Engineering analysis and design of timber structures; deck safety; laboratory testing and analysis of engineering wood components, composite materials, connections, and assemblies; post-frame construction; nondestructive evaluation of wood materials; wood durability; building materials.
- Ph.D. – Purdue University, 1984
- M.S. – Virginia Tech University, 1980
- B.S. – Virginia Tech University, 1979
- Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering; and Director, Composite Materials & Engineering Center, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 1997-present
- Interim Dean, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 2016-2017
- 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
- 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 awards from post-frame building industry
- Design of Timber Structures
- Advanced Wood Engineering
- 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. 19(3), DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)SC.1943-5576.0000202
- Parsons, B.J., D.A. Bender, J.D. Dolan, R.J. Tichy and F.E. Woeste. 2014. Lateral load path and capacity of exterior decks. ASCE Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction, 19(4), DOI:10.1061/(ASCE)SC.1943-5576.0000203
- 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.
- 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.
- Schildmeyer, A.J., M.P. Wolcott and D.A. Bender. 2009. Investigation of the temperature-dependent mechanical behavior of a polypropylene-pine composite. ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering (21)9:460-466.
- Ross, L.A., D.A. Bender and D.M. Carradine. 2009. Performance of post-frame shear walls with a wood-plastic composite skirtboard subjected to monotonic racking loads. Transactions of the ASABE. 52(2):583-589.
- Graham, D.A., D.M. Carradine, D.A. Bender and J.D. Dolan. 2010. Monotonic and reverse-cyclic loading of lag screw connections for log shear wall construction. ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering 22(1):88-95.
- 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.
- 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.
- Michael, S.G., V. Yadama and D.A. Bender. 2010. Effect of Tie-Layer on the Bond Strength Between Thermoplastic and Borate-Treated Wood Substrate. Wood and Fiber Science. 42(4):419-428.