Photo: AISI Managing Director of Construction Technical Program Jay W. Larson, P.E., F.ASCE (right) receives the John P. Matsen Award for Distinguished Service from AISI Vice President of Construction Robert J. Wills, P.E.

WASHINGTON, D.C. —The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) has announced that Jay W. Larson, P.E., F.ASCE, managing director of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) Construction Technical Program, is the recipient of the 2022 CFSEI John P. Matsen Award for Distinguished Service. The award recognizes the significant contributions of an individual who has volunteered time, talent and resources to the cold-formed steel (CFS) industry. It was renamed in 2016 to honor John P. Matsen, P.E., founder and principal of Matsen Ford Design Associates in Waukesha, Wisconsin, who passed away in June 2015. Larson was recognized during the 2022 CFSEI Expo held May 16-18 in Denver, Colorado.

“Before coming to AISI, Jay had a long and productive career in market development and research with a steel mill and when he came available in 2003, we grabbed him because he was too valuable to let get away,” said AISI Vice President of Construction Robert J. Wills, P.E. “I have had the pleasure of working with Jay for more than 20 years and I admire his vision and keen strategic thinking.  He has served CFSEI in many capacities, both official and unofficial, and he continues to make a difference. Jay is presented with this award by unanimous decision of the CFSEI Executive Committee.”

Jay Larson manages the planning, continuous improvement and implementation of AISI’s Construction Technical Program, which includes AISI’s longstanding and effective building code and standards development functions. He serves as secretary for the AISI Standards Council, facilitates the AISI Steel Industry Code Forum, and is a member of AISC Task Committee 2, NIBS Multi-Hazard Mitigation Council, ICC Industry Advisory Committee, Structural Stability Research Council and Mid-Atlantic Steel Framing Alliance.

Jay has served as chair of the AISI Committee on Framing Standards, vice chair of the AISI Committee on Specifications, chair of the Technology Development Committee of the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) and chair of AISC Task Committee 2. He has served as a member of the CFSEI Executive Committee, AISC Committee on Specifications, Steering Committee of the Center for Cold-Formed Steel Structures, ASCE-SEI Committee on Cold-Formed Members, and Construction Specifications Institute. He has authored numerous industry publications and presentations.

Prior to joining AISI, Jay had 24 years of experience at Bethlehem Steel in facilities engineering, technical marketing of construction products, product development and business development. He has three patents. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering at Lehigh University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and is a Fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers.

The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute comprises hundreds of structural engineers and other design professionals who are finding a better way to produce safe and efficient designs for commercial and residential structures with cold-formed steel. CFSEI members work together to develop and evolve industry standards and design methods, produce and issue technical bulletins, and provide seminars and online training to improve the knowledge and skills base of engineers and design professionals. For more information, visit www.cfsei.org.

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