Kara Peterman, Ph.D., 2023-24 CFSEI Chair, Patrick W. Ford, P.E., S.E., raSmith/Steel Framing Industry Association


The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) has named Patrick W. Ford, P.E., S.E. as the recipient of the 2023 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 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. Pat was recognized during the 2023 CFSEI Expo held in New Orleans on May 8-10.

Pat Ford’s professional experience includes serving as technical director of the Steel Framing Industry Association (SFIA), management and engineering design with R.A. Smith (and previously Matsen Ford Design), as well as managing, engineering and business positions for several other firms. His work has involved several structural design, contract and project management functions on a wide variety of commercial, industrial and institutional building projects.

Relative to cold-formed steel structural framing, Pat has more than 40 years of experience that includes application of the latest technologies and design concepts to load bearing structures and a wide variety of curtainwall and prefabricated systems. His engineering systems design experience includes structural steel, concrete, engineered masonry, wood and other systems in addition to cold-formed steel. He has building credits throughout the country as well as several projects outside the U.S.

He is an active voting member, committee member and subcommittee chairman with the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), American National Standards Institute (ANSI), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), ASTM International, the Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry (AWCI), Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) and Steel Framing Industry Association (SFIA). He is a registered professional engineer in 19 states and the District of Columbia.