Published on Tuesday April 3, 2007
B.S./M.S. student Alex Moseson (advisor: Michel Barsoum) has received the ASM International Arthur E. Focke LeaderShape Award.
The ASM-funded scholarship will sponsor Alex’s attendance at the LeaderShape Institute this summer, which helps student leaders develop valuable skills to help them both professionally and personally. According to ASM International’s Web site, the six-day program held at the University of Illinois Conference Center at Allerton Park, near Champaign, Illinois, is designed to help young people learn to “lead with integrity”, with a “healthy disregard for the impossible.” Each day of the program is dedicated to a different focus such as “Building Community” and “Bringing Vision to Reality”, among others. Each session is comprised of approximately 60 students, ages 17 to 25, sponsored by various organizations from diverse ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds. Since 1986, over 20,000 international participants have graduated from the program.
“I hope that my participation in the LeaderShape program will enhance my career and provide me with the knowledge I will need to pass along to my future students once I become a university professor,” says Moseson. “With my research in geopolymers, I hope that our research on Earth Cements will benefit society by helping those in poorer countries to cheaply build sustainable housing, while also reducing CO2 production.”