniel Bryant programs a 3D sand printer

Bryant earned his MS in Technology from the University of Northern Iowa in 2019, where he graduated as a Foundry Educational Foundation (FEF) scholar. He is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in education from UNI. Bryant is an active member of several AFS technical committees in the molding, additive manufacturing and smart manufacturing divisions. Most of his published works pertain to the advancement of Industry 4.0 technologies for the foundry industry, specifically additive manufacturing and the industrial Internet of Things (IoT). His current efforts involve the application of low-cost sensors for foundry process data acquisition to develop digital twins. 

The University of Northern Iowa Metal Casting and Foundry 4.0 Centers are nationally-recognized leaders in foundry research, applied technology and technical business assistance. For more than 30 years, the centers have pushed the boundaries of education and research to enhance the metal casting industry. 

For more information about the UNI Metal Casting and Foundry 4.0 Centers, visit https://mcc.uni.edu