he Iron & Steel Technology Conference and Exposition, held 2–5 May at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind., was a record-setting event. The conference hosted more technical paper presentations than any prior year, while the sold-out exhibition spanned more than 182,400 square feet and featured more than 400 exhibitors. Total attendance reached 5,529, representing more than 40 countries. The event was one of the largest gatherings of industry personnel in the world this year, providing both essential networking opportunities and valuable education in the latest iron- and steel-related technologies.
Highlights of the event included the annual AIST Foundation Golf Classic, the Howe Memorial Lecture, the President’s Award Breakfast and the Town Hall Forum. There were multiple student-focused activities, and the Exhibit Hall featured chances to win a trip to the Indianapolis 500, a Blu-ray Disc™ player, a Nintendo® Wii™ and many other prizes. Also this year, the Town Hall Forum Webcast was offered live on the Internet for those who could not attend in person, and the first-ever AISTech app for smartphones carried the full technical program as well as the list of exhibiting companies.
Total attendance: 5,529
Student Attendees: 76
Technical Sessions: 85
Technical Presentations: 434
Total exhibiting companies: 413
Howe Memorial Lecture Attendees: 350
International Alliance Lecture: 335
President's Award Breakfast Attendees: 1,050
Town Hall Forum Attendees: 1,300
Countries represented: 40