University Programs

SteelDay Faculty Grants for Student Group Activities

AISC is offering a special opportunity for you and your students to celebrate SteelDay! SteelDay is the nationwide celebration of America's structural steel industry. SteelDay 2022 is Friday, October 21. AISC will be offering grants for faculty to organize student groups to participate in tours and shop visits this fall.

Event ideas include:

  • Fabrication Shop or Steel Production Facility Tour/Open House
  • Jobsite Tour
  • Local Building Tour
  • Equipment Tour
  • Ironworker Facility Tour

If you aren’t connected with a local steel facility, we’ll be happy to help you find one! Contact us at to get started.

Apply by Friday, Ocotber 14, 2022!


Check out a few examples from previous SteelDay tours.

Event Examples

2021 University of Kansas Tour of HME, Inc.

Event Summary

"We took a group of 17 students (not all shown in the group photo) from Lawrence, KS to Topeka, KS. They were able to tour the HME, Inc. steel fabrication facility, as well as the Topeka Foundry and Ironworks facility.  They were at HME and/or Topeka Foundry for around 3.5 hours, including the provided lunch, tours, and other activities."

- William Collins, PhD, PE, Associate Professor, School of Engineering, University of Kansas

2019 Georgia Tech Tour of Gerdau Steel Mill

Event Summary

"A group of 20 students, faculty, and staff traveled to the Gerdau Steel Mill in Cartersville, GA by coach bus. The student group was very diverse, including freshman all the way to PhD candidates. Gerdau provided an in-depth, 2-hour tour of the mill. Students were amazed to see first-hand how steel was made. The staff at Gerdau kindly answered the multitude of questions asked by the students. Overall it was a fantastic experience for all. Thank you for the generous support by AISC and Gerdau for this amazing learning opportunity!"

- Ryan Sherman, PhD, PE, Assistant Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

2018 Virginia Tech Tour of W&W|AFCO Steel - Hirschfeld Division

Event Summary

"Steel Day was a great success! We had 65 students ranging from PhDs to Sophomores attend our field trip to Hirschfeld. The students seemed to love it and were very engaged - asked a ton of questions. Hirschfeld had some huge girders that they were fabricating - the biggest one was 150 tons and requires all of their cranes to pick simultaneously!!!"

  - Matthew Hebdon, PhD, PE, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech

2017 West Point Bridge Tours

Event Summary

"Cadets and faculty from the Civil Engineering Division celebrated SteelDay by visiting two local steel structures.  First, Dr. Brock Barry, LTC Jake Bruhl, and I led cadets through a round-robin tour of the Bear Mountain Bridge to learn about the anchorage, history, and structural design of the bridge.  Mr. Tom Scaglione, Chief of Staff for the New York State Bridge Authority, Ms. Danielle Mass, Deputy Chief of Staff for the New York State Bridge Authority, Mr. Bill Sullivan, the Bridge Manager, and Mr. Steve Accilli, the Bridge Foreman, provided inside knowledge of the bridge to include details of the steel parallel cable suspenders, steel trusses, and 350-feet steel towers.  The cadets and faculty then traveled to the Tappan Zee Bridge where they enjoyed a briefing on the $4 billion 3.1-mile twin span cable-stayed bridge.  Mr. Walter Reichert, Vice-President of Tappan Zee Constructors and Mr. Dan Marcy, Community Relations Specialist for New NY Bridge Project, described the organization, planning, and challenges that come with such a huge endeavor and answered cadets’ questions about this new piece of critical infrastructure."

  - COL Aaron T. Hill, Jr. PhD, PE, PMP, Dept. of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, West Point