SMDI appoints new head of Automotive Programs

The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), announced that Dr Jody N. Hall, former technical integration engineer at General Motors Company Global Body Manufacturing Engineering Center will succeed Ronald P. Krupitzer as vice president, Automotive Market, for the Institute. Krupitzer, who has held the position for 13 years, will retire at the end of the year.
Thomas J. Gibson, president and CEO of AISI, said, “Our auto market division is aggressive and fast-paced, and we are pioneering technological advances in auto steel. Dr Hall will be an outstanding leader as we meet the challenges of competing materials head on.”

Dr Hall has spent a large part of her career in applying new steels and manufacturing techniques in automotive applications. She has led the way in manufacturing engineering innovations in her roles on the GM Global Sheet Metal Specialists Team, Auto/Steel Partnership, Galvanizing AutoBody Partnership, and the Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center (ASPPRC) at Colorado School of Mines.

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