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Kara Peterman Named to Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute Executive Committee

Kara Peterman

Kara Peterman

Since April of 2020, Assistant Professor Dr. Kara D. Peterman of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department has been serving on the executive committee of the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI). The CFSEI committee is responsible for developing and maintaining the technology transfer activities related to cold-formed steel design through seminars, webinars, and the publication of Technical Notes. Committee members serve for three years.

As part of the Executive Committee, Peterman chairs the Education Subcommittee and is responsible for the webinar series hosted by CFSEI. In the past year, Peterman played a major role in transitioning the annual Expo to a live online format, the first of its kind for the organization.

The mission of the CFSEI is to promote the efficient design of safe and cost-effective cold-formed steel framed structures and to provide for continuing education in cold-formed steel research and design.

Peterman’s research makes her distinctly qualified for the CFSEI committee. As she describes her research interests, “As a member of the Structural Engineering and Mechanics group, I focus on cold-formed and hot-rolled steel structures and their behavior under service loads and extreme loads from natural hazards.”

Peterman adds that “Translating research into practice is a central goal of my career, ensuring that my work has the broadest impact on safe basic infrastructure as possible. CFSEI plays a major role in educating practicing engineers in advances in our field.”

Among other honors, Peterman has recently received the 2021 College of Engineering Outstanding Teacher Award, the 2021 Terry Peshia Early Career Faculty Award from the American Institute for Steel Construction, the 2020 McGuire Award for Junior Researchers from the Structural Stability Research Council, the  2020 Outstanding Faculty Award from the UMass Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the 2020 CEE Faculty Service Award, the inaugural Robert B. Brack Award for Faculty Advancement from the CEE department, a 2019-2020 Sustainability Curriculum Fellowship, and was named as a 2019-2020 Lily Teaching Fellow.

Peterman earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University and her B.S. in Engineering from Swarthmore College. (August 2021)