Carnegie Mellon University

MSE Seminar Series

Friday, September 3, 2021 @12:20pm
100 Porter Hall

Bryan Webler
, Associate Professor
Center for Iron & Steelmaking Research
Department of Materials Science & Engineering,
Carnegie Mellon University

The Advanced Manufacturing of Steel

The production of steel was at first, a craft.  Over time, technological advances led to increased production capacity and product quality. These advances enabled the steel industry to produce the infrastructure of the 20th and 21st centuries. Today, the industry is working towards reducing CO2 emissions and adopting the tools of the advanced manufacturing community.  In this talk I will discuss some of the history of iron and steel production and some of issues currently driving changes in the industry. I will also spend a little time talking about some of the work in the Center for Iron and Steelmaking Research and how we’re investigating state-of-the-art tools and technologies to advance steel production.


Bryan Webler is an Associate Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University and co-director of the Center for Iron and Steelmaking Research (CISR).  He received a BS in Engineering Physics from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005 and an MS (2007) and PhD (2008) in Materials Science and Engineering from Carnegie Mellon. His PhD work was with CISR, studying the copper-induced hot shortness of steel. From 2008 to 2013, he was a Senior Engineer in the Materials Technology Department of the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory, studying corrosion resistance and mechanical behavior of stainless steels and nickel-base alloys. Dr. Webler joined the Carnegie Mellon faculty in 2013.  His research interests are in the reactions between metals and their environment, both during processing and in-service.  He also teaches classes on phase transformations, computational thermodynamics, and corrosion/oxidation of metals.  Dr. Webler serves as Materials Advantage faculty advisor at Carnegie Mellon and is active in the Association for Iron and Steel Technology, serving on the Metallurgy – Steelmaking and Casting Committee and teaching the “Making, Shaping, and Treating of Steel: 101” course.  He was awarded the Kent D. Peaslee Junior Faculty Award from AIST in 2015 and is currently an AIST Foundation Steel Professor.