JANUARY 2012

2011–2012 FeMET grants awarded

The Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST) Foundation and the American Iron and Steel Institute’s (AISI) “Ferrous Metallurgy Education Today,” or FeMET Initiative, which aims to attract top talent to the North American steel industry, has awarded its grants for the 2011–2012 academic year.

FeMET Curriculum Development Grant – Six grants in the amount of $5,000 each were issued to professors of ferrous metallurgy or materials science. Of that total, 5 grants represent renewals from 2010, including:

  • Dr. Sivaraman Guruswamy, University of Utah (Year 5 of 5)
  • Dr. S. Komar Kawatra, Michigan Technological University (Year 3 of 5)
  • Dr. John A. Nychka, University of Alberta (Year 2 of 5)
  • Dr. Marian Kennedy, Clemson University (Year 2 of 5)
  • Dr. Randy J. Bowers, University of Windsor (Year 2 of 5)

One new grant was awarded to:

  • Dr. Joseph P. Domblesky, Marquette University (Year 1 of 5)

The program objective is to utilize students to assist in the editing and updating of textbooks and/or other course materials for use in ferrous metallurgy education, with an underlying objective to increase industry awareness within the academic community. The proposals must indicate how the professor will approach the task, including budget and schedule requirements.

The number of awards granted depends on fund availability; the maximum grant per award will be $5,000 per year for five years for a total of $25,000.

FeMET Design Grant – Dr. Lifeng Zhang and a team of materials science and engineering research students from Missouri University of Science & Technology have been selected for their proposal entitled, “The Impact of Advanced High-Strength Steels (AHSS) and Embedded Electronic Components on the Recyclability of Automobiles.” Their proposal was submitted in response to the 2011–2012 design theme, “The recyclability of automobiles – past, present and future – i.e., the impact of advanced high-strength steels (AHSS) and embedded electronic components.” Missouri University of Science & Technology was granted $50,000.

The Design Grant program challenges North American university teams (students and professors) to submit proposals for grant funding in the theme area selected by the steel industry. The proposal should indicate how each team of professors and undergraduate students will approach the problem, including budget and schedule requirements. The maximum allowable time for the project is one year, beginning in the fall of 2011. The number of awards granted depends on fund availability; the maximum grant per award will be $50,000.