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The AIST Foundation to offer new Junior Faculty Award

The Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST) Foundation has created the AIST Foundation Junior Faculty Award to increase the number of younger engineering professors with a vested interest in the iron and steel industry.

The AIST Foundation Junior Faculty Award is open to all technical engineering disciplines, and will assist junior faculty in building their research and professional service activities toward obtaining tenure.

The award will provide funding to encourage the junior faculty member to become better informed about the steel industry, encourage students to pursue careers in the iron and steel industry, provide seed money for steel-related research projects, and develop relationships between university and industry personnel.

“A core value for the AIST Foundation is not only to attract young, talented professionals into our industry, but also to assure that the brightest, most talented professors are attracted and retained as they pursue a path to tenure,” said Thomas J. Russo, AIST Foundation president, and president and chief executive officer of MMFX Technologies Corp.

One award will be given each year to faculty in year one to five of their initial tenure-track. The maximum grant per award will be $35,000 per year, renewable for a maximum of 3 years. An annual report must be submitted for award continuation, and each new award will begin in August.

Proposals will be solicited from tenure-track professors of technical engineering disciplines at universities in North America. Proposals should include a three-year plan and indicate how the professor would approach the task of fulfilling the award objective. Complete details on the AIST Foundation Junior Faculty Award and the proposal process can be found at under Scholarships and Grants.