Sixteen students from CIVS and the Purdue Northwest Materials Advantage student chapter, in addition to CIVS Director Dr. Chenn Zhou, contributed to a near-capacity attendance for the AIST Midwest Chapter’s annual Kick-off Dinner Meeting, held at the Avalon Manor in Merrillville, Indiana, on Tuesday, October 9, 2018.
Keynote speaker James F. Dudek, Vice President of Asset Revitalization and Manufacturing at United States Steel Corporation, and 2018 – 2019 AIST President, gave a presentation on the “State of the Industry and U.S. Steel’s Asset Revitalization Program,” which overviewed the current state of American steel manufacturing in general and outlined U.S. Steel’s commitment to modernizing and investing in their Gary Works facilities—including use of advanced technologies for integrated mill systems, processes, and workforce development, topics always of interest to students working on CIVS and SMSVC projects.
Students also took advantage of opportunities to network with attendees from numerous local and regional steel and steel-related/equipment manufacturers and supported companies.
“Not only do these meetings provide our engineering and materials science students with sometime-novel information and always appreciated industry connections and insights,” said CIVS Research Engineer Tyamo Okosun, “but they help our up-and-coming researchers fit their efforts into the broader industry landscape and get a big-picture perspective. We appreciate being able to take part in these events.”