RONALD P. KRUPITZER, Vice President Automotive Applications, Steel Market Development Institute, a business unit of American Iron and Steel Institute

Mr. Krupitzer focuses on advancing the use of steel in the highly competitive automotive materials market. His responsibilities include leadership of the Automotive Applications Council, a group of member steel producers, in automotive research, education and technology transfer activities. He also coordinates the steel input to the Auto/Steel Partnership (which has car company members including Chrysler, Ford, General Motors), and other steel-related consortia.

He has held various research and production positions within the steel industry. His steel industry experience includes product development, formability research, and implementation of steel mill processes including calcium injection, controlled rolling and continuous casting of new steel grades at Republic Steel and LTV Steel (now ArcelorMittal).

Mr. Krupitzer has also held both engineering and manufacturing positions at Chrysler. He managed sheet metal engineering and high tech steel development in the Chrysler Materials Engineering Department as galvanized steels were introduced into vehicles. As a manufacturing senior manager, he was responsible for production and quality at Chrysler’s Warren Stamping Plant. He also directed the effort to obtain initial ISO 9002 registration for the facility.

Mr. Krupitzer joined AISI in 2001. He has been active in ASM International, the Engineering Society of Detroit, and the Society of Automotive Engineers. Krupitzer earned BS and MS degrees from in Metallurgy and Materials Science from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.