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Welcome to the structural steel community! AISC University Programs strives to provide valuable resources for educators and students, and this page provides links and more information as you get started as an educator. 

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Educator Resources

Free Educator Membership

AISC believes in supporting the next generation of groundbreaking thinkers, and it is our pleasure to extend complimentary membership to both educators and students.

Benefits include:

  • Discounts on AISC seminars and publications
  • Digital subscriptions to Modern Steel Construction, Engineering Journal, and the Weekly AISC/NSBA Bulletin
  • Improved access to exclusive educational programming
  • … and more!

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Educator Forum

The Educator Forum is a unique resource for collaboration amongst faculty members of the steel education community. It allows educators to interact with and gain valuable insight from other steel educators, and it includes opportunities for file sharing and discussion

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Steel Educators' Tip Sheet

This monthly email newsletter features tips for steel educators, including information about upcoming AISC events and programs, new teaching aids, research updates, and more. 


Manual Discounts for Faculty

AISC offers complimentary desk copies (one per printing) to full-time steel faculty or adjunct faculty teaching an upcoming steel-related course. Please read our desk copy policy to learn more about AISC's desk copy program.

We also offer a special discount program for students that is administered by the course instructor. Refer to the Student Manual Discount Program for more information.

Educator Programs

Educator Session at NASCC: The Steel Conference

NASCC: The Steel Conference is AISC's annual premier event for engineers, fabricators, detailers, general contractors, erectors, educators, and students to learn about structural steel design and construction, to interact with their peers, and to see the latest products for steel buildings and bridges. We offer an Educator Session that allows educators to network and to hear presentations about recent developments and strategies for teaching about steel. AISC Educator Members are eligible for discounted conference registration, and those who attend the Educator Session are also eligible for travel assistance from AISC.

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Educator Workshop

This free workshop hosted by AISC over the summer focuses on educator tips and resources to help enhance your steel course. It is facilitated by experienced educators who have been involved with AISC education, research, and specification work for many years and are enthusiastic about sharing their experience with you.

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Partners in Education (PIE) Committee

The Partners In Education committee's mission is to assist universities in preparing students to become professionals knowledgeable in the use of structural steel by advising AISC on our programs.  The targeted academic programs include Architecture, Architectural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Construction Engineering, and Structural Engineering. The committee is composed of engineering, construction management, and architecture educators, steel fabricators, consulting engineers, and construction managers.

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AISC's Adopt-a-School program connects local fabricators with university and college-level students in a meaningful way and encourages long-term relationships that can improve the students' learning experiences both in and outside of the classroom.

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Educator Awards

Milek Fellowship

Each year, AISC selects a promising non-tenured university faculty member as the AISC Milek Fellow (formerly the AISC Faculty Fellow), a four-year, $50,000-per-year award. The faculty member is to use this fellowship to support students with high potential to be valuable contributors to the U.S. structural steel construction industry and should strive to fund a doctoral candidate with at least half of the fellowship money. The subject of study may be chosen from a wide array of topics in steel design and construction.

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Educator Awards

AISC awards honor significant projects and individuals who have made a difference in the success of the fabricated structural steel industry. Whether it's for innovative design, an insightful technical paper, or a lifetime of outstanding service, an AISC award bestows prestige and well-deserved recognition upon its recipient. 

Educators are eligible for four AISC awards:

  • Geerhard Haaijer Award For Excellence In Education

  • Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Special Achievement Award

  • Terry Peshia Early Career Faculty Awards

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Student Resources

Free Student Membership

Students receive complimentary membership when they purchase an AISC Steel Construction Manual through their professor, but they can also apply to receive exclusive member benefits.

Benefits include:

  • Discounts on AISC seminars and publications
  • Complimentary passes to attend NASCC: The Steel Conference
  • Be the first to hear about student competitions, seminars, panels, and other events
  • ... and more!

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Student Manual Discount Program

AISC provides the most recent editions of the AISC Steel Construction Manual, the AISC Seismic Design Manual, and Detailing for Steel Construction to students at a reduced price when they are ordered through their professor.   

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Students Connecting with Industry Sessions (SCIS) at NASCC: The Steel Conference

As part of NASCC: The Steel Conference, we offer a networking event and session specifically for students, called Students Connecting with Industry Sessions (SCIS). Students have the opportunity to hear career insights from distinguished construction industry and design professionals, connect and interact with leading industry experts, and mingle with other like-minded students. AISC Student Members are eligible for free conference registration and travel assistance from AISC.

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AISC Student Clubs

AISC offers college-level students a way to formally organize and develop a student organization that is recognized by AISC and the AISC Education Foundation. We encourage students at U.S. colleges and universities to create an affiliated AISC Student Club to access a variety of benefits. Each Student Club's structure, size, and associated activities may vary. Clubs receive tax-exempt status, insurance coverage for official Club activities, and the support of AISC staff and our extensive membership network.

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RePicture is a virtual community that promotes education and networking among people involved in engineering and STEM. The RePicture community is diverse and comprises high school students, college students and educators, and engineering design professionals. AISC regularly teams up with RePicture as a partner for summer programs and for programs during the academic year.

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Student Steel Bridge Competition

This annual inter-collegiate competition requires civil engineering students to design, fabricate and construct a scale-model steel bridge. Teams must determine how to fabricate their bridge and then plan for an efficient assembly under timed construction at the competition.  Bridges are then load tested and weighed.  The bridge must span approximately 20 feet, carry 2,500 pounds, and must meet all other specifications of the competition rules, and the bridge aesthetics are also judged.

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ACSA-AISC Student Design Competition

Sponsored by AISC and administered by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), this program is intended to challenge architecture students, working individually or in teams, to explore a variety of issues related to the use of steel in design and construction.

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AISC Scholarships

Through funding from the AISC Education Foundation in conjunction with structural steel industry associations, AISC distributes scholarships each year to full-time Junior, Senior and Masters-level graduate students attending colleges and universities in the United States.

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Undergraduate Research Fellowships

The AISC Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program funds undergraduate students under the direction of faculty sponsors to study structural steel design and construction topics for one term (semester or quarter). This research can be done as a standalone project or part of a larger research project.

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Classroom Aids

Teaching Aids

The AISC steel teaching aids have been developed to assist universities in preparing students to become professionals knowledgeable in the use of structural steel. Educators, students and others within the academic engineering community have the permission of AISC to download the steel teaching aids free of charge.  

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Virtual Reality Tours

AISC proudly presents the virtual reality steel experience. Join us as we explore all 360 degrees of the steel-making process. All videos are available on YouTube, and there are three ways to experience the tours.

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We also have this teaching aid that is a virtual walk around a steel-framed building under construction.

Steel Sculpture

Steel Sculptures at colleges and universities across the United States and around the world help students get a true visual understanding of the many methods of steel framing and their corresponding connections. If you do not already have an AISC Steel Sculpture on your campus, you may download an electronic set of detailed drawings that can be used to fabricate the sculpture.

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Online Programs

AISC Live Webinars

AISC Live Webinars offer the opportunity to learn about a great variety of steel construction topics from industry experts without leaving the office. Registrants will be able to submit questions to the presenter during the online presentation. AISC Educator Members qualify for the member discount on registration.

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AISC Night School

Night School is a curriculum of courses on structural steel design and construction topics. Each course consists of eight sessions presented as ninety-minute webinars.There are two ways to register for Night School, either as an eight-session package or as individual webinars. AISC Educator Members qualify for the member discount on registration.

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Learning Portal

The AISC Education Portal contains a collection of recorded webinars, conference proceedings, and articles that can be accessed at any time. The portal also includes session recordings from NASCC: The Steel Conference.

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