AISI Announces 2015 Institute Medal Winners

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For Immediate Release
May 2, 2015

Contact: Lisa Harrison
202.452.7115 / lharrison@steel.org

CHICAGO –The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) yesterday awarded its highest technical award, the 2015 Institute Medal, to four industry authors for their winning paper, “Identification and Reduction of Unsteady Bulging in Continuous Casting.” Authors Naveen Gupta, Thinium T. Natarajan, Thomas J. Piccone and Douglas E. Ashley, all of United States Steel Corporation, were presented the Institute Medal by AISI Chairman Chuck Schmitt, who is also president of SSAB Americas during the 123rd AISI General Meeting.

“The Institute Medal showcases the distinguished technical work done for the advancement and innovation for our industry,” said Thomas J. Gibson, president and CEO of AISI. “We congratulate the Institute Medal winners and finalists on their continued efforts to ensure steel remains at the forefront of innovation.”

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:

  • “Recycling of Steelmaking Slag Fines by Weak Magnetic Separation Coupled with Selective Particle Size Screening,” authored by Naiyang Ma and Joseph Blake Houser, both of ArcelorMittal USA. 
  • "Enhanced Broaching Steel Technology” authored by Michael E. Burnett, TimkenSteel Corporation.

Recognition of the Institute Medal Winners and Finalists took place on Friday, May 1, 2015 during the AISI’s 123rd General Meeting at the Fairmont Millennium Park Chicago in Chicago, IL.

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(L-R) David Britten, senior vice president and chief technology officer, United States Steel; Thinium T. Natarajan, United States Steel; Douglas E. Ashley, United States Steel; Naveen Gupta, United States Steel; Thomas J. Piccone, United States Steel; AISI Chairman Chuck Schmitt, president, SSAB Americas; Tom Gibson, president and CEO, AISI

“Identification and Reduction of Unsteady Bulging in Continuous Casting.” Authors Naveen Gupta, Thinium T. Natarajan, Thomas J. Piccone and Douglas E. Ashley, all of United States Steel Corporation

(L-R): David Britten, senior vice president and chief technology officer, United States Steel; Thinium T. Natarajan, United States Steel; Douglas E. Ashley, United States Steel; Naveen Gupta, United States Steel; Thomas J. Piccone, United States Steel; AISI Chairman Chuck Schmitt, president, SSAB Americas; Tom Gibson, president and CEO, AISI

AISI serves as the voice of the North American steel industry in the public policy arena and advances the case for steel in the marketplace as the preferred material of choice. AISI also plays a lead role in the development and application of new steels and steelmaking technology. AISI is comprised of 19 member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers, and approximately 125 associate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel industry. For more news about steel and its applications, view AISI's website at www.steel.org. Follow AISI on Facebook or Twitter (@AISISteel).