Past Southwest Member Chapter Events
Annual Meeting — March 2013
On 10-12 March 2013, the AIST Southwest Member Chapter held its annual meeting at the MCM Elegante Hotel in Beaumont, Texas. Although the golf outing was cancelled on Sunday due to weather conditions, attendees enjoyed a welcome reception and vendor fair that evening. Monday’s technical presentations included “Improvement in Ergonomics of Melt Shop Operations” by Allen Stauffer, Ronny Danner, Jacob King and Kevin Allen, Nucor Steel–Texas; “Process Control Using the Bruker Slag Analyzer” by Marty Martinez, Gerdau Special Steel North America–Fort Smith; “EAF Water Panel Emergency Shut-Off” by Nick Boerjan, Gerdau Special Steel North America–Fort Smith, “Energy Efficient Fans at Nucor Steel–Texas” by Adam Spece, Nucor Steel–Texas; “Gerdau and Application of Our Products” by Bhaskar Yalamanchili, Ph.D, Gerdau –Tampa; "Proper Ladle Slag Management” by Mike Butler and Timothy Zeng, Gerdau Beaumont; “Improving Mold Water Temperature” by Jarell Crutcher, Gerdau Beaumont; “Performance and Reliability of Caster Steam Exhaust System” by Jason Batson, and Neil Thornley, Nucor Steel–Texas; and “Anodizing Steel for Corrosion Protection” by Thomas David Burleigh, New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology. Monday evening, attendees participated in a vendor fair, reception and dinner with a keynote presentation by Ricardo Anawate, vice president and general manager of Gerdau Beaumont. On Tuesday, 12 March, host plant Gerdau Beaumont welcomed the meeting attendees to a tour of their mill and a Q&A session during lunch.
Annual Meeting — March 2012
On 11–13 March 2012, the AIST Southwest Member Chapter hosted their annual spring meeting at the Hilton College Station & Conference Center in College Station, Texas. Despite a rained-out golf outing, the event began on Sunday, 11 March, with an evening welcome reception and a vendor fair featuring 16 exhibiting companies. Monday’s program included seven technical paper presentations from Nucor Steel Memphis Inc., Spraying Systems, Nucor Steel–Texas, CMC Steel Texas, Gerdau Midlothian and SMS Meer Service Inc. Following the close of the technical presentations, attendees gathered for a reception, more time with the exhibiting companies at the vendor fair and a dinner with a keynote presentation by James Darsey, executive vice president, Nucor Corp. On Tuesday, 13 March, attendees were given a plant tour and lunch at the Nucor Steel–Texas facility in Jewett, Texas. There were 80 attendees at the technical program and nearly 100 at the Monday evening dinner.