Dr. Kevin L. Zeik is Senior Research Fellow, leading U. S. Steel's initiatives in innovation and sustainability. He has been in this role since 2016. Prior to this, he was General Manager for U. S. Steel Research, leading the efforts to develop the generation 3 advanced high-strength steels. Zeik began his career at U. S. Steel in 1991 as a Senior Research Engineer working on electron microscopy and surface science of steel products. In 1994, he moved into the failure analysis group, and two years later was named Research Manager for the failure analysis, computer modeling and welding groups. Zeik moved to the materials technology section in 1999, serving as Research Manager until 2002, when he advanced to Technical Director. In 2004, he was named Director, Process Technology Division.
Zeik graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a Ph.D. in Metals Science and Engineering in 1991. His graduate work was focused on copper – niobium micro-composites for the hypersonic aerospace program, working as a Researcher at the Ames Laboratory, Iowa State University.
Zeik has been a member of AIST and its predecessor organization, the Iron and Steel Society (ISS), for over 30 years. He has held the positions of Chair, ISS Mechanical Working Division, and served on the Board of Directors of AIST, including the transition team from ISS to AIST.