Benjamin Schafer

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Johns Hopkins University

Benjamin W. Schafer is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. He is also active in engineering consulting and is currently Vice President of NBM Technologies. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in Structural Engineering and his B.S.E. with Honors and Distinction from the University of Iowa. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, he worked as a Senior Engineer at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc. Professor Schafer is the Director of the Cold-Formed Steel Research Consortium and North American Editor of the journal Thin-Walled Structures. He serves on the AISI and AISC specification committees which create the nation’s standards for cold-formed and hot-rolled steel structures, respectively. He has previously served as Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering at Johns Hopkins, Chair of the Structural Stability Research Council, and President of the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute. He is an award-winning teacher and avid proponent of the tenets of Structural Art, which he teaches about in his course Perspectives on the Evolution of Structures. He is an avid runner and youth soccer coach and currently resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife and one child.