worldsteel announces the world champions of steelChallenge-11

11 April 2017 Beijing, China

The World Steel Association (worldsteel) today announced the new world champions of the 11th steelChallenge. ZHOU Wentao from HBIS Group Co. Ltd. in China won in the industry category and LI Chia-Chun from National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan, China won in the student category.

The world championship of the 11th steelChallenge took place in Beijing, China on 11 April 2017. The 10 winners from the regional championship competed for the global title in these two categories. The task was to produce steel grade AISI 1018, a mild/low carbon steel used in applications like tooling and machine parts, at the lowest cost, using the Basic Oxygen Furnace steelmaking simulator.

Edwin Basson, Director General of worldsteel, said, “We saw 1,479 participants from 37 countries worldwide compete for the title of regional champion in this steelChallenge. It is very encouraging to me that I see these students and young industry professionals so engaged with steeluniversity and learning more about our industry. I thank all of the participants and congratulate our two winners.”

The 2017 World Champion in the industry category, ZHOU Wentao said, “I put in a lot of work to prepare for this competition, so it’s really great to win. I appreciate the chance to participate in steelChallenge and it was nice to meet some CEOs.”

LI Chai-Chun, the World Champion in the student category for 2017 said, “This was a fantastic experience to be here in Beijing and to meet these different people. I am very happy to have won and I am grateful for the support of my advisors. I think it will help me with my studies and my career.”

Photos of the event are available on Flickr.

The World Champions are:
Student Category
Name Affiliation Country
LI Chia-Chun National Chung Hsing University Taiwan, China
Industry Category
Name Affiliation Country
ZHOU Wentao HBIS Group Co. Ltd. China
The Regional Champions are:
Student Category
Region Name Affiliation Country
North and South America Jeová MELO Universidade Federal do Ceara Brazil
Europe/CIS/Africa/Middle East Mozart QUEIROZ NETO The University of Sheffield United Kingdom
Asia and Oceania LI Chia-Chun National Chung Hsing University Taiwan, China
China MA Shuaichao Chongqing University of Science & Technology China
Best Runner-Up YU Cheng-Wei National Chung Hsing University Taiwan, China
Industry Category
Region Name Affiliation Country
North and South America Mateus PAULINO Companhia Siderúrgica Brazil
Europe/CIS/Africa/Middle East Ahmed Abdallah ABDELFATAH Al Ezz Dekhila Egypt
Asia and Oceania Nageshwar KUMAR Tata Steel Ltd. India
China ZHOU Wentao HBIS Group Co. Ltd China
Best Runner-Up Ravi KUMAR Tata Steel Ltd. India

More information on steelChallenge is available on the steeluniversity website.

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Notes to Editors:

  • steeluniversity, an initiative of the 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 to lead change for realising a more sustainable industry that serves a more sustainable world.
  • China Steel Corporation is a ‘Steel’ level sponsor of steelChallenge-10. ‘Silver’ level sponsors are Tenaris, Ternium, and Tata Steel Limited. JFE Steel and Nucor Corporation are a ‘Bronze’ level sponsor.
  • 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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