Students at NASCC: The Steel Conference
Students Connecting with Industry Sessions (SCIS)

2016 conference information coming soon!

AISC Student Membership Form  SCIS FAQs SCIS Event Flyer

Registration is free for students who are AISC student members–it's free to become a member! 

 Check out our preliminary list of companies that will be represented at Direct Connect:
Click on the links below to be taken to each company's website.

Associated Engineers
Bentley Systems, Inc.
Buro Happold
CH2M Hill
Degenkolb Engineers
DeSimone Consulting Engineers
Drucker Zajdel Structural Engineers
Engineering Ministries International
Exponent Inc.
Fitzpatrick Engineering Group, PLLC


Gresham, Smith and Partners
Halvorson and Partners
Hardesty & Hanover
Harley Ellis Devereaux
IBI Group
L.A. Fuess & Partners
Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Martin / Martin, Inc.
McNamara / Salvia
Meyer, Borgman & Johnson
Nucor Corporation


PES Structural Engineers, Inc.
Ruby + Associates
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc.
Stanley D. Lindsey & Associates
Structural Affiliates International
Structural Design Group
Thornton Tomasetti
TRC Worldwide Engineering
T.Y. Lin International
Uzun + Case, LLC
Walter P. Moore & Associates, Inc.
Weidlinger Associates, Inc.
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates


 Morning Session | 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Students will have the opportunity to hear career insights and important lessons learned from construction industry and design professionals who hold a mix of experience levels.  Each speaker will give an eight-minute presentation (12 slides, 40 seconds each).  Following the fast-paced presentations, a brief Q&A session will be held.  This unique session is tailored specifically to a student audience.


  • Erleen Hatfield, PE, AIA, LEED AP |  Partner, Buro Happold
    Erleen Hatfield is a Partner of Buro Happold, a global multi-disciplinary engineering consulting firm, and is based in New York. She has over 20 years of experience in the structural design of a wide range of complex projects. With an emphasis on architecture-focused engineering and the use of innovative and appropriate technology, she plays a hands-on role in many of Buro Happold's high profile projects. She sits on numerous national boards. Notable projects include the Atlanta Falcons new stadium, World Trade Center Memorial Museum, Tower at PNC, School of Management at Yale University, the Pinnacle Bank Arena. She teaches graduate architecture classes at Yale University.

  • Andrew Hermiz, EIT, LEED AP BD+C  |  Harley Ellis Devereaux
    Andrew Hermiz graduated from LTU (Southfield, MI) with a BS in Civil Engineering in 2010 and again with a Masters in Civil Engineering, structural specialization, in 2012. He has held a position at Harley Ellis Devereaux (Detroit, MI) since 2012. Areas of experience include higher education, healthcare, and science & technology facilities.

  • John A. Kennedy, SE, PE  |  Vice President, Structural Affiliates International
    John Kennedy is a Vice President of Structural Engineering at Structural Affiliates International, Inc. in Nashville, TN. Prior to joining S.A.I., he received his BS degree at the University of Notre Dame and MS degree at the University of Missouri. He has over 10 years of experience as a structural engineer and has led the structural design of many healthcare, commercial, hospitality, aviation, and educational facilities during his tenure at S.A.I. Kennedy is a member of several national engineering organizations and presently serves on two committees with the American Institute of Steel Construction.

  • Allan Olson, PE, LEED AP  |  Senior Structural Engineer, Arup
    Allan Olson joined Arup's New York office in 2007. Since joining Arup as a Structural Engineer, he has been a Design Consultant and Designer for performing arts centers, restaurants, convention centers, high-rise buildings, academic buildings, laboratories, subway stations, airports, museums and sculptures, as well as extensions to existing structures in the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. Olson is the past Chairman of the Publications Committee of the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) and a current member of the NCSEA Publications Committee. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture in New York City.
Lunch and Optional Exhibit Hall Tour | 11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Students attending the SCIS program will receive a complimentary lunch and will be offered a guided tour of the industry's largest exhibit hall. Get the "lay of the land" of the massive exhibition hall featuring more than 200 booths.
 Direct Connect | 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Ever wish you could grab a cup of coffee with the top designers of the leading SE firms? At this event, students will have the opportunity to "connect" and interact one-on-one with leading industry experts from design and construction companies around North America in a relaxed setting. While most firms at this event may not be hiring, this is a great opportunity to meet significant designers and make key contacts at major firms.

NASCC Funding

For attending SCIS, AISC Student Members will be eligible for a free lunch on Thursday, a complimentary ticket to Thursday night's Conference Dinner, and up to an additional $175 in travel assistance from AISC.

While at SCIS, you will receive an expense form to log your hotel, travel and meal costs. You must either attend the morning or afternoon sessions (lunch/exhibit hall tour are optional) to receive an expense form at the end of the afternoon session. Receipts are required for reimbursement.

Note: The Candian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) will sponsor Canadian students to attend SCIS. CISC plans to provide a complimentary ticket to Thursday night's Conference Dinner and up to $175 in travel reimbursement following the conference for Canadian students who attend SCIS.

 Questions or comments? Contact Maria Mnookin, education program manager, at

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