George received his BS in Metallurgical Engineering from Drexel in 1967 – the last class as Drexel Institute of Technology and received their Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2005. At Drexel he was twice editor-in-chief of the Drexel Technical Journal, including the three years in a row when it was named the number one college technical journal by the Engineering Colleges Magazines Association. He was a member of Blue Key National Honorary Leadership Society and in 1967 he was listed in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity named him their outstanding senior in 1967. After graduation, George joined Bethlehem Steel Corporation in Bethlehem, PA. He received an MS degree in Metallurgy and Materials Science from Lehigh University in 1974. After six years in the Bethlehem Plant metallurgy department he was transferred to the Homer Research Laboratories as a research engineer; nine years followed in the Metallurgical Service and Investigations group with involvement in all areas of microscopy, failure analysis work and alloy development. In 1983, George joined Carpenter Technology Corporation as supervisor of Metal Physics Research in their research center. He was responsible for all areas of microscopy and mechanical testing. From 1996 to 2009, George worked at Buehler Ltd. as Director of Research and Technology. He edited their newsletter, Tech-Notes, produced their annual microstructure calendar and was responsible for education, laboratory service, and new directions, e.g., EBSD and SEM imaging. In 2010, George became a consultant to Struers Inc, Struers A/S, Latrobe Steel and Scot Forge, plus president of Vander Voort Consulting L.L.C.
George is the principal author of >373 publications, including the book Metallography: Principles and Practice(McGraw-Hill, 1984, ASM Intl., 1999, 752 pgs.) and Buehler’s Guide to Materials Preparation. He has edited eighteen books. He is the author of 29 articles in various editions of the ASM Metals Handbook series, 8 of these articles are on failure analysis topics, was editor for the 2004 revision of Vol. 9, Metallography and Microstructures, and made eleven of the fourteen videotapes in the ASM video course Principles of Metallography. He has made 11 webinars for Struers Inc., 2 for Industrial Heating and 2 for Struers A/S. He is the author of nine ASTM standards and holds six patents. His micrographs have been within or on the covers of >161 books, magazines, newsletters, brochures or calendars. He has won 35 awards for his work in metallography contests including the Jacquet-Lucas Grand Prize. He taught physical metallurgy at Pennsylvania State University (Allentown branch) for nine years, a graduate course on microscopy at Lehigh University, and was a visiting lecturer at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand in 2003. He has taught 79 one-week courses for ASM’s Metals Engineering Institute (MEI), 117 courses for Buehler and 31 for other societies. He has 23 blogs on Industrial Heating magazine and on their web site and Vac Aero’s web site has published 42 of his articles.