The Steel Conference




Unlike other conferences that issue a call for papers and then allow the presenters to simply summarize their papers, The Steel Conference instead selects topics of interest, then seeks out the top experts to present informative and practical seminars.


There are more than 240 exhibitors showcasing everything from fabrication equipment to structural engineering software. The Steel Conference is your destination for seeing the latest in equipment, services and software.


We keep the price of The Steel Conference affordable. Members can register early for less than $300, which includes dozens of technical sessions, keynote sessions, daily lunches, and entry to the Wednesday welcome lunch. Participants can earn up to 20 PDHs.


The Steel Conference includes more than 4,500 participants who are involved in the design and construction of the steel buildings and bridges. Whether you want to interact with the leading expert on wind design, the author of a design guide, AISC Code of Standard Practice committee members, or other professionals experiencing similar issues, The Steel Conference is the best place to connect.

What's New This Year?

Welcome Lunch

Rather than offering a Welcome Reception at the end of the day on Wednesday, we’re opening the exhibit hall early and featuring lunch in the hall. Of course, we’ll still have our amazing conference dinner on Thursday night. 

More Keynote Sessions

There will be three keynote sessions—one each day. The first is a general topic designed to engage the audience and will feature Dan Goods, a visual strategist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab. The second will feature a presentation from the top-rated speaker from the last decade of The Steel Conference—Duane Miller, Sc.D., P.E. manager, engineering services and welding design consultant at Lincoln Electric. The third is the 2018 T.R. Higgins lecture, presented by 2018 award winner Robert O. Connor, a professor at Purdue University School of Engineering.

Earn More PDHs

The conference offers participants 16 PDHs plus an additional 4 PDHs if they attend the optional short course.


With so many seminars running concurrently, it can be tough to select the one that’s right for you. We’ve created tracks (or groupings) to help you find the seminars most interesting to you. We don’t require you to preregister for specific tracks and we encourage you to explore a wide range of seminars, including the 13 sessions at the SSRC Annual Stability Conference and the 26 sessions at the World Steel Bridge Symposium.

National Student Steel Bridge Competition

On Wednesday in the exhibit hall you’ll be able to witness student teams from the National Student Steel Bridge Competition assembling their bridges. If you’ve never attended one of these exciting events, you’re in for a surprise!

Professional Development Hours (PDHS) at The Steel Conference

Earn PDHs

Participants earn one PDH for each hour of participation at a technical session at The Steel Conference. (One PDH is equivalent to 0.1 CEU). A numeric session-specific code will be given during each session so only those who participate will have access to the code. It is critical that you keep track of your session codes as this is the only way you will be able to obtain your PDH credit.

Registering PDHs

Register your credit hours on the mobile app or at (link will be available during The Steel Conference). Following submission of the corresponding codes, you can download or email a PDF of your certificate. If you're having trouble registering your PDHs, contact us at

Proceedings and Recordings

The Steel Conference does not offer a conventional proceedings. Instead, approximately 45 days after the conference, we post slide shows (complete with audio) of many of the presentations. Visit our education archives to view recordings from past conferences.