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Faculty Advisor Resources

2019 SSBC National Finals. Photo Credit: Steve Buhman, New Leaf Studio

Thank you for serving as the Faculty Advisor for your team competing in the 2021 AISC Student Steel Bridge Competition! This hands-on steel-design project provides students with the opportunity to extend their classroom knowledge, and your support and involvement can promote positive learning experiences. 

As Faculty Advisor, you are the point of contact that links students with AISC. We appreciate your efforts to share valuable information about SSBC and other AISC resources with your students in order to support and encourage their education and professional development.

COVID-19 Updates

All 2021 Student Steel Bridge Competition events will be completely virtual. Read the announcement made on December 3, 2020.

AISC will not hold in-person Regional Events or in-person National Finals this year. The in-person events will be transitioned to a Compete from Campus version of the competition, where teams can participate in construction and loading from their own campus. We are also still offering the design-only Supplemental Competition, where teams can do all work remotely. Please visit our COVID-19 Response page for resources and updates. 

SSBC Team Pre-Registration

The pre-registration deadline has passed. Please contact University Programs ( if you have any questions.

Is your team not participating this year? Let us know.


The following resources are provided to help you understand your role and how you can contribute to the success of your team. Please note that some of the content in the following resources is not applicable to the 2021 Competition, which is fully virtual this year. We encourage you to review the resources to prepare for the 2022 competition!


Please take a moment to review the required duties and other recommended activities for the Faculty Advisor.




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In August 2019, AISC released a Faculty Advisor Guide that answers questions about several aspects of the competition. This guide can be especially helpful for faculty advisors who are new to the competition and are looking for more information about getting started. 




We’ve partnered with the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) to pair practicing engineers with student teams to provide mentorship and guidance throughout their bridge project and beyond. We encourage you to share this exciting opportunity with your student team.

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VIDEO - “SSBC: Enhancing Steel Education and Inspiring Creativity in Steel Design”

View a recorded presentation given by two SSBC Faculty Advisors at the Educator Session at the 2019 NASCC: The Steel Conference. This video provides an overview of the competition and how it can be used to strengthen the learning experiences of your students.

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AISC will provide hotel reimbursement to one Faculty Advisor from each school to travel with their team to attend their Regional Event. Support your students, network with other participants, sponsors, and AISC staff, and document the experience to promote the program at your school. Further information can be found here.


AISC is here to support you in your role as Faculty Advisor. If you have additional questions, please contact our SSBC Team.