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We are an industry-driven, student-centred education and research network dedicated to continually advancing the steel industry, engaging in interdisciplinary collaborative research, providing innovative education opportunities, and developing leaders of the future.

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The Steel Centre is proud to partner with
Canadian Institute of Steel Construction,
Canada's voice for the steel construction industry.
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Dr. Robert Driver serves as Director of the Steel Centre. His research focuses on the design of steel structures, and has been featured in codes and standards across North America.

Dr. Ali Imanpour specializes in seismic design. His current work is improving seismic guidelines for regions such as Vancouver and Seattle. Dr. Imanpour also co-supervises students in the Stability group, where large-scale physical testing is improving our understanding of lateral–torsional buckling.

Dr. Doug Tomlinson supervises students working in steel–concrete composite systems. Current projects are improving the design of embedded plates and developing column rehabilitation methods.

our people

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student training



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SCORE is a student-run consultancy that takes on real projects alongside industry partners, building authentic mentorship relationships and training students in hands-on engineering.


The Steel Squad offers unique opportunities for undergrads to experience steel construction: at job sites, fabrication shops, in engineering offices, and beyond.


Steel for Lunch is a Friday lunchtime series that explores topics of interest to the steel construction community. Case studies, research presentations, and professional advice are all on the menu. Join to learn, or present and share your expertise!


We recognize the additional training and experiences that our students receive through the Steel Centre Industry-Ready endorsement. Motivated students complete training and experience across core areas to develop their abilities outside the traditional curriculum.


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The SuperTour is a chance for students to travel with their professors outside of Alberta and spend a week in an immersive experience that takes them on a comprehensive exploration of cities known for their remarkable structures!


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The Steel Centre Bridge Team is an extraordinary group of talented individuals with a shared vision of elevating traditional structural engineering boundaries. Their mission is to engineer excellence while fostering a culture of innovation and teamwork that empowers students to excel as the engineers of tomorrow.


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residual stresses in welded girders

Lateral–torsional buckling provisions in structural steel design standards were developed using assumptions about residual stresses consistent with fabrication procedures from decades ago. Now, a re-examination of these provisions is appropriate for welded bridge girders.


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Industry partnerships make the Steel Centre what it is: a unique meeting place for a variety of construction stakeholders, working together to imagine and transform the future of steel construction. 

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