Students & Faculty

Membership and Chapters

University students can join AIST by becoming a member of Material Advantage.  Material Advantage is a joint program that provides students with a single, low-cost membership ($30) to four professional organizations serving the materials science and engineering community.
In addition to the Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST), the other organizing partners are:

The American Ceramic Society
ASM International
TMS – The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society

AIST, along with our Material Advantage partners, has gathered resources to help students find financial assistance. More than US$800,000 in scholarships and grants is available through Material Advantage.

Student Member Benefits

Internships and Scholarships

More than US$700,000 in scholarships and grants are available through AIST. Please visit the Internships and Scholarships page for more information.

Discounted Registration for AISTech

Advanced registration is FREE for full-time Material Advantage members and US$50 for non-member full-time students. Late registration is US$30 for Material Advantage members and US$80 for non-member students.
Student members are also offered the opportunity to earn money while acting as session monitors at AISTech. Questions about being a session monitor should be addressed to Chris McKelvey at


Each year, the AIST Foundation sponsors three major contests for high school, undergraduate and/or graduate students.

►Contest Details

Training and Travel Funds

The AIST Foundation's Steel to Students Training Program provides up to US$1,000 (which includes the conference tuition and up to US$600 in travel reimbursement) for post-secondary vocational/technical school students, and undergraduate and graduate-level students to attend AIST’s Technology Training Conferences and AIST Member Chapter annual meetings that include a technical program.

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Student Resume Board

The AIST Student Resume Board is open year-round for students seeking jobs or internships to post resumes. The resume board is shared with steel company human resources contacts. Graduates seeking employment and undergrads seeking internships are invited to send a PDF file to Chris McKelvey at AIST using the following file name format: “Last Name - Area of Study/Major - Position (internship, or job).” (Example:  “Jones - Material Science - Internship.pdf”)
Resumes remain posted for approximately one year. If you wish to update the resume, simply send an updated file. If you wish to have it removed, contact Chris McKelvey.

►Resume Board

Subscription to Iron & Steel Technology

You'll receive two printed issues of Iron & Steel Technology (March and October) and electronic access to all 12 monthly issues per year at AIST's Digital Library. Published monthly by AIST, Iron & Steel Technology is the premier the premier technical journal for metallurgical, engineering, operating, and maintenance personnel in the iron and steel industry. Each month in Iron & Steel Technology, readers will find timely peer-reviewed articles addressing theory, technology and practical applications, and the latest industry news, product and professional highlights, as well as an industry-wide calendar of upcoming seminars, meetings and events.

Access to SteelNews

In our industry, where major changes have become a day-to-day reality, staying connected has never been more important. An AIST publication, provides the latest industry news in an affordable, objective format. Coverage includes regular updates on the people, producers and suppliers in the global steel community.

Publication Discounts

Material Advantage membership entitles you to a 50% discount on the non-member price of all AIST publications. Contact AIST Member Services at +1.724.814.3000, ext. 1 to place your Material Advantage discount order.

Student Chapters                

Material Advantage Chapters conduct a variety of activities that provide the knowledge, experience and networking you need to begin your career successfully.
You’ll find Material Advantage Chapters at more than 90 top schools of materials science and engineering throughout the world. Through the Material Advantage Program, you can learn and sharpen the skills you need to become a successful engineering professional and a future leader of your society.
Directory - See which university student chapters are within AIST Member Chapters. 

►More about student chapters.

Recent Graduates

One Year of Complimentary Membership

Any graduating student member of Material Advantage is eligible to apply for a free year of Young Professional membership in AIST for the year immediately following graduation. A US$57.50 value — FREE!

This program is also open to non-member graduating students who attend AISTech the year of finishing their education. To take advantage of this offer, complete the most convenient form of the application below.
NOTE: This option is only available after you have graduated.

Online Application
Download Application

For more information, visit Membership Benefits.

Young Professionals Program

To advance the future of the iron and steel industry, it is imperative that we support the younger generation. This program, established by the AIST Foundation, urges young professionals (30 years of age or younger who are no longer students) to join AIST free for their first year.

  • 50% discount at AISTech — steel’s premier technology event

  • Free attendance at Young Professional receptions

  • Access to AIST electronic resources including the AIST Update and

  • Discounts on AIST publications in the online bookstore

  • Access to the AIST membership directory

  • Free resume posting online and access to AIST's online employment board