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2021Dr. Paul G. SandersRonald J. O'MalleyFor his exemplary leadership and guidance of the AIST Foundation Steel Professors. As the first recipient of our Kent D, Peaslee Junior Faculty Award, he "set-the-bar high" for all future recipients, to bring the steel industry to more universities. He took on the leadership role to encourage and form bonds between past recipients to ensure awareness of the steel industry will remain at the forefront within their universities.
2021Mr. Mohamed Saied EssaRonald J. O'MalleyFor his inspiration and tireless passion to bring AIST programming to the Middle East North African region. His efforts have led to the first AIST MENA Steel Forum, AIST MENA Webinars and the foundation of the AIST MENA Member Chapter.
2021Ms. Britt E. MacKinnonRonald J. O'MalleyFor her contributions as a Young Professional and rising leader in AIST as demonstrated through her forethought and implementation of new programs in the past year. Britt's enthusiasm and involvement are beneficial and essential to the future success of AIST.
2020Dr. Bryan WeblerRonald J. O'MalleyFor his countless contributions to AIST's The Making, Shaping and Treating of Steel: 101 course and for his service within the Metallurgy - Steelmaking & Casting Technology Committee. Bryan's commitment and dedication to AIST is genuine as he continually serves to advance the next generation of steelmakers.
2020Dr. Chenn Q. Zhou, Ph.D.Ronald J. O'MalleyFor her relentless support to ensure the resounding success of the 8th International SteelSim Conference, thereby helping to disseminate knowledge of simulation modeling technologies associated with steel manufacturing. As the event chair, Chenn leveraged her extensive network to attract a global audience. Her friendly, affable, hardworking demeanor has enabled her to be a strong and effective ambassador for AIST.
2020Mr. John Patrick PhilbinRonald J. O'MalleyFor his mentorship and guidance of AIST's Continuous Casting, Ladle & Secondary Refining, Specialty Alloy & Foundry, and Electric Steelmaking Technology Committees; his support for expansion of study tours in these committees; and for his tireless efforts to support and develop the future leaders of AIST. Pat's gift for engaging our members and supporting their ascent into AIST's leadership has been a true benefit to AIST and 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
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. 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!