University Programs

Faculty & Students at NASCC

AISC provides unique and valuable programs for Faculty and Students at NASCC: The Steel Conference. Check out the exciting programs we’re planning for the 2022 Steel Conference in Denver, March 23-25.


Wednesday, March 23
Lunch: noon - 12:30 p.m.
Presentation: 12:35 p.m. - 1:40 p.m.

Join us for a complimentary lunch followed by brief presentations from two trailblazing faculty members. You will see how new content and delivery methods can be integrated into steel courses, and there will also be a question and answer session following each of the presentations.

Use of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality in Steel Design Education
Presented by: Hannah Blum, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Have you considered enhancing your course with the use of VR and/or AR in the classroom? Join us to hear how Dr. Blum integrated these new tools and the benefits that resulted from it.  You will have a chance to experience the interactive VR tour she developed with AISC, “The Steel Construction Site Tour -- An AISC Virtual Reality Experience”, a new AISC Teaching Aid. A VR viewer will be provided for each participant to take a virtual walk around a steel-framed building under construction. Dr. Blum will also discuss other VR and AR tools that she has recently completed as well as ongoing AISC funded research.

All Fired Up: Teaching Structural Fire Engineering in Undergraduate Steel Classes
Presented by: Erica Fischer, Oregon State University

There have been rapid developments in the practice of structural engineering in recent years related to fire engineering. In this presentation, you will learn about how practice has changed and how the topic of fire engineering can be introduced to students. Dr. Fischer will discuss her recently developed AISC Teaching Aid,  “Structural Fire Engineering: Introduction to Steel-Framed Buildings.” This new aid covers fundamental concepts for the fire design of steel-framed buildings. The modules can be used as part of an undergraduate or graduate steel design course, an undergraduate course in solid mechanics or strength of materials, or a building design course.

Note: Full-time faculty members who teach at U.S. universities and attend the educator session can be eligible to receive up to $300 in travel assistance from AISC. Travel reimbursement requests are submitted following the conference. Receipts are required for reimbursement. Registration is required for this complimentary session.


Thursday, March 24
Career Insights Session: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lunch: 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Direct Connect: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Career Insights
Presented by: Jie Zuo of Walter P Moore and Caitlin Metcalfe of SDS2

Students will have the opportunity to hear career insights from two distinguished construction industry and design professionals. This two-part session will provide upcoming graduates with unique perspectives on the professional world they will soon enter. Students attending the SCIS Career Insights session will receive a complimentary lunch.

Direct Connect
Ever wish you could grab a cup of coffee with the top designers of the leading SE firms? At this event, students will have the opportunity to connect and interact with leading industry experts from design and construction companies around North America in a relaxed setting. While not all firms at this event may be hiring, this is a great opportunity to meet significant designers and make key contacts at major firms.

Note: AISC student members who are full-time students at U.S. universities and attend SCIS can be eligible to receive up to $175 in travel assistance from AISC. Travel reimbursement requests are submitted following the conference. Receipts are required for reimbursement. (View the 2022 Guidelines for Expense Reimbursement.) Additionally, AISC student members who attend SCIS can be eligible to join us at the Conference Bar Hop (must be 21+). Tickets are distributed upon the close of SCIS. Registration is required for these complimentary student sessions.

Student Travel Grants

New in 2022!

Through a new program funded by the AISC Education Foundation, individual grants are available for a limited number of students to use for travel costs to actively participate in AISC and industry events like NASCC: The Steel Conference. The Steel Conference is exciting, and what better way to engage students than by letting them fully experience this event with outstanding networking and learning opportunities first-hand!

Congratulations to the 2022 AISC Student Travel Grant recipients who will attend NASCC: The Steel Conference in Denver:

  •     Katelyn Davis, University of Kansas
  •     Samuel Calhoun, Georgia Tech

Stay tuned to hear more about their conference experiences!