Students & Faculty

Electrical Engineering Grant

►Grant Recipients

Applications for the 2019–2020 academic year will be accepted through 31 May 2019.

Objective and Intent

This grant was established in 2015 to challenge North American university teams (students and professors) from electrical engineering departments to submit proposals for grant funding in the theme area of an electrical engineering challenge (industrial control systems, power and energy systems, electrical machines and motor drives) within the steel manufacturing industry. The grant will provide funding to encourage the following:

  • Support the professors in promoting the industry to electrical engineering students.

  • Provide direct interaction for electrical engineering students with the steel industry.

  • Recruit more electrical engineering students for employment in the steel industry.

Award and Outcome

It is the intent to give two awards every year to qualified electrical engineering university professors. The number of awards granted depends on fund availability, the number of proposals received, and the quality of proposals received; at the discretion of the selection committee. The maximum grant per award will be US$10,000 for a maximum allowable time of one year beginning in September. At the completion of the project, a report shall be submitted to the AIST Foundation defining the effective outcome of the team effort. A student team will be encouraged to present the project upon completion at an AIST event. A final report will be included in the AIST magazine, Iron & Steel Technology.


To assist the applicant’s in forging steel industry networks (access, connections, relationships), a steel industry representative currently employed with a steel producing or steel-related company must be identified in the proposal. The mentor should be in the appropriate area of expertise for the recipient candidate and from a conveniently located steel producing or steel-related company willing to support the project. AIST will assist in identifying mentors if needed.

Call for Proposals

Proposals will be accepted by 31 May. The proposal should indicate how each team of professor(s) and undergraduate and/or graduate students will approach the challenge including budget and schedule requirements. Universities may submit more than one proposal; however, each must be an entirely separate submission and will be evaluated independently.

Proposal Content

Please follow the instructions carefully for submitting proposals. The information is also available through the AIST Foundation home page at Proposals should be no more than 10 pages in length and contain the following sections:

  • Description of the team that will work on the project. Please include the names of the professor(s) and identify the names and/or number of students who will be on the team and their respective majors.

  • Name and contact information of industry mentor.

  • Proposal Summary — including project name, date of submission, contact person and information, requested grant amount and schedule duration.

  • Executive Summary — statement which clearly defines proposed challenge/solution and how it will improve electrical challenges for the steel manufacturing industry.

  • Detailed description of the work and project deliverables such as potential models.

  • Project schedule including a list of anticipated tasks and milestones.

  • Estimated distribution of total project cost. A portion of the grant may be used as a stipend to the professor(s) or student(s) as long as such declaration is defined. Any transportation costs for plant visits and project presentation should be included.

  • List plans for student participation throughout the research and specific activities toward building student interest in the steel industry.

  • Include previous faculty and student interaction with the steel industry as well as proposed plans for faculty and student interaction with a steel or steel-related company.

  • Clarify if this proposal is for a new project, continuation of a previous effort, or is intended to be a multi-year project (limited to two years).

  • Letter of support from university department head and letter of support from industry mentor.

Evaluation Criteria

It is the responsibility of the submitter to assure that sufficient information is contained in the proposal for reviewers to evaluate the proposal according to the following criteria:

  • Technical Approach/Relation to the Theme (25%) — The proposal topic, quality of the technical approach and fit to the theme of an electrical challenge for the steel manufacturing industry, the deliverables and overall quality of communication (clarity and completeness) in the proposal.

  • Probability of Success/Benefit (25%) — The methodology used to approach the topic, including its widespread applicability to the steel industry and the thoroughness of the evaluation made by the submitting team.

  • Qualifications (15%) — The expertise and capabilities of the team to bring the project to a meaningful on-time completion. Other factors considered under this criterion are program accreditation, project schedule including milestones, decision points and overall cost.

  • Industry Awareness (35%) — The potential of the plan to increase the number of students studying electrical challenges in industry with a strong emphasis on steel manufacturing and to increase the number of students interested in pursuing a career therein.

Proposal Submission

Your completed proposal must be submitted electronically in a word document form to Lori Wharrey at by 31 May. Awardee(s) will be announced June 2019 for the 2019–2020 academic year.

Questions about the grant program and/or proposal process should be directed to Lori Wharrey at or +1.724.814.3044.

Overhead Costs

To ensure the grants funded by the Foundation go directly to the intended purposeit is the policy of the AIST Foundation to not allow overhead costs. The AIST Foundation is a Pennsylvania-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation organized for charitable, education and scientific purposes that seeks to attract technology-oriented professionals to the steel industry by educating the public about the high-tech, diverse and rewarding nature of careers in modern steelmaking. The Foundation receives contributions from industry corporations and individual members of AISTThe AIST Foundation reserves the right to assess grants on a case by case basis to determine the application of this policy.