AISC Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion


Anyone who's worked on a team knows that diversity makes us better.

A wealth of different experiences and backgrounds makes for a great final result! Equity, diversity, and inclusion make our industry stronger and smarter, but it can be hard to pull more chairs up to the proverbial table. AISC has compiled some resources to help you think about bringing more voices into the conversation.

Bridges to Prosperity

Bridges to Prosperity (B2P) is a nonprofit organization that builds footbridges in isolated communities across the world. It's something we're particularly proud to support because it gets to the heart of what bridges are all about: connecting people.

Since 2016, NSBA-led Bridges to Prosperity projects have connected some 4,300 people to schools, health care, and markets.

In February, NSBA and Bridges to Prosperity built a 62-m suspension bridge in Rwanda--NSBA's fourth such project and the first Bridges to Prosperity project in Rwanda! They built the Munini Trail Bridge, largely by hand, in only 10 days. NSBA led a delegation representing various DOTs, bridge design consultants, and AISC/NSBA members to connect a community of 2,600 people to schools, health care, and markets.

Voices of the Industry

You can find more interviews with remarkable people in the Modern Steel Construction Field Notes podcast.

Ron Patanavin

Reimagined Rig

One of this year’s Steel Design Student Competition winners, Ron Patanavin, and his faculty advisor, Thomas Fowler IV, discuss the iterative process of transforming a decommissioned offshore oil rig into a cultural center.

Grady Harvell

Half a Century in Steel

Grady Harvell has been a driving force in Arkansas’ steel industry, as well as in bringing a structural research lab to the state’s flagship university.

Allen Adams

Engineer, Pioneer

Remember when computers weren’t ubiquitous in engineering offices? Allen Adams does. And it led him to help create design software with the ultimate goal of letting engineers be engineers.

Vincent Yee Foo Lai and Douglas Lee

The Sky's the Limit

Vincent Yee Foo Lai and Douglas Lee, this year's Forge Prize winners, discuss their Common Sky concept, which has the potential to take urban housing projects to new heights, both figuratively and literally.

AEC industry non-profits focusing on equity, diversity, and inclusion:


Arab American Association of Engineers & Architects NAMEPA - National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates She Built This City
Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) - Culture of CARE National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) SHPE - Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
Association of Women in the Metals Industry National Black Contractors Association Skilled Trade Coalition
Build Out Alliance NOMA - National Organization of Minority Architects SWE - Society of Women Engineers
BuildOUT California NOME - National Organization of Minority Engineers WIA - Women in Architecture
Chicago Women in the Trades/Tradeswomen Taskforce NSBE - National Society of Black Engineers WiSE - Women in Structural Engineering
Engineers Rising oSTEM Women's Transportation Seminar
EqxD - Equity By Design/AIA Qu-AKE - Queer Advocacy and Knowledge Exchange  
IMPACT/Ironworkers International SE3 – Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity/NCSEA