Robert J. Wills, P.E. Vice President, Construction, American Iron and Steel Institute, Jay W. Larson, P.E., F.ASCE, Managing Director, Construction Technical, American Iron and Steel Institute


The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) has named Jay W. Larson, P.E., F.ASCE as the recipient of the 2022 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. Jay was recognized during the 2022 CFSEI Expo held in Denver on May 16-18.

Jay Larson manages the planning, continuous improvement and implementation of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) Construction Technical Program, which includes AISI’s longstanding and effective building code and standards development functions. He serves as secretary for the AISI Standards Council, facilitates the AISI Steel Industry Code Forum, and is a member of AISC Task Committee 2, NIBS Multi-Hazard Mitigation Council, ICC Industry Advisory Committee, Structural Stability Research Council and Mid-Atlantic Steel Framing Alliance.

Jay has served as chair of the AISI Committee on Framing Standards, vice chair of the AISI Committee on Specifications, chair of the Technology Development Committee of the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) and chair of AISC Task Committee 2. He has served as a member of the CFSEI Executive Committee, AISC Committee on Specifications, Steering Committee of the Center for Cold-Formed Steel Structures, ASCE-SEI Committee on Cold-Formed Members, and Construction Specifications Institute. He has authored numerous industry publications and presentations.

Prior to joining AISI in 2003, Jay had 24 years of experience at Bethlehem Steel in facilities engineering, technical marketing of construction products, product development and business development. He has three (3) patents. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering at Lehigh University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and is a Fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Jay has also served as a board member for Laughing at My Nightmare, Inc.; elder, trustee, and treasurer for East Hills Moravian Church; site coordinator for Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering; scoutmaster and committee member for Boy Scout Troop 318; and mission team leader for Habitat for Humanity of Eastern Shore VA.

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