“If the research presentation format we just experienced at Gerdau was anything to go by, we can expect Gerdau’s contributions to the Steel Consortium to include a lot of to-the-point, practical project questions, and an efficient way of structuring interactions.” So summarized CIVS Associate Research Engineer Kyle Toth, on a five-member CIVS tour and presentation event at Gerdau facilities in Jackson, Michigan, on July 10, 2019.
“There were around 25 people at any time in the conference room we presented in,” Toth explained, “but the presentations were being streamed to upwards of 75 or so people who were participating remotely.”
“We fielded a lot of good, probing questions on our methods, and in every project area there were people who were very prepared to see how our current applications could mesh with their needs,” said CIVS Research Engineer Nick Walla. “So no matter which area was under discussion, we were speaking to a very focused and engaged audience. It felt like a cross between a conference presentation and a Consortium meeting. And the remote audience could type in questions at any time. It was a good format.”
CIVS Director Chenn Zhou provided the introduction and SMSVC Overview presentation, Kyle Toth the safety presentation, Nick Walla the ladle presentation, and graduate research assistants Bethany Worl and Yuchao Chen rounded out the “5-person steel band” on the reheating furnace and electric arc furnace, respectively.