New programs for AISC’s second century
The AISC Education Foundation is very proud of the work we do to provide scholarships and fellowships to help the next generation of industry leaders reach toward their dreams. That remains a central tenet of our efforts to foster innovation to ensure a bright future for our industry.
But there’s so much more we can contribute! As we look back on the last century and plan for the next, we’re launching a variety of exciting new programs that will help both students and faculty explore the structural steel industry and understand steel’s full potential.
We know great things happen when promising students have the space to be creative and pursue their individual interests. This year, the AISC Education Foundation will start funding undergraduate research grants, giving undergrads the rare opportunity to spend a term studying structural steel design and construction under the direction of a faculty sponsor.
In addition, we’re expanding the existing Adopt-a-School program to allow faculty and fabrication companies to build on their existing relationships with expanded activities. These activities could range from shop tours and lab material donations to development of a full course such as a capstone project or an architecture studio focused on steel design and fabrication. This program offers endless possibilities for faculty who know how their students learn best.
Stay tuned next year for a new faculty internship program designed to give educators who haven’t worked in the industry some valuable hands-on experience to draw on when they teach. We’re also launching travel-based programs that will develop stronger connections between students and industry, both inside and outside the classroom.
You can get in on the ground floor and help us build a strong foundation for these programs. We’re raising funds not just for the year, but for years to come. A larger fund at the core of the AISC Education Foundation will return more interest, compounding the effect of every dollar in perpetuity.
After all, the legacy of structural steel is built on generations of compounding hard work and ingenuity. The current generation stands on a foundation built by those who came before us, and now it’s our turn. It’s up to us to provide great shoulders for future generations to stand on.
If you’re in a position to do so, please consider investing in the future of our industry. Help us forge a bright future for our industry’s next century.
Prefer to donate by check? That's just fine! Please make the check out to "AISC Education Foundation" and mail it to: AISC Education Foundation, PO Box 8761, Carol Stream, IL 60197-8761.
About the AISC Education Foundation
For the 2020-2021 academic year, the Foundation and its industry partners provided scholarships to 52 full-time undergraduate and master's-level graduate students studying civil engineering, architectural engineering, construction engineering, construction management, or architecture at colleges and universities in the U.S.
The Foundation also makes sure that the people who make our industry so special can help their own children go to college through the David B. Ratterman Fast Start Scholarships. In 2021, the Foundation will award $76,000 in scholarships to children of (or who share a permanent residence with) those who work at distribution or fabrication facilities of AISC Full Member companies. Freshmen and sophomores studying full time at two- or four-year colleges are eligible.
This message is on behalf of the AISC Education Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Every penny donated to the AISC Education Foundation is tax-deductible and goes to students, educators, and education programs.
Michael D. Engelhardt
Professor of Civil Engineering, UT Austin
Scholarship Recipient, 2020-2021
Chief Revenue Officer, Bentley Systems