Steel Institute Co-Hosts Event in Preparation for SteelDay
The event featured remarks from Reps. Pete Visclosky (D-IN), Virginia Foxx (R-NC), and Roger Ferch, president of the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), Thomas J. Gibson, president and CEO of AISI and Pat Natale, executive director of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
Winners of the 2013 ASCE/AISC National Student 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 during the event.
“I’m pleased to bring together Members of the House and Senate Steel Caucuses, industry leaders and these bright young minds to promote SteelDay,” said Gibson. “These students are the next generation of engineers. At a time when the ASCE is giving our nation’s aging infrastructure a barely passing grade, it is important that we promote strong engineering education and invest in America’s deficient bridges to ensure the health of our domestic infrastructure.”
Gibson also noted that with the current highway funding bill expiring in September 2014 and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projecting the Highway Trust Fund will be insolvent in approximately one year, it is “imperative that Congress enact robustly funded, long-term transportation legislation that will support domestic manufacturing, create jobs, enhance global competitiveness and put Americans back to work.”
For a full listing of SteelDay 2013 events on 4 October, please visit the American Institute of Steel Construction’s website: http://www.aisc.org/steeldayevents