New Steel Profiles Podcast Features Lawrence Griffis of Walter P Moore

“I wish I learned how to type. When I was in high school, everybody took woodshop,” quips Lawrence Griffis, P.E., one of the world’s leading experts on long-span structures. Griffis, senior principal and senior consultant at Walter P Moore & Associates, is featured in the latest episode of AISC’s Steel Profiles podcast series.

AISC’s Margaret Matthew, host of the Steel Profiles series, chats with Griffis about his pioneering efforts in long-span roof structures and retractable roof systems, his take on the ASCE-7 wind provisions, and his admiration for Gustave Eiffel. Griffis is a co-author of AISC Design Guide No. 28, Stability Design of Steel Buildings. He has also received AISC’s J. Lloyd Kimbrough Award (2009), AISC’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2002) and AISC’s T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award (1994). You can learn more about Griffis’ thoughts on the engineering profession in his article from MSC.

“Steel Profiles are a great way to learn about the personalities behind the technical information we use in design and construction every day,” said Keith Grubb, AISC’s manager of technical information. “They’re both entertaining and enlightening.”

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