Night School 29: Steel Design After College (July 26 - September 13, 2022)

Presented by: Emily Guglielmo, Adam Friedman, Bo Dowswell, Louis F. Geschwindner, Susan Burmeister, Mark Waggoner, Mara Braselton, and Clifford Schwinger

Night School returns, focusing on design topics that are common in real-world design that you may not have learned in your college classes! Most of us left college and entered the workforce with a clear understanding of structural steel design. The professors performed their jobs well, teaching us all about the behavior of steel and introducing the AISC Specification and Manual. Those of us who took an advanced steel design course even learned how to design many standard connections. We went to our first day of work with an engineering degree, and the know-how to completely design a steel-framed building. Right? Not quite. There is a limit to how much can be taught at the university level.  

Starting July 26, we’ll get you up to speed on the most useful topics that engineers typically learn in their first few years on the job. Instead of learning on your own over the course of five or ten years, let AISC’s experts teach you in one concise course. Topics include:

    • Lateral load considerations for design of steel members
    • Base plates and anchor rods
    • Steel flexural design including: cantilever and overhanging beam design, and single angles
    • Composite beams
    • Load path
    • Connection design
    • Verifying computer analysis results

Dates: 07/26/2022 - 09/13/2022
Time:  6:00 p.m. Central
Duration: 1.5 hours per session

Credits: 1.5 PDH per session (up to 12.0 PDH). Earn credit either by watching live or by passing a quiz after watching the recording. Also earn 1 EEU (Equivalent Education Unit), AISC's certificate of completion. Eight session registrants who attend all sessions (live or recorded) and pass 7 of 8 quizzes and the final exam will be awarded 1.0 EEU. Earning an EEU is worth a maximum of 12 PDHs.

Registration Deadline: 08/9/2022 6:00 p.m. Central

Course Access: After registration, participants access the course including live webinars, recordings, handouts, and quiz for each session, the final exam, and certificates through the learning portal. Login to and find the course on your Dashboard. 

Are you already registered as a group and need to add more colleagues? Add to your group registration here.

Course Schedule

Live broadcast for all sessions  are on Tuesdays, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Central

July 26, 2022

Session 1: Introduction and Lateral Load Consideration for the Design of Members

Emily Guglielmo 

August 2, 2022

Session 2: Base Plates and Anchor Rods

 Adam Friedman

August 9, 2022

Session 3: Design of Steel Flexural Members--Cantilever and Overhanging Beam Design 

 Bo Dowswell

August 16, 2022

Session 4: Design of Single Angles in Flexure

 Louis F. Geschwindner

August 23, 2022

Session 5: Practical Composite Beam Design 

 Susan Burmeister

August 30, 2022

Session 6: Load Path of Steel-Framed Buildings

 Mark Waggoner

September 6, 2022

Session 7: Connection Design

 Mara Braselton

September 13, 2022

Session 8: Computer Analysis Verification

 Clifford Schwinger

Individual Registration

Register one person. Each registrant has access to the course including the live webinar, recording, and quiz for each session, the final exam, and a certificate.

    • $500 Member
    • $900 Non-Member
    • $250 Student/Faculty
    • Government Agency:  Discounts available.  Contact

Group Registration

Register an unlimited number of people from your company roster. Each registrant has access to the course including the live webinar, recording, and quiz for each session, the final exam, and a certificate. All registrants must participate from their own account to receive credit.

    • $1480 Member
    • $2280 Non-Member
    • Government Agency:  Discounts available.  Contact

Note: All registrants must be pre-registered and participate from their own connection. For Night School, we no longer offer the option to register attendees (report attendance) after the webinar. 


