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AISC appoints Jacques Cattan as Vice President of Certification, Heath Mitchell as Director of Technical Assistance

December 22, 2010 from American Institute of Steel Construction

(Chicago, IL) – Jacques Cattan has been named the American Institute of Steel Construction’s vice president of certification, leading the program that sets the quality standard for the steel industry and is the most recognized national quality certification program for the structural steel industry. Heath Mitchell, P.E., replaces the late Kurt D. Gustafson as AISC’s director of technical assistance and is responsible for overseeing the response to more than 200 questions a week from engineers, architects, owners, and others with regard to the design and construction of structural steel buildings.

Cattan previously worked at AISC from 1994 to 1999 as a staff engineer. He left to join Chicago architectural and engineering firm Teng & Associates as a project manager, focusing on developing proposals and managing competitive and A/E design-build projects. “We’re pleased to welcome Jacques back to AISC,” said Roger E. Ferch, P.E., AISC’s president. “He returns with significant leadership experience and industry expertise and will be influential in AISC’s efforts to educate the marketplace on the value of quality certification.”

Mitchell also rejoins AISC. He was an AISC staff engineer from 1994 to 1999 then left to work for PCS Structural Solutions in Tacoma, Wash, to gain design experience as a project manager. Since then he’s maintained involvement with AISC as a committee volunteer and also has worked part-time on AISC’s technical assistance panel. He resides in Tacoma, Wash. 

“Heath is a smart and dedicated engineer who cares to help people and build a stronger basis upon which AISC can help engineers and members of the industry,” said AISC vice president and chief structural engineer Charlie Carter. “Those who contact the AISC Steel Solutions Center for technical assistance and innovative solutions are in very capable hands.”

For more information about AISC Certification visit www.aisc.org/Certification. Learn how AISC’s Steel Solutions Center helps the design and construction communities with their structural steel projects at www.aisc.org/SteelSolutionsCenter.


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American Institute of Steel Construction
The American Institute of Steel Construction, headquartered in Chicago, is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry. AISC’s mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural steel-related technical and market-building activities, including: specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, and market development. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry of providing timely and reliable information. 

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