For anyone interested in learning a lot in a short time, I couldn’t recommend anything better than the AISC steel webinars. Kick ass engineering. It is a great format – recorded lectures by industry experts especially meant for a young engineering audience. There are 4 available and each is 6 hours long.
Screenshot from AISC Webinar
There are a few interesting things you should know about these. First, these were originally just normal seminars that the experts presented around the country. There was no intention of webcasting them. However, people rated them so highly that a clever person at AISC decided that people could really benefit from them. And so the experts came back for an encore presentation that was recorded. That means they had plenty of practice and time to work out all the bugs. The final result is quite good, and well worth your time. I’ve seen all them thru, some more than once. Don’t plan on doing them all in one week, your head will explode.
MSC is another great resource freely available to AISC members
When you’re done watching, try to explore some of the other resources that AISC makes freely available to all its members. There is the Modern Steel magazine, Boxed Lunches, the Engineering Journal (and archives), the FAQ’s, and the “Ask AISC” where you can actually pose a question to the steel experts there. That last part is generally a good resource, but you get what you pay for sometimes. There really is no other construction design organization as well organized and offering you more opportunities to learn than AISC, and you should be taking advantage of it. Well, maybe ASCE but I haven’t seen them post any free webinars – hint hint.