Benjamin Schafer, Ph.D., P.E._
Benjamin Schafer is Vice President of NBM Technologies, Inc., Professor at Johns Hopkins University (JHU), Director of the Cold-Formed Steel Research Consortium (CFSRC), and North American Editor of Thin-Walled Structures. He is the world’s leading expert on structures designed from cold-formed steel and has trained a cadre of engineers and academics who advance the use of cold-formed steel in buildings and other structures. Extensive studies by Ben on the structural stability of cold-formed steel continue to guide his work in seismic building design improvement, resilience, shape optimization, and building component analysis. Ben originated the Direct Strength Method of design, now an internationally approved pathway to predicting the strength of cold-formed steel building components. Ben also led the first project to test a full-scale cold-formed steel framed building subjected to earthquakes. Throughout his 20-year award-winning career as an engineer, researcher, and educator, Ben has applied and promoted the tenets of structural art.
Ben also serves on the specification committees for the American Iron and Steel Institute and American Institute of Steel Construction which create the U.S. standards for cold-formed and hot-rolled steel structures. Previous leadership roles Ben has enjoyed include Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering at JHU, Chair of the Structural Stability Research Council, and President of the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute. Ben received his Ph.D. from Cornell University, and was a Senior Engineer at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc. before joining JHU as a Professor in 2000. He is licensed as a professional engineer in the state of Texas.
Location: Baltimore, MD