in the spotlight
After graduating from Tri–State University with a bachelor′s degree in mechanical engineering in 2002, James Sturgeon moved to South Carolina and became a "foundryman."
He believes networking and experiences in Tri–State′s chapter of the American Foundry Society (AFS) made a difference in understanding his industry.
"The networking gave me an advantage I couldn′t gain any other way," Sturgeon said. "Additionally, learning to work effectively in team settings was critical, and my experience in sports and extracurricular activities prepared me for the challenges of today."
Sturgeon began his career as a contract casting manager in the steel products division of Conbraco Industries. Within a few years, he was promoted to assistant plant manager. His responsibilities have shifted from finished castings and design optimizations to plant operations and metallurgy. In his metallurgical role, he is responsible for corrosion resistant, high alloy, super alloy and titanium castings.
He continues to be involved in the foundry society, serving on the Piedmont AFS chapter′s board of directors and as the education chairman. He also serves on the building and steering committee for the Virginia Tech Foundry Institute for Research and Education.
"I have the opportunity to meet and work with university students at Clemson and Virginia Tech who are excited about engineering and material science," Sturgeon said.
Outside of engineering, Sturgeon enjoys spending time with his wife, Amanda, who he met at Tri–State. He also volunteers his time to raise awareness about greyhound adoption, hikes the mountains of North Carolina and serves on his church′s administrative council.
"Engineering in a manufacturing setting is not a solitary activity," Sturgeon said. "You must be an effective team member and team leader to succeed, and I learned much of that at Tri–State."
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Jeremy Allen, a 2002 golf management graduate and head professional at Edgewater Golf Club, recently had the opportunity to play golf with two NBA players, Stephen and Dell Curry.
From left are Golden State Warriors player Stephen Curry, retired NBA player and basketball commentator Dell Curry, Allen and friend Todd Lynch.
Carl Bohman, a 1981 electrical engineering graduate, frequently travels to Thailand for his work. Bohman is a product introduction engineer and introduces cellular base station RF amplifiers. On a recent trip to Celestia, Thailand, he met with the Alcatel Lucent RF Test Engineering staff.
Bohman said the Thai engineers are well educated, competent and work very hard to bring his company′s products to realization.
Carl shown with fellow Thai engineers.