Student Activities

Students in all disciplines of engineering with a technical interest in the iron and steel industry can benefit from attending this major international conference and exposition. Attending AISTech will provide an introduction to the steel industry, and show the advanced technology in modern steelmaking. Attendance will provide opportunities for networking with steel industry leaders and a look at what is needed for a future career in steel.

Travel Grants

The Material Advantage student program has funds (US$500) available for Material Advantage Chapters that send two or more members to AISTech. Funds are granted on a first-come, first-served basis, the student Chapter Chair/President of the chapter should check the appropriate box on their own conference registration form to apply.

The AIST Foundation will provide US$250 in travel assistance to all undergraduate and graduate students attending AISTech. Conference registration is required for all travel grant recipients. Students who are eligible for travel assistance will be contacted with additional information prior to the conference.

AISTech 2014 Attendance Challenge

AIST invites all universities to take part in the AISTech Attendance Challenge! The university with the highest number of students registered for the conference by 15 April 2014 will receive US$500.

Session Monitors

AIST offers students the opportunity to earn US$50 per session while attending AISTech as a session monitor. Space is limited, so sign up early by contacting AIST staff engineer Pat Philbin.

Student Schedule

Sunday,4 May

Student Plant Tour - Nucor Crawfordsville Indiana – FULL
Noon–4 p.m

Nucor Crawfordsville Indiana has been at the fore front of new steel-making technology, introducing the first two inch thin slab caster to the world in 1989 and pioneering the first Castrip ™ twin roll thin strip caster in 2002. They are one of 4 sheet mills in the Nucor Family. At Crawfordsville, scrap metal is melted in energy efficient electric arc furnaces, chemically refined at ladle metallurgy stations and cast into 2 inch thick slabs. The slabs are subsequently rolled down to a finished sheet product through 6 rolling mill stands or further cold rolled and galvanized in our Cold Mill.
A bus will pick up students at 12:00 noon at the Indiana Convention Center and return by 4 p.m.  Lunch will be provided at the plant. This tour is FULL, no seats are available.

Monday, 5 May

Undergraduate Student Project Presentation Contest
9:30–11:30 a.m. – Indiana Convention Center

Undergraduate students who have completed a project may submit an application to participate in this contest. Applications will be reviewed and eight (8) students will be selected to present their project. The topic of the project is unlimited but should be technical in nature. Students will be assigned 15 minute sessions each to present their project. Participants will be judged on overall knowledge of project topic, thoroughness of the content, and presentation skills. Each student selected to present will receive $300 toward travel expenses, and the presentations receiving the top scores will receive cash prizes, US$1,500 for first place, US$1,000 for second place, and US$500 for third place. Contest entry begins 1 February 2014. Students interested in applying for the Student Project Presentation Contest must submit the CONTEST APPLICATION by 15 Apr 2014.

Graduate Student Poster Contest
9:30 a.m–5:00 p.m. – Indiana Convention Center

AIST is excited to once again present the Graduate Student Poster Contest at AISTech.  Poster subject must be related to the iron and steel industry, properties or applications. Authors must be full-time students pursuing a graduate degree and must register to attend AISTech. Cash prizes will be awarded for first place (US$1,500), second place (US$1,000) and third place (US$500).  Contest entry begins 1 February 2014. Students interested in applying for the Graduate Student Poster Contest must submit the CONTEST ENTRY FORM by 15 Apr 2014.

Technical Sessions
2:00–5:00 p.m. – Indiana Convention Center

Students are encouraged to attend the many technical sessions of varying topics.

Exhibit Hall Reception
5:00–6:00 p.m. – Indiana Convention Center

A reception will be held in the Exhibit Hall from 5–6 p.m. Take advantage of this great networking opportunity!

Steel to Students Reception
6:00–8:00 p.m. – Westin Hotel

Join students from other universities for a brief orientation and reception with representatives from a number of steel companies. The orientation will provide an update on AIST and information on the valuable technical and social events available to students at the conference. The reception will include the presentation of prizes to the winners of the student contests taking place at AISTech.

For more information about student events at AISTech please contact Chris McKelvey.