9 December 2019 Brussels, Belgium

The Regional Championship took place online for a 24-hour period on 27 November 2019. This year’s steelChallenge attracted 2,003 participants representing more than 60 companies and about 240 academic institutions from 57 countries. The 14th edition saw an increase in participation of 5% compared to the previous year.

There were over 69,000 attempts with the combined electric arc furnace steelmaking and secondary steelmaking simulation with 3,460 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 London, UK, on 21 April 2020. Qualifying for the World Championship are the first-place people in each of the five regions.

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-14 utilised steeluniversity’s electric arc furnace steelmaking and secondary steelmaking in a combined 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-14.

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 best ‘run’ of each competitor was to determine their score and placement in the Regional Championship.

The World Championship Finalists are:

Student category
Participant Affiliation Region / Country
Emerson Edilson BARROS DE SOUZA Universidade Federal do Ceará Europe and Africa / France
Mateus NUNES DE OLIVEIRA Universidade Federal do Ceará Americas / Brazil
Aditya LARA Shavak Nanavati Technical Institute Asia – West / India
Huan XU (欢 徐) Chongqing University of Science and Technology Asia – North / China
Lee Yun SEONG Dong-A University Asia – East and Oceania / South Korea
Industry category
Participant Affiliation Region / Country
Pietro De Seta COSENTINO ArcelorMittal Europe and Africa / France
Franco Andres GOTTIG Ternium Americas / Argentina
Sumit KUMAR PUHAN Tata Steel Limited Asia – West / India
Jian ZHANG (剑 张) HBIS Group Co., Ltd. Asia – North / China
Keun Hak KIM POSCO Asia – East and Oceania / South Korea

More information about steelChallenge-14 is available at https://steeluniversity.org/steelchallenge-14/

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Notes to Editors:

  • steeluniversity, an initiative of worldsteel, is an industry university, delivering education and training to current and future employees of steel companies and related businesses.
  • steelChallenge-14 is generously sponsored by:
    • ‘Steel’ level:  HBIS Group Co., Ltd (HBIS).
    • ‘Gold’ level: Gerdau and JSW Steel.
    • ‘Silver’ level: Emirates Steel, Korean Iron and Steel Association (KOSA), Tata Steel Limited, Tenaris, and Ternium.
    • ‘Bronze’ level: China Steel, Nucor and JFE Steel Corporation.
  • The rules of steelChallenge-14 state a person should compete in the region they are resident at the time of the Regional Championship. The student winner for Europe and Africa is a student of a university in Brazil, but resident in Europe at the time of the Regional Championship while on a work term in France.
  • The World Steel Association (worldsteel) is one of the largest and most dynamic industry associations in the world, with members in every major steel-producing country. worldsteel represents steel producers, national and regional steel industry associations, and steel research institutes. Members represent around 85% of global steel production.


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