John J. Alexander

For developing a method for connecting two turbo-blowers in series in order to blow 100,000 cubic feet of wind per minute at high pressure and for his work on adding a controlled amount of moisture to the blast."

AIME J.E. Johnson, Jr. Award in 1946

The moisture content of the blast is one of the most important variables in the efficient and economical operation of the blast furnace. A closer control of this variable has been made possible through the efforts of Mr. Alexander, 1946 recipient of the J. E. Johnson Jr. award. 

Mr. Alexander was born in 1908 at Charlotte, North Carolina, where his people have resided since 1775. He was graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1930 with a degree of B.S. in Electrical Engineering. While attending college he became a member of the Phi Zeta Nu honorary engineering fraternity.

From 1930 to 1933 he was with Bell Telephone Company and the Gulf Life Insurance Company. In 1933 he entered the electric power business with the Florida Light & Power Company. From that time on, his primary work has been in power generation and utilization. In 1941 he joined Republic Steel Company and since that time has been connected with the power department of Republic Steel's Corrigan-McKinney Plant, Cleveland, Ohio, where he is now the Assistant Superintendent of the department.

His duties in this department have provided Mr. Alexander with a broad background of experience in the problems of the generation and use of steam and electric power in a modern steel plant.