A Letter from Our President
Every year the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) hosts NASCC: The Steel Conference, a three-day educational and networking event for structural engineers, fabricators, detailers, educators, and others involved in design and construction, where attendees can earn up to 20 PDHs (Professional Development Hours).
Since 1978, when it was called the National Engineering Conference, I've attended about 35 Conferences. A lot has changed since the late '70s when lectures were often dull, typically given by professors, and focused on a narrow range of topics. Today, there's a wide variety of programs—often presented by top practitioners in the world—and nearly 200 exhibitors showing the latest developments for the steel industry. Even if you've attended as many times as I have, the Steel Conference is constantly evolving and will not leave you disappointed!
Although the week of the Steel Conference is my busiest week of the year, I always look forward to learning, networking and visiting with friends who I haven't seen in a while. One of the things I've learned from attending the Conference is that we all have a tendency to focus solely on our own geographic regions for how we do things. The Steel Conference brings people together from across the world, and provides a forum to discuss alternative methods and learn new techniques.
This year's Steel Conference will be held March 25-27 at Music City Center in Nashville. It's an excellent opportunity to network with peers, discover cutting-edge technology and methodologies in the exhibit hall and attend presentations on a variety of engineering and business topics (over 100 to choose from!). In addition to attending sessions in a wide range of tracks (including technology, business, bridges, and seismic design), you'll be able to attend the Structural Stability Research Council's Annual Stability Conference—all included with your registration to NASCC: The Steel Conference.
Lately, I've only heard one complaint: there's too much to do and too short of a time to do it at the Steel Conference! Whether you're a veteran or a first-timer, join me this spring in fostering new relationships, learning from the best, and making the most of your time.
I look forward to seeing you in Nashville!
Roger E. Ferch
For more information and to register visit: www.aisc.org/nascc