August 28, 2013
The Hobart Institute of Welding Technology (HIWT), Troy, Ohio, has announced the establishment of two new scholarships for its students. The scholarships, in honor of HIWT President André A. Odermatt, are $5,000 each and will be awarded for the first time in May 2014.
For more than 10 years, Odermatt has led the Hobart Institute as president and chairman of the board. He has a long history with welding, working with Oerlikon Welding Industries and Hobart Brothers Co., where he began in 1964 until his retirement from there in 2001.
In addition to his work with the Institute, Odermatt authored the book Welding: A Journey to Explore Its Past. He directed the 2005 expansion of HIWT, established the Hobart Gallery of Welding History in 2010, and currently is providing oversight for the 2013 construction project that will add 52 welding booths to the facility.
Interested students may apply through the HIWT website at www.welding.org/s-18-scholarships.aspx.