Educational Resources for Modern Light Metals
The goal of this program, a collaboration of the Alcoa Foundation, the Materials Research Society (MRS) Foundation, the Metals Service Centers Institute (MSCI) and The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS), is to produce supplemental resources for use in undergraduate and community college courses, including courses such as introduction to physical science, introduction to materials science and introduction to light metals. These will not be traditional on-line courses. Instead, the objective is to create “resource modules” that will help students understand why light metals are important to modern society, highlight recent advancements in materials research and introduce key material behaviors of light metals. The modules will also be suitable for use by professionals in the metals industry.
Resource modules will be built upon the following components:
- Short 10-15 minute introductory videos by materials experts
- Short 10-15 minute commentaries on modern materials research by materials experts
- A series of demonstration resources that can be used in the classroom, as a supplement to textbooks, or for self-paced study.
- Short Q&A segment(s) and suggestions for additional resources.
Proposals were solicited from the global materials community and were to be submitted via this website. PLEASE NOTE: The deadline to submit a proposal was June 14, 2013, at 5 p.m. ET.
Grant awards will be announced in August.
Grants will be awarded as follows:
INTRODUCTION TO LIGHT METALS
- One 10-15-minute introductory video: Characterization of Light Metals - $10,000
- One 10-15-minute introductory video: Applications of Light Metals - $10,000
- One 10-15-minute commentary: Research Challenges for Light Metals - $10,000
- One 10-15-minute introductory video: The Importance of Sustainable Design - $10,000
- One 10-15-minute commentary: Research Challenges to Achieve Sustainable Design - $10,000
A collection of resource modules (videos, models, interactive resources, etc), each less than 5 minutes in length, with accompanying Q&A and suggested references (in pdf format).
Each module will be funded at $5000.
Relevant subject matter includes:
- Powder Metallurgy
- Thermal Treatments
- Mechanical Properties
- Modeling and Simulation
- Energy and Biomedical Nanostructures