A Letter from Our President

Roger E. Ferch

Dear Visitor,

This will be my last year serving as AISC’s president before my retirement. It’s been an honor and a great pleasure to work alongside you all in the industry and getting to know you over the past 10 years. One of my favorite parts of the job is the opportunity to meet with people in various professions face-to-face, and I hope to see you at the 2016 NASCC: The Steel Conference in sunny Orlando, Fla., April 13-15 at the Gaylord Palms Convention Center. This will be my 39th Steel Conference in my career, and each year I look forward to meeting new colleagues, catching up with old friends and joining in the unparalleled networking opportunities.

In addition to engaging conversations, the conference is a once-a-year opportunity to expand your knowledge in your profession with dynamic, expert-led educational sessions that focus on the hottest topics in structural engineering, steel fabrication, erection and detailing. This year there are more than 100 of them — including the World Steel Bridge Symposium’s 21 sessions specifically for bridge designers and highway officials. The main conference offers up to 16.5 PDHs; but if you need more, the optional pre conference short courses can add 4 more PDHs.

And with more than 200 exhibitors expected, the conference provides fantastic exposure to the industry’s cutting-edge products and technologies ranging from structural engineering software to fabrication equipment. You'll see live demonstrations of design software and machines cutting steel, as well as advances in welding, bolting, coating, and software technology.

Just one low registration fee gains you admittance to all technical sessions, the keynote address, the T.R. Higgins Lecture and the exhibition hall. But hurry! The registration rate increases $10 each week until the conference opens. Visit www.aisc.org/nascc to register or view the advance program.

I look forward to marking my last Steel Conference as president with you in Orlando. And if you’re interested in my job, see the advertisement on our Modern Steel Construction magazine’s website.

Roger E. Ferch
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