PNW Research Center & AK Steel Share AIST Outstanding Technical Paper Award

PNW-Research-Center-and-AK-Steel-Share-AIST-Outstanding-Technical-Paper-AwardResearchers of Purdue University Northwest’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) and AK Steel recently collaborated to receive the Association for Iron and Steel Technology’s (AIST) highest award for a technical paper.

CIVS and AK Steel earned first place as the 2017 AIST Hunt-Kelly Outstanding Paper Award for their entry entitled, “Investigation of Co-Injection of Natural Gas and Pulverized Coal in a Blast Furnace.”

Researcher recipients Researchers receiving the award were CIVS Director and Professor Chenn Q. Zhou; graduate student and CIVS researcher Tyamo Okosun; former graduate students and CIVS researchers Yan Chen, Bin Wu and Jaiqi Zhao; and AK Steel Technical Manager Stuart J. Street.

“That scientists of Purdue Northwest’s CIVS again have contributed to impactful, cutting edge research, which stands to positively affect steel manufacturing, speaks to the importance of our university’s commitment to advancing knowledge through applied learning in ways that benefit our industrial society,” PNW Chancellor Thomas L. Keon said.

The award was presented earlier this month at the AIST President’s Award Breakfast, held in conjunction with the AIST Iron & Steel Technology Conference and Exposition, the largest annual technological forum for the global steel industry.

“This work reflects the company’s continued focus on innovation to create processes and products that surpass our customers’ needs today and for the future,” AK Steel Chief Executive Officer Roger K. Newport said.

Top award selected from 470 entries The Purdue Northwest CIVS-AK Steel paper was selected from top research papers among more than 470 entries worldwide in 26 categories presented in AIST technical sessions. A rigorous selection process judged each paper for excellence, originality, relevance to applied or fundamental technology of the iron and steel industry, and advancing engineering and operating practice in the steel industry.

The Awards and Recognition Program is a significant component of AIST and its commitment to the iron and steel industry. Through peer review, the program recognizes the active leadership and significant contributions of individuals and companies to AIST and the global iron and steel industry.

CIVS receives 3 other awards The Purdue Northwest CIVS received three other awards at the AIST event: the Computer Applications Best Paper, the Josef S. Kapitan Best Paper—Ironmaking and a 2nd place in Undergraduate Oral Presentation.

“These are great honors for our students, staff and industrial collaborators who have been very dedicated to improving steel manufacturing through advanced simulation and visualization technologies,” Director/Professor Zhou said. ”I am very grateful to all of our supporters.”

Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation The Purdue Northwest CIVS is an interdisciplinary applied research center that combines advanced simulation techniques with 3D visualization and virtual reality technologies to produce innovative solutions in response to industrial and research challenges. Further information about CIVS is available at

AK Steel AK Steel is a member of the Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium, which is operated by CIVS. Headquartered in West Chester, Ohio, AK Steel is a leading producer of flat-rolled carbon, stainless and electrical steel products, and carbon and stainless tubular products, primarily for automotive, infrastructure and manufacturing, construction and electrical power generation, and distribution markets. Additional information about AK Steel is available at

Association for Iron & Steel Technology AIST is a non-profit organization with 17,500 members from more than 70 countries. With 30 Technology Committees and 22 local member chapters, AIST represents an incomparable network of steel industry knowledge and expertise.

Purdue University Northwest Purdue University Northwest (PNW), a comprehensive regional university within the Purdue University system, has two Northwest Indiana campuses in Hammond and Westville. With more than 15,000 students enrolled last fall and nearly 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, Purdue Northwest is Indiana’s fifth largest public university.