John (Chip) Keough '77 awarded the Pangborn Gold Medal from AFS

John (Chip) Keough '77 awarded the Pangborn Gold Medal from AFS

The American Foundry Society unanimously awarded John (Chip) Keough '77 the Pangborn Gold Medal.

On Monday the American Foundry Society (AFS) Board of Awards unanimously awarded John (Chip) Keough (BS '77 Materials and Metallurgical Engineering) the Thomas V. Pangborn Gold Medal. Keough will accept the award in April at the 122nd Metalcasting Congress in Fort Worth, Texas.

"This is the highest recognition the American Foundry Society and your peers can give to the individuals who have served the industry honorably and well," noted AFS Chairman Mike Selz. "In presenting this award, we are confident it will bring you the recognition you so well deserve."

"I am humbled by [the award] and grateful to accept it on behalf of all the great people I have worked with, and for, these last 40 years since becoming an AFS member," Keough responded in his acceptance letter, adding: "April 2018 is a milestone for me. It marks the 40th anniversary of the presentation of my first published work, at the AFS Casting Congress in Detroit. It was an AFS-supported paper that I co-authored with one of my mentors, Professor Richard Flinn (who won the AFS Simpson Gold Medal in 1947) on the development of a non-ferrous, permanent mold test bar. I can now look forward to people who I have had the pleasure to mentor winning such honors in the future."

In 2005, Keough founded Ann Arbor-based Joyworks LLC, a prototype design and casting studio (specializing in casting conversions). Currently an MSE adjunct professor, Keough also serves on the department's External Advisory Board and in 2004 earned MSE's Alumni Merit Award.