Session Start Date

11-3-2010

Abstract

Educating North American structural engi neers in the principles of cold-formed steel (CFS) design in general, and about CFS framing in particular, has a unique set of challenges. The undergraduate curri cula virtually ignore the subjects, and only a handful of graduate programs address the issue. Several industry associations have existed for engineers, but none specialize in CFS framing. Several organizations existed in the co ld-formed steel framing marketplace, but none were set up to accommodate engi neers. This paper will review the formation, development, growth, and maturation of one such education- and engineer-focused organization within the framework of the USA design and construction marketplace, and discuss the practicality and potential for this as a use of industry resources for market growth and development.

Author

W. D. Allen

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Research Center/Lab(s)

Wei-Wen Yu Center for Cold-Formed Steel Structures

Meeting Name

20th International Specialty Conference on Cold-Formed Steel Structures

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

11-3-2010

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2010 Missouri University of Science and Technology, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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CFSEI Educating North American Practitioners in Principles of CFS Framing Design

Educating North American structural engi neers in the principles of cold-formed steel (CFS) design in general, and about CFS framing in particular, has a unique set of challenges. The undergraduate curri cula virtually ignore the subjects, and only a handful of graduate programs address the issue. Several industry associations have existed for engineers, but none specialize in CFS framing. Several organizations existed in the co ld-formed steel framing marketplace, but none were set up to accommodate engi neers. This paper will review the formation, development, growth, and maturation of one such education- and engineer-focused organization within the framework of the USA design and construction marketplace, and discuss the practicality and potential for this as a use of industry resources for market growth and development.