Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance Leadership
Senior Steel Applications Engineer, SSAB
David Stoddard has spent 33 years in the steel industry, with the last 10 at SSAB Americas, a leading North American steel plate producer, where he is employed as a Sr. Steel Applications Engineer at SSAB’s Muscatine, Iowa plate mill. His responsibilities include collaborating with customers in the development and utilization of steel plate products for the bridge, shipbuilding, offshore structure, pressure vessel and energy storage industries as well as providing customer training seminars on the production and use of steel products. To help further these goals David is an active participate in multiple industry associations including: the NSBA Technical and Executive Committees, several AASHTO/NSBA Collaboration Task Groups, the AISI’s Bridge Task Force and Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance (of which he has been the Chairman since 2017), the National Association of County Engineers, the ABS Materials and Welding Committee, the API Offshore Structures Materials Resource Group, and the National Association of Corrosion Engineers. David attended Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan earning a Bachelors and Masters of Science in Metallurgical Engineering.
Michael G. Barker, Ph.D.
Leader, SSSBA Bridge Education Center
Professor, Civil & Architectural Engineering, University of Wyoming
Dr. Michael Barker received his BS and MS in Civil Engineering from Purdue University and his PhD from the University of Minnesota. He was a Civil Engineering faculty at the University of Missouri-Columbia for 13 years before joining Civil & Architectural Engineering at the University of Wyoming in 2003. Dr. Barker is a participating member of the AISI Bridge Task Force and is a Bridge Technology Center representative to the Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance. His primary research pertains to steel bridges, experimental testing, bridge design specifications, bridge field testing, high performance steel and reliability analyses of structures.
Karl E. Barth, Ph.D.
Co-Leader, SSSBA Bridge Technology Center
Jack H. Samples Distinguished Professor at West Virginia University
Dr. Karl Barth is the Jack H. Samples Distinguished Professor of structural engineering at West Virginia University. Prior to his appointment at WVU, he completed his doctorate degree at Purdue University and served as a bridge engineer for CH2M Hill. His primary research interest is in the area of steel bridge design, rating, behavior and analysis. Much of Dr. Barth’s work is in codes and standards development where he was a contributing author to major revisions to the AASHTO LRFD Bridge code provisions for steel girder bridges. Dr. Barth is currently one of the leaders of the Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance’s Bridge Technology Center – and is a nationally known expert on the design and construction of press brake tub girders for short span application.
Gregory K. Michaelson, Ph.D., P.E.
Co-Leader, SSSBA Bridge Technology Center
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering at Marshall University
Dr. Greg Michaelson is an associate professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Marshall University and a member of the Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance’s Bridge Technology Center. He completed his Ph.D. at West Virginia University in 2014 and is a registered professional engineer in West Virginia. Dr. Michaelson’s research interests are focused in the area of structural engineering and include efficiency & economics of steel bridge design, modular/accelerated bridge construction, and experimental investigation of structural systems.
Senior Director of Business Development, American Iron and Steel Institute
Dan Snyