Structural Design Topics in Wood Construction  - April 16-18, 2018 - Hyatt Place University - Blacksburg, Virginia
Structural Design Topics in Wood Construction  - April 16-18, 2018 - Hyatt Place University - Blacksburg, Virginia

About the Instructors

photo Scott Coffman, PE, SECB, has over 35 years in structural wood design, engineered wood building components and forensic engineering experience. This experience includes product testing, field investigations, FRT lumber, construction related problems, building envelope, expert testimony, and product application and serviceability. His work involves a wide variety of buildings that encompass institutional, light commercial, and residential. He is a past member of the ANSI/TPI 1 Standard Project Committee and has authored and co-authored articles for Structural Building Components and Structure magazines. He is currently with Construction Science and Engineering, Inc. and has worked for TrusJoist MacMillan, Builders FirstSource, and Motley Structural Design. He is a Purdue graduate currently licensed as a professional engineer in nine states and is certified in the practice of structural engineering (e-mail:

photo Joe Loferski, Ph.D., is a Professor of Sustainable Biomaterials ( 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 of 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 30 years at Virginia Tech. (e-mail:

photo John "Buddy" Showalter, Vice President of Technology Transfer at the American Wood Council (AWC). He joined the AWC staff in 1992. 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. (e-mail:

photo Frank Woeste, P.E., Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus and Adjunct Professor of Sustainable Biomaterials at Virginia Tech. Frank conducted wood engineering research and taught wood design courses throughout his 26-year tenure at Virginia Tech. Frank, along with his colleagues at Virginia Tech , have developed and presented continuing education programs for more than 30 years. He currently serves on the AWC Wood Design Standards Committee responsible for revisions to the national design standards such as NDS and WFCM. On a routine basis, Frank consults with the public, design professionals, contractors, and building code officials on various aspects of engineered wood construction and residential construction, including decks and balconies. (e-mail:

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