Howe Memorial Lecture

Tuesday, 29 June • 7:30–8:30 a.m.

The AIST Howe Memorial Lecture Award was established in 1923 to honor the late professor Henry Marion Howe, who helped turn steelmaking from an art into a science. This award shall be selected every other year on the odd year. The honorary lecturer shall present a lecture on a technical subject of particular interest to the association.

2021 Howe Memorial Lecturer

“Why Both Hydrogen and Carbon Are Key for Net Zero Steelmaking”

Carl De Maré
Climate-Neutral Industry Consultant

Carl De Maré received his M.S. degree in electromechanical engineering at the University of Gent Belgium in 1995. He started as a researcher at the University of Gent to work with physical simulators from casting to finished products for electrical steel sheet developments. He joined ArcelorMittal Gent in 1988, where he was active in IT developments, the research center for steel applications in the automotive sector and performance optimization for the finishing area. From 2002 to 2006, he served as general manager of the steel plant department of ArcelorMittal Gent to increase the capacity from 4 to 5 million tons per year. In 2006, he joined ArcelorMittal’s corporate offices, first in continuous improvement, responsible for Flat Europe. In May 2008, he was nominated to vice president of ArcelorMittal as chief technology officer of Flat Carbon Europe, responsible for technology, strategy, innovations and continuous improvement. In 2014, he was named vice president ArcelorMittal as head of technology strategy. In this function, he was responsible for the global program to develop a carbon-neutral steelmaking strategy. In April 2017, he also became chairman of the European Steel Technology Platform (ESTEP), which represents European steel stakeholders. Recently, he changed positions and is now active as a senior consultant to support the energy-intensive sectors (as steel, cement and chemicals) in their journey to become carbon neutral.