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AIST Western Conference

Held in conjunction with AIST Leadership Conference

Sunday, 6 – Monday, 7 November 2022 • Omni Rancho Las Palmas • Palm Springs, CA., USA

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The AIST Western Conference, hosted by the Southern California and Northern Pacific Member Chapters, will take place on Sunday, 6 and Monday, 7 November in Rancho Mirage, Calif., USA. The event will be held in conjunction with the AIST Leadership Conference. The two conferences will have separate meeting programs, but all meals and networking events will be held jointly. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the latest technical developments and network with industry leaders and peers.

As a lead into the conferences, the Southern California Member Chapter will host their annual holiday dinner dance on Saturday, 5 November. The festive evening will include a social reception at 5 p.m., followed by dinner and dancing from 6 - 11 p.m. Wine will be served with dinner. Members plus one guest will receive beverage tickets (one per person). Cocktail attire.


Sunday, 6 November 2022

8 a.m.

Golf Outing Registration, Omni’s Ted Robinson Golf Course*

9 a.m.

Golf Outing Shotgun Start, Omni’s Ted Robinson Golf Course*

5–6:30 p.m.

Registration and Welcome Reception, Starlight Terrace*

Monday, 7 November 2022

7 a.m.

Registration, Vendor Displays and Breakfast, Las Palmas Ballrooms* 

8 a.m.

Technical Presentations, Las Palmas Ballroom F

High Value, Easily Implemented Productivity and Sustainability Solutions

Tim Kuzmicky, Director – Financial Planning and Analysis
USS-UPI; and Carl Nicolia, President, PSNergy LLC

Steelmaking Decarbonization and Oxy-Fuel Combustion Installations for Steelmaking
Todd Nelson, West Region Business Development Manager, Linde; and Joe Maiolo, Associate Director R&D – Metals, Linde

9:30 a.m.

Morning Break, Las Palmas Ballrooms* 

9:45 a.m.

Technical Paper Sessions, Las Palmas Ballroom F

Econiq Green Steel
Victoria Morton, Environmental Engineer, Nucor Corporation

Replacement of Saturable Reactors with Solid-State, SCR based Valves, Yields Efficiency Improvements and Environmental Benefits
Rick Ferguson, Electrical Supervisor, USS-UPI; Jeff Greenwald, Automation Consultant, Exise Inc.; Bernardo Sainz, Industrial Systems Director, AMI Automation; and Frank Taylor, Automation Consultant, Ashton Atlantic Inc.                      

Slab Yard 2.5
Keith Gallup, Planner; Isaac Gil, Leader; and Alvin Munoz, Stocker, California Steel Industries

Specialty Cold Mill & New CGL @ Nucor Arkansas
Igor Vieira, Product Development Metallurgist, Nucor Steel Arkansas


Lunch, Starlight Terrace*

1:30 p.m.

Technical Paper Sessions, Las Palmas Ballroom F

Combustion Basics for the Steel Industry
Anthony Hall, Owner, LH Technical LLC

Potential Benefits of Q-One Energy Supply System
Nathan Ozment, Process Engineer, CMC Steel Arizona

Safety Presentation
Robbie Woods, Senior Fire & Safety Engineer, California Steel Industries

3 p.m.

Afternoon Break, Las Palmas Ballrooms* 

3:15 p.m.

Technical Paper Sessions, Las Palmas Ballroom F

Hot Mill Reheat Furnace Improvement
Colin Welshymer, Operations Engineer – Hot Strip Mill; and Keith Inouye, Metallurgical Engineer, California Steel Industries

4 p.m.

Vendor Displays, Las Palmas Ballrooms*

5:30–6:30 p.m.

Reception & Vendor Displays, Las Palmas Ballrooms*

*Held in conjunction with the AIST Leadership Conference.
The schedule of events is subject to change as additional speakers and programming are confirmed.

Registration Information

Member US$400, Non-member US$530. Registration includes Sunday welcome reception, technical paper sessions, Monday lunch and reception. All meals and networking events held in conjunction with the AIST Leadership Conference.

Vendor Displays

US$200. Includes six-foot skirted table and two chairs. Vendor table must be attached to a meeting registration. Electric available for an additional fee of US$100.

Attention Non-members

Non-member registration fees include membership in AIST through 31 December 2023. Membership is not automatic. A completed membership application must be returned to AIST.

Bring Your Own Young Professional (BYOYP) 

AIST's Bring Your Own Young Professional (BYOYP) program rewards our Members for helping build a sustainable steel industry at the most important level:  the next generation.  Getting Young Professionals involved in AIST, and the greater steel industry, provides opportunity and benefits for all involved.  Find out more information about the program here.