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MBMA Awards Two Graduate Fellowships
July 24, 2002

MBMA Awards Two Graduate Fellowships

CLEVELAND, OH – The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) has awarded Graduate Fellowship awards in the amount of $5,000 each to two students in pursuit of Master’s degrees. The MBMA, has been awarding Graduate Fellowship awards since 1984.

Cheng Yu of The Johns Hopkins University, whose research project, “Stress Gradients for C and Z Webs,” is being supervised by his advisor, Dr. Ben Schafer. Nicole Kuskowski of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, whose research into “Snow Loads on Gable Roofs” is under the supervision of Dr. Michael O’Rourke. Both projects should be completed in 2003 and final reports will be available to MBMA members.

“These projects are of great interest to MBMA and its members and they also represent an excellent opportunity for these two gifted students,” said Dan Walker, staff engineer for MBMA. “Not only do we look forward to the findings gleaned in these two projects, we also hope they lay the foundation for additional research in years to come.”

The purpose of the Graduate Fellowship program is to introduce students to metal building systems and have them initiate research projects that have real-world relevance, said Walker. “It is our hope that research findings stemming from this program will one day be adopted into building codes or design specifications.”

Organized in 1956, MBMA serves the metal building systems manufacturers, metal roofing systems manufacturers and associate member suppliers. Its membership represents more than $1.9 billion in annual steel shipments and accounts for 32.6 percent of the total non-residential low-rise construction marketplace.

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