AK Steel employee receives AIST award

May 6, 2014

AK Steel, a producer of flat-rolled carbon, stainless, and electrical steels in West Chester, Ohio, has announced that Johannes (Hans) Schade, PhD, manager of electrical steel technology and research laboratories, has received the Benjamin F. Fairless Award from the Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST).

According to AIST, the award recognizes Schade for helping to advance the knowledge of clean steel technologies in continuous casting. In addition, the award recognizes his passion for steel technology, his contributions to tundish metallurgy, and his leadership in steelmaking and casting process technology.

Since 1957 a total of eight employees from AK Steel and its predecessor company, Armco, have received the Benjamin F. Fairless Award from AIST.

Schade joined the company in 1990 as an engineer in the casting department. He has received numerous awards for steelmaking research and has authored 21 publications, including two books on steel casting technology. He holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate’s degrees in metallurgical engineering.

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