The Purdue Northwest Hammond campus and the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) hosted a pair of technology committees from the Association for Iron & Steel Technology for a two-day meeting on September 25 – 26, 2018.
Among the activities arranged by lead organizer and AIST Technology Programs Engineer Charlie Bender were on-site tours to regional Hammond facilities, including ArcelorMittal’s Indiana Harbor Hot Strip Mill and Roll Shop, and the CIVS facilities; discussions about safety, major projects, and mill upgrades; and an expert-panel-led roundtable on roll and mill design for advanced high-strength steel. Around 70 attendees total, from the AIST’s Hot Sheet Rolling Technology Committee and Rolls Technology Committee, participated in the event.
While at CIVS, attendees took in video and PowerPoint presentations and engaged in discussions on numerous steel-related research projects with CIVS Director Dr. Chenn Zhou, Tyamo Okosun, Bethany Worl, Guangwu Tang, and others; experienced immersive, 3D virtual reality environments—including virtual tours of the interior of a blast furnace—courtesy of CIVS Research Engineer Kyle Toth; and promoted an extensive range of employment and knowledge-advancement opportunities that AIST offers to students.
“AIST has continued adding to what was already an extraordinary collection of scholarship and internship opportunities,” Bender said, “and we’ve reached the point where every Steel Intern Scholarship comes with a paid internship. If students are interested in scholarships and internships, or entry into and real-world experience with the steel industry, whether for research or employment, we encourage them to check out both their local member chapters and our national web presence and information. AIST membership provides a lot of benefits for students, including subsidizing travel costs to and from conferences—and for those who are technologically inclined, we’re convening a Digital Transformation conference in late March of 2019.
“The steel industry has room for growth,” Bender summarized, “and we’re looking ahead to generational succession—and to helping the next generation succeed.”