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Tadeusz Sendzimir Memorial Medal Recipients


Frank L. Kemeny

“For 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.”


John G. Speer

"For the development of the quench and partitioning process, an innovative and transformative concept for the production of advanced high-strength steels."


Bruce Kelley and
David C. Meissner

 “For 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.”


James T. Shapland

“For 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.”


J. Kevin Cotchen

“For advancing steelmaking technology as an AIST committee member and chair, and for dissemination of knowledge as a prolific author, lecturer, process engineer and trainer.”


Gerald R. Heffernan

“For 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.”


John A. Vallomy

“For 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.”


Hisahiko Fukase and Walter Blejde

“For 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.”


Millet L. Wei

"For 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."


Herbert P. 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.


Robert G. H. Lee, Ph.D

Lee 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.


Paul S. Morgan

As President of Morgan Construction, he oversaw the development of the “No-Twist®Mill,” patented in 1967, which allowed finishing speeds previously unattainable and the development of the Stelmor® process have been installed in over125 steel plants around the world, either as part of new mill construction or retrofit projects. Nominated – Bar and Shape Rolling Division.


Gerhard Fuchs

Mr. Fuchs has made significant strides toward the modern day electric arc furnace and holds approximately 16 patents in the EAF industry. Several key developments attributed to Mr. Fuchs include the following: Electric arc furnace with an eccentric connected charging area, Lifting and Swiveling Device for an Electric Arc Furnace Roof, Melting Unit with Scrap Preheating, Scrap Pre-heater and Tiltable Metallurgical Vessel. Nominated – Electric Steelmaking Division.


Vladimir B. Ginzburg

Dr. Ginzburg has received more than 50 U.S. and foreign patents related to various areas of flat rolling processes. Among them are: the roll shifting and bending system with stationary roll bending cylinders, reradiating heat retention panels, tandem rolling mills with variable roll diameters, 5-high & 6-high rolling mills with intermediate roll crossing, mechanism for underwinding the strip in Steckel Mills, and dual coiling furnaces for Steckel Mills. Nominated - Rolling and Finishing Division.


Manfred Kolakowski and Hans Streubel

Jointly, Mr. Kolakowski and Mr. Streubel hold a patent for “mould for continuous casting of steel strip”. The first plant, which installed the compact strip production (CSP) with patented mould, started up in 1989 at Nucor Crawfordsville. At the time of the award, 16 CSP casters are in operation and 9 are under construction. Nominated - Rolling and Finishing Division.


William Smith

Mr. Smith is widely regarded as the inventor of the modern hot mill coil box. By coiling up the transfer bar between the roughing and the finishing stands, the mill is shortened, energy is conserved and metallurgical properties are improved. New mills constructed with coil boxes benefit from less horsepower requirement and less finishing stands than generation II hot mills. Nominated - Rolling and Finishing Division.


Donald J. Fapiano

Mr. Fapiano worked in the area of metal systems automation. His development of the multivariate statistical methods are now universally used to project yield improvements from reductions in dimension variance in plate mill operations. He pioneered the use of linear programming for the optimization of profile and flatness in multistand rolling mills, and developed gage and shape control strategies employed by many hot and cold mills today. Nominated – Computer Applications Division.


F. Kenneth Iverson

Ken Iverson has been credited by many as the individual who created the mini-mill and took the concept of electric-arc furnace steel production to maturity, making it the standard for steel's modern age. His view was to adapt electric-furnace steelmaking to small-scale, regionally located plants, employing state-of-the-art technology to produce commodity products like reinforcing bars, angles and smooth rounds rather than high-end flat-rolled products. Nominated – Oxygen Steelmaking Division and Rolling and Finishing Division.


Morris D. Stone

During his 38-year career, Dr. Stone has been awarded 39 U.S. patents, 60 foreign patents and has authored 41 technical papers on rolling mills, metalworking presses and metal processing equipment. He was also a co-worker of Mr. Sendzimir upon Mr. Sendzimir’s arrival in the U.S. in 1939, designing the first American cold mill installed at Acme Steel. Nominated - Rolling Mill Division.


Melvin J. Greaves

Mr. Greaves has been awarded a total of 44 patents that resulted in him being one of the nations most innovative and productive engineers in the iron and steel industry. His contributions assisted the advancement of pellet machines, sinter plants, blast furnaces and direct reduction technology. Nominated – Iron Producing Division.


Irving J. Rossi

Mr. Rossi pioneered mold oscillation and the continuous casting process during the 1950’s. Upon receipt of the Sendzimir Award, Mr. Rossi held 235 patents in continuous casting.