European Steel Forum


Dr. Sara A. Hornby, CEng, FIMMM

President, Global Strategic Solutions Inc.

Sara Hornby received her B.Sc. (Hons.) and British Steel Corp. (BSC)-sponsored Ph.D. at Sheffield City Polytechnic (Hallam University). She holds five patents and has published or presented 123 papers at seminars and courses internationally. Her career includes R&D, applied R&D, new technology development, marketing, and knowledge exchange through networking with academia, colleagues, OEMs, and especially students and metallurgical plant operators. Her U.K. experience includes co-ops with Joseph Lucas, Solihull and William Lee Malleable, and Dronfield, and career positions with Applied Research Laboratories, Firth Brown Tools and BSC. In North America, she has predominantly offered operating practice innovations and process optimization solutions to steel mills for Air Liquide, Goodfellow Technologies (now Tenova Goodfellow), Midrex Technologies Inc., Linde Gases, Process Technology International (now INTECO PTI), TMS International and her own consulting company, Global Strategic Solutions Inc. Hornby has been a member of the IoM3 for 50 years, participating in the Younger Metallurgists Committee, serving as secretary of the Sheffield Division of IoM, involved in “Materials for Man” lecture series, and was recently awarded FIMMM. A 39-year member of AIST and its predecessor, the Iron & Steel Society (ISS), Hornby served on the ISS board of directors (BOD) and the University-Industry Relations Roundtable and Ironmaking, Electric Steelmaking, and DRI Technology Committees. She was chair of the Process Technology Division and the BOD Committee for International Affairs. She also was a BOD member of the Investment Casting Institute and Chairman of their R&D and Marketing Committees. She continues as a member of IoM3, AIST, SEAISI and AFS. Her steel industry involvement was acknowledged by her peers in 2020, when she was awarded the AIME Benjamin F. Fairless Award by AIST and the John Bell Award from the AIST Electric Steelmaking Technology Committee. Challenged to pursue a metallurgy career, she prides herself in being a trailblazer for women in the iron and steel industry.