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April 2007

FeMet Initiative accepting proposals for 2007-2008

The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) and the Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST) Foundation’s “Ferrous Metallurgy Education Today,” or FeMET Initiative, which is aimed at attracting top scholastic talent to the North American steel industry, is accepting proposals for the following programs for the 2007–2008 school year.

FeMET Design Grant Program seeks innovative designs and solutions to an industry-related theme. The program will direct a team of students and professors to address an important industry issue or challenge by working collaboratively. Proposals must include the team’s approach/methodology, including a budget and schedule requirements. Proposals will be judged based on the following criteria: technical approach and relation to the theme, probability of success and its potential benefits and team qualifications, and may be awarded up to a $50,000 grant for their project.

The theme for 2007 is “Application of State-of-the-World Modeling Techniques to Steel Processes.” Teams should quantify the benefits arising out of the proposed technique and the study. Available data will be provided from AISI to the selected teams. Other data will be determined by investigation during the study. Teams may propose to perform one or more comparative studies as long as they remain within the budget parameters outlined in the proposal instructions.

Completed proposals must be submitted electronically in PDF form to manufacturingt@steel.org by June 1, 2007. Awardees will be announced July 31, 2007 for the 2007-2008 academic year.

FeMET Curriculum Development Grant proposals are being solicited from professors of ferrous metallurgy or materials science at North American universities for funding of a curriculum development assistant to enhance or update industry curriculum in ferrous metallurgy programs. The proposals must indicate how the professor will approach the task, including budget and schedule requirements. Up to 5 university professors will be awarded $5,000 each to fund initiatives designed to enhance or update industry curricula in ferrous metallurgy programs.

The maximum allowable time for a curriculum development grant is five years beginning in the fall of 2006. The number of awards granted depends on fund availability; the maximum grant per award will be $5,000 per year for 5 years for a total of $25,000.

Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Direct benefits to the iron and steel industry and the ferrous metallurgy/materials science programs in North America.
  • The potential to increase the number of students studying metallurgy and materials science in North America.
  • The expertise and capabilities of the professor to fulfill the program objective.

Completed proposals must be submitted electronically in PDF form to lwharrey@aist.org by June 1, 2007. wardees will be announced July 31, 2007 for the 2007-2008 academic year.


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