The Willy Korf Foundation, founded in 2020 with a goal to support young, innovative academics in the steel industry across the world, presented two awards at the Global Steel Dynamics Forum, in partnership with World Steel Dynamics and AIST.

The Willy Korf / Ken Iverson Steel Vision Award was presented by Astrid Korf and Philipp Englin to long products innovator, Barbara Smith, chief executive and chairman of the board of Commercial Metals Company (CMC), for her ‘continued contribution to the industry’.

''If purpose-driven, environmentally concerned, tech-savvy young people are searching for a way to make a real, tangible and lasting difference, then we need to convince them to join our industry.’'

Barbara Smith, chief executive and chairman of the board of Commercial Metals Company (CMC)

During her acceptance speech, Barbara highlighted that ‘if purpose-driven, environmentally concerned, tech-savvy young people are searching for a way to make a real, tangible and lasting difference, then we need to convince them to join our industry’.

''The Foundation is committed to working with young inspiring leaders like Andreas to promote further engagement and sustainable growth within the industry’'.

Max Wolman, director, Korf Steel

The Willy Korf Young Excellence Award was presented by Max Wolman to Dr. Andreas Pfeiffer. Andreas studied at Montanuniversität Leoben in Austria, and recently published his doctoral thesis titled ‘Evaluation of the Smelting Behavior of Direct Reduced Iron.’ His work builds upon the efforts of steelmaker Willy Korf in the 1970s, who introduced the concept of direct reduction followed by electric arc furnace melting, now widely adopted by steel producers worldwide. Max Wolman highlighted that ‘the Foundation is committed to working with young inspiring leaders like Andreas to promote further engagement and sustainable growth within the industry’.