AISI Announces 2016 Institute Medal Winners

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(L-R) John Ferriola, Vice Chairman, AISI Chairman, CEO and President, Nucor Corporation; Stuart Street, technical manager, Ironmaking, AK Steel Corporation; Charles Copeland, process engineer, Ironmaking, AK Steel Corporation; Roger Newport, CEO, AK Steel Corporation; Thomas J. Gibson, president and CEO, AISI

 
(L-R) Hugo Uijtdebroeks, activity manager, process technology, metal processing, from the Centre For Research in Metallurgy in Liege-Gent, Belgium; Patrick Van Poecke, support manager, mechanical maintenance, ArcelorMittal - Gent; Ghassan Gebara, business unit manager of hot mill technology, ArcelorMittal - Dofasco; John J. Fitzpatrick, manager, product characterization – research and development, ArcelorMittal - Dofasco; Zafer Koont, senior research leader, ArcelorMittal - Dofasco



(L-R) Jim Baske, CEO, ArcelorMittal North America; Hugo Uijtdebroeks, activity manager, process technology, metal processing, from the Centre For Research in Metallurgy in Liege-Gent, Belgium; Patrick Van Poecke, support manager, mechanical maintenance, ArcelorMittal - Gent; Zafer Koont, senior research leader, ArcelorMittal - Dofasco; John J. Fitzpatrick, manager, product characterization – research and development, ArcelorMittal - Dofasco; Ghassan Gebara, business unit manager of hot mill technology, ArcelorMittal - Dofasco; Sean Donnelly, president and CEO, ArcelorMittal - Dofasco; John Ferriola, Vice Chairman, AISI Chairman, CEO and President, Nucor Corporation; Thomas J. Gibson, president and CEO, AISI


(L-R) John Ferriola, Vice Chairman, AISI Chairman, CEO and President, Nucor Corporation; Sean Donnelly, president and CEO, ArcelorMittal - Dofasco; Stephen Daeyoung Chung, steelmaking process improvement specialist, ArcelorMittal - Dofasco; Joydeep Sengupta, principal researcher, primary processes, continuous casting, ArcelorMittal - Dofasco; Thomas J. Gibson, president and CEO, AISI

For Immediate Release
May 1, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY, UT –The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) tonight awarded its highest technical award, the 2016 Institute Medal, to six industry researchers for their winning paper, “Implementation of High-Turbulence Roll Cooling at ArcelorMittal Dofasco’s Hot Strip Mill.” Authors John J. Fitzpatrick, manager, product characterization – research and development; Ghassan Gebara, business unit manager of hot mill technology; Andrei Ianos, senior specialist, hotrolling; Zafer Koont, senior research leader -- all from ArcelorMittal Dofasco in Hamilton, Ontario; Patrick Van Poecke, support manager, mechanical maintenance, ArcelorMittal - Gent—and Hugo Uijtdebroeks, activity manager, process technology, metal processing, from the Centre For Research in Metallurgy in Liege-Gent, Belgium, were presented the Institute Medal by AISI Chairman John Ferriola, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Nucor Corporation. The awards were presented during the 124th AISI General Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.

“The Institute Medal is the highest honor given by the steel industry to recognize the critical R&D work that continues to move our industry forward as a leader in manufacturing innovation,” said Thomas J. Gibson, president and CEO of AISI. “We congratulate the Institute Medal winners and finalists on their excellent achievements and thank them for their commitment to maintain the technical prowess of the North American steel industry. R&D of this caliber continues serve our customers and society well.”

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:

  • “Improving the Reliability of Blast Furnace Blowpipes,” authored by Charles Copeland, process engineer, Ironmaking and Stuart Street, technical manager, Ironmaking -- both at AK Steel Corporation in Dearborn, Michigan. 
  • “Impact of Argon Injection Through Tundish Upper Nozzle on Mold Fluid Flow at ArcelorMittal Dofasco’s No. 1 Continuous Caster, ” authored by Stephen Daeyoung Chung, steelmaking process improvement specialist, and Joydeep Sengupta, principal researcher, primary processes, continuous casting – both at ArcelorMittal Dofasco in Hamilton, Ontario.

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Contact: Lisa Harrison
202.452.7115 / lharrison@steel.org

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