Dr. Sara Hornby

Founder and President at Global Strategic Solutions

Abstract: Defossilization – Through the Looking Glass


Dr. Sara received her BSc(Hons) Metallurgy and her British Steel Corporation (BSC) sponsored PhD in Industrial Metallurgy at Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

Her UK cupola foundry, R&D, and Steelmill (Firth Brown Tools and BSC) experience provided a good basis for her North America career which began with >17 years with air Liquide. This was followed by technology company management positions (Tenova Goodfellow, Midrex Technologies Inc., Linde Gases, Inteco PTI, TMS International) leading finally to her own consulting company, Global Strategic Solutions, Inc.

Her involvement in applied R&D, new technology development and knowledge exchange, through networking with industry (especially operators), academia and students, OEMs and colleagues, has led to practice innovations and process optimization, especially for the steel industry.

Sara holds 5 patents, has published over 127 papers, seminars and courses internationally and was the 2020 recipient of both the AIME AIST Benjamin F. Fairless Award and the AIST EF technical committee’s John Bell Award. She is an AIME Oral History participant, an interviewee for the Women in Steel books and is the Institute of Metals, Mining and Material’s (IoM3’s) 2022 Hadfield Medal recipient.

As an active member of AIST and ISS, Sara has participated in the BOD, University/Industry Relations, Ironmaking, EAF Steelmaking, DRI Committees and was Chairman of the Process Technology Division and the ISS BOD International Affairs Committee. Involvement in the latter led to IAS becoming an ISS (Now AIST) International Section.

Challenged to consider a metallurgy career, Dr. Sara prides herself in being a trail blazer.