ROBERT J. WILLS, P.E., Vice President, Construction Market Development, Steel Market Development Institute, a business unit of American Iron and Steel Institute
Mr. Wills is responsible for overseeing the Construction Market programs in commercial buildings, residential construction, and the transportation/infrastructure markets, as well as the AISI Construction Technical Program. He works directly with senior leadership representing the SMDI investor companies in the Construction Market program and with customer/partner associations and alliances such as the Steel Framing Alliance, Metal Roofing Alliance, The Metal Initiative, the National Steel Bridge Alliance, and the Construction Sustainability Task Group.
Mr. Wills became Vice President of Construction Market Development in 2008 following 18 years of service with the AISI Code and Standards program. His responsibilities in the codes and standards program encompassed design specifications, test methods, product specifications and installation standards related to steel in construction. He is widely recognized for his expertise in fire safety engineering, structural fire testing and performance, wind engineering, and geotechnical and foundation engineering. He was very involved in the development of the International Building Code and the NFPA 5000 Building Construction and Safety Code.
He is a member of ASTM International, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the International Code Council (ICC), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC).
Mr. Wills began his professional career as a structural design engineer for Rust International. He was later employed by the Southern Building Code Congress International as a senior engineer with responsibilities in plan review, code interpretation and education. He left that position in 1990 to join AISI as director of construction codes and standards.
Mr. Wills earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Mississippi State University, with special emphasis in structural and foundation engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Alabama.