2023 ARP Catalog

12 Kenneth Foster Dr. Foster had a Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics from Cornell University and taught at several colleges. He was formerly the head of Stress & Dynamics at Hughes Aircraft, Space Systems division. He also worked on numerous projects with NASA. Once he began working for ARP, Ken brought all those experiences to bear on the challenges of designing and engineering racing fasteners. Over the years, he was involved in examining all aspects of high-strength fasteners, always figuring out the balance between high-strength, ductility, fatigue and notch sensitivity. Ken was a huge asset to ARP and a friend to all of us here who worked with him. Ken enjoyed a dynamic career as a consulting engineer and valued the relationships he created with colleagues and clients. Ken took great pride in his work and enjoyed sharing his knowledge and expertise with others. A teacher at heart, Ken showed great patience – whether explaining a complicated analytical process to another professional or tutoring neighborhood kids in basic algebra. Ken loved his work and his family, including his beloved wife Connie and their children and grandchildren. Active into his 80’s, Ken was known as the Silver Streak at the high school track. An active community member, Ken was the leader of a prostate cancer support group, offering education and support to numerous men around the world. Ken Foster, PhD, 1932-2014. Consulting Engineer Ken Foster A Tribute to ARP’s Foundations During the past 48 years, ARP has relied on the expertise of three individuals who contributed to our strong technological foundations. Their experience and knowledge covered three core areas that have been critical to ARP’s success at designing and manufacturing the best fasteners in the industry: fastener stresses and engineering, practical use of chassis fasteners and pushing engine fasteners to their limits. We feel it is important to acknowledge these individuals who left their imprints on ARP – everyone who uses our fasteners benefits from the knowledge and experience they imparted before they left us. – Mike Holzapfel President THE COMPANY