Speaker Spotlights

Full Name:  Glenn Daehn
Title:  Fontana Professor of Metallurgical Engineering
Company: The Ohio State University
Years of Experience: 32 as a professor

ALUMINUM USA: Please tell us how your career started.
Glenn Daehn: I am a second-generation metallurgist.  My dad got me into the profession and I have a daughter who also considers herself a metallurgist with a PhD.  It’s in the blood. 

ALUMINUM USA: Where can we find you when you’re not working? What’s your favorite way to spend some well-deserved time off?
Glenn Daehn: I have a couple small sailboats. Don’t do it nearly enough, but hanging out on boats and around docks is where I feel best. 

ALUMINUM USA: Any volunteer activities you enjoy? Why?
Glenn Daehn: Chair of the ASM Materials Education Foundation. The Foundation is a group of dedicated volunteers that provides 40 hours of instruction to over 500 K-12 educators each summer, among other good activities.  This helps fill the STEM pipeline in Materials and Process careers. 

ALUMINUM USA: Has there been any significant advancement within your area of expertise?
Glenn Daehn: We really think that being able to weld without melting and the trauma to microstructure and properties associated with melting will be transformational.  This is a key idea in this talk.

ALUMINUM USA: Where do you see the industry going in the next 10 years? Your area of expertise?
Glenn Daehn: I think there will be far fewer vehicles, but they may each be expected to run over 10 hours per day to over 1 million miles.  With this, cars will be constructed more like 737’s than present-day Impalas.  

Full Name: Randy Kissell
Title: Managing Partner
Company: Trinity Consultants
Years of Experience: 43

ALUMINUM USA: What are you known for professionally? What is your area of expertise?
Randy Kissell: My area of expertise is aluminum structural design.

ALUMINUM USA: What are you most passionate about professionally? What most excites you about your work and the contribution(s) you make?
Randy Kissell: I enjoy teaching about aluminum’s structural applications.  To that end, I co-authored a textbook published by John Wiley, Designing Aluminum Structures, and I’ve taught the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Aluminum Structural Design seminar for 17 years.

Professional and/or recognition(s)?
Randy Kissell: I’m the chair of the American Welding Society’s aluminum structural welding committee, and a member of the Aluminum Association’s Engineering Advisory Committee, the Canadian Standards Association committee on strength design in aluminum, and the ASTM’s Light Metals Committee.

ALUMINUM USA: Any volunteer activities you enjoy?
Randy Kissell: Why? I’m a Trustee at Wells College, located in Aurora, New York, and I’m an advocate for a well-rounded undergraduate education.

ALUMINUM USA: Has there been any significant advancement within your area of expertise?
Randy Kissell: The Aluminum Design Manual has become more user-friendly, better organized, and more widely applicable in recent years, making aluminum structures more competitive and easier to design than ever before. 

ALUMINUM USA: What are you looking forward to at ALUMINUM USA this year?
Randy Kissell: I look forward to visiting with colleagues in the industry.  It’s always a pleasure to see in person the people with whom I trade emails or phone conversations.