NASCC: The Steel Conference


7.1 What is NASCC: The Steel Conference, and what is there to do for students?

NASCC: The Steel Conference is AISC’s annual premier event for engineers, fabricators, detailers, general contractors, erectors, educators and students to learn about structural steel design and construction, to interact with their peers, and to see the latest products for steel buildings and bridges. Students are encouraged to attend!  The Steel Conference offers more than 100 technical sessions, an extensive tradeshow of more than 200 exhibitors (featuring products ranging from structural software to machinery for cutting steel beams) and plenty of networking opportunities for professionals and students, alike!

The Steel Conference features three days packed-full of technical sessions, including the Students Connecting with Industry Sessions, or SCIS, which is offered on Thursday from noon-3:00 p.m.

In addition to the technical sessions, there are plenty of networking opportunities during the conference. From the Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening, to the SCIS Direct Connect networking session on Thursday, to the Thursday night Conference Dinner, you’ll be able to connect with engineers and other industry professionals and conference attendees to start to develop relationships that will last throughout your career.

7.2 When and where are NASCC: The Steel Conference and SCIS taking place?

The 2020 NASCC: The Steel Conference will be held April 22-24 at the Georgia World Congress Center. The SCIS events will take place on Thursday, April 23, from noon-3:00 p.m.

7.3 How do I register for SCIS and/or The Steel Conference?

As a student member of AISC, you can attend The Steel Conference and SCIS for free.

If you are not yet a student member of AISC you’ll need to complete your student membership application as soon as possible. Once your membership is confirmed you can register for The Steel Conference and receive the discounted price. Download the student membership application here. Please note: you’ll need to submit a copy of your class schedule and your student ID with your completed application.

7.4 What companies will be represented at Direct Connect?

Direct Connect is no ordinary networking session! While you may attend job fairs or networking sessions on campus, the companies in attendance may be limited by geography. Often, these events are attended by HR personnel, with few actual engineers.

Direct Connect features engineering firms from around the country, from a variety of industries. The people you will meet at Direct Connect are almost exclusively engineers, and many are leaders at their respective firms. The engineers that participate in Direct Connect may also be some of the speakers that you’ll see as part of The Steel Conference.

Companies participating in Direct Connect in prior years include Walter P. Moore, ARUP, TY Lin International, and Parsons. View the SCIS page for a list of companies that participated in 2018. The list will be confirmed a few weeks before The Steel Conference. 

7.5 Tell me more about the reimbursement.

AISC Student Members who attend the SCIS program will be eligible to receive up to a $175 reimbursement.

While at SCIS, you will receive an expense form to log your hotel, travel and meal costs. You must either attend the Afternoon or Direct Connect Sessions to receive an expense form at the close of SCIS. Receipts are required for reimbursement. 

Complete the form with your expense information and submit the form with copies of all of your receipts. Approximately, 4-6 weeks following the conference, upon approval by AISC, you will receive a check. View our expense guidelines for the complete list of what's included.  

*You must be an AISC Student Member to receive reimbursement. 


7.6 What can I do to start planning my trip to attend The Steel Conference?

  1. Register to become an AISC Student Member here
  2. Register for The Steel Conference and SCIS.
  3. Make your travel plans. 
  4. Book your hotel. 

Information about conference hotels will be available beginning January 2, 2019. If hotel rooms are not available through our block(s), you may be asked to signed up for a waitlist. We recommend that you pair up with other student attendees and share the cost of the room. Keep in mind this cost can also be shared as part of the student travel reimbursement. 

Conference hotels fill up quickly. We recommend that you reserve your room as soon as possible. If you are having trouble finding rooms through the conference website, you can try contacting MCI directly by phone (800.830.5812). You can also check back on the website; additional blocks of rooms are sometimes released, and if other people cancel their rooms, they can become available online immediately.

7.7 What should I do to prepare for attending SCIS?

Once you register, there's five steps to take to prepare for SCIS.

  1. Prep your resume. You'll want to have extra copies, especially to hand out during the Direct Connect. 
  2. Create a LinkedIn profile. You can connect with representatives from companies you meet at the conference.  
  3. Make business cards. People may not always be able to take a hard copy of a resume, but they can always take a business card. Business cards can be created and printed from your own computer (Avery creates business card paper that can be purchased at Staples or any office supply store), or you can also look into services such as and which allow you to design and print your own cards. 
  4. Complete the student questionnaire. This questionnaire, sent to SCIS registrants before the conference, allows you to specify information about your educational background, and whether or not you are seeking a job or internship. In addition, the LinkedIn profile that you created above can be included, and with your permission, this information is made available to all of the companies participating in Direct Connect.
  5. Review the final program (available in spring 2019). You'll be able to find sessions outside of SCIS to attend. 

7.8 How should I dress for The Steel Conference and SCIS?

The Steel Conference is a professional atmosphere; however, you will see all levels of attire, from jeans and polos, to suits and ties, and a few t-shirts.  

However, we like to go by the saying: “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”  We recommend that you wear professional dress for all SCIS events, and at least business casual (no jeans or t-shirts) to all other The Steel Conference events. You’ll be networking with professionals that could be making hiring decisions someday, so dress to impress!

7.9 Who can I contact with additional questions?

Any of the three people listed below can help you with your questions!