AISI to Co-Sponsor Cold-Formed Steel Structures Short Course

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 30, 2011 – The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) is working in cooperation with the Wei-Wen Yu Center for Cold-Formed Steel Structures at the Missouri University of Science and Technology to co-sponsor the 22nd Short Course on Cold-Formed Steel Structures for engineers at the Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch in St. Louis, Missouri from October 25-27, 2011. The course provides 2.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). 

The short course provides information on the behavior of cold-formed steel members and connections for both commercial and residential applications, including wall studs, floor joists, purlins, girts, decks and panels. It is structured for all engineers who are interested in learning about cold-formed steel design, regardless of experience.

“We strongly urge any professionals interested in cold-formed steel design to attend this short course,” Jay Larson, P.E., F. ASCE, Managing Director, Construction Technical Program, said. “For three days, participants are immersed in the latest advancements in cold-formed steel design. The education extends beyond the classroom, as there are plenty of opportunities for further discussion and networking with other design professionals. This is an experience that can’t be matched for engineers who are new to cold-formed steel design, as well as those who have been practicing for years.”

The short course provides an introduction to the behavior and design of cold-formed steel. For engineers with more experience, the short course is structured to increase their understanding of the fundamental behavior of members and connections, the AISI design specification, and AISI framing standards. A preview of future specifications will also be provided.

Lectures will be based on the information contained in the AISI North American Specification for the Design of Cold-Formed Steel Structural Members and Commentary, 2007 Edition with the 2010 Supplement. The text Cold-Formed Steel Design, 4th Edition by Wei-Wen Yu, Ph.D., P.E. and Roger A. LaBoube, Ph.D., P.E. will also serve as a course reference.

Roger A. LaBoube, Ph.D., P.E., Curators’ Teaching Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology and Director of the Wei-Wen Yu Center for  Cold-Formed Steel Structures; and Sutton Stephens, Ph.D., P.E., S.E., Associate Professor in Architectural Engineering at Kansas State University, will conduct the lectures.

For more information or to register online, visit

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Debbie Bennett
Manager, SMDI and Construction Communications
Steel Market Development Institute
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