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Benjamin Schafer, a professor in the Department of Civil and Systems Engineering and director of the Cold-Formed Steel Research Consortium, has been elected as a American Society of Civil Engineers Structural Engineering Institute Fellow.

Schafer is one of the world’s leading experts on structures designed from steel, and his research focuses on increasing the efficiency and safety of steel buildings – particularly under extreme hazards.

As a division of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the SEI aims to improve professional practice, spark technological advancement, and promote members’ careers. The SEI Fellow (F.SEI) grade distinguishes members as leaders and mentors in the profession.

Schafer and the other 2020 Fellows will be recognized formally at SEI’s Structures Congress 2020, set for early April in St. Louis.