The Garvey Award

The Garvey award is presented every year at Furnace Solutions for the best paper. It is presented in memory of Michael Garvey.


Michael died in a climbing accident in 2008. He was 27 years old. I recruited Michael as a summer intern at our DeWitt, Iowa plant where he got what can only be described as “rave reviews” from the team there.  After he completed his Master’s he joined our Carleton, Michigan facility and then moved to work for me in our Glass Technology Group in Carleton. Michael worked on a wide range of projects and with all levels of the company. He was an extremely motivated, dedicated and technically gifted glass technologist.

He moved back to the UK and was a key member of the Goole process team and quickly earned their respect.

Michael presented a paper at FS-3 and made a very good impression on the audience and members of the MTC. This award is indeed sponsored by Guardian, but it came about thanks to Chris Windle, Geoff Evans and the other members of the MTC and shows the “people matter” side of the SGT.

Michael cared about everything he did and everyone he worked with.

Winner 2016

2016 Garvey Award winner -Stuart Hakes with the presentaion -Solutions to Practical Problems – affecting melting and the life of glass furnaces

Previous Winners

The 2015 - FS10 -year Garvey Award went to Joaquin de Diego Rincon of Praxair for his presentation titledFuel Savings and Operating Experience with OPTIMELT™ Thermo-chemical Regenerators on a Commercial Container Glass Furnace

FS9 Erik Muijsenberg Glass Service INC Czech Rep

FS8 Trevor Wilson DSF

FS7  Wolfgang Cieleback  Ardah Germany

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