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The Refractories Institute (TRI) Announces 2017 Scholarship Winners
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Aug. 1, 2017 - TRI (The Refractories Institute), comprised of approximately 50 member companies that operate in the refractory industry, awards scholarships annually to college students who are pursuing an education related to refractory science. They are pleased to announce four winners of this year's scholarships: Michelle Hoffman, Colorado School of Mines; Sunyong Kwon, McGill University; Evan Musterman, Missouri University of Science and Technology; and Elliott Smith, University of Alabama. There were two winners last year.

The academic scholarships are awarded by TRI's scholarship committee, and are distributed to each student as a one-time grant of $5,000. To be eligible to receive the scholarship, students must be currently in pursuit of a degree (undergraduate or graduate) in materials science, ceramic engineering or similar disciplines. Recipients must be enrolled full-time at a North American college or university. Scholarships are awarded to a limited number of students each year and are based on academic merit and the student's interest and experience in the field of refractories.

Hoffman is pursuing a B.S. in Metallurgy and Materials Engineering at Colorado School of Mines (expected December 2017). She interned at Nucor Steel, aiding the technical services/claims department with customer issues and defect analysis, and completed projects in the melt shop. She was also a research assistant at CSM's Center for Welding, Joining and Coating Research. She volunteers at schools to help introduce students to materials properties through demonstrations.

Kwon is pursuing a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering at McGill University and focuses his studies on refractory corrosion in the steelmaking and glassmaking industries. He holds a Master's Degree in Materials Engineering from McGill (2015), and a Bachelor's Degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Hanyang University in South Korea (2013). In 2016, Kwon interned at the Ceramic Research Center of Tata Steel Ijmuiden in the Netherlands, where he studied the corrosion of Alumina-Carbon refractory.

Musterman is pursuing a B.S. in Ceramic Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology (expected 2018). His experience includes student research assistant at MU, focusing on characterized crystallization behavior of various mold fluxes, analyzing cathodoluminescense and electron microscopy samples, and mechanical tests on cast refractories. He has been president of the Gaffers Guild since 2015, overseeing the development and expansion of production capabilities in the warm glass shop.

Smith is pursuing a B.S. in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alabama (expected 2018). His experience includes interning at Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa, where he learned how to produce steel plate/coil. Rolling mill projects include descale nozzle testing and scale growth comparison research: silicon vs. non-silicon bearing grades.

For more information about TRI and their scholarship application requirements, visit them on the web at

About TRI

Established in 1951, TRI (The Refractories Institute) is an association of approximately 50 member companies dedicated to providing support and services to manufacturers of refractory materials and products, and suppliers of raw materials, equipment, and services to those in the refractories industry. TRI fosters collaboration, educates the public, and helps members navigate an ever-shifting regulatory landscape.

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