FeMET grants and scholarships awarded
The Association for Iron & Steel Technology
(AIST) Foundation and the American Iron and Steel Institute’s
(AISI) FeMET Initiative, aimed at attracting top talent to the
North American steel industry, has awarded its grants and scholarships
for the 2010–2011 academic year.
FeMET Curriculum Development – Six grants in the amount of $5,000
each were issued to professors of ferrous metallurgy or materials
science. Of that total, three grants represent renewals from
- Dr. Thomas J. Balk, University of Kentucky (Year 5 of 5).
- Dr. Sivaraman Guruswamy, University of Utah (Year 4 of
- Dr. S. Komar Kawatra, Michigan Technological University
(Year 2 of 5).
Three grants were awarded to:
- Dr. John A. Nychka, University of Alberta (Year 1 of 5).
- Dr. Marian Kennedy, Clemson University (Year 1 of 5).
- Dr. Randy J. Bowers, University of Windsor (Year 1 of 5).
Proposals are solicited from North American universities for
funding of a curriculum development assistant to enhance or update
industry curriculum in ferrous metallurgy programs. 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. University professors
will be awarded $5,000 each to fund initiatives designed to enhance
or update industry curriculum in ferrous metallurgy programs.
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.
FeMET Design Grant – Dr. Patricia Morris and a team of materials
science and engineering research students from The Ohio State
University have been selected for their proposal entitled, “Design
of a Virtual Metal-Oxide Sensor Array Device for Off-Gas Detection
and Monitoring in Iron and Steel Processing.” Their proposal
was submitted in response to the 2010–2011 design theme, “Improvements
in off-gas control/sensors.” The Ohio State University was granted
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 2010. The number of awards granted
depends on fund availability; the maximum grant per award will
Nine students from four American and Canadian universities have
been awarded FeMET scholarships, focusing on metallurgy and materials
science. Similarly, three students from three American and Canadian
universities have been identified as StEEL scholarship finalists,
focusing on all engineering disciplines. The next step for the
StEEL finalists is to be matched with interested corporate sponsors.
In addition to the FeMET and StEEL scholarships, the third AISI/AIST
Foundation Premier Scholarship was awarded.
Scholarships of $5,000 will be awarded to each scholar for the
school year beginning in fall 2010. Each scholarship will include
a paid internship at a North American steel company during the
summer of 2011 and a second scholarship of $5,000 in the student’s
senior year, based on satisfactory academic and internship performance.
This is the sixth year of the FeMET Initiative and the fifth
year of the StEEL program. The AISI/AIST Foundation Premier Scholarship,
now in its third year, is awarded to the highest ranking of all
FeMET and StEEL applications received. This scholarship provides
the same benefits, with an increase to $10,000 per year.