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Randy Skagen, Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa, Appointed AIST President

Randy C. Skagen, vice president and general manager, Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa Inc., Tuscaloosa, AL, USA, has been appointed President of the Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST) for 2017–2018. Randy succeeds Wendell L. Carter, vice president and general manager, ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor, East Chicago, IN, USA.

In regard to his appointment, Mr. Skagen said, "It will be an honor to serve our industry as president of AIST. The steel industry has blessed my family and me for over 38 years. We live in a global economy and now more than ever we need to work together to make our industry safer, more innovative and more attractive to young people entering their chosen profession. By working within our own association and partnering with other steel associations and government agencies, we will ensure the strength of steel for years to come."

AIST announced its 2017–2018 executive committee and board of directors during AISTech 2017. Also appointed as officers were:

  • First Vice President: James F. Dudek, vice president, Asset Revitalization and Manufacturing Excellence, United States Steel Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
  • Second Vice President: Ronald J. O’Malley, F. Kenneth Iverson Chair, professor and director, Kent D. Peaslee Steel Manufacturing Research Center, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO, USA.
  • Past President: Wendell L. Carter, vice president and general manager, ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor, East Chicago, IN, USA.
  • First Officer-at-Large: Steven J. Henderson, vice president and chief supply chain officer, Commercial Metals Company, Irving, TX, USA.
  • Second Officer-at-Large: Keith J. Howell, chief operating officer, USA Operations, ArcelorMittal USA, Burns Harbor, IN., USA.
  • Third Officer-at-Large: Barry T. Schneider, senior vice president, Flat Roll Steel Group, Steel Dynamics Inc., Fort Wayne, IN, USA.
  • Fourth Officer-at-Large: Brian K. Bishop, vice president, carbon steel operations, AK Steel, West Chester, OH, USA.
  • Treasurer: Joseph Dzierzawski, president and chief executive officer, SMS USA LLC, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
  • Secretary: Ronald E. Ashburn, executive director, Association for Iron & Steel Technology, Warrendale, PA, USA.
  • AIST Foundation President: Kolin L. Keller, vice president, operations support, Commercial Metals Company, Seguin, TX, USA.

AIST board members are Sunday O. Abraham, principal research engineer, SSAB Iowa Inc., Muscatine, IA; Rishabh Bahel, energy manager, ArcelorMittal Cleveland, Cleveland, OH, USA; Sabyasachi Bandyopadhyay, executive director and chief technology officer, Group Steel Business, Jindal Steel & Power Ltd., New Delhi, India; Jeffrey G. Blankenship, president, MRSI – Maintenance-Reliability Solutions Inc., Chapin, SC, USA; Stephen M. Bunch, assistant manager, metallurgical quality services, California Steel Industries, Fontana, CA, USA; Kester D. Clarke, associate professor, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO, USA; Kelly M. Dallas, principal engineer, central engineering, ArcelorMittal USA, Burns Harbor, IN, USA; Larry D. Guinn, material handling supervisor, Nucor Steel–Berkeley, Mt. Pleasant, SC, USA; David C. Hamblin, hot mill supervisor, Nucor Steel–Berkeley, Huger, SC, USA; James M. Lash, area manager, steelmaking, U. S. Steel – Great Lakes Works, Ecorse, MI, USA; Kyle J. Lysitt, rolling and finishing electrical supervisor, Nucor Steel–Hertford County, Winton, NC, USA; Angelo A. Manenti, vice president, North American Business Development, TENOVA Inc., Coraopolis, PA, USA; Larry A. Marks, senior manager, Steel Processing, TimkenSteel Corp., Louisville, OH, USA; Bernie, J. Marrese, account manager – special products, Primetals Technologies USA LLC, Canonsburg, PA, USA; Sun Cheer Sheen, president and chief executive officer, Donghae Steel Tech Corp., Gangnam-Gu, Seoul, South Korea; Darrell E. Sturgill, sales and technical service manager, IMERYS Steelcasting USA Inc., Springfield, OH, USA; Wayne S. Thompson, rental representative, Lifting Gear Hire Corp., Hamilton, ON, Canada; Dejan Zrelec, senior project manager, Tenova Goodfellow, Mississauga, ON, Canada.

AISTech 2017 was one of the largest gatherings of industry personnel in the world this year. The four-day conference program encompassed more than 550 technical presentations and exhibits by more than 530 domestic and international companies.

AIST is a non-profit technical association of 17,500 members from more than 70 countries, with the mission to advance the technical development, production, processing and application of iron and steel. The organization is recognized as a global leader in networking, education and sustainability programs for advancing iron and steel technology.


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