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Recipient: 2001 Robert Lansing Hardy Award

The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society's Robert Lansing Hardy Award was established in 1955. The medal recognizes outstanding promise for a successful career in the broad field of metallurgy by a metallurgist under the age of 30. In addition, the winner receives a $500 stipend from the Ford Motor Company.
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Michael J. Vinarcik

Citation: No citation is given for this award.

Biography: Michael J. Vinarcik is a quality reliability engineer for North American Truck Quality, Ford Motor Company, and is nearing completion of the Ford Motor Company Six Sigma Black Belt certification.

He received a B.S. in metallurgical engineering from The Ohio State University in 1990 and an M.B.A. with distinction from the University of Michigan in 1997. Mr. Vinarcik founded and chairs the Detroit Engineers Week Council and worked with the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association to develop a science fair award called The Herbert Hoover Young Engineer Award.

Mr. Vinarcik has received such honors as: The Engineering Society of Detroit Outstanding Young Engineer of the Year Award (1999), TMS Young Leader Intern (1998), ASM International Detroit Chapter Young Member of the Year (1997), and the Alpha Sigma Mu (1989). He is active on the TMS Professional Registration Committee, Young Leaders Committee and various ASM committees.

Quote: I am honored to be chosen as the 2001 Robert Lansing Hardy Award recipient and hope to continue the tradition of excellence established by past winners. I am proud to be part of an organization that strives to develop and involve its younger members. My participation in TMS allows me to contribute to the materials profession, especially by helping to develop the licensing examination for metallurgical engineers. TMS will be an integral part of my future!

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