2003 Distinguished Service Award: Gregory Hildeman

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Gregory J. Hildeman
Manager of Technology Transfer
Alcoa, Inc.
BSMSE ’70

Greg Hildeman’s career in metallurgical engineering has enabled him to assume leadership positions in research and technology at Alcoa, the world’s leading manufacturer of aluminum.

Hildeman has been with Alcoa for 26 years and is currently a program manager of Technology Transfer. He began his career in 1977 as a scientist with its Powder and Forgings Division and has advanced through the technical side of the company, becoming a supervisor in the Alloy Technology Division in 1983 and manager of the Ingot and Solidification Division in 1987. In that position, Hildeman was responsible for leading Alcoa’s research in recycling, melting, metal treatment, casting and solidification. In 2002, he was named program manager of Technology Transfer and is currently working on deployment of casting technology to Brazil, China and Spain.

Hildeman earned a BS in metallurgical engineering from UW-Madison in 1970. He later earned an MS degree in metallurgical engineering from UW-Milwaukee in 1974 and an ScD degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1978.

He is the author or co-author of 16 papers in the field of metallurgical engineering, editor of two books and holds 11 patents in areas such as aluminum powder metallurgy alloys and processing, cathodes for electrolysis, and ingot casting processes. Hildeman has also been active since 1981 in the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS), a technical organization for metallurgical and materials engineers. He is currently vice president of TMS and will become president in 2004. He has also been active in ASM International, was elected a fellow in 1991, and served as chairman of its Pittsburgh chapter.

Originally from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, Hildeman currently resides in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, with his wife Joy, who also graduated from UW-Madison with a BA degree in economics. They have two sons: Chris, an occupational therapist, and Doug, currently attending the Yale School of Drama.

In his spare time, Greg enjoys reading about history and visiting historical sites. He is also a loyal Packer fan who was fortunate to survive the “Ice Bowl” between Green Bay and Dallas in 1967.