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Distinguished Member and Fellow Award

►Nomination Form
►Award Recipients

History and Purpose

The AIST Distinguished Member and Fellow Award, established in 1975, shall be awarded to an AIST member who has attained eminent distinction in advancing the technical development, production, processing and application of iron and steel and/or related activities of the industry, and has performed meritorious service to the association.

Nomination Process

Nominations shall be made by submitting the AIST Award Nomination Form. Five letters of endorsement, a biography and proposed citation are required with each nomination.

All nomination information is considered confidential to the AIST Board of Directors, the Awards & Recognition Program Committee and its subcommittees.


A candidate shall be an AIST member recognized for significant merit in the fulfillment of the award’s purpose. Emphasis is placed on the achievement of both eminent distinction within the specific area of technical expertise and the performance of meritorious service to the association. Posthumous nominations shall be eligible if nominated within three years of death. 

Selection Process

The committee consists of the AIST President, who also acts as chair, First Vice President, Second Vice President, First Officer at Large (also Chair of the Awards Program), Second Officer at Large, Third Officer at Large and the Foundation President. The committee can select up to five candidates. Each candidate must receive approval from 5 members of the 7-member committee, then a two-thirds vote of approval from the Board of Directors for elevation to Distinguished Member and Fellow. The maximum number of living Distinguished Member and Fellows (≤80 years of age) shall not exceed 1% of the AIST membership.