Steel Structure Trivia: Campus Hangout

Steel Structure Trivia

Here’s MSC’s February Steel Structure Trivia question! The above photo shows one of the more than 150 AISC steel sculptures located on college and university campuses around the U.S., designed to be a visual teaching aid that shows students a variety of members and connections (and most have been donated by local fabricators). Your trivia question is: Where is this steel sculpture located?


This steel sculpture is located on the campus of Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan. Clad in the royal purple shirts (KSU’s official school color) are officers and advisors from the Structural Engineering Association of Kansas and Missouri (SEAKM). Photo: Courtesy of KSU 

Congratulations to our winners: Christopher Cichon, a structural associate at Sargent & Lundy in Chicago; Manop Kaewmoracharoen, Ph.D., a civil engineering professor atChiang Mai University in Thailand; and Barbara Monroy, a structural engineer at Black & Veatch in Overland Park, Kans.

The sculpture, titled “Ad Astra E Terra,” was donated in 1988 by then Havens Steel Company. Located on the northwest side of the university’s Seaton Hall, it is dedicated to the Department of Architectural Engineering and Construction Sciences for the advancement of education in the design and construction of steel structures.

Originally created by Duane Ellifritt, professor emeritus from the University of Florida, the AISC Steel Sculpture was designed to be a visual teaching aid that shows a variety of members and connections. It consists of 25 steel members, 43 connection elements, more than 26 weld groups and more than 144 individual bolts.

You can see if a school near you has a steel sculpture on the Faculty and Students channel of the AISC website. 
To find out how to get a Steel Sculpture on your campus, please email Maria Mnookin at Fabricators interested in building and donating a steel sculpture to a university should also contact Maria.
To see more of the sculptures at various schools, visit the AISC Education Flickr page or AISC’s Facebook album.