2017 Volume 57 Issue 2 Pages 207-213
The Graduate Institute of Ferrous Technology (GIFT) under the umbrella of Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) in Korea was established in 2005, aiming at education and research in all that is steel. It is currently run with three centers which have eleven laboratories in all, each of which focuses on a particular aspect of ferrous technology. GIFT offers both master’s and PhD programs, both specialized in ferrous technology. It covers process, product and application of steels and steel-related materials. It also keeps developing close links with steel producers, users and supporters. The interaction happens via many mechanisms including collaborative projects, workshops, participation in teaching, employment of highly trained graduates, secondments from industry to conduct research at GIFT, etc. Such interactions are considered vital in the two-way transfer of knowledge, ideas and direction. In this report, the educational performance of GIFT is briefly summarized. The research emphasis of each center and focal research areas of each laboratory are also outlined. An example out of recent research outcomes of GIFT, which is about a novel approach to the development of light-weight steels, is elaborated in some detail.