Structural Design Topics in Wood Construction -May 17-18, 2022 -  The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center - Blacksburg, Virginia
Structural Design Topics in Wood Construction  -May 17-18, 2022 -  The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center - Blacksburg, Virginia


instructor photo Scott D. Coffman, PE,, has over 40 years in structural wood design, engineered wood building components and forensic engineering experience. This experience includes product testing, field investigations, FRT lumber, construction related issues, building envelope, structural evaluation, expert testimony, and product application and serviceability. He is a member of the ANSI/TPI 1 Standard Project Committee and has authored and co-authored several publications. He is currently with Construction Science and Engineering, Inc., a REI Engineers Company, and has worked for TrusJoist MacMillan, Builders FirstSource, and Motley Structural Design. He is a Purdue University graduate currently licensed as a professional engineer in ten states. (e-mail:

instructor photo Joe Loferski, Ph. D., is 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 numerous 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 30 years at Virginia Tech. (e-mail:

instructor photo John “Buddy” Showalter, P.E., is a senior staff engineer with the International Code Council's product development group. He develops technical resources in support of the structural provisions of the IRC and IBC. In addition, he develops publications and technical seminars on the structural provisions of the International Codes for building departments, design engineers and special inspectors. He is the project lead in the development of Mass Timber Buildings and the IBC and associated education programs, jointly developed by the Code Council and the American Wood Council (AWC). A graduate of Virginia Tech, Buddy has also been a member of the editorial board for STRUCTURE magazine for more than 15 years. Before joining the Code Council, Showalter spent 26 years with the AWC where he oversaw its technology transfer program with oversight responsibility for publications, website, helpdesk, education, and other technical media. He has more than 34 years of experience in the development and support of building codes and standards, publishing more than 60 technical articles for industry-related trade journals. (e-mail:

instructor photo Frank Woeste, P.E., Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus and Adjunct Professor of Sustainable Biomaterials, 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, have developed and presented continuing education programs for more than 30-years. He currently serves on the AWC Wood Standards Design Committee, responsible for revisions to the national design standards such as NDS and WFCM, and on the Truss Plate Institute Project Committee for the revision of ANSI/TPI 1-2014 truss design standard. On a routine basis, Frank consults with the public, design professionals, contractors, building code officials and inspectors on various aspects of engineered wood construction and residential construction, including decks and balconies. (e-mail:

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