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Two researchers who work at ArcelorMittal Global Research and Development, East Chicago won a prestigious 2018 Institute Medal Finalist Award from the American Iron and Steel Institute.

Dongwei Fan, senior research engineer, and Pallava Kaushik, manager of steelmaking and casting, were runners-up for the Institute Medal for technical papers that could contribute to the future prosperity of the steel industry. The AISI, the largest trade group representing American steelmakers, has awarded it every year since 1927, and also awards medals to finalists.

“I’m happy to congratulate these winners," said Mark Atkinson, senior director at ArcelorMittal Global Research and Development, East Chicago. “Their innovations in steel solutions help ArcelorMittal be a more sustainable and resilient business. And those at the Cleveland mill deserve high recognition as well. It’s an outstanding collaboration between R&D and the mill.”

Fan and Kaushik were honored for their paper “Bending Performance Improvement of Dual-Phase Steel With 1000-MPs Tensile Strength,” which was presented at the International Symposium on New Developments in Advanced High-Strength Sheet Steels. It addresses bending that's been an issue limiting the applications of advanced high-strength steels in automotive body structures.

Eugene Nikitenko, senior research consultant, U.S. Steel Research and Technology, also won a 2018 Institute Medal Finalist Award for the paper "Flatness Control in Finishing Stands of the Hot Strip Mill With Primary and Secondary Actuators."

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