Ruth Engel

Ruth Engel (AIST)

AIME Benjamin F. Fairless Award* in 2021

For a lifetime of contributions to the steel industry; and for her tireless and enthusiastic dedication to the support of steelmakers, the Iron & Steel Society and AIST, and to educating the next generation of refractory specialists in understanding the importance of refractories and their use

Ruth Engel received her B.S. and master’s degrees in geology from
the University of Michigan. She has been active in the steel industry since
1979, when she began as an engineer at Armco (now AK Steel). She became
a research engineer there in 1983 and was then named a senior process
engineer in 1990. In 2004, she joined ANH Refractories (today Harbison-
Walker International) as a senior applications specialist focused on the
brick market for the production of stainless steels. Since 2006, she has been
a consultant to the industry. She has served as a refractory expert witness,
carried out quality audits, offered recommendations for better operations
and has given many presentations on refractory and steelmaking topics.
She has authored numerous technical papers focused on refractories since
the 1980s.