Students & Faculty

AIST Young Professionals and Board of Directors Mentor Mixer

More details on the next virtual event will be posted when available.


Event Description

This event will provide AIST’s Young Professional members the opportunity to learn directly from and network with AIST Board of Directors and AIST Foundation Board of Trustees representatives. The goal of this session is to give our future industry leaders a chance to discover insights and advice from current, respected iron and steel veterans and experts.

Young Professionals will sign up in advance for the virtual event and then be split into small groups. There would be approximately 10 Young Professionals per rotating group to ensure manageable, quality conversation. Registrants will participate in four rotations of virtual breakout rooms to receive exposure and facetime with a variety of board members.

Young Professionals will have the undivided attention of board members and can ask them questions to learn more about their career, industry experience, and insights into how they have earned their success.

Each breakout room discussion will be monitored by a group leader. A backup list of questions has been generated in the event the organic discussion slows down or needs to be redirected.

Who Should Attend

This event is open to AIST members only, age 35 and under.

Past Participating Board Members:

Karim Alshurafa, President, Vollmer America Inc., Pittsburgh, Pa., USA

Chase J. Ault, LMF/Caster Metallurgist, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Flat Roll Group Butler Division, Butler, Ind., USA

Nick Bucci, Caster Maintenance Supervisor, Nucor Steel–Hertford County, Cofield, N.C., USA

Terry G. Fedor, Executive Vice President, Operations East, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Carl E. Garringer Jr., Plant Mechanical Engineer, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Structural and Rail Division

Glenn A. Pushis, Senior Vice President, Strategic Projects, Steel Dynamics Inc., Fort Wayne, Ind., USA

Barry Schneider, President and Chief Operating Officer, Steel Dynamics Inc., Fort Wayne, Ind., USA

Grant A. Thomas, Corporate Manager, Product Research, Cleveland-Cliffs Research and Innovation Center, Middletown, Ohio, USA

Thomas C. Toner, Vice President, Operations, SSAB Americas, Mobile, Ala., USA