worldsteel announces steelChallenge-12 World Championship Finalists

08 December 2017 Brussels, Belgium

The Regional Championship took place online for a 24-hour period on 29 November 2017. This year’s steelChallenge attracted 1,515 participants representing 50 countries. The 12th edition added more participants and countries than the previous year.

There were 175,416 attempts with the secondary steelmaking simulation with 736 people successfully completing at least one run of the simulation and a total of 7,866 successful runs completed.

The top placed people in the ‘Industry’ and ‘Student’ categories will be invited with expenses paid to compete for the title of World Champion in Mumbai, India, on 10 April 2018. Qualifying for the World Championship are the first place people in each region plus the person with the best result worldwide.

The award ceremony will be held in the presence of leaders of the global steel industry. All Finalists will be awarded certificates, cash prizes and an iPad in addition to their trip. The World Champions in both categories will also be awarded a World Champion certificate, an additional cash prize and the steelChallenge trophy.

steelChallenge-12 utilised steeluniversity’s secondary steelmaking simulation. Competitors were tasked to produce a grade of steel meeting technical requirements at the lowest cost per tonne. The simulation used a grade of steel specifically designed for steelChallenge-12.

Competitors could undertake unlimited ‘runs’ of the simulation during the 24-hour competition period. A ‘run’ was concluded when the simulation had completed the set time, the result had been registered in the competition database, and the competitor had received a confirmation of successful completion.

The 3 best ‘runs’ of each competitor were averaged to determine their score and placement in the Regional Championship.

The World Championship Finalists are:

Student Category
Participant Affiliation Country
Anže Bajželj (Regional Champion Europe, CIS, Middle East, Africa) University of Ljubljana Slovenia
Jamil Nobre de Castro (Regional Champion North and South America) Universidade Federal do Ceará Brazil
Park EunSung (Regional Champion Asia and Oceania) Chon Buk National University South Korea
Zhaopeng Zeng (Regional Champion China) Chongqing University of Science & Technology China
Shijun Zhang (Best runner-up) Chongqing University of Science & Technology China
Industry Category
Participant Affiliation Country
Stevo Akkerman (Regional Champion Europe, CIS, Middle East, Africa) Tata Steel Europe The Netherlands
Francisco Alberto Rocha (Regional Champion North and South America) Gerdau Brazil
Ho Yeon (Regional Champion Asia and Oceania) POSCO South Korea
Huan Ma (Regional Champion China) China Baowu Steel Group Corporation Limited China
Xiaoyu Tang (Best runner-up) HBIS Group Co., Ltd China

For more information on the challenge, click here.

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Notes to Editors:

  • steeluniversity, an initiative of World Steel Association, is an industry university, delivering education and training to current and future employees of steel companies and related businesses. The goal of steeluniversity is to inspire and motivate students and steel industry people about the value of working in the steel industry so as to lead change for realising a more sustainable industry that serves a more sustainable world.
  • HBIS Group and China Steel Corporation are a ‘Steel’ level sponsor of steelChallenge-12. ‘Silver’ level sponsors are Tenaris, Ternium, and Tata Steel Limited. Nucor Corporation, JFE Steel and KOSA are ‘Bronze’ level sponsors.
  • The World Steel Association (worldsteel) is one of the largest and most dynamic industry associations in the world. worldsteel members represent approximately 85% of the world's steel production, including over 150 steel producers with 9 of the 10 largest steel companies, national and regional steel industry associations, and steel research institutes.
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