Joyce Niedringhaus 
Principal Research Engineer  
AK Steel Corporation 
“I enjoy the exciting challenges an engineer faces working for a steel manufacturer. The opportunities are vast, requiring knowledge in multiple disciplines. The work relationships developed from my interactions with research and plant engineers, line operators and technicians while creating diverse technical solutions are what I appreciate most.”

With more than 37 years of experience at AK Steel, Joyce has established herself as an expert in the fields of steel refining and steel sheet processing. She currently serves as a Principal Research Engineer at AK Steel’s Research and Innovation Center, which is the source of upstream innovation, and product and process technology for AK Steel’s steelmaking facilities.

As an expert in some of the most challenging areas of metallic coated steel technologies, Joyce has led the coating practice development of next generation high strength steels such as the AK Steel ULTRALUME® product. She is particularly accomplished in the science and control of furnace gas atmospheres along with non-contact steel strip temperature measurement, critical components for producing high quality products.

Joyce is often sharing knowledge and pursuing the technical aspects of her work with co-workers. Some examples of her work include her service as Lead Engineer of several multi-discipline groups, and organizer/leader of internal classes on Basic Oxygen Steelmaking and Aluminizing. Joyce’s deep technical expertise has gained the respect of peers, and she is often sought out as the go-to expert in her field.

Outside of AK Steel, Joyce is an accomplished author of several technical publications. She has served as the Galvanizer’s Association’s governing board chairman as well as the program chair, session chair and more at numerous annual conferences; principle organizer and head lecturer for an Iron and Steel Society Continuing Education Course; and co-chair, author and presenter in the Steelmaking and Ironmaking Divisions of ISS of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers.

When she isn’t serving as a leader in her profession, Joyce serves in numerous volunteer roles. In 2000, she initiated Cincinnati Country Day School’s Food Allergy Awareness and Emergency Response Program, working closely with the school nurse and other faculty to ensure a safe environment for students with food allergies. She has been a youth group and Sunday school parent volunteer at her church, and has served food for years at a soup kitchen in Cincinnati’s inner city. Joyce has also helped build homes for neighbors in need through the Habitat for Humanity program.  

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