George F. Vander Voort

Title
President
Company
Vander Voort Consulting L.L.C.
Bio
George Vander Voort, president of Vander Voort Consulting L.L.C. and a consultant for Struers, is a graduate of Drexel University and Lehigh University with a background in metallurgy and materials science and 29 years experience in the specialty steel industry. A past president of the International Metallographic Society and past chairman of ASTM Committee E-4 on Metallography, George was the USA representative to ISO on metallography for 25 years.

George has six patents and over 416 publications including Metallography: Principles and Practice (McGraw-Hill, 1984; ASMI, 1999), the ASM video course, Principles of Metallography, and Buehler’s Guide to Materials Preparation. He served as a trustee for ASM International and was the editor for the 2004 revision of Volume 9 of the ASM Handbook, Metallography and Microstructures. He was a member of the editorial board of Materials Characterization and associate editor and is presently on the editorial boards of La Metallugia Italiana, Praktische Metallographie, Metallography, Microstructure and Analysis, Image Analysis and Stereology and the Intl. Journal of Microstructure and Materials Properties. George has taught 86 ASM Metals Engineering Institute courses since 1977, has given 117 seminars and workshops for Buehler and 44 for various technical societies and has given over 413 lectures in 40 countries. He created 9 ASTM standards.

George is a fellow of ASMI, ASTM and the IFHTSE, was named a distinguished life member of Alpha Sigma Mu honorary society and is an honorary member of the Polish Society for Stereology. He received 37 awards for his microscopy work including the Jacquet-Lucas Grand Prize and the Dubose-Crouse Award of the International Metallographic Contest. He is a court certified expert witness in litigations involving failures of metallic components. He has studied the thermal exposure of the lower head of the Three Mile Island Unit 2 reactor and determined how structural steel beams from buildings 1 or 2 and 7 were melted through the web despite the jet aviation fuel’s maximum temperature when burned in air was only 1100 C while the melting point of the steel was above 1500 C.