The Steel Research Centre was set up to encourage substantial involvement by its industrial members. Member companies provide both technical and management guidance through Program Review Groups, as well as representation on the Centre’s Board. The lines of communication are shown in the diagram, relating the member companies, Program Review & Project Groups in each core area, and the Board.
Inter-disciplinary projects are illustrated by the overlapping of Process Metallurgy and Control Groups.
The Board ensures that the research is in line with the Centre’s goals and Members’ interests. The University Senate appoints the Steel Research Centre Director, on the advice of the Board and Dean of Engineering. The Director reports to the Board. The bi-annual Board meetings approve the Centre’s budget, project portfolio and programs for the coming year, and:
- Establish long-term goals for the Centre
- Establish membership fees and policies
- Approve patenting initiatives
- Assist with recruitment of new members
- Assist in the development of initiatives, such as creation of new Chairs within the Centre
The Associate Dean Research and External Affairs is Chair. Board members are drawn from the Centre’s member companies, government service and the university. All member companies have voting seats on the Board during the entire period of their support.
Steel Research Centre Structure:
Program Review Groups
The research projects are organized into programs with broadly defined goals or themes related to each area. Each area has a Program Review Group (PRG) made up of the key investigators, member company representatives, and the Centre’s Operations Manager. PRGs will meet during semi-annual reviews but will also confer as needed to establish programs and consider project proposals for recommendation to the Board, exercising primary scientific, business and budget oversight. The PRGs are the focal point for technical exchange between industrial and academic researchers, where goals are agreed and results first discussed.