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EWI Technical Seminar: Surface Engineering held on Wednesday & Thursday

By Maggie Perez on Thursday, March 29th, 2012

EWI Technical Seminar - Surface Engineering

The EWI Technical Seminar:  Surface Engineering was held on Wednesday 3/28 & Thursday 3/29.  Surface Engineering is a vast and growing field characterized by a wide array of processes, materials, markets, applications and service environments (wear, corrosion, combinations thereof, Etc.) for which cost-effective solutions are required. 

Technical Seminar: Surface Engineering - at EWI

There was great interest in this field and we had a full house.  Some of our guests were Cybersonics, IBC Coating Technologies, Select Arc, Parker Hannifin, Babcock & Wilcox, Idaho National Lab, Boeing and Bohler Welding Group

The EWI speakers and topics discussed were: 

Ian Harris, Technology Leader – Began with an overview of industry trends and needs for surface engineering.

Kirk Cooper, Sr. Engineer, Materials & Structural Integrity – Gave a talk on Tribiological Testing


Kirk Cooper – Sr. Engineer

Dr. George Ritter, Principal Engineer, Materials & Structural Integrity – Gave a talk on Inorganic Coatings for Surface Modification & Protection

George Ritter – Technology Leader

We had a great group of engineers who gave our guests a tour of EWI’s facilities. Our guests saw many of EWI’s technology capabilities and Bohler Welding Group was on hand to demonstrate the Electroslag Cladding process.  Our guests also visited the Design Control & Automation lab, as well as the, High Powered Ultra Sonic Machining Lab.

The first day ended with a reception held at EWI.  Our guests took some time to unwind, relax and have drinks & appetizers while networking with other attendees.

Ian Harris (right) - Director, Additive Manufacturing Consortium Surface Engineering - Reception held at EWI (Columbus, OH)


On Thursday our speakers were John Coffey, who gave the EWI membership overview. Blake McAllister gave a talk on Lasers:  An overview of a Multi-Functional Surfaces Processing Tool.  And Dr. Jerry Gould, Technology Leader, gave a talk on Application of Electro-spark Deposition for Surfacing.  The day ended with a panel Q&A.

Q&A Panel

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