Composite Materials & Engineering Center

Personnel

Donald A. BenderDr. Donald A. Bender, Ph.D., P.E.
Weyerhaeuser Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Director, Composite Materials and Engineering Center

Washington State University
Pullman, WA  99164-1806

Phone:  (509) 335-2829
FAX:  (509) 335-5077
Email:  bender@wsu.edu

Expanded Resume

TECHNICAL INTERESTS
  • Engineering analysis and design of timber structures; deck safety; laboratory testing and analysis of engineered wood components, composite materials, connections and assemblies; post-frame construction; nondestructive evaluation of wood materials; wood durability; building envelopes.

EDUCATION
  • Ph.D. - Purdue University, 1984
  • M.S. - Virginia Tech University, 1980
  • B.S. - Virginia Tech University, 1979

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
  • Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering; and Director, Composite Materials & Engineering Center, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 1997-present
  • Interim Dept Head; Professor; Assoc Professor; Asst Professor, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 1984-1997
  • Visiting Scientist, USDA Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, WI, 1991-1992

AWARDS
  • Weyerhaeuser Distinguished Professor, WSU, 1997 - present
  • Leon Luck Faculty Award, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, WSU, 2007
  • Outstanding Teaching Faculty Award, College of Engineering and Architecture, WSU, 2002
  • Six national-level journal article awards from SWST, FPS and ASABE
  • Two national-level award from post-frame building industry

TEACHING
  • Design of Timber Structures
  • Advanced Wood Engineering
  • Probability and Statistical Models in Engineering

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
  • Parsons, B.J., D.A. Bender, J.D. Dolan and F.E. Woeste. 2013. Deck and porch floor lateral loading by occupants. ASCE Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction (accepted).
  • Parsons, B.J., Bender, D.A., Dolan, J.D., Tichy, R.J., and Woeste, F.E.  2013.  Lateral load path and capacity of exterior decks. ASCE Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction (accepted).
  • Lyman, G.H. and D.A. Bender. 2013. Wind load determination for residential decks. Wood Design Focus – A Journal of Contemporary Wood Engineering 23(2):3-8.
  • Lyman, G.H., D.A. Bender and J.D. Dolan. 2013. Seismic load determination for residential decks. Wood Design Focus – A Journal of Contemporary Wood Engineering 23(2):9-14.
  • Bender, D.A. and F.E. Woeste. 2011. Creep deflection in design of metal plate connected wood trusses. ASCE Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction 16(1):10-14.
  • Graham, D.A., D.M. Carradine, D.A. Bender and J.D. Dolan. 2010. Performance of log shear walls subjected to monotonic and reverse-cyclic loading. ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering 136(1):37-45.
  • Kimble, R.E. and D.A. Bender. 2010. Stability of built-up timber beams and columns – accounting or modulus of elasticity variability. ASCE Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction 15(4):272-277.
  • Ross, L.A., D.A. Bender and D.M. Carradine. 2009. Performance of post-frame shear walls with wood-plastic composite skirtboards subjected to monotonic racking loads. Transactions of the ASABE 52(2):583-589.
  • Carradine, D.M., D.A. Bender, F.E. Woeste and J.R. Loferski. 2007. Development of design capacities for residential deck ledger connections. Forest Products Journal. 57(3):29-33.
  • Schwab, S.C., D.A. Bender, D.M. Carradine and F.E. Woeste. 2007. Tensile strength of oriented strand board as affected by specimen width. Forest Products Journal. 57(6):39-45.
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