Students & Faculty

AIST Foundation Steel Professor

Applications for the 2018–2019 academic year will be accepted through 30 June 2018.

►Award Recipients


The designation of AIST Foundation Steel Professor was established in October 2017 to maintain a formal link to past recipients of the AIST Foundation’s Kent D. Peaslee Junior Faculty Award and their university to encourage continued engagement with the steel industry.


A professor who has received and successfully completed three years of the KDP JFA. An annual application is required. Candidates will be selected by the KDP JFA Committee


Up to five (5) individual AIST Foundation Steel Professor awards US$5,000 annually. Recipients can re-apply annually, with no term limits and based on fund availability.


The grant funding would cover costs associated with the following expectations.

  • Utilize the moniker “AIST Foundation Steel Professor.”

  • Continue the momentum of the KDP JFA by fostering steel industry interest and AIST Foundation promotion at his or her university through “Steel Day” events, plant tours, research projects, etc.

  • Encourage students to apply for AIST Foundation Scholarships and Internships.

  • Encourage students to attend AIST programs such as AISTech, MS&T, training conferences and chapter meetings.

  • Attend one UIRR meeting annually.

  • Provide guidance to the KDP JFA selection committee and potential applicants as requested

  • Provide an annual report of steel-related activities for AIST promotional use, including the number of students from his or her university who enter the steel industry

Note: The Foundation would prefer the funding be spent on the students and would forego the annual UIRR attendance requirement if the current funding is insufficient.

Overhead Costs

Whenever possible, specifically allocable costs of a proposal should be requested and justified in the proposal as direct costs. In an effort to ensure our support of the indirect costs associated with programs/projects the AIST Foundation funds, and to be consistent in that support, it is the policy of the AIST Foundation to limit university or agency administrative fee allowances to 15% of any of its annual grant awards over US$25,000. No indirect costs are allowed for grants under US$25,000. The AIST Foundation reserves the right to assess grants on a case by case basis to determine the application of this policy.