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FEB 26
2015

Industry News Roundup: February 27

This week’s news resources:

Full-time students at U.S. universities are encouraged to apply for AISC scholarships. Read more about the scholarships in this article in Modern Steel

Recent computer model research found that buildings with rocking steel-braced frames are advantageous in earthquakes. Learn more about the research in Building Design+Construction magazine. 

Design professionals can now use AISC’s new design guide on vertical bracing connections. Read more about the design guide in an article in Modern Steel

Learn about the recyclability of steel in an infographic from The World Steel Association.

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Two experienced Design Data employees recently received promotions. Learn about the new roles for David Zabka and Ryan Vanek in our latest blog post.

FEB 25
2015

Zabka Promoted to Support Manager; Vanek Named R&D Project Manager

David Zabka

David Zabka, who has been at Design Data since June 2006, was recently promoted to support manager. He previously served as the assistant support manager for the past two years.

"My main goal is to make certain our users receive the support and service they have come to know and expect from Design Data," said Zabka. "In addition, I would like to enhance the information provided by the support team to further educate and benefit our users."

Customers who had Zabka as their support representative may be assigned a new support rep in the future; those customers who are impacted will receive notification via email about any change.

Ryan Vanek, who was previously the manager of the support department, has taken a new position as R&D project manager. In that capacity, he will research, document and monitor new features for the development of SDS/2. Vanek will also be responsible for training users on new functionality in current releases through yearly seminars. He has been with Design Data for more than 13 years. 

Ryan Vanek

FEB 20
2015

Industry News Roundup: February 20

This week’s news resources: 

Scientists have discovered a new type of flexible, ultra-strong steel that is cheaper than titanium alloys. Read about the breakthrough announced this week by scientists in an article in Fast Company

Steel bridge professionals can exchange ideas with each other in Raleigh, North Carolina, this May. Read this Modern Steel article about the next American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials-National Steel Bridge Alliance Steel Bridge Collaboration.  

Rehabilitation and new construction has begun on one of the most vital trade crossings in North America. Read about the project on the Ambassador Bridge in this article in Modern Steel. 

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Submitting a speaking proposal to HxGN LIVE in Las Vegas could result in a free conference registration. Read about the call for speakers in our latest blog post.