About IMF

Who We Are

A group at the University of Pittsburgh created the Ingot Metallurgy Symposium. Participants and the annual symposia decided that they would like to meet more often than once per year and from that decision, the IMF was created.

The IMF has 25 member companies & growing. It has evolved from an annual, industry-wide meeting on ingot making called the Ingot Metallurgy Symposium, which began in 1987. This one-day symposium was created so people involved in producing steel and alloy ingots could learn and discuss technical aspects of the metallurgy of ingot making. Lately, ingot production is largely ignored at the national steel making conferences, and a need was identified to provide a forum for technical discussions on this topic for many who will continue to produce ingots for a long time.

IMF Board

 

Calum Learn

Calum Learn

President

Relatively new to the industry, Calum graduated from Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2015 with a degree in Metallurgical Engineering. Having interned at the ArcelorMittal Steelton Ingot Facility in the summer, Calum returned to work there full time after graduation. As a Project Engineer with ArcelorMittal Steelton, Calum focuses on all aspects of the vacuum stream degassing process from production to shipment and continuous improvement.

Ryan Shoplik

Ryan Shoplik

Vice President - Programs

Centre Foundry & Machine Co.
Wheeling, West Virginia

Darrin Schwartz

Darrin Schwartz

Treasurer

Darrin graduated from the University of Pittsburgh where he obtained a BS in Materials Science.
Darrin started his career at the former Lukens Steel located in Coatesville, PA as a Metallurgist in both the Bottom Pour Area and Strand Caster. He then moved into Production positions supporting the Ladle Furnace, Degasser and VOD before adding the responsibilities of the Refractory Department. Darrin joined Ellwood Quality Steels in 2006 as a Project Engineer before joining the Bottom Pour Department and eventually adding the responsibility for Refractories and Scrap Handling in the Auxiliary Department.

Mike Labanow

Mike Labanow

Secretary

Mike has been with Stollberg Inc since 1984 in Niagara Falls as a Metallurgy Technical Support Engineer–Responsible for sales of continuous casting mold powders, bottom pouring fluxes and tundish covers. Developed specific powders suited to customer’s requirements. Visited most steel mills in North America.

Mike graduated from the University of Cincinnati, College of Engineering Cincinnati, OH. He is also a part of several organizations including:

Secretary for Ingot Metallurgy Forum
Member of Association for Iron & Steel Technology
Member of ASM International

Chris Hrizo

Chris Hrizo

Past President

Director of Product Development
Whemco, Inc.

Chris was born and resides in Pittsburgh, Pa. USA. He attended the University of Pittsburgh were he obtained a BS in Materials Science and Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration.
Chris’s background includes experience in both forged and cast products. He originally started his career in the forging industry as a metallurgist with McInnes Roll Rings. He later joined Ellwood City Forge where he had previously worked as a co op during his undergraduate studies. Chris then joined the fraternity of cast roll makers as a foundry metallurgist with Akers National Roll. In 2005 Chris joined Whemco, Inc. as the Corporate Product Metallurgist focusing on spun cast work roll production and differential heat treatment of backup rolls. As Director of Product Development, Chris has focused on process improvement and product development initiatives related to cast roll products.

Vladimir Abreu

Vladimir Abreu

At-Large Member

Vladimir Abreu is Bottom Pour Market Manager for RHI Magnesita Refractories North American Market. Vladimir was born and raised in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.   He graduated from the Pontificia Universidade Catolica where he obtained his BS in Mechanical Engineering. He worked ten years for a subsidiary of Fiat as a Quality Engineer supplying components to the auto industry.

He joined Magnesita Refractories in 2006 and worked as a Flow Control Specialist primarily in the South American Integrated Steel Market. He transferred to Magnesita’s York, Pennsylvania facility and continued his work as Flow Control Specialist. His duties involved engineering work in areas of ladle slide gates, stirring plugs, stir gas control panels and bottom pour refractory. He was promoted to his current position in 2017 after the RHI Magnesita corporate merger.

Dan Cirelli

Dan Cirelli

At-Large Board Member

Account Manager at Imerys, May 2018 - Present
Section Manager at Casting and Slab Shipping, April 2011 - January 2018
Casting Operator at Alcoa, September 2007 - April 2011

Earned a Bachelor's Degree in Science & Technology from California University of Pennsylvania, 2004-2007

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