Collaboration with Academia
To better understand how structures perform, we regularly collaborate with other researchers and research facilities across the United States. We often donate products to universities for testing purposes, and our engineers volunteer their time to teach courses. We also lend financial support to further research efforts. A few examples include our donations to Washington State University (WSU) in Pullman, WA establishing the Simpson Strong-Tie Excellence Fund and Simpson Strong-Tie® Research and Testing Lab, to California State Polytechnic University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo for the construction of the Simpson Strong-Tie® Materials Demonstration Lab, teaming with researchers at Colorado State University to conduct seismic testing of multi-story, wood-frame buildings, and donating product and providing technical expertise for a series of earthquake tests for cold-formed steel-framed buildings at Johns Hopkins University.
Ongoing collaboration with academia enables us to learn from others, share our expertise and provide a broader knowledge of structural safety. That helps the industry as a whole to build safer, stronger structures.
Some of the academic institutions that we have worked with include: