Steel Dynamics & AIST President Delivered SMSVC Dinner Keynote on Decarbonization

April 30, 2024

Barry Schneider, President and Chief Operating Officer of Steel Dynamics and President of AIST, was the keynote speaker at the SMSVC dinner meeting on April 10. His speech was entitled “Smart Use of Scrap and Other Alternatives in EAF Operation for Decarbonization.” The presentation highlighted Steel Dynamics’ history of sustainability efforts and provided an overview of its innovation for decarbonization in various plants and operations.


About 80 attendees included professionals from SMSVC companies, faculty, staff, and students. Barry’s keynote speech opened an impactful discussion session in which the audience gained insight into process operations and future innovations in decarbonization, recycling, and sustainability.

“One thing I found interesting was how Steel Dynamics is one of North America’s largest metals recyclers and how they sustainably turn different types of scrap into usable materials through high-performance maintenance-intensive shredders,” said Basil Lufti, a CIVS research assistant pursuing his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Barry Schneider earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, an M.S. in engineering management from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and an Executive Certificate in Technology, Operations, and Value Chain Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He joined the Steel Dynamics team in 1995. He began his career as the mechanical engineer for melting and casting during the initial construction and start-up of the Butler Flat Roll Division. After nearly 30 years in various positions throughout the company, Schneider was promoted to President and COO of Steel Dynamics beginning in March of 2023.

“The keynote sparked my interest, even though I’m from a Computer Science background. It’s intriguing to see how technology and innovation are reshaping traditional industries like steelmaking, especially in the context of sustainability. This presentation highlighted the potential for data-driven solutions to drive decarbonization efforts, offering a glimpse into the exciting possibilities at the intersection of technology and industry,” said Sai Laya Mallineni.