Students are invited to join Simpson Strong-Tie engineers and field specialists for a day of building connections where they will learn how structural connectors and pre-engineered building components help structures perform safely to resist natural hazards such as high winds and earthquakes.

The Building Connections Symposium will be held Saturday, October 5, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the PACCAR Environmental Technology Building, 2nd Floor – Town Square, on the WSU Pullman campus. This year’s theme is Modular Construction. The event will include hands-on activities and opportunities to interact with the experts from Simpson Strong-Tie:

    • Get useful tips and insightful perspectives that will help to build career paths.
    • Hear stories from building industry professionals about their career journeys in design and construction.
    • Learn about steel decking used to support floor and roof systems in commercial buildings and drive the screws that connect these critical structural members. See how a new generation of structural screws are upending the old methods of fastening wood and steel.
    • Experience what it’s like to impact-drive mechanical anchors into concrete and see how much load a fully cured adhesive anchor achieves when subjected to a pull test.
    • Witness a nine-foot concrete beam tested to failure and learn how applying a thin layer of carbon fiber fabric can significantly boost its strength.

Information about how to apply for Simpson Strong-Tie’s Student Scholarship program will also be provided.

Space is limited, registration is required. To register, go to


Symposium Schedule

8:30 a.m.    Sign-in & Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m.    Seminar Begins
11:30 a.m.  Free Lunch Provided
12:30 p.m.  Hands-on Demonstration & Testing
3:00 p.m.    Symposium Concludes