Skip to main content Skip to navigation
Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty

Dr. Don Bender, P.E.

Don Bender

Weyerhaeuser Professor

Office:

PACCAR 152

Phone:

(509) 335-2829

Fax:

(509) 335-5077

Expanded Résumé

Education

  • Ph.D., 1984 – Purdue University
  • M.S., 1980 – Virginia Tech. University
  • B.S., 1979 – Virginia Tech. University

Professional Experience

  • Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering; and Director, Composite Materials & Engineering Center Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 1997-present
  • Interim Dean, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 2016-2017
  • Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering; and Director, Composite Materials & Engineering Center Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 1997-present
  • Professor, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 1994-97
  • Associate Professor, Texas A&M University, College Station, 1989-94
  • Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University, College Station, 1984-89
  • Interim Department Head, Texas A&M University, 1993-94
  • Visiting Scientist, USDA Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, WI, 1991-92

Awards

  • Weyerhaeuser Distinguished Professor, WSU, 1997 – present
  • Leon Luck Faculty Award. 2007. Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Washington State University
  • Outstanding Teaching Faculty Award, College of Engineering and Architecture, Washington State University, 2002
  • Six national-level journal article awards from SWST, FPS and ASABE
  • Two national-level award from post-frame building industry

Research Interests

  • Engineering analysis and design of timber structures
  • Laboratory testing and analysis of engineered wood components
  • Deck safety and balcony
  • Post-frame construction
  • Nondestructive evaluation of wood materials
  • Wood durability
  • Building envelopes

Teaching

  • Design of Timber Structures
  • Advanced Wood Engineering
  • Probability and Statistical Models in Engineering

Selected Publications

  • Gatchalian, D.G., Mai, K.D. and D.A. Bender. 2017. Lateral resistance of post-frame shear walls with openings. Frame Building News 29(5):42-46.
  • Mai, K.D, D.A. Bender and J.D. Dolan. 2016. Development of seismic design coefficients for steel-clad wood-framed shear walls. Frame Building News 28(3):18-21.
  • Parsons, B.J., D.A. Bender, J.D. Dolan and F.E. Woeste. 2014. Deck and porch floor lateral loading by occupants. ASCE Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction, 19(3), 04014012.
  • Parsons, B.J., Bender, D.A., Dolan, J.D., Tichy, R.J., and Woeste, F.E. 2014. Lateral load path and capacity of exterior decks. ASCE Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction,19(4), 04014015.
  • Bender, D.A. and F.E. Woeste. 2011. Creep deflection in design of metal plate connected wood trusses. ASCE Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction 16(1):10-14.
  • Graham, D.A., D.M. Carradine, D.A. Bender and J.D. Dolan. 2010. Performance of log shear walls subjected to monotonic and reverse-cyclic loading. ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering 136(1):37-45.
  • Graham, D.A., D.M. Carradine, D.A. Bender and J.D. Dolan. 2010. Monotonic and reverse-cyclic loading of lag screw connections for log shear wall construction. ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering 22(1):88-95.
  • Kimble, R.E. and D.A. Bender. 2010. Stability of built-up timber beams and columns – accounting or modulus of elasticity variability. ASCE Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction 15(4):272-277.
  • Carradine, D.M., D.A. Bender, F.E. Woeste and J.R. Loferski. 2007. Development of design capacities for residential deck ledger connections. Forest Products Journal 57(3):29-33.
  • Schwab, S.C., D.A. Bender, D.M. Carradine and F.E. Woeste. 2007. Tensile strength of oriented strandboard as affected by specimen width. Forest Products Journal 57(6):39-45.