Emily Guglielmo, PE, SE, earned her Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from UCLA, and her Master's Degree in Structural Engineering from UC Berkeley. She has nearly two decades of structural engineering experience, all with Martin/Martin, Inc. She began her career in their Denver, CO area office, and is currently a Principal with the firm, managing their San Francisco Bay Area office. She has lectured on building code provisions across the nation and is the Vice Chair of the ASCE 7-22 Seismic Subcommittee.  A licensed PE, SE, and CE, Emily has received a number of awards, including SEI Fellow and the Susan M. Frey NCSEA Educator Award, for effective instruction for practicing structural engineers.
  Adam D. Friedman, PE, SE, is a senior associate at CSD Structural Engineers, located in Milwaukee, WI.  His background includes the structural design and analysis of heavy industrial buildings, commercial structures, connection design, and miscellaneous steel (specifically stairs and platforms).  Adam has additional experience related to construction engineering projects including temporary bracing, erection planning, rigging design, heavy lift planning, hurricane contingency plans, and field modifications. He is the author of AISC Design Guide 34:  Steel Framed Stairway Design.  Adam is a licensed Professional Engineer in Wisconsin and a licensed Structural Engineer in Illinois.
  Bo Dowswell started in the steel industry in 1985 as a detailer. Since then, he earned B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Auburn University and The University of Alabama at Birmingham. As a professional engineer, his design practice focuses on steel structures. Currently, he is principal of both SDS Consulting, a design firm, and ARC International, which specializes in research and consulting. Bo Dowswell is also an adjunct professor at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, where his research and teaching is concentrated on steel connection design. Additionally, he provides consulting services for the AISC Steel Solutions Center.
  Louis F. Geschwindner, PE, PhD, Penn State University, Professor Emeritus, is a former Vice President of Engineering and Research at AISC, Professor Emeritus of Architectural Engineering at Penn State University, and Senior Consultant at Providence Engineering Corporation. He received his Bachelor's degree in building science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and both his Master of Science in architectural engineering and his PhD in civil engineering from Penn State. He is a Registered Professional Engineer and taught at Penn State for more than 40 years. Professor Geschwindner is a past chairman of the Committee on Design of Steel Building Structures of the Structural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (SEI/ASCE) and is a member of the AISC Committee on Specifications. He is the former chair of its Member Design technical committee. Dr. Geschwindner has been an author and presenter in many of the American Institute of Steel Construction lecture series.
  Susan Burmeister is the president S2B Structural Consultants, PLLC with over 25 years of design experience on a variety of structure types around the country. She regularly works with design of steel buildings and design of concrete buildings. She received both her BS and MS from Georgia Institute of Technology. Susan is a member of the AISC Committee on Specifications, the AISC Task Committee #5 on composite member design, chair of the ASCE Committee on the Design of Steel Building Structures, and sits on the Board of Directors for the Structural Engineers Association of the Metropolitan Washington DC chapter.
  Mark Waggoner, Senior Principal with Walter P Moore, is a leader in the field of long-span roof design and has contributed to the design of more than a dozen long-span roofs for professional sports facilities, including SoFi Stadium. Mark has special expertise in the development of innovative structural systems including kinetic structures and alternative materials as well as delivery of digital design models for downstream manufacturing use. He frequently works with contractors to develop erection plans and design connections for complex structures in collaboration with the firm’s Construction Engineering practice.
  Mara Braselton joined Thornton Tomasetti in 2006 and is currently a vice president in the firm’s Construction Engineering practice as an expert in structural steel connection design.  Mara efficiently and effectively bridges the gap between design and construction through innovative ways to deliver projects, working internally with Thornton Tomasetti’s structural engineers to design steel connections for the firm’s complex steel projects, which include high rises, stadium and long-span roof structures, as well as with fabricators to design steel connections on projects outside the firm.  She has worked on connection projects for Rockefeller University, LaGuardia Airport and Met Life Stadium in New York and U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota. 
  Cliff Schwinger, PE, is a structural engineer and Associate Principal at “The Harman Group – now IMEG”, where he has worked since 1986. He graduated from Lehigh University in 1976, has over 40 years of experience designing building structures, and is a member of the AISC Manuals Committee.

Cancellations and Substitutions

Substitutions may be made at any time. Cancellations received 1-3 days prior to the webinar will be charged a $50 service charge. Cancellations and no shows the day of the webinar session will not receive a refund.