Industry collaboration with the then Department of
Metallurgy and Metallurgical Engineering was formalized as long ago as 1962 with the
establishment of the Stelco Chair of Metallurgy, held in succession by Robert Ward, Jack
Kirkaldy, and Wei-Kao Lu.
More recently, Gordon Irons has developed a strong focus on steelmaking process metallurgy as
Dofasco/NSERC Chair. The significant benefits from this work have motivated the expansion
of the Research Chair model for industrial collaboration into the Steel Research Centre.
The Centre combines the expertise of three dedicated research chairs in the Departments of
Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering with strong participation from the three departments.