University Programs

SteelDay Faculty Grants for Student Group Activities

Do you know of an exciting SteelDay event in your area and want to organize a class trip for your students?  We're here to help!

AISC is offering a limited number of grants to faculty to organize student groups to participate in SteelDay events.  Up to 10 grants of up to $1,000 each will be awarded to help offset transportation costs for the student group to attend the event.  Applications will be approved on a continuous basis as they are received between August 5 and September 15.

Apply for a SteelDay Faculty Grant today!


 Event ideas include:

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

Events may take place up to two weeks before (starting September 13) or up to two weeks after (October 11) SteelDay, which is Friday, September 27, 2019.

AISC is willing to help connect faculty with opportunities at local fabricators.  If assistance is needed, contact Sean Faron (

Requirements for Reimbursement

Reimbursement requests must:

  • be submitted by the full-time faculty member who was awarded a SteelDay Faculty Grant,
  • include a description of the group event - include pros/cons/suggestions for improvement,
  • include photos of the event (one group shot at a minimum) and photo release acknowledgement,
  • and, be submitted by November 1, 2019.

Photo Release: By participating in the SteelDay Faculty Grants program, each participant irrevocably grants AISC a non-exclusive, unlimited, worldwide, perpetual, royalty free, transferable license and right to use and authorize the use of the participant's submission including event descriptions, photos, and any other material or information in connection with this program for purposes of advertising, trade and other commercial purposes. AISC will not share private information.

Event Examples

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