The World Steel Association last week announced the new World Champions of the 16th steelChallenge. Ruibin WANG from HBIS Group in China won in the industry category and Qichen LI from Tangshan Vocational College of Science and Technology in China won in the student category. The 5 winners of the Regional Championship from the industry and student categories competed for the global title. The task was to produce a specific engineering steel grade at the lowest cost using steeluniversity’s electric arc furnace and secondary steelmaking courses in a combined simulation. New this year were carbon footprint requirements for the steel grade, included to reflect the steel industry’s commitment to reducing the footprint from its operations.The 2022 World Champion in the industry category, Ruibin WANG said “I’ve really enjoyed being part of steelChallenge and gaining more knowledge about steelmaking. This competition attracts a lot of participants and I’m delighted to be the industry World Champion.”Qichen LI, the World Champion in the student category for 2022, said “steelChallenge is an incredible opportunity to meet people around the world while learning about steelmaking. The World Championship was really hard and I’m very happy to be recognised as the champion in the student category. I encourage other students to join steelChallenge to gain more knowledge about steel in an exciting and engaging way.”The World Championship of the 16th steelChallenge took place online on 11 April 2022. The competition was held remotely to follow social distancing guidelines from health authorities around the world and due to travel restrictions in some countries.