About the AIST Digital Library

The AIST Digital Library is a robust online resource for the global steel industry featuring nearly 10,000 full-text documents for academia, metallurgical, engineering, operating and maintenance personnel in the iron and steel industry. The AIST Digital Library's search engine is user-friendly and makes it easy to find the technical information you need, at the click of a button. Users are able to browse the database by keywords, source and year of publication. Get results with the most current and trusted iron and steel information available.

About AIST

The Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST) is an international technical association representing iron and steel producers, their allied suppliers and related academia. The association is dedicated to advancing the technical development, production, processing and application of iron and steel.

AIST was established on 1 January 2004, by the merger of two longstanding societies, the Association of Iron and Steel Engineers (AISE) founded in 1907 and the Iron & Steel Society (ISS) founded in 1974. The best practices of both predecessor organizations were incorporated into AIST to create a strong international, member-based technical organization that can sustain itself in an environment of continual change.

AIST's professional and student member base totals more than 18,000, representing more than 70 countries and including engineers, operators, corporate administrators, researchers and educators. 46% of AIST members are industry suppliers, 30% producers, 21% students and 3% academia. AIST members actively participate within the association through technology divisions, member chapters, board of directors and the AIST Foundation.

AIST's nine Technology Divisions include 30 Technology Committees that address specific process, engineering, equipment or reliability technologies associated with the iron and steel industry. Members who serve on Technology Committees become an integral part of a vital network with a goal to solve problems and advance the industry's technology.

AIST's 23 Member Chapters are an integral component in facilitating the exchange of ideas and strengthening AIST's global network. Member Chapters offer steel industry professionals the opportunity to participate in AIST on a grassroots level. In addition, AIST has over 80 active student chapters through the Material Advantage program.

AIST is committed to presenting superior technical meetings, conferences, exhibits and publications to better serve those involved in the iron and steel community, including steel manufacturers, suppliers, consumers and academics. AIST's major international conference, AISTech, consists of more than 350 technical presentations, 500 exhibiting companies and 6,000-8,000 attendees. This annual event brings together technologies from around the world, promoting a global network to help steel producers and suppliers compete in today's global marketplace.

AIST international headquarters is located in Warrendale, Pennsylvania, USA

Funding for the AIST Digital Library provided in part by the generous support of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIME) and its Seeley W. Mudd Memorial Fund. AIST is a proud member society of AIME, founded 1871.


Dedicated to Kent D. Peaslee

Dr. Kent D. Peaslee was the 2012-2013 president of the Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST), and the former F. Kenneth Iverson Chair of Steelmaking Technology and Curators. Teaching Professor of Metallurgical Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology. He was a member of the AIST Executive Committee since 2007.

Dr. Peaslee passed away unexpectedly in May 2013 at age 56. He will be remembered for his steadfast leadership, reminding us of the importance of the academic community, students and young professionals to the future of the steel industry. Drawing on Kent's expertise, AIST crafted new programs such as the AIST Foundation Junior Faculty Award and our Steel to Students program. He also helped facilitate AIST's international outreach strategy, with the clear objective to make AIST the global source of knowledge and networking for our members.

Kent recognized the need to ensure AIST bolsters its world-class knowledge sharing, not just through AIST.s Member Chapters and Technology Committees, but with online resources such as our Digital Library, which provides access to the world's largest repository for steel technology. Kent championed the Digital Library, giving his time to thoughtful and thorough reviews of the site and its content in an effort to make the site a useful tool for today's steelmaking community, as well as for generations to come.

Peaslee joined the Missouri S&T faculty as an assistant professor in 1994. He was promoted to associate professor in 2000 and professor in 2005. He was named a Curators' Teaching Professor in 2006 and became the university's first Iverson Chair in 2007. The chair was established through a $2 million gift from Nucor. In 2007, Peaslee received the Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching from former Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt. At Missouri S&T, he received numerous Faculty Excellence Awards and Outstanding Teaching Awards, as well as the Dean's Teaching Scholar Award. He also received the Class of 1942 Excellence in Teaching Award from the Miner Alumni Association. Peaslee earned a B.S. degree in metallurgical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 1978 and worked for 13 years in a variety of technical and management positions in the steel industry, including Bayou Steel in La Place, La.; Border Steel Mills in El Paso, Texas; Raritan River Steel in Perth Amboy, N.J.; and CF&I Steel in Pueblo, Colo. He attended graduate school at Missouri S&T, where he earned a Ph.D. in metallurgical engineering in 1994.