Advice for the Steel Industry’s Young Professionals on Navigating the Current Marketplace
Tuesday, 21 July 2020 • 1–2 p.m. EDT
Garret Urie, primary utilities area manager, Stelco Inc.
Patrick Quiney, melt/cast metallurgist, Nucor Steel–Hertford County
Kaleb Fitch, EAF/LMF day supervisor, Nucor Steel–Hertford County
Lauren Keating, general manager of engineering, Songer Steel Services
Kaleb Fitch currently serves as the electric arc furnace/ladle metallurgy furnace (EAF/LMF) day supervisor for Nucor Steel–Hertford County in Cofield, N.C., USA. Fitch graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in materials science and engineering in 2006. His entry into the steel industry was by way of an internship with C/G Electrodes in St. Marys, Pa., USA. Upon graduation, Fitch joined Gerdau Long Steel North America in Charlotte, N.C., USA, as a management associate. During his first three years with Gerdau, Fitch held multiple frontline leadership roles in maintenance for both the rolling mill and the meltshop before taking an opportunity with an exchange experience in Brazil in 2009. While in Brazil, Fitch worked with the central maintenance and meltshop operations teams at Gerdau’s Porto Alegre location. He also served a one-year assignment working with Gerdau’s new enterprise resource planning platform based out of São Paulo. Fitch returned to Charlotte in 2011 as a reliability engineer. He was promoted to continuous improvement manager in 2013, and then meltshop manager in 2015. Fitch then moved to Gerdau’s Whitby, Ont., Canada, facility in 2016 to serve as meltshop manager. In 2018, he joined the Nucor Steel–Hertford County team as a project metallurgist. He has been working as the EAF/LMF day supervisor since the fall of 2018.
After earning a B.S. degree in civil engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 2007, Lauren Keating joined United States Steel Corporation as a project engineer. After spending five years focused on projects related to rehabilitating U. S. Steel’s global cokemaking facilities, Keating was promoted to engineering site manager with responsibility for managing the engineering departments at five steelmaking and finishing facilities near Pittsburgh, Pa., Philadelphia, Pa., and Cleveland, Ohio, USA. In 2014, Keating assumed the role of director of engineering projects at U. S. Steel with responsibility for managing large capital projects. While at U. S. Steel, Keating earned an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh.
Keating joined Songer Services in 2016 and advanced to general manager of engineering in 2017. She is a certified Project Manager Professional (PMP) and Six Sigma Green Belt. Keating is an active member of the Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST) and served on the AIST Board of Directors from 2014 to 2016.
We’ve gathered four experienced steel industry professionals that were starting their careers when the recession hit in 2008–2009. Tune in to hear about their experiences, the hard lessons they learned and understand how you can leverage this seemingly unfortunate downtime in your favor. Although we’re all working through an unprecedented time, you may apply the same principles they share to help navigate through this period. With their insight, we hope to ensure the next generation of steel professionals comes out of this experience much stronger than before it started.
Shannon Clark, senior specialist - metallurgy and quality, ArcelorMittal Dofasco
Shannon Clark began her career in the steel industry in 1999 at ArcelorMittal Dofasco G.P. as a technical leader in the process automation department. Moving through a series of positions in scheduling, sales and order fulfillment, Clark is currently a senior specialist in the metallurgy, quality and world-class continuous improvement department. She holds an M.B.A. in operations management and management of innovation from McMaster University, and also completed her bachelor’s degree and her Metallurgy of Iron and Steel Certificate at McMaster University. She joined AIST in 2000 and has served on the executive committee of the Northern Member Chapter since 2012. Clark received an AIST Presidential Citation in 2017.
AIST’s Young Professionals' Steering Committee