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 AIST Foundation will provide US$250 in travel assistance to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students who register for AISTech by 1 April 2018.  Students registering after 1 April will not receive a travel grant.  There will no longer be travel grants available for late registrants.  1 April is the cut-off date for travel grants.  Conference registration automatically registers you for the travel grant. Students who are eligible for travel assistance will be contacted one week before the event with additional information about picking up their travel grant on site at the conference.

NOTE: AIST will no longer award travel grants after the posted deadline.  If you register after the date indicated above, you will not be eligible for funding.
The Material Advantage student program has funds (US$500) available for Material Advantage Chapters (that have a status of “Active”) sending two or more members to AISTech. Active chapters that qualify are automatically eligible.  Those selected for funding will be notified and a check sent to the chapter after the conference.


There is a private conference center in Nashville that has dormitory-style lodging for reasonable rates ($75 - $85 per night, plus tax) called Scarritt Bennett Center.  Students deciding to stay there will need to make their own lodging reservations, and make payment directly to the Scarritt Bennett Center. They are sold–out on 10 May, but have rooms available before then. The Music City Center is only about a 10-15 minute drive away depending on traffic. There is public bus transportation through the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), as well as Uber, Lyft, and taxis.
NOTE: Scarritt-Bennett Center is not affiliated with AIST or the AISTech conference.  Reservations are between the individual and Scarritt-Bennett Center.
For reservations or more information call toll free at (1-866) 420-5486, Monday through Saturday, 8 am – 8 pm or Sunday 8am – 4 pm, or you may wish to email

AISTech 2017 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 1 April 2017 will receive US$500.

Session Monitors

A sufficient number of students have registered to serve as a Session Monitor at AISTech  No additional Monitors are being accepted.  Those who registered will be scheduled in early April.

Student Schedule

Sunday, 7 May


10 a.m.

Student Plant Tour SOLD OUT
Nucor Steel - Decatur

10 a.m. Depart Music City Center (convention center)
12 p.m. Arrive at Nucor Steel – Decatur (Lunch provided at the plant)
3 p.m. Depart Nucor Steel – Decatur
5 p.m. Arrive at Music City Center (convention center)

Lunch will be provided at the plant.  All students registered for the conference by March 15 will be sent details on registering for the tour.

Monday, 8 May        


9:30–11:30 a.m.

Undergraduate Student Project Presentation Contest  
Music City Center, Nashville
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 December.. Students interested in applying for the Undergraduate Student Project Presentation Contest must submit the CONTEST APPLICATION by 15 March 2017.

9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Graduate Student Poster Contest   
Music City Center, Nashville
AIST is excited to 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 December.. Students interested in applying for the Graduate Student Poster Contest must submit the CONTEST ENTRY FORM by 15 March 2017.

5 – 6 p.m. 

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

6–8 p.m.

Steel to Students Reception   
Join students from other universities for a reception with recruiting representatives from a number of steel companies.  Don’t miss your chance to network with industry representatives and learn more about exciting opportunities for you. The reception will include the presentation of prizes to the winners of the student contests taking place at AISTech. All students attending the conference are automatically registered to attend the Steel to Students Reception.      

For questions about student events at AISTech please contact Chris McKelvey.