Kent D. Peaslee Junior Faculty Award
This award was established in 2013 in honor and memory of Kent D. Peaslee for his unequaled passion for teaching and promoting the steel industry to students, faculty members, and steel industry personnel. His achievements forged a legacy of encouragement to all those dedicated to advancing the technical development, production, processing and application of iron and steel.
The purpose of this award is to increase the number of younger engineering professors with a vested interest in the iron and steel industry. The award, open to all technical engineering disciplines, will assist junior faculty in building their research and professional service activities towards obtaining tenure. This award is granted to an individual professor and is not transferable.
The award will provide funding to encourage the following activities:
Help younger professors become better informed about the steel industry.
Provide seed money for steel-related research projects.
Develop relationships between university and industry personnel.
Recruit more students for employment in the steel industry.
It is the intent to give one award every year to faculty in year one to five of initial tenure-track. 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 $35,000 per year renewable for a maximum allowable time of three years. An annual report must be submitted for award continuation. Each new award will begin in August. The award will be considered discretionary, allowing the professor to work on behalf of the industry in the manner he or she deems best achieving the award objective.
To assist the recipients in forging steel industry networks (access, connections, relationships), applicants are requested to suggest two mentors: one with an established professor active in AIST and one with a steel industry representative currently employed with a steel producing company. Both mentors should be in the appropriate area of expertise for the award candidate. AIST will assist in providing mentors if needed.
The selected professor is encouraged to attend AIST programs such as training courses, member chapter events, AISTech, etc. during the award period. With pre-approval, registration fees and travel expenses will be reimbursed by the AIST Foundation for up to two qualifying events per calendar year.
Call for Proposals
Proposals will be solicited from tenure-track professors of technical engineering disciplines at universities in North America. The proposal should include a three-year plan and indicate how the professor would approach the task of fulfilling the award objective, including:
Specific activities toward building connections with a steel company or supplier to the steel industry
Specific activities toward building student interest in the steel industry
Plans for a steel related student campus event and other programs to obtain direct student contact with the steel industry
Resume and present position, and years of tenure-track
Estimated distribution of total cost by year
Names and contact information of suggested mentors
Letter of support from university department head and letter of support from mentors, academic and industry
It is the responsibility of the submitter to assure sufficient information is contained in the proposal for reviewers to evaluate according to the following criteria:
Direct benefits through the innovation, creativity and application of the proposed research (40%)
Potential to increase the number of students planning a career in the steel industry by student involvement in events, courses and research (40%)
The capabilities of the Professor to fulfill the program objectives (20%)
To ensure the grants funded by the Foundation go directly to the intended purpose, it 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 AIST. The AIST Foundation reserves the right to assess grants on a case by case basis to determine the application of this policy.