Design Award Judges

The Steel Joist Institute would like to thank each of the judges for their participation in the 2010 – 2017 Design Awards.

Design Award Judge, R. Donald Murphy of Jefferson City, MOR. Donald Murphy, Jefferson City, Mo.
Murphy is retired from the Steel Joist Institute where he served as managing director and technical director from 1991 to 2004. He was associated with steel joist manufacturing for more than 50 years. His extensive knowledge of steel joist construction has proven invaluable to the Institute through service on various technical committees prior to becoming the managing director.

Design Award Judge, G. Wayne Studebaker of Norfolk, Neb.G. Wayne Studebaker, P.E., WAHA Engineering, Norfolk, Neb.
Studebaker is retired after 40 years at Nucor Corporation, where he served as sales engineer, engineering manager, research manager, and general manager of research and development. He spent four years as bridge design engineer with the Missouri Highway Department. Studebaker served as chairman of the research committee for the Steel Joist Institute for 35 years.

Design Award Judge, Robert Neumann of Milwaukee, WIRobert J. Neumann, Computerized Structural Design S.C., Milwaukee
Neumann is project manager for Computerized Structural Design S.C., where he has been employed since 1979. He obtained his Wisconsin registration as an architect in 1987 and is a past member of the American Institute of Architects. His familiarity with construction materials and detailing has led to investigations of material and system failures.


Design Award Judge, Richard Phaneuf of Sarasota, Fla.Richard A. Phaneuf, P.E., Steel Joist Engineering, Sarasota, Fla.
Phaneuf is currently a structural steel design engineer for buildings and bridges in private practice. Previously, he served as director of engineering for various steel joist manufacturers. During a 16 year period, he was active on various Steel Joist Institute committees, including serving as chairman of the engineering practice committee. A graduate of Tufts University, he has assisted architects and engineers in development of standard and non-standard steel joist structures.