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NASCC 2024


Faculty and students are always welcome at NASCC: The Steel Conference, and our special programs make the experience even more valuable for both the next generation of great thinkers and the educators who are getting them started!


Wednesday, March 20
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. - noon.
Presentation: noon - 1:30 p.m.

AISC University Programs Update

Join the AISC university programs team and fellow educators for a complimentary lunch and a look at our latest programs and resources for you to teach steel design.

Collaborating with the steel industry to enhance research and teaching

Amit Kanvinde will present on working with AISC to develop a successful and impactful research program. While the talk will be directed at early to mid-career researchers interested in developing a research program focused on structural steel, seasoned researchers will walk away with tips for mentoring junior faculty. The session will discuss experiences and strategies for writing successful research proposals to AISC and developing a long-term research vision that aligns with the mission of the Institute while impacting the professional practice. Specific topics will include: (1) the mission of the Institute, (2) the process of standards/guidelines development, tasks committees, and its relation to scientific research, (3) the importance of professional and research collaborations, (4) the mechanics of the funding process, including securing fabricator support, and (5) ultimately translating the research into professional impact.

After the presentation, Dr. Kanvinde will join a panel discussion with fellow educator, Will Collins, as well as design engineer, Mara Brasleteon, and fabricator, Casey Brown. They will share their perspectives on how educators can best collaborate with the steel industry to produce impactful research, enhance their methods for teaching steel design, and graduate well-prepared students. 

Christina Harber, SE, PE, Senior Director of Education at AISC
Amit Kanvinde, PhD, Professor at UC Davis
Mara Braselton, PE, Associate Principal at Thornton Tomasetti
Casey Brown, President at Zimkor
Will Collins, PhD, Associate Professor at University of Kansas

AISC Programs for Faculty
Presented by Christina Harber, AISC and Devin Huber, AISC

Note: Full-time faculty members who teach at U.S. universities and attend the educator session can be eligible to receive up to $300 in travel assistance from AISC. Receipts are required for reimbursement. Registration is required for this complimentary session.


Thursday, March 21
Career Insights Session: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lunch: 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Direct Connect: 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Career Insights
Learn how two distinguished design professionals got where they are today. This two-part session will provide upcoming graduates with unique perspectives on the professional world they will soon enter. Students attending the SCIS Career Insights session will receive a complimentary lunch.


Rachel Jackson, SE, Associate Principal at T
hornton Tomasetti
Luke Johnson, SE, PE, Sustainability Specialist at Nucor


Direct Connect
Ever wish you could grab a cup of coffee with the top designers of the leading architecture, engineering, and construction firms? At this event, students will have the opportunity to connect and interact with leading industry experts from design and construction companies around North America in a relaxed setting. While not all firms at this event may be hiring, this is a great opportunity to meet significant designers and make key contacts at major firms.

Can't make it to the Steel Conference this year? Student members can tune in from campus with complimentary access to NASCC Online!


  1. Visit our registration page and click 'Register Now.'

  2. Enter your name, email, and use STUDENT_ONLINE for the 'Registration Access Code'. 

  3. Click 'Log In' to complete your registration.

If you are a student member, your record should appear. If your record does not appear in the database, or you don't see the option for free student registration, please contact to verify your student membership.

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