Steel Industry Announces Roger A. LaBoube, Ph.D. as a Recipient of the 2010 Market Development Industry Leadership Award

BOCA RATON, FL, May 4, 2010 -AISI’s Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI) announced today that Roger A. LaBoube, Ph.D., distinguished teaching professor, Department of Civil Engineering and director of the Wei-Wen Yu Center for Cold-Formed Steel Structures at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, is a recipient of the 2010 Market Development Industry Leadership Award. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions in advancing the competitive use of steel in the marketplace as a direct result of AISI Steel Market Development Institute initiatives in the automotive, construction and container markets, as well as steel recycling. Dr. LaBoube was presented with the award by AISI Chairman Dan DiMicco, chairman, president and CEO of Nucor Corporation, during a ceremony held at AISI’s 118th General Meeting.

The award inscription reads: “Presented to ROGER A. LABOUBE, PH.D. in recognition of your significant contribution in advancing applications of steel in Construction market development.”

AISI Steel Market Development Institute President Lawrence W. Kavanagh said: “Roger LaBoube has contributed significantly to the body of research supporting cold-formed steel design, with innovations that have advanced the use of steel in the marketplace for applications such as metal building systems, roofing and siding, deck applications, rack storage structures, and light-frame construction. We appreciate the leadership that he has shown over the years with AISI’s Committee on Specifications and Committee on Framing Standards to promote the use of cold-formed steel design in the marketplace.”

“Roger has contributed significantly to the body of research that undergirds AISI S100, the North American Specification for the Design of Cold-Formed Steel Structural Members, which is used throughout the world as a reference for building design,” said Robert Wills, vice president of construction market development for AISI’s Steel Market Development Institute. “He has provided critical leadership for AISI’s Committee on Specifications and Committee on Framing Standards, stepping in as a committee chairman, task group leader, researcher, author and editor of design standards, technical notes and articles, and ultimately as a seminar presenter to facilitate effective technology transfer.”

Jay Larson, managing director, construction technical with the American Iron and Steel Institute, said: “Roger represents a rare breed in our industry, combining both industrial and academic experience in building design, teaching and research. His experience, drive, intellect and character have made his name almost synonymous with cold-formed steel construction, especially in the United States. The depth of his knowledge and his eagerness to help others has made him a comprehensive information resource for fabricators, designers, researchers, users, and steel customers. As director of the Wei-Wen Yu Center for Cold-Formed Steel Structures at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, he provides technology transfer through technical service, engineering education, research and professional activity. His contributions to promoting cold-formed steel design are considerable.”

Roger A. Laboube, Ph.D., is a distinguished teaching professor, Department of Civil Engineering and director of the Wei-Wen Yu Center for Cold-Formed Steel Structures at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly the University of Missouri-Rolla, or UMR). He is a Professional Engineer in the state of Missouri, and has provided consulting services to several organizations. His professional affiliations include the American Iron and Steel Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers, Structural Stability Research Council and American Society of Engineering Educators.

He was recognized with the Outstanding Teaching Commendation Award, UMR School of Extended Learning (2005); the UMR Dean of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award (2004); and the UMR Five-Year Faculty Excellence Award (2002). He holds B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla.

The 2010 Market Development Industry Leadership Award was also presented to Edward G. Opbroek, director, WorldAutoSteel; and Julia Hurst, executive director, National Lieutenant Governors Association.
The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI) is a business unit of AISI that grows and maintains the use of steel through strategies that promote cost-effective solutions in the automotive, construction, and container markets, as well as for new-growth opportunities in non-traditional steel markets, value-added long products, and steel recycling. SMDI is comprised of eight member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers: AK Steel Corporation, ArcelorMittal Dofasco, ArcelorMittal USA, Nucor Corporation, Severstal North America Inc., SSAB Americas, United States Steel Corporation, and USS-POSCO Industries.

AISI serves as the voice of the North American steel industry in the public policy arena and advances the case for steel in the marketplace as the preferred material of choice. AISI also plays a lead role in the development and application of new steels and steelmaking technology. AISI is comprised of 25 member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers, and 138 associate and affiliate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel industry. AISI's member companies represent approximately 75 percent of both U.S. and North American steel capacity.  For more news about steel and its applications, visit AISI’s Web site at www.steel.org.

Contact:
Debbie Bennett
Manager, SMDI and Construction Communications
Steel Market Development Institute
Tel: 202.452.7179