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George Vander Voort, Renowned Physical Metallurgist Named Exclusive Consultant to Buehler, an ITW Company

George Vander Voort, Renowned Physical Metallurgist Named Exclusive Consultant to Buehler, an ITW Company Image Lake Bluff, Illinois… Buehler, an ITW Company announces that George Vander Voort, a physical metallurgist and a world-wide leading expert in microstructural analysis, interpretation and measurement, will again be working closely with the company as an exclusive Consultant. Vander Voort had served as Buehler’s Director of Research and Technology for over a decade. Buehler is a premier manufacturer of metallographic and hardness testing equipment and consumables for materials analysis of microstructures used in manufacturing production laboratories, universities and research/development organizations.

Vander Voort will be working with the Laboratory Applications team, under Dr. Mike Keeble, US Laboratories and Technology Manager in Lake Bluff, Illinois. According to Dr. Keeble, “We are thrilled to have George back at Buehler. He will be an added resource to both our customers and the global Buehler team. With the addition of George, Buehler continues to work with the most qualified material scientists to assist customers with their applications and unique processes, provide offsite and onsite training, virtual presentations and webinars. Buehler is honored to welcome George back and we look forward to a long and successful partnership.”

In 2020, Vander Voort received the Distinguished Life Membership award from ASM International – a very select award, previously also won by Buehler leaders: Adolph Buehler in 1966 and Dan Albrecht in 1989. Vander Voort obtained his BS in Metallurgical Engineering in 1967 from Drexel Institute of Technology (now Drexel University), and his MS in Metallurgy in 1974 from Lehigh University. He worked as a professional metallurgist at Bethlehem Steel (1967-1973), Homer Research Labs (1973-1983) and Carpenter Technology (1983-1996) before working with Buehler as Director of Research and Technology between 1996 and 2009. During his tenure at Buehler, he made some very significant contributions, including producing the first version of the SumMet Guide, The Sum Of Our Experience A Guide to Materials Preparation & Analysis. Vander Voort has also authored more than 400 publications, 31 chapters of the ASM Handbooks, written his own book on Metallography and holds six patents. He has been active in both ASTM and ASM International for many decades. His contributions to both have been extensive and he has received numerous distinctions in his field.

Buehler manufactures value-added metallographic equipment and consumables along with the proven Wilson® hardness testers, DiaMet™ software, ISO-certified test blocks and accessories. In addition to its innovations, Buehler is recognized by the global materials preparation and analysis market for its laboratory solutions centers, dedicated service teams, education programs and customized processes for demanding applications. For custom solutions to applications in manufacturing, contact Buehler’s laboratory department. For additional information on the company and its product offering visit

Buehler was founded in 1936 by Adolph I. Buehler, who saw a need for metallographic sample preparation equipment and optical inspection instruments for the steel and automotive industries in the Midwest USA. Buehler innovates solutions and offers expert service and support throughout the global materials preparation and analysis market. Buehler is committed to delivering quality and environmentally responsible products guided by ISO 9001 Quality Management Principles and ISO 14001 Environmental Managements Systems. For additional information on the Buehler product offering please visit or contact Buehler at

Buehler was acquired by ITW in 2006. ITW is a global, Fortune 200 company and global industrial manufacturer of value-added consumables and specialty equipment with related service businesses. ITW’s Test & Measurement business provides specialized test and measurement solutions with leading technology to a diverse set of customers operating in highly regulated, demanding environments. In addition to Buehler, companies include Instron, North Star Imaging, Brooks Instruments, Magnaflux, Loma Systems and Avery Weigh-Tronix. For additional information on ITW please visit