To enter the competition, schools must submit a proposal stating how they plan to integrate the software into their undergraduate curriculum and how they would use it in the context of the ASM Undergraduate Design Competition. Winners are then chosen based on how well their proposal balances the use of the software between theory and application. Thermo-Calc Software provides the winning schools with three-year licenses along with training and support.
In 2015, six schools were awarded three-year licenses. In 2016 and 2017 a further three schools each year were awarded, bringing the total to twelve. In 2018, as the licenses for the first six schools expired, four schools renewed for an additional three years and an additional four new schools were added into the programming, expanding the program to sixteen schools. Since 2015, Thermo-Calc Software has provided approximately $3M of licenses for software and databases in support of this program.