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Eric Petersen

Vice President Research & Innovation
AK Steel Corporation

Eric Petersen was named Vice President, Research and Innovation in February 2015.  He has responsibility for Customer Technical Services, Product Development and Applications Engineering, Research and Innovation, and Research Strategy functions.

Mr. Petersen began his career with AK Steel in 1991 as an Assistant Metallurgist at Middletown Works, and progressed through other Quality Control and Operations Management positions at the Middletown Works.  He advanced to Manager, Electrocoating Department in 1997.
In 1999, he transferred to the Rockport Works as Manager, Continuous Galvanizing Line and later that year became Manager, Pickling.  He advanced to General Manager, Rockport Works in 2000. 
He was named General Manager, Quality Assurance in 2006, Director, Customer Technical Services and Research in 2007, and Director, Specialty and International Sales in 2012.  In 2013, he was named Vice President, Sales and Customer Service. 
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Metallurgical and Materials Science Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.

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