Benjamin F. Fairless Award (AIME) Recipients

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2020Dr. Sara A. Hornby, C. Eng, FIMMMFor outstanding contribution to the international steel industry over several decades. Sara has been successful in plant engineering, in research and development, in technical sales, as an educator and as a strong advocate of technical societies, particularly the Iron & Steel Society and AIST. She has been a trailblazer for the many women now entering the steel industry.
2019Dr. Brian G. ThomasFor his dedication to the steel industry in developing and sustaining industrial and academic collaborations both nationally and internally. A globally recognized expert in continuous casting and tireless researcher, his work in partnership with industry has provided countless impactful scientific publications, innovations and tremendous insight for the industry for over the past 30 years.
2018Dr. John G. SpeerFor lifetime achievements in innovative steel processing and product development. An internationally recognized expert in ferrous metallurgy, Dr. Speer's work has advanced the overall understanding of the fundamental principles that govern phase transformation and property development in steel alloys. His research into the quenching and partitioning process has moved from the theoretical to the practical, and has profoundly impacted the development of advanced high-strength steels.
2017Mr. George F. Vander VoortFor his significant advancements in metallography and metallurgy and application of those advances to the betterment of industry and society; his passion to share this knowledge with students and industry professionals, particularly through his seminal text, Metallography: Principles and Practice; and his influential leadership with standards and professional organizations.
2016Dr. George KraussFor his national and international leadership in ferrous physical metallurgy education, for his technical accomplishments that have advanced the overall understanding of steel microstructures and properties, and for his vision to develop successful industry-academic collaborations.
2015Dr. Lawrence J. HeaslipFor his relentless dedication to the steel industry and those who work in it. Aristotle said, “Those who know, do. Those who understand, teach.” In the role of a teacher, Heaslip shared his steelmaking expertise and experience without reservation. He is recognized for his enduring personal commitment to the AIST Electric Arc Furnace Training Seminar and to the education of steelmakers.
2014Dr. Johannes SchadeFor advancing the knowledge of clean steel technologies in continuous casting. His passion for steel technology, contributions to tundish metallurgy, and his leadership in steelmaking and casting process technology have had a significant impact on the steel industry.
2013Dr. Bruce L. BramfittFor his 45 years of sustained contributions to the steel industry in applying ferrous physical metallurgical principles to the development of new and innovative steels, and his long-term commitment to young engineers.
2012Dr. Ronald J. O'MalleyFor advancing the understanding of steel quality in continuous casting by serving as a mentor and teacher to all levels of the steel industry. His many years as a presenter at AIST training seminars have helped to ensure a strong and capable workforce.
2011Mr. Leonard G. NelsonFor exceptional and selfless leadership and service to the American steel industry through his successful industrial career and extraordinary contributions as president of ISS (AIST), AIME and the ISS Foundation.
2010Mr. Anthony J. DeArdoIn recognition of 35 years of contributions to the science of steelmaking and the development of new grades. He is recognized globally for his contributions to the understanding of the design properties of microalloyed steels and the mechanisms of strengthening and microstructural evolution.
2009Dr. Eugene B. PretoriusFor his significant contributions in optimizing the productivity of EAF and LMF treatment processes by advancing the understanding of slag engineering and its application to slag foaming and inclusion formation.
2008Mr. David NaylorFor their dedication to the creation of steeluniversity.com, an innovative and universal steel education Web site which has become a valuable resource for the promotion of steel and steel education by introducing students of all ages to the many diverse attributes of steel.
2008Mr. Andrew GreenFor their dedication to the creation of steeluniversity.com, an innovative and universal steel education Web site which has become a valuable resource for the promotion of steel and steel education by introducing students of all ages to the many diverse attributes of steel.
2008Ms. Ruth HambletonFor their dedication to the creation of steeluniversity.com, an innovative and universal steel education Web site which has become a valuable resource for the promotion of steel and steel education by introducing students of all ages to the many diverse attributes of steel.
2008Mr. Ian D. N. ChristmasFor their dedication to the creation of steeluniversity.com, an innovative and universal steel education Web site which has become a valuable resource for the promotion of steel and steel education by introducing students of all ages to the many diverse attributes of steel.
2007Dr. Allan M. SmillieFor his boundless energy and determination to advance the understanding of secondary metallurgy in the production of stainless and carbon steel, and for his ability to relate to all industry employees - from the laboratory to the shop floor.
2004Dr. Oleg OstrovskiFor innovative research in thermodynamics, kinetics and mechanisms of metallurgical processes, and devotion to training of new metallurgists.
2003Dr. Alan W. CrambFor advancing our understanding of the physical chemistry of casting and solidification processes, upon which new developments in continuous casting and strip casting systems for steel production have been based.
2002Prof. Howard K. WornerFor his contributions, over more than sixty years, to the development of novel concepts and processes that have impacted the international steel industry. His pioneering research includes: fully fluxed sinters; coal blending for coke making, continuous refinement of steel, smelting of iron oxide composites, the Worner “iron bath” smelting furnace, direct ironmaking, use of low ranked coals for smelting, microwave assisted smelting and treatment of metallurgical wastes.