Peter L. Simpson Fellowship Endowment Grant – Georgia Southern University

Simpson and Foundry Educational Foundation (FEF) are happy to announce the inaugural awardee of the Peter L. Simpson Fellowship Endowment Grant. The endowment was established in 2009 by Simpson’s President & CEO, Bruce W. Dienst, and the Foundry Educational Foundation (FEF). The award, totaling $38,300, will go to Georgia Southern University, Mingzhi Xu FEF Key Professor.

The mission of the Peter L. Simpson Fellowship Endowment is to provide grant funding for any engineering or technology program accredited by FEF to conduct research in the general field of foundry sand preparation and control technology. 

Georgia Southern University

This grant is for the requisition of a Simpson 1F batch muller as a critical component for a custom-built green sand system to enhance the research and education capability at Georgia Southern University.

This grant will benefit Georgia Southern FEF Program and increase the awareness of metalcasting among students through both education and research activities. Acquisition of the muller will allow Georgia Southern University to custom design and build a green sand system. It will be built by the Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering students through senior design projects in the following three years.

The green sand system research topics include sand control (moisture, compatibility, green compressive strength, permeability, sieve analysis) and core sand effects. The proposed custom-built green sand system project will involve 30 graduate students each semester through senior design activities during the 3-year award period. Once completed, over 120 students will utilize the new system each semester.

Simpson & FEF Quotes
“It has been humbling to witness the exponential growth of the new FEF Georgia Southern Program under Dr. Xu,” said Emily Shedlarski, MEng, Simpson. “Students from the program are desired industry wide for their knowledge and versatility in expertise. Because of FEF, the Peter L. Simpson Fellowship Endowment, and leadership at Georgia Southern, engineering students will continue to graduate and enter the industry with sought-after core competencies.”

“These grants go a long way in supporting top tier FEF supported metalcasting programs said Brian Lewis, FEF Executive Director. Through the generosity of generations of the Simpson Family, we are able to help programs provide the latest in sand preparation technology for “hands-on” student learning.”

Simpson's Involvement

Peter L. Simpson was the founder of Simpson in 1912 and is the grandfather of Bruce L. Simpson and great, great-grandfather of Bruce W. Dienst. The Simpson Gold Medal at the American Foundry Society (AFS) is also named in honor of Peter L. Simpson. Simpson has been a continuous supporter of the FEF every year since its inception in 1947. As of today, Simpson has achieved FEF’s Platinum Level of corporate giving and current Simpson President & CEO Bruce W. Dienst served as the FEF President in 2004 and remains active in FEF through the FEF President’s Advisory Council.

Simpson’s continued involvement in FEF lead to the hiring of Emily Shedlarski, MEng. Shedlarski was an FEF alumni of the University of Alabama at Birmingham under then KEY Professor Charlie Monroe. As a student, Shedlarski was an FEF Scholarship recipient and attended College Industry Conference [CIC]. Upon graduation, she became an FEF Alumni Ambassador and presented at CIC in November 2019, which is where she met Bruce Dienst. She has since become an FEF board member, KEY Contact for Georgia Southern, and Co-Chair for the FEF Fund Enhancement Committee.

About the Foundry Educational Foundation
The Foundry Educational Foundation (FEF) was established in 1947 by the leaders of the metalcasting industry to be the industry’s connection to educational programs at the college level. FEF includes a community college, four-year technology schools as well as traditional engineering colleges and graduate schools. It spans the broad range of higher education from production supervision to specialized research. The Mission of the Foundry Educational Foundation is to “strengthen the metal casting industry by supporting unique partnerships among students, educators and industry, helping today’s students become tomorrow’s leaders.

FEF is an Ohio-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation organized for charitable, education and scientific purposes that seeks to attract technology-oriented professionals to the metalcasting industry by educating the public about the high-tech, diverse, and rewarding nature of careers in modern metalcasting. For more about FEF, please visit