Columbus resident and Cummins Inc. employee Steve Ferdon received the Distinguished Service Award from the Center for Heat Treating Excellence at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

The award is presented to an individual who has made significant, commendable and long-standing contributions to the promotion of CHTE, as well as the heat treating industry.

Ferdon is the director of Global Engineering Technology in the Fuel Systems business unit at Cummins. He has been a member of CHTE since 2010 and has served as chair of its board of directors since 2012.

CHTE is an academic-industry partnership headquartered on the campus of WPI in in Worcester, Massachusetts.