The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) Standards Council has approved the formation of a new subcommittee for composite member design and is seeking individuals to participate. The objective of “Subcommittee 34: Composite Member Design” is to develop and maintain design provisions for composite assemblies consisting of cold-formed steel members and concrete.

Membership on the subcommittee is open to individuals who may directly or materially be affected by the design provisions to be developed. The subcommittee is under the purview of AISI’s Committee on Specifications for the Design of Cold-Formed Steel Structural Members (COS). It will be chaired by W. Samuel Easterling, professor and head of the Charles Edward Via Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic and State University, and the Montague-Betts Professor of Structural Steel Design.

“There is a growing use for these types of composite assemblies in building construction,” said Jay Larson, P.E., F.ASCE, managing director of AISI’s Construction Technical Program. “AISI supports an open, balanced, consensus-driven process for codes and standards development. We are opening membership on this subcommittee to those currently involved in our Committee on Specifications as well as those who have never served on an AISI committee.”

Larson noted that interested individuals are requested to fill out the form located at the bottom of this document and submit it to Helen Chen ( by October 15, 2018. Selected individuals will be notified by October 30, 2018.

AISI’s Standards Council initiates cold-formed steel standards development projects and maintains accreditation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The AISI Committee on Specifications is a consensus group whose mission is to improve the performance of cold-formed steel in structures through the development and use of improved analysis methods and design specifications. The group maintains and updates the North American Specification for the Design of Cold-Formed Steel Structural Members (AISI S100) and several other standards and test standards.