Simpson Strong-Tie engineers and field specialists came to the WSU campus earlier this year for a day-long building connections symposium.

At the event, students met with industry representatives and had the chance to learn how structural connectors and pre-engineered components help structures safely resist natural hazards. With hands-on activities and opportunities to interact with Simpson Strong-Tie experts, the students received insightful tips and perspectives from design and construction professionals. They also had the chance to watch cross-laminated timber tested to failure and see how a new generation of structural screws are upending old methods of fastening wood and steel.

Thanks to Simpson Strong-Tie for their continued support of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

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Professor Don Bender demonstrates cross-laminated timber stress test to students:

Students observe fastening techniques: