Alan W. Cramb

  • President, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering


Ph.D. in Materials Science, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1979
B.Sc. with Honors in Metallurgy, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland

Research Interests

Studies of the Initial Solidification Behavior of Steels
In this work phenomena that occur during the first 10 milliseconds of solidification are studied by measuring heat transfer rates of droplets contacting water cooled copper molds.

Studies of the Solidification Behavior of Liquid Oxides
Liquid oxides can be deeply undercooled before crystallization. In this work the double hot thermocouple technique is used to help elucidate heterogeneous nucleation phenomena.

Studies of the Effect of Inclusion Chemistry on Solidification Behavior
In this work the criteria for effective nucleants for low carbon steels will be determined.

Clean Steel Production
The fundamental issues involved in inclusion removal from liquid steels are studied with particular emphasis on separation at the slag-metal interface.

Initial Solidification Phenomena in a Continuous Casting Mold
The detailed nature of solidification within a continuous casting mold is being studied with particular attention to the formation of oscillation marks.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST)

American Society for Materials (ASM)

The Materials Society (TMS)

American Association for Engineering Education (AAEE)

Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME)

Fellow of the Iron and Steel Institute of Japan (ISIJ)


J. Keith Brimacombe Memorial Lecture AIST (2013)

Champion H. Mathewson Award (2008) Most notable contribution to metallurgical science as a co-author of the papers: “A Mold Simulator for the Continuous Casting of Steel: Part I. The Development of a Simulator," Met Trans B, 2005, Vol. 36 B, No. 3, pp. 355-372 and "A Mold Simulator for the Continuous Casting of Steel: Part II. The Formation of Oscillation Marks during the Continuous Casting of Low Carbon Steel," Met Trans B, 2005, Vol. 36 B, No. 3, pp. 373-383

A Frank Gollic Memorial Lecturer - Missouri University of Science and Technology (2007)

Howe Memorial Lecturer Award (2007) Named plenary lecturer for annual AIST steelmaking conference

TMS Distinguished Career Award - TMS Hudson-Mohawk Chapter (2006)

Named as a Bao Steel "Honorary" Professor (2006)

John A. Clark and Edward T. Crossan Professor of Engineering,

Carnegie Lecturer, ASM, Pittsburgh (2003)

Benjamin F. Fairless Award - Award of AIME (2003)

John Elliott Lecturer - Major Award of ISS/TMS (2002)

J. B. Austin Award of ISS (2001), Presidential recognition award

Charles H. Herty Award of ISS (2000), Best paper award

Distinguished Member and Fellow of ISS (2000)

Posco Chair in Iron and Steelmaking, Carnegie Mellon University (1997)

John Farrel Award of ISS, in recognition of leadership in the Process Technology Division of ISS

Benjamin Richard Teare Award of CIT at CMU, (1995), engineering educational award of university

Iron and Steel Society Professor (1992-8), recognition award for excellence in steel research

Outstanding Young Member - Pittsburgh ASM, (1990)

Institute Medal of AISI (1987), Best paper award

Robert W. Hunt Silver Medal of ISS (1987), Best paper award

Steelmaking Conference Award of ISS (1986), Best paper award

Institute Medal of AISI (1986), Best paper award

Charles H. Herty, Jr. Award of ISS (1986), Best paper award

Frank B. McKune Award of ISS (1984), Best paper award

British Steel Corporation Prize- Student Award at Strathclyde University (1975)