Students & Faculty

Junior Faculty Award Mentors

The following professors have offered to participate as mentors for the AIST Foundation Junior Faculty Award.  Feel free to contact them to request their assistance.

Laura N. Bartlett, Missouri University of Science & Technology, AIST Foundation Steel Professor
Areas of Interest:

  • Steel casting, liquid metal processing, and solidification phenomena

  • Thermodynamics and kinetics of phase transformations

  • Microstructure/mechanical property relationships

  • Development of advanced high strength steels


Ronald J. O'Malley, Missouri University of Science & Technology
Areas of Interest:

  • Steelmaking, continuous casting, solidification & heat transfer

  • High temperature physical chemistry, thermodynamics & kinetics

  • Interfacial phenomena, gas-liquid & gas-solid reactions

  • Thin slab & strip casting, mold fluxes & slags

  • Steel manufacture, quality defects & causes


Von L. Richards, Missouri University of Science & Technology
Areas of Interest:

  • Casting and liquid metal processing


Paul G. Sanders, Michigan Technological University, AIST Foundation Steel Professor
Areas of Interest:

  • Alloy (Fe, Al, Ni, Cu) and process design using computational methods and pilot-scale experiments coupled with adaptive optimization

  • Project-based undergraduate design course development and teaching


John G. Speer, Colorado School of Mines
Areas of Interest:

  • Steel microstructure

  • Product development


Brian G. Thomas, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Areas of Interest:

  • Metals processing simulation, focusing on continuous casting of steel and related processes

  • Clean steel production

  • Modeling of multiphysics/multiscale phenomena including solidification, fluid flow, and stress analysis


Chenn Q. Zhou, Purdue University Calumet
Areas of Interest:

  • Simulation and visualization

  • Combustion

  • Multiphase reacting flows

  • Heat transfer

  • Fluid flows

  • Air pollution control


Kinnor Chattopadhyay, Associate Professor & Dean’s Catalyst Professor, AIST Foundation Steel Professor
Areas of Interest:

  • Ladle & Tundish Metallurgy

  • Sensors and Sampling

  • Artificial Intelligence Applications in Iron and Steel

  • BOF End Point Control


Emmanuel De Moor, Colorado School of Mines, AIST Foundation Steel Professor
Areas of Interest:

  • Ferrous physical metallurgy

  • Thermodynamics

  • Steel product metallurgy

  • Direct reduced iron