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Posted by Tasha Weiss on October 4, 2013 at 1:34 PM.
AISC President Roger Ferch (far left) and Congressman Pete Visclosky (D-IN) (far right) with University of Delaware students (from left) Lindsay Taylor, Mark Wisniewski and Audrey Landmark, participants in this year’s ASCE/AISC National Student Steel Bridge Competition. The students, as well as the winners of the competition from the University of California – Berkeley, and competition contestants from the University of Akron and University of Maryland, showcased their large-scale, modular steel bridge designs during a SteelDay kick-off event at AISI’s Headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. Photo: AISC
Today marks the structural steel industry’s fifth annual SteelDay and about 125 events are taking place throughout the country to celebrate. Since its inception, SteelDay has drawn in tens of thousands of architects, engineers, contractors, students and others who take the day to see the contributions the industry has made in the design and construction of steel buildings and bridges by visiting structural steel facilities and job sites, attending learning presentations and joining in networking events.
This year’s SteelDay kicked off on Wednesday with a special event hosted by the National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA), in conjunction with the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) and the House and Senate Steel Caucuses, at AISI’s Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Dozens of attendees learned about the importance of engineering education as well current issues surrounding the nation’s infrastructure.
The event featured remarks from Reps. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Pete Visclosky (D-IN), AISC President Roger Ferch, AISI President and CEO Thomas J. Gibson, and Pat Natale, executive director of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
“We want a strong steel industry in this country,” commented Congresswoman Foxx. “We commend you for what you’re doing, and thank you for educating us.”
Added Congressman Visclosky, “Thank you to the National Steel Bridge Alliance and AISI for continuing to remind people that we ought to make things in the United States of America and we do have a strong, efficient, vibrant steel sector in this country.”
At the event, the winners of the 2013 ASCE/AISC National Student Steel Bridge Competition from the University of California - Berkeley, as well as competition contestants from the University of Akron, University of Delaware and University of Maryland showcased their large-scale, modular steel bridge designs, illustrating the importance of engineering education and training. The annual Student Steel Bridge competition brings together the next generation of structural engineers to demonstrate their skills in steel design, fabrication, and teamwork in building scaled designed and fabricated bridges.
“We need to be investing in our future and our students,” said Natale. “We need the leadership of our faculty that are helping to grow these students, and we need to excite these young folks to get them into our profession.”
Additional photos from the event can be found in AISI’s press release.
To find out more about what’s happening around the country for SteelDay, visit www.SteelDay.org. You can also keep up with SteelDay updates and discussions via AISC’s social media channels at www.facebook.com/AISCdotORG, www.twitter.com/aisc, and www.youtube.com/AISCsteelTV. Those who ‘tweet’ through the rest of today using #SteelDay or #Steelovation on Twitter will be entered into a drawing to win a Google Nexus 7 tablet. Individuals must be following AISC (@aisc) on Twitter to qualify and are allowed a maximum of five entries; each tweet counts as one entry. The winner will be announced by AISC on Monday, October 7, via Twitter.