Award Recipients Recognized for Contributions to Industrial Solutions

ANN ARBOR, Mich., October 24, 2023 – Auto/Steel Partnership today recognizes 21 recipients of the Partnership’s Awards of Excellence as part of the Technology Day 2023 member event at Lauren Manor Conference Center, Livonia, Mich.

“The peer-chosen Award of Excellence acknowledges project findings and results by honoring Auto/Steel Partnership members who have demonstrated outstanding contributions, leadership and innovation in the applications of emerging steels,” said Michael Davenport, Executive Director, Auto/Steel Partnership.

Award selections were based on A/SP project work conducted over the past year and voted on by the A/SP Joint Policy Council. Criteria include demonstrating technical expertise necessary to execute or significantly contribute to project results. It also honors those who have shown exemplary commitment to the aims of the Partnership.

Certificates and trophies were awarded to:

Individual Category    

  1. Jonathan Ellert, General Motors Company
  2. Lu Huang, General Motors Company
  3. Efraín Rodriguez, Ternium
  4. Nan Wang, Toyota North America


Most Valuable Player Category        

  1. Justin Hunt, Stellantis
  2. Haea Lee, POSCO
  3. Kevin Teng, General Motor Company


Key Collaborator Category

  1. IonBond


Project Team Category

Steel Testing and Harmonization Team, with Members:

  1. Dean Kanelos, Nucor (Mentor)
  2. Jugraj Singh, Stellantis (Lead)
  3. Derek Bross, Nucor (Lead)
  4. Ming Shi, General Motors Company
  5. Jiwoong Ha, POSCO
  6. Haea Lee, POSCO
  7. Juan Pablo Pedraza, Ternium
  8. Efraín Rodriguez, Ternium
  9. Jaciel Herrera, Ternium
  10. Jose Galaviz, Stellantis
  11. Miguel Quiñones, Metalsa
  12. Eric McCarty, Auto/Steel Partnership
  13. Jonathan Smith, Project Team Manager, Auto/Steel Partnership


Auto/Steel Partnership Foundation (A/SP) is a non-profit research consortium of automakers, sheet steel producers and affiliate tier suppliers.  For more than 35 years, A/SP members work to drive improvements from concept through realization in vehicles on the road today, as well as to support an educated workforce. For more information, visit