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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

A committee consisting of the AIST president (chair), the AIST first vice president and the immediate five living past presidents will select up to five candidates for board approval. A two-thirds vote of the board of directors shall be required 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.

2020 Distinguished Member and Fellow Award

William P. Breedlove
senior vice president and chief commercial officer, American Zinc Recycling Corp., Coraopolis, Pa., USA

For his dedicated service to AIST and the AIST Foundation. Having served as AIST Foundation president from 2005 to 2007 and AIST president from 2010 to 2011, his guiding principles and work ethic set a standard of excellence. His promotion of the Foundation successfully drove fundraising to new levels, significantly advancing its mission to enable the next generation of steelmakers in their academic pursuits.
2020 Distinguished Member and Fellow Award

Dale E. Heinz

retired operations manager, ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor, Burns Harbor, Ind., USA

For his leadership and support of AIST through its Technology Committees, Member Chapters and student-oriented programs. His passion and dedication in support of the AIST Foundation and its mission to educate the next generation of our workforce has been an invaluable contribution to the steel industry.
2020 Distinguished Member and Fellow Award

John R. Middleton

director, Multon Process Technology Ltd., Scunthorpe, U

In recognition of more than six decades of contributions to advancing technical development in the production and processing of steel. His work in the implementation of industrial-scale continuous casting and vacuum degassing in the 1960s in the U.K. was significant. Middleton was a pioneer in the infancy of industrial computer applications, having developed dynamic modeling as well as integrated management and optimization systems which are now in use at steel plants around the world. He is a dedicated member of the Specialty Alloy & Foundry Technology Committee and has led their first Study Tours to the U.K. and Spain. Middleton is a distinguished gentleman with a distinguished career in our industry.