Tadeusz Sendzimir Memorial Medal Recipients

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2022Dr. Pravin C. MathurRecognized for pioneering coherent jet technology for supersonic oxygen injection to reduce power consumption and improve melting productivity in the electric arc furnace. This breakthrough technology, now deployed throughout the world, represents a significant advancement for preheating, melting and decarburizing via chemical energy injection. With 10 patents and multiple awards, Dr. Mathur's technical acumen and relentless pursuit of excellence represent ideal attributes for engineering success in the steel industry.
2021Mr. William H. EmlingFor his ongoing commitment and contributions to the steel industry and AIST. In a career spanning roles as producer, maintenance provider and supplier for SMS Group Inc., Emling has been involved with developing several technological advances and disseminating that knowledge. His key contributions include researching steel quality, his early involvement with thermocouple-based breakout prediction and developing coatings for continuous casting molds.
2020Mr. Giovanni ArvediIn appreciation and recognition of his exceptional vision, keen intellect, passion for improvement, resolute determination, and insightful know-how that has spanned a stellar career of more than 55 years in the steel industry. In his pursuit of excellence, Giovanni Arvedi has overcome all obstacles in his quest to improve the processes that continuously produce high-quality steel products. ARVEDI ESP is the acronym for his endless cast-rolling steel strip production process; the result of a vision he pursued relentlessly for over 20 years, so as to finally achieve in 2010 a paradigm-altering method of hot-rolled strip production, encompassing levels of compactness, production rate, quality, product flexibility, energy efficiency and cost-effectiveness previously thought to be unattainable in a single production line.
2019Dr. Raul G. Quintero FloresFor his contributions as co-developer and champion of the HYL direct reduction process for more than 40 years. A holder of five international patents related to direct reduction technology, Quintero-Flores' work has led to greater energy efficiency and higher productivity for the utilization of DRI in steel plants and around the world.
2018Mr. Gianpietro BenedettiIn recognition of more than half a century of engineering contributions in the advancement of process equipment for steel manufacturing. Throughout his remarkable career with Danieli, Mr. Benedetti's passion for innovation is evident with more than 90 patents bearing his name, which not only span the entire steel manufacturing process but also have improved plant efficiencies worldwide. Through perseverance, expertise and strategic vision, he has guided the company to achieve global prominence by striving to lead the technological evolution of the steel industry.
2017Mr. Joseph HollmanFor his instrumental role in the development and promotion of the Paul Wurth Bell-Less Top blast furnace charging system, presently utilized in 60% of global hot metal production. His wealth of knowledge and equipment innovation has played a key role in blast furnace design and optimization.
2016Dr. Kenneth E. BlazekFor innovative engineering contributions to the science and technology of steelmaking and continuous casting, including his work in breakout avoidance, solidification modeling and cooling theory to link steel research with high-quality steel production. Throughout his outstanding career, Dr. Blazek has been an influential teacher and mentor, always willing to share his knowledge to help others develop a more profound understanding of steelmaking processes and products.
2015Dr. Frank L. KemenyFor outstanding contributions to the steel industry through the development of innovative process sensors and process control systems leading to process improvement and furthering process understanding.
2014Dr. John G. SpeerFor the development of the quench and partitioning process, an innovative and transformative concept for the production of advanced high-strength steels.
2013Mr. David C. MeissnerFor their instrumental roles as pioneers and promoters of the MIDREX® Direct Reduction Process, providing an alternate ironmaking process previously unavailable to some developing economies. Mr. Kelley is an expert in catalysts and reforming, while Mr. Meissner’s contributions are in iron ore characterization and development of the FASTMET® process. Both have achieved reputations as respected leaders in the industry.
2013Mr. Bruce KelleyFor their instrumental roles as pioneers and promoters of the MIDREX® Direct Reduction Process, providing an alternate ironmaking process previously unavailable to some developing economies. Mr. Kelley is an expert in catalysts and reforming, while Mr. Meissner’s contributions are in iron ore characterization and development of the FASTMET® process. Both have achieved reputations as respected leaders in the industry.
2012Mr. James T. ShaplandFor his work in 1969 to develop the slidegate system (originally patented in 1885) into a commercially available tool for efficient flow control of molten steel. His exceptional contribution has resulted in virtually every ladle, and most tundishes, in the steel industry today being outfitted with slidegate systems.
2011Mr. J. Kevin CotchenFor advancing steelmaking technology as an AIST committee member and chair, and for dissemination of knowledge as a prolific author, lecturer, process engineer and trainer.
2010Mr. Gerald R. HeffernanFor pioneering the implementation of continuous billet casting in 1954 at Premier Steel in Edmonton, Alta., and thus starting the minimill evolutionl. He advanced his novel concept by building Lake Ontario Steel in 1964 which attracted the attention of Willy Korf, and then North Star Steel in 1968, Sheerness Steel in 1970, Chaparral Steel in 1972, and Raritan River Steel in 1975. Nucor’s Ken Iverson studied the new process at North Star and the rest is minimill history.
2009Mr. John A. VallomyFor his vision and entrepreneurial spirit as one of the most innovative people in modern-day steelmaking. Through the invention of the Consteel process, he has made a significant technological impact on the electric furnace method of steelmaking.
2008Mr. Walter BlejdeFor their dedication and vision to the development of the Castrip process over the last 18 years, instrumental in making it the first commercially viable carbon steel strip casting process.
2008Dr. Hisahiko FukaseFor their dedication and vision to the development of the Castrip process over the last 18 years, instrumental in making it the first commercially viable carbon steel strip casting process.
2007Dr. Millet L. WeiFor his specialized expertise and knowledge in troubleshooting of various integrated steel plant problems which have required significant interdisciplinary knowledge in the fields of structural, mechanical, metallurgical and ceramic engineering.
2006Mr. Herbert P.K. Fastert During his 43-year career, Fastert, together with Irvin Rossi, Concast's founder, helped pioneer the continuous casting of steel. He was responsible for engineering and manufacturing the first commercial beam blank caster for Algoma Steel in 1965. Together with Chaparral Steel, he developed and perfected the near-net-shape beam blank casting process. He then led the engineering and manufacturing of the world's first jumbo slab caster at Great Lake Steel. In 1987 Fastert participated in the Nucor/SMS development of the compact strip production plant at Nucor Crawfordsville. He also developed numerous patents in the field of continuous casting and metal processing, and is a contributing author to the 11th edition of The Making, Shaping and Treating of Steel, Casting Volume.
2003Dr. Robert G. H. LeeLee has a patent on more than two dozen inventions and is a named inventor on a worldwide total of more than 200 patents in the following areas: Pyrometallurgy; Hydrometallurgy; Environment; Energy, Pulp and paper; Food and Mosquito Abatement. Of all of his inventions, two related to the steel industry stand out: Development of the GAZAL Process and Co-invention of the OBM/Q-BOP (Oxygen Bottom Metallurgy/Quick Basic Oxygen Process). Dr. Lee’s work has made possible the economical production of the advanced steels that have preserved steel’s market share against plastics, aluminum and other competitive materials. Nominated • Oxygen Steelmaking Division.