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Digital Transformation Technologies Grant Mentors

The following steel industry professionals have offered to participate as mentors for the AIST Foundation Digital Transformation Technologies Grant.  Feel free to contact them to request their assistance.
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Franck Komi Adjogble, PhD.c

Having graduated in Computer Science with Masters in Science Degree, I worked in the Department of Applied Informatics as Assistant to the research director, where I participated actively in the project MODICAS (Efficient Integration of a 3D Digitizing System and a Surgical Robot). Additionally I earned a Certificate of Technology Management at Fraunhofer institute in cooperation with the University of Hagen. I joined SMS-group in 2001 as Manager of the Process Models in the Automation department and soon was leading various teams of commissioning engineers that serve SMS’ global customers. I have always supported technological advancement and development of SMS automation systems for succeeding projects and after working for 15 years in the SMS offices in Düsseldorf and Beijing, I was appointed as the "General Manager- Digital Solutions" at SMS USA office in Pittsburgh for developing a Digitalization Unit within the US office, where I am leading a group of Data Scientists developing the Learning Steel mill in cooperation within the SMS-group. I have completed a doctorate research (ABD) in Technology and Innovation management (Technology forecasting) from Fraunhofer Institute in Germany.

Chris Machut

Christopher G. Machut is the founder and chief executive officer of Netarus LLC, a Norfolk, Va., USA-based company that manufactures and sells industrial-grade video monitoring solutions, including HoistCam and HoistCam Director. With more than 20 years of experience developing situational awareness software and hardware platforms, Machut, a graduate of Virginia Tech, is an experienced computer engineer and business developer.

Bernard Chukwulebe

Bernard Chukwulebe has been manager of Processing and Control group at ArcelorMittal Global R&D East Chicago Center since 2018. He received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in metallurgical engineering from the Moscow University of Science and Technology, Russia. He joined ArcelorMittal’s predecessor company in 1999 as a research engineer after four years of lectureship at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Lagos, Nigeria. At ArcelorMittal, he advanced progressively through a series of increasing technical responsibilities to become the group manager of Steelmaking, a position he occupied for 11 years covering liquid steel, continuous casting and refractories research. In his current role, Chukwulebe and his teams are tasked with ensuring ArcelorMittal’s global leadership in new product manufacturability, cost, throughput and product quality through innovative research in steel manufacturing technologies for downstream and finishing lines. A steel manufacturing expert with a distinguished track record of developing and leading highly professional teams and advanced research programs, Chukwulebe along with his teams collaborate with internal and external laboratories, universities and research organizations to develop and implement innovative and breakthrough process solutions for modern steel manufacturing with emphasis on data-driven smart manufacturing. He served for more than four years on the Industrial Advisory Board of the Kent D. Peaslee Steel Manufacturing Research Center at the Missouri University of Science and Technology and has been an active member of AIST since 1998. He has authored or co-authored numerous technical papers as well as a patent, and has chaired sessions at international conferences.