AISI Announces 2014 Institute Medal Winners, SSAB Americas Wins Top Honor

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For Immediate Release
May 6, 2014

SCOTTSDALE, AZ –The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) today awarded its highest technical award, the 2014 Institute Medal, to three industry authors for their winning paper, "Development of an Inclusion Characterization Methodology for Improving Steel Product Cleanliness." Author Justin Raines, research engineer, SSAB Americas, was presented the Institute Medal by AISI Chairman Michael Rippey, who is also President and Chief Executive Officer of ArcelorMittal USA. Raines accepted the award on behalf of himself and Sunday Abraham and Rick Bodnar, also of SSAB Americas.

"The Institute Medal highlights the essential technical work being done for the advancement and future prosperity of our industry," said Thomas J. Gibson, president and CEO of AISI. "We congratulate the Institute Medal winners and finalists on their dedication and successful research that earned them this distinguished recognition." Established in 1927, the Institute Medal and two Finalist Medals are awarded for technical papers having special merit and importance in connection with the activities and interests of the iron and steel industry. Papers are judged on the potential value to future prosperity of the industry, technical excellence and originality, effective communication and breadth of interest to AISI members.

The inscription on the medal reads: "American Iron and Steel Institute Medal, established by American Iron and Steel Institute, October 28, 1927, to perpetuate the memory of Elbert H. Gary, founder and first president, and to stimulate improvement in the iron and steel and allied industries."

The Finalist medals were awarded to:

  • "Development and Application of a Remelt Method for Rapid Collection and Observations of Inclusions," authored by Howard M. Pielet, principal research engineer; and Scott Schuldt, process manager – quality assurance, both of ArcelorMittal USA.
  • "Tensile Properties Obtained by Q&P Processing of Mn-Ni Steels With Room Temperature Quench Temperatures," authored by G.A. Thomas, engineer, AK Steel Research; and E. De Moor and J.G. Speer, both of the Colorado School of Mines.

Recognition of the Institute Medal Winners and Finalists took place on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 during the AISI’s 122nd General Meeting at The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, AZ.

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