About the Instructors
Don Bender, P.E., Ph.D., is a Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the Composite Materials & Engineering Center at Washington State University. He has taught courses and conducted research on wood engineering for 27 years. He serves on the AWC Wood Standards Design Committee responsible for the NDS and WFCM, the American Lumber Standard Committee responsible for the PS-20 Softwood Lumber Standard, and the project committee developing the new TPI-3 truss bracing standard. He holds the Weyerhaeuser Distinguished Professorship at WSU. Details on the WSU Composite Materials & Engineering Center can be found at: www.cmec.wsu.edu
Frank Woeste, P.E., Ph.D., is a wood construction and engineering consultant, Adjunct Professor of Sustainable Biomaterials, Virginia Tech, and Adjunct Professor, Composite Materials & Engineering Center, at Washington State University. Frank conducted wood engineering research and taught wood design courses throughout his 26-year tenure at Virginia Tech. Since 1994, he has served on project committees responsible for the revisions of the ANSI/ TPI 1 wood truss design standard. He also serves on the AF&PA/AWC Wood Design Standards Committee responsible for revisions to the NDS and WFCM. A list of his publications can be viewed at: www.cmec.wsu.edu/facultypages/WoesteResume.pdf
Joe Loferski, Ph. D., is a Professor of Sustainable Biomaterials (www.sbio.vt.edu) at Virginia Tech. Joe has international reputation and experience in the areas of performance of wood and wood composites in buildings and preservation of historic wood buildings. He has consulted on the restoration and preservation of many historic buildings in the U.S. including the Library of Congress and Washington’s Mount Vernon, and recently the preservation an Erie Canal Aqueduct. He also has experience in diagnosing problems with wood building components including flooring, siding, and problems stemming from insects, moisture, and improper flashing details. He has taught courses on the performance of wood in buildings for more than 26 years at Virginia Tech.
John “Buddy” Showalter, P.E. is Vice President, Technology Transfer at the American Wood Council (AWC). He joined the AWC staff in 1992, and currently serves as Vice President of Technology Transfer. Responsibilities at AWC include oversight of publications, website, helpdesk, education, and other technical media. He is also a member of the Editorial Boards for Wood Design Focus, published by the Forest Products Society, and STRUCTURE magazine, published jointly by NCSEA, ASCE/SEI, and CASE. Prior to joining AWC, Showalter was Technical Director of the Truss Plate Institute. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech.
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