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2019Mr. Michael S. DudzicJames F. DudekFor his passionate and strategic efforts to establish AIST as the epicenter for learning and the disseminatoin of knowledge related to the digitalization of the steel industry. His diligent work over the past year to plan, educate and recruit presenters for AIST's inaugural Digital Transformaiton Forum for the Steel Industry has added significantly to AIST's value proposition for cost-effective workforce development for the steel industry.
2019Dr. Kevin L. Zeik, Ph.D.James F. DudekFor demonstrating bold leadership in concert with the AIME Board of Trustees that has transformed and streamlined the AIME Governance model. Their efforts to structure, plan and prioritize a unified focus for all member societies will enhance AIME value well into the future.
2019Dr. Bruno Charles De CoomanJames F. DudekIn memory of his extradordinary life as a researcher, teacher and author in the field of ferrous metallurgy. As an AIST Adolf Martens Lecturer, AIST International Steel Academy Instructor and author of two AIST publications, Introduction to the Mechanical Behavior of Steel and Fundamentals of Steel Product Physical Metallurgy, De Cooman was sincerely committeed to AIST's mission and the batterment of the ndustry through education and research-based practices
2019Dr. John G. SpeerJames F. DudekFor demonstrating bold leadership in concert with the AIME Board of Trustees that has transformed and streamlined the AIME Governance model. Their efforts to structure, plan and prioritize a unified focus for all member societies will enhance AIME value well into the future.
2018Mr. William H. EmlingRandy C. SkagenFor his meritorious service as an AIST Foundation Trustee through active participation in and valuable contributions to current and new programs. His continuing leadership beyond his tenure as Trustee and championing of benchmarking initiatives will help to transform the Foundation scholarship winners of today into the active AIST members of tomorrow. His integrity, enthusiasm and selfless support remain a vital asset to the growth and sustainability of the AIST Foundation.
2018Mr. David T. BlazevicRandy C. SkagenIn appreciation for his dedication to the steel industry in a career that has spanned more than 66 years. Throughout his distinguished career, he has shared his expertise with the steel industry through more than 45 published technical papers and books, including the 10-volume Hot Strip Mill Operations series. His dedication to improving rolling mills and providing solutions for unusual and difficult issues in the steel manufacturing process is unmatched.
2018Mr. George J. KoenigRandy C. SkagenFor his dedication to the enrichment of the Association through leadership in the annual AISTech Town Hall Forum, representing a world-class event for executives to engage in meaningful conversation about issues vital to the global iron and steel industry. Koenig's outstanding record of service as a Foundation Trustee, past Executive Committee member and past AIST President is matched only by his passion and unwavering zeal for the mission of AIST.
2017Mrs. Shannon F. ClarkWendell L. CarterIn appreciation of her commitment to the active promotion of the AIST Northern Member Chapter. Shannon's enthusiasm for nurturing the growth and success of the chapter is exemplified through passion and strong leadership to ensure that every chapter event yields an enriching experience. Her efforts have resulted in programming that both engages and educates our professional members, our students and the greater steel community.
2017Mrs. Geraldine M. KaneWendell L. CarterFor her fierce dedication to the Association and her extensive family of customers. Gerry's passion for building relationships with people transcends the typical sales experience, and has made her an icon of customer service within the greater steel community. Her character and demeanor exemplify all that is good about AIST, and we are fortunate to have had her on our team for nearly 50 years.
2017Mrs. Colleen M. ReevesWendell L. CarterFor her commitment to the success of the AIST Maintenance & Reliability Technology Committee. Colleen's service to the committee and the AIST membership always goes above and beyond what is expected. Her technical expertise and passion for the mission is rivaled only by her delightful personality.
2017Mr. Frederick T. HarnackWendell L. CarterFor his dedication to the AIST Foundation since 2005. Fred has been instrumental in the coordination of program development and fundraising efforts as a member of the Board of Trustees for more than a decade. Because of his passion and leadership, the AIST Foundation programs are much stronger in their pursuit of the next generation for the steel industry.
2016Mr. Robert C. KuhnGeorge KoenigFor his encouraging interest in student programming through his service as an AIST Foundation Trustee from 2009 through 2015, and for his active particpation on the many scholarship and grant committees through the years. Bob is passionate in his enduring support for the AIST Foundation's participation in Materials Camps held regularly each year, which provides exposure to science and technology for children in grades 7-12.
2016Mr. Robert H. WoodsGeorge KoenigFor his extraordinary support of AIST functions, which include the Safety & Health Technology Committee, Southern California Member Chapter, AIST Road Show, and his lifesaving efforts at AISTech. We all feel much safer with Robbie around!
2016Dr. Sammy A. MatsonGeorge KoenigFor his continued efforts to promote the AIST Process Benchmarker® and its value proposition to the electric steelmaking community, and for his efforts to encourage collaboration between the Technology Committees within the Steelmaking Technology Division.
2015Mr. Jose Henrique Noldin, Jr.Glenn A. PushisFor his service as the AIST-ABM liaison, for his active participation in the 2014 Italy Steel Forum and the 2014 OSTC Japan Study Tour, and for his support of the ICSTI Organizing Committee for AISTech 2015.
2015Mr. Douglas D. NikschGlenn A. PushisFor his commitment to AIST as the education chair for both the Material Handling Technology Committee and the Transportation & Logistics Technology Committee. He has worked tirelessly to organize committee meeting tour sites, increase Technology Committee participation, help with the AISTech Exhibit Hall, and develop the 2016 Material Handling and Transportation Logistics Training Seminar.
2015Mr. Charles A. TottenGlenn A. PushisFor his unending dedication, leadership and commitment to AIST as demonstrated by the success of the 2014 AIST-IAS Crane Symposium in Argentina. The Crane Symposium would not be what it is today without his contributions and genuine passion for the event.
2014Mrs. Kelly M. DallasTerry G. Fedor IIIn appreciation for her creative work to engage the next generation of engineers and for extending AIST’s reach beyond universities to high schools.
2014Dr. Juergen CappelTerry G. Fedor IIFor his dedication to the development of the AIST International Steel Academy program and for his efforts to bolster its world-class reputation.
2014Mr. R. Joseph StratmanTerry G. Fedor IIFor unselfishly volunteering his time and leadership to support the AIST Executive Committee during the transition after the passing of Dr. Kent Peaslee.