About AIST

Board of Directors 2024–2025

The affairs of AIST shall be managed by the Board of Directors, which shall have supervision, control and direction of its policies or changes therein within the limits of the Bylaws; shall actively prosecute its purposes; and shall have discretion in the disbursement of its funds.


Thomas C. Toner
Senior Advisor and Vice President Operations, and Director of Technical Development – Transformation Office
SSAB Americas

Past President

Barry T. Schneider
President and Chief Operating Officer
Steel Dynamics Inc.

First Vice President

Al C. Behr
Executive Vice President
Nucor Corp.

2nd Vice President

Traci L. Forrester
Executive Vice President, Environmental and Sustainability
Cleveland-Cliffs Inc.


John G. Speer
American Bureau of Shipping Chaired Professor and Director, Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center
Colorado School of Mines


Greg J. Brandon
Vice President Southeast Division


Dirk Francis
Vice President Manufacturing
ArcelorMittal Dofasco G.P.


Jeff Joldrichsen
Vice President, Operations
BlueScope Coated Products


Mark L. Fedor
President and Chief Executive Officer


Ronald E. Ashburn

Ronald E. Ashburn
Executive Director

AIST Foundation President

Terry G. Fedor II
Executive Vice President, Operations
Cleveland-Cliffs Inc.

Safety & Environment Technology Division

Kevin Deliman
Business Development Manager – Industrial
Baltimore Aircoil Co.

Cokemaking & Ironmaking Technology Division

Joseph H. Morey
Morey Industrial Consulting

Steelmaking Technology Division

Gilbert Hutton
CMC Steel Arizona

Refining & Casting Technology Division

Chase J. Ault
Steel Dynamics Inc. – Flat Roll Group Butler Division

Rolling & Processing Technology Division

Nikhil Kulkarni
Steel Dynamics Inc. – Flat Roll Group Jeffersonville Plant

Metallurgy Technology Division

John (Bill) B. Jones
U. S. Steel – Granite City Works

Energy & Control Technology Division

Lawrence F. Fabina
Cleveland-Cliffs Burns Harbor

Plant Services & Reliability Technology Division

Neil J. Tannyan
Hatch Associates Consultants Inc.

Material Movement & Transportation Technology Division

Jesse W. DeSpain
Nucor Steel–Texas

Midwest Member Chapter

Stephen A. Civanich Jr.
NALCO Water, and Ecolab Company

Northeastern Ohio Member Chapter Rep.

Stephen M. Murphy
Metallus Inc.

Northern Member Chapter Rep.

James G. Hoffman
ArcelorMittal Dofasco G.P.

Ohio Valley Member Chapter Rep.

Luis G. Garza Martinez
Cleveland-Cliffs Research and Innovation Center

Pittsburgh Member Chapter Rep.

Karim Alshurafa
Vollmer America Inc.

Southeast Member Chapter

Nick Bucci
Nucor Steel–Hertford County

Southwest Member Chapter

Sabra C. Serino
CMC Steel Texas

Smaller MC USMCA BOD Rep

Alec Glenn
AM/NS Calvert LLC

Smaller MC Non-USMCA BOD Rep

Karim Badr
RHI Magnesita