Robert J. Wills, P.E., vice president, construction for the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), will address participants at the Steel Tank Institute/Steel Plate Fabricators Association (STI/SPFA) Annual Members Meeting being held November 5-7, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee.  

Wills’ address will take place on November 7 at 10:30 a.m. CDT. He will provide an update on the American steel industry by reviewing steel market conditions, public policy and trade issues, and the impact of sustainability.  More information on the STI/SPFA Annual Meeting is available at

Robert Wills is responsible for overseeing AISI’s construction market program in the areas of commercial buildings, residential construction, and transportation/infrastructure markets, as well as the AISI Construction Technical Program, which covers codes and standards. He works directly with senior leadership in the construction market program and with customer/partner associations and alliances such as the Steel Tank Institute/Steel Plate Fabricators Association. His expertise is in the areas of steel codes and standards for building construction; short span steel bridges (with lengths up to 140 feet), which comprise most of the U.S. bridge inventory; and steel utility poles.  

Wills took on his current position in 2008 following 18 years of service with the AISI Codes and Standards program, where his responsibilities encompassed design specifications, test methods, product specifications and installation standards related to steel in construction. He was very involved in the development of the International Building Code and the NFPA 5000 Building Construction and Safety Code. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Alabama.