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 20 April 2016. 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.
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.

AISTech 2016 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 2016 will receive US$500.

Session Monitors

AIST offers students the opportunity to earn US$50 per session while attending AISTech as a session monitor. The Session Monitor sign-up period has ended, all positions will be filled with those who signed up.

Student Schedule

Sunday, 15 May


Noon- 4:00 p.m.

Student Plant Tour – This tour is FULL, no seats remain.
Steel Dynamics Inc. – The Techs Division
A bus will pick up students at 11:50 am at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center and return by 4 p.m.  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, 16 May        


9:30–11:30 a.m.

Undergraduate Student Project Presentation Contest  
David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh
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 2015. Students interested in applying for the Undergraduate Student Project Presentation Contest must submit the CONTEST APPLICATION by 15 March 2016.

9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Graduate Student Poster Contest   
David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh               
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 December 2015. Students interested in applying for the Graduate Student Poster Contest  must submit the CONTEST ENTRY FORM by 15 March 2016.

5:00 – 6:00 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!

6:00–8:00 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.

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