AISI and AIST Foundation launch “Ferrous
Metallurgy Education Today”
Washington, DC— The American Iron and Steel
Institute (AISI) has teamed up with the Association for Iron and
Steel Technology Foundation (AIST Foundation) to create the Ferrous
Metallurgy Education Today (FeMET) Initiative. Its three goals
are to compel more students to choose metallurgy or materials
science as their field of study; to recruit more of such graduates
into the steel industry and to increase the number of professors
knowledgeable in steel in U.S. universities.
“The four-point program set to launch on
March 4 and be effective in the fall, 2005 demonstrates the steel
industry’s innovativeness and aggressiveness,” Andrew
G. Sharkey, III, AISI president and CEO said.
“The steel industry needs to cultivate the
next generation of skilled metallurgists who will create the innovative
products that will strengthen steel’s position as the material
of choice for thousands of industrial and consumer applications,”
AIST Executive Director Ron Ashburn said.
The program’s comprehensive strategy includes
a scholarship and summer internship program for college juniors
and seniors, a design grant program, a curriculum development
program and a steel industry-university advisory round table.
Ten recipients of the scholarship and summer
internship program will be awarded $5,000 their junior year, a
paid summer internship with a North American steel company between
their junior and senior year, and $5,000 toward their senior year
It is the program’s goal that this scholarship
and summer internship provides incentive for students to become
involved in the steel industry. As a result, students entering
the program are ensured a two-year commitment by the program,
provided a satisfactory performance by the student both academically
and in their internship.
The Design Grant portion of the program will direct
a team of students and professors to address an industry problem
or “challenge” by working collaboratively to determine
how the problem is best solved. Design Grants will be awarded
on a competitive basis.
The Curriculum Development program, an important
element in the FeMET Initiative, will develop steel-centric course
materials and themes to deepen the exposure students receive to
ferrous metallurgy and to the steel industry as it functions today.
In order for the program to work successfully,
a “Steel-University Advisory Round Table” made up
of universities and steel companies in North America, as well
as representatives from AISI and the AIST Foundation, will be
formed. This group will ensure a close working relationship between
its members on critical issues within the FeMET Initiative including
relevant curriculum, recruiting and student placement.