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Distributor's Link Magazine Summer 2018 / Vol 41 No3


118 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK IFI 2018 IFI SOARING EAGLE AWARDS: RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED IN KIAWAH ISLAND, SC from page 40 Rob’s most enduring legacy is his efforts to reorganize staff and to hire widely recognized industry leaders into key technical and divisional leadership positions. Rob’s philosophy has been to hire best available personnel, get everyone on the same page, then get out of their way to let them succeed! Rob formally retired from his position at the Institute on December 31, 2017. IFI and the fastener industry at large are grateful to have benefitted from his leadership and significant contributions. The 2018 Soaring Eagle Technology Award Recipient is Michael J. Lawler 2018 IFI SOARING EAGLE TECHNOLOGY AWARD RECIPIENT MICHAEL J. LAWLER The IFI Soaring Eagle Technology Award recognizes individuals who have extensive experience in the industrial fastener industry and who have made significant contributions to the technological advancement of the industry. Contributions may be through extensive work on fastener standards committees; the publication of widely acclaimed principles or documents; and/or through the development of fastener-related equipment, products or processes which have been widely acknowledged as advancements in fastener technology. Mike Lawler was born in Bethlehem, PA and graduated from Lafayette College with a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering and is a U.S. Army veteran. During his career, Mike was Senior Product Engineer and Manager of Fastener Product Development at SPS Technologies, Aerospace Development Manager at Penn Engineering & Manufacturing Corp. and Consolidated Aerospace Manufacturing (CAM). Mike has been a longtime member and contributor to many material, product, and process standardization committees, including the Government Industry Fastener Working Group (GIFWG), National Aerospace Standards Committee (NASC), SAE E-25 General Standards for Aerospace and Propulsion Systems, Aerospace Material Specifications (AMS), Aircraft Locknut Manufacturer’s Association (ALMA), and the Industrial Fasteners Institute (IFI). Mike has also co-authored several technical publications related to new materials. At IFI, he has been part of Division II (Aerospace Fastener Division) and served for many years as the division’s Technical Committee Chairman before serving as Chairman of Division II multiple times and has also represented the division on IFI’s Board of Directors. Mike is a dedicated spokesman and representative of the aerospace fastener industry. He is relentless in aiming for clarity and common sense and is always willing to speak up on subjects for the benefit of the industry. He is a forceful advocate for doing things correctly while adhering to the highest standard of ethical conduct. When voting or commenting on project ballots, his opinions and reasoning command respect from his peers and colleagues. Mike is both a teacher and mentor who is always willing to share his expertise and knowledge. We are honored to recognize Mike Lawler as recipient of the 2018 IFI Soaring Eagle Technology Award. Submit a Nomination Visit our website at to submit a nomination for the 2019 Soaring Eagle Awards program. INDUSTRIAL FASTENERS INSTITUTE



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