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2018 AISC Educator Workshop

Teaching Steel Design: Fundamentals of Behavior in a System Context

At the 2018 AISC faculty workshop, learn how to help your students connect the dots between the Specification and the design of a steel frame building.  Get ideas for hands-on demonstrations and activities to aid in visualization of system and component behavior and to help students understand the “why” behind the equations.  Hear how others have integrated full-building case studies into their courses to reinforce important concepts for component and system behavior and design.  Implement these and other workshop tools in any steel course, whether for introductory topics in steel design or more advanced topics such as seismic design and stability.  

This hands-on workshop will also provide information on course planning, AISC resources, textbooks, and the new 15th Edition Manual.  Unique experiences such as a steel production facility tour will give attendees a practical perspective on steel design.  Plenty of time will be allotted for discussion and exchange of ideas.  Both new and experienced educators will benefit from this two-day workshop.

The application to attend the 2018 AISC Educator Workshop is now closed.  Invitations will be sent by June 8.

Dates: July 17 - 19, 2018

Location: The Westin Dallas Downtown in Dallas, Tx
(Hotel information and booking link will be sent with the invitation; room rate is $174 per night, plus taxes and fees.)

Who: AISC Educator Members (full-time faculty at U.S. universities.)  All levels of teaching experience are welcome!  Those interested in participating in the workshop must complete an online application(Note: The application window is now closed.)  All applications will be reviewed, and 30 selected AISC Educator Members will receive an invitation by email by June 8.

Travel Assistance: AISC offers up to $800 in travel assistance to all faculty members attending the workshop in the form of an "Advancing Structural Steel Education" Award.  In order to qualify for the award and reimbursement, the attendee must complete pre-workshop assignments (e.g., submit sample course syllabi, prepare success story / challenge) and be present for the entire duration of the workshop.  Attendees who arrive late or leave early will not be eligible for the award.


Tuesday, July 17   
      2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Designing your Steel Design Course:
Framework, Topics, Course Learning Outcomes

  6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Dinner and Discussion
Wednesday, July 18   
  7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.    Breakfast
  8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Steel Mill Tour*
  12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
  1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.   Teaching Steel Design:  Tips on Delivery Methods,
What’s New in the Specification and Manual 
  4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Integrating System and Component Behavior and Design: 
Hands-on Demonstrations, Visual Aids, and Case Studies
  6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Dinner and Discussion
Thursday, July 19  
  7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.  Breakfast
  8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Textbook Selection
  8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Teaching Special Topics: Stability and Seismic Design
  11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. AISC Resources
  12:00 p.m.  Workshop Ends

*Visit to Steel Mill

In addition to a presentation by the steel mill, the visit will include a tour through an active production area.

  • Closed toed shoes are required.  High heeled shoes are not permitted.
  • Long pants and shirts are required.  Skirts are not permitted.
  • Additional safety equipment will be provided by the facility.
  • The tour of the active production area is not recommended for those with health conditions that restrict excessive walking or stair climbing and those sensitive to heat exposures, heights, bright lights, loud noises and magnetic fields. Those with concerns may wish to skip this portion of the visit.