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Help us Foster the Next Generation of Creative and Practical Engineers. Become a Sponsor. 

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

For more than 30 years, one of AISC’s most educational and impactful programs for college students has been the Student Steel Bridge Competition. With your sponsorship, we can continue to grow this competition and foster the next generation of creative and practical engineers. For more information, or to secure a sponsorship please contact Sadie Brown at or 312.802.4170

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Sponsor the National Program

View our Sponsorship Brochure for information on National Program Sponsorships.

Sponsor an SSBC Event

National Finals

The 2020 SSBC National Finals will be hosted by Virginia Tech on May 22-23, 2020. AISC provides $15,000 to assist with expenses incurred by hosting National Finals, but with over 600 students in attendance, the event costs can reach up to $80k. By sponsoring SSBC National Finals, 100% of your funds will go directly to the host to cover event costs. View our Sponsorship Brochure for information on National Finals Event Sponsorships.

Regional Event 

There are 18 Regional Events and each regional host school receives $2,500 from AISC to assist with expenses incurred in organizing the event. However, the cost for a Regional Event can be from $5k-$20k. Help support this valuable program and the host school by sponsoring a region close to you! To determine the best region to sponsor, view our region map and list of 2018 participating schools below. View our Sponsorship Brochure for information on Regional Event Sponsorships.


Adopt and Support an Individual Student Steel Bridge Team.

We encourage fabricators to adopt a Student Steel Bridge team!  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. SSBC Adopt a School involvement can include:

  • Make a monetary contribution to the school that can be used to offset expenses such as materials, other equipment, shop training, and travel to the regional and national competitions.
  • Donate materials for the bridge.
  • Assist in fabrication services for the schools that do not have their own shop facilities. (Students are encouraged to maximize their involvement in fabrication!)
  • Based upon the competition rules, provide guidance on constructability and cost.

Contact Maria Mnookin ( if you wish to be connected with a school in your area.


Additional Sponsorship Information

Participating Schools by Region

This is a list of participating schools from the 2018 competition. You may use this list to determine what regions to sponsor!

2019 participating team list and interactive map, coming soon! 

Carolinas (9)

University of South Carolina
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
The Citadel
North Carolina State University
North Carolina A&T University
Horry Georgetown Technical College
Georgia Institute of Technology
Duke University
Clemson University

Deep South (12)

University of Tennessee at Martin
University of New Orleans
University of Mississippi
University of Memphis
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Southern University and A&M College
Mississippi State University
McNeese State University
Louisiana State University
Christian Brothers University
Arkansas State University

Great Lakes (17)

Valparaiso University
University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin - Madison
University of Southern Indiana
University of Notre Dame
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois at Chicago
Trine University
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Purdue University - Northwest
Purdue University
Northwestern University
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Marquette University
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
Illinois Institute of Technology
Bradley University

Metropolitan (15)

The College of New Jersey
Stevens Institute of Technology
Rutgers University
Rowan University
Princeton University
Polytechnic Institute of New York University
NYC College of Technology
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Nassau Community College
Manhattan College
Hofstra University
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Cooper Union
Columbia University
City College of New York (CCNY)

Mid-Atlantic (15)

Widener University
Villanova University
University of Pittsburgh - Johnstown
University of Maryland
University of Delaware
United States Naval Academy
Temple University
Pennsylvania State University - University Park
Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg
Morgan State University
Lehigh University
Lafayette College
Johns Hopkins University
Drexel University
Bucknell University

Mid-Continent (16)

Vanderbilt University
University of Oklahoma
University of Nebraska-Lincoln at Omaha
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
University of Missouri-Kansas City
University of Missouri-Columbia
University of Kansas
University of Arkansas
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Saint Louis University
Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology
Oklahoma State University
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Missouri State University
Kansas State University

Mid-Pacific (10)

University of the Pacific
University of Nevada, Reno
University of California, Davis
University of California, Berkeley
Santa Clara University
San Jose State University
San Francisco State University
California State University, Sacramento
California State University, Fresno
California State University, Chico

Midwest (9)

University of Wisconsin, Platteville
University of North Dakota
University of Minnesota
University of Iowa
South Dakota State University
North Dakota State University
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Iowa State University
Dordt College

New England (17)

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Western New England University
Wentworth Institute of Technology
University of Vermont
University of Rhode Island
University of New Hampshire
University of Massachusetts Lowell
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Maine
University of Hartford
University of Connecticut
Tufts University
Norwich University
Northeastern University
Merrimack College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Central Connecticut State University

North Central (10)

Western Michigan University
Wayne State University
University of Toledo
University of Michigan
University of Detroit Mercy
Ohio Northern University
Michigan Technological University
Michigan State University
Lawrence Technological University
Case Western Reserve University

Ohio Valley (14)

Youngstown State University
Western Kentucky University
University of Pittsburgh
University of Louisville
University of Kentucky
University of Dayton
University of Cincinnati
University Akron
Ohio University
Ohio State University
Geneva College
Cleveland State University
Cincinnati State Technical & Community College
Carnegie Mellon University

Pacific Northwest (16)

Washington State University
University of Washington
University of Portland
University of Idaho
University of Alaska - Fairbanks
University of Alaska - Anchorage
Seattle University
Saint Martin's University
Portland State University
Oregon State University
Oregon Institute of Technology
Montana Tech
Montana State University
Idaho State University
Carroll College
Boise State University

Pacific Southwest (18)

University of Southern California
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
University of Hawaii at Manoa
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Irvine
University of Arizona
San Diego State University
Northern Arizona University
Loyola Marymount University
California State University, Northridge
California State University, Los Angeles
California State University, Long Beach
California State University, Fullerton
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
California Baptist University
Arizona State University

Rocky Mountain (18)

Utah State University
University of Wyoming
University of Utah
University of New Mexico
University of Colorado-Boulder
University of Colorado Denver
United States Air Force Academy
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
New Mexico State University
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Metropolitan State College of Denver
Colorado State University
Colorado School of Mines
Brigham Young University

Southeast (22)

University of Tennessee - Knoxville
University of Tennessee - Chattanooga
University of South Florida
University of South Alabama
University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez
University of North Florida
University of Miami
University of Florida
University of Central Florida
University of Alabama in Huntsville
University of Alabama
Tennessee Technological University
Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico
Kennesaw State University
Georgia Southern University
Florida International University
Florida Institute of Technology
Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida Atlantic University
FAMU-FSU College of Engineering
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Auburn University

Texas (15)

West Texas A&M University
University of Texas - Tyler
University of Texas - San Antonio
University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley
University of Texas - Pan American
University of Texas - El Paso
University of Texas - Austin
University of Texas - Arlington
University of Houston
Texas Tech University
Texas A&M University - Kingsville
Texas A&M University
Southern Methodist University
Louisiana Tech
Lamar University

Upstate New York (10)

United States Military Academy
Syracuse University
SUNY Institute of Technology
SUNY College of Technology at Canton
SUNY At Buffalo
Rochester Institute Of Technology
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Hudson Valley Community College
Cornell University
Clarkson University

Virginias (13)

WVU Institute of Technology
West Virginia University
Virginia Tech
Virginia Military Institute
University of Virginia
University of District of Columbia
Old Dominion University
Marshall University
Howard University
George Washington University
George Mason University
Catholic University
Bluefield State College

Region Map

This is a map of participating schools from the 2018 competition, color coded by region. You may use this list to determine what regions to sponsor!

2019 participating team list and interactive map, coming soon! 

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