Roderick I.L. Guthrie

For his outstanding work in the development and optimization of steelmaking processes through the application of heat, mass and fluid flow theories. These include his research on bottom gas-stirred systems for BOFs to liquid steel flows in ladles, tundishes and molds, and the detection of inclusions in liquid steel. He is also recognized for his innovative work in strip casting technology, including his pioneering work in the development of the horizontal single-belt casting process. During his 45-year career, he has written two textbooks, co-authored more than 450 technical papers, received 24 best paper awards and is the author of more than 250 patents for 12 inventions. His numerous awards include being named 2009 Honorary Member of The Iron and Steel Institute of Japan.

AIME Honorary Membership in 2014

Roderick I. L. Guthrie, a graduate of Imperial College London, joined McGill University, Montreal, Canada, in 1967; where he now is the Macdonald Professor of Metallurgy and Director of the McGill Metals Processing Centre. He is an Honorary Member of ISIJ, is a Distinguished Member of AIST, is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, of the Royal Society of Canada, and of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

Dr. Guthrie is the author of two textbooks on engineering in process metallurgy and the physical properties of liquid metals, “Engineering in Process Metallurgy” and “Physical Properties of Liquid Metals.” A long-time consultant to the steel industry Dr. Guthrie has worked in nearly all segments of an integrated steel plant from blast furnaces through steelmaking and hot mills to annealing and finishing lines. He has co-authored more than 320 publications, 24 of which have received best paper awards and two of which earned the Henry Marion Howe Medal in 1976 and 1981. He is the holder of nearly 750 patents related to the on-line detection of inclusions in liquid metals, the DSC strip casting of metals, vortex suppression devices for eliminating slag carry-over from ladles and tundishes, the aerodynamic design of batch annealing furnaces and methods to improve the recovery of alloy additions in steelmaking.

The winner of the 2006 Killam Prize for Engineering in Canada, he was co-inventor of the successful LiMCA process for detecting inclusions in liquid metals, and also of the Horizontal Single Belt Casting (HSBC) process for casting steel and aluminum alloy strip materials. As a researcher with 50 years of experience, he has been a leader in the application of fluid flow, heat and mass transfer phenomena in the description of metallurgical processes. A long-time consultant to the steel industry, Guthrie has worked in all segments of an integrated steel plant, from blast furnaces through steelmaking and hot rolling mills, to annealing and finishing lines, and is currently dedicating his expertise to the development of near-net-shape casting processes for advanced steels.