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Shiling Pei, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE, associate professor in the department of civil and environmental engineering at Colorado School of Mines, has been named a fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.

Pei joined the faculty of Mines in 2013. Before that, he worked as an assistant professor at South Dakota State University. His research focused on traditional and innovative timber systems, multihazard mitigation through performance-based engineering, numerical modeling of structural dynamic behavior, and large-scale dynamic testing. 

He is the author of the Seismic Analysis Package for Woodframe Structures (SAPWood) as part of the NSF (NEESR)–funded NEESWood project, which is used by many researchers for seismic analysis of light-framed wood buildings. He also has expertise on wood building performance in extreme wind hazards, participating on multiple posthazard reconnaissance studies, including the 2011 Tuscaloosa and Joplin tornadoes and 2018 Hurricane Irma. 

Pei received the 2012 ASCE Raymond C. Reese Research Prize for his work on seismic testing of a full-scale six-story wood frame building at Japan’s E-Defense shake table. From 2016 to 2023, he led an NSF-funded six-university collaborative research project to develop seismically resilient tall mass-timber buildings. In 2023, his team completed the test of a 10-story full-scale mass timber building in San Diego, representing the world’s tallest full-scale building ever tested on a shake table.

During 2015-2018, Pei served as the chair of the ASCE Wood Technical Administrative Committee coordinating four wood committees. Currently he is still an active member of the Wood Education committee. Pei is also associate editor for ASCE’s Journal of Structural Engineering and Journal of Architectural Engineering

He is a registered professional engineer (civil) in the State of California. He received his doctoral degree in civil engineering from Colorado State University in 2007.