The ballot for the election of the 2017 Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute Executive Committee Members is now available. In accordance with the Operating Procedures, candidates who receive the most votes will be elected to the executive committee.

Currently there are  two open seats.  Please vote for one member per vacant seat for a total of four candidates.  Write-in candidates are permitted.

Note that you can either:

Ballots must be submitted by Midnight Eastern Time, on May 3, 2017 to be counted in the 2017 election.

Thank you for participating!

If you have additional questions, feel free to call 1-800-797-STEEL or email info@cfsei.org.


Julie Lowrey, P.E.

Georgi Hall, P.E.Julie Lowrey, P.E. is a Project Manager for Zabik Turner Engineering based out of Winter Garden, Florida, specializing in exterior cold-formed framing design. She has eight years of previous experience in the residential and commercial roof and floor truss industry, specializing in cold-formed steel truss member and connection design. Julie has been active in the CFSEI since 2005, and has served as CFSEI Florida Chapter President (2012), Vice President (2011), and Secretary (2007 – 2011). She authored CFSEI Technical Note TN F501-11 “Cold-Formed Steel Truss to Bearing Connections” and is currently co-authoring a CFSEI Technical Note on exterior CFS curtain wall design and movement enabling hardware. Julie is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Florida, and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida.

Derek Putz

Derek Putz Mr. Putz is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering (Double emphasis in Structural and Geotechnical Engineering) and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering (Emphasis in Structural and Geotechnical Engineering). Mr. Putz previously worked for J3 Engineering in Mequon where he accrued significant experience in cold-formed steel design by participating in projects ranging in scope from interior architectural framing to exterior load-bearing wall and floor framing that spread across the nation from New York to San Francisco. Additionally, he developed company training manuals regarding CFS Design for new hires. He is currently authoring a technical note on CFS framing attachment to post-tensioned, pre-stressed, and hollowcore concrete components.

Mr. Putz recently joined Matsen Ford Design Associates, Inc. in Waukesha, Wisconsin and he is also involved in Meyers-Fairchild scholarship fund at UW-Platteville.

Brandon Wahl, P.E.

Brandon Wahl, P.E. Brandon Wahl has served on the CFSEI Executive Committee for the past two years and is running for reelection.  He is the chairman of the Membership Committee.

Mr. Wahl has been in the structural engineering consulting field for the past 11 years and is currently employed at 360 Engineering Group in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His work has covered multiple disciplines including cold-formed steel, structural steel, concrete, masonry, and wood. His cold-formed steel experience includes both loadbearing and non- loadbearing applications for both low and mid-rise projects and he employs Building Information Modeling in his work. Recently he has been focused on the redesign of buildings due to budgetary concerns. Brandon became interested in cold-formed steel and has participated in expanding his knowledge as a member of the AISI Committee on Standards and Committee on Framing Standards. Brandon received his B.S and M.S. in Architectural Engineering from Kansas State University.

Kirsten Zeydel, S.E.

Kirsten Zeydel, S.E.Kirsten Zeydel is a registered structural engineer in California with over seventeen years of structural engineering design and management experience. She is the Structural Engineering Manager for Digital Building Components in Phoenix, AZ and a Structural Consultant for S.K. Ghosh Associates Inc. in Palatine, IL. She also spent 15 years as a Senior Project Engineer for a medium size structural design firm in Southern California.

Still based out of Southern California, Kirsten specializes in cold-formed steel design, detailing, and constructability. She has led over 200 projects including an 800,000 sq ft project of multi-story CFS load bearing dorm buildings and the CFS non-load bearing interior and exterior framing for a 550,000 sq ft hospital. Kirsten thrives on challenging projects and has successfully overseen many projects through the rigorous California Hospital approval process. Kirsten has also given many in person presentations and web seminars on various cold-formed steel topics to engineers, architects, owners, and contractors.

In addition to her extensive experience with cold-formed steel, Kirsten has experience designing with other building materials including concrete, steel, and masonry which lead to her involvement with Dr. Ghosh at S.K. Ghosh Associates. Dr. Ghosh and Kirsten’s most recent project together was providing all day seminars all over California on the changes in the new 2016 California Building Code.

Kirsten is also a proud wife and mother of two who firmly believes that being a mom has made her a better engineer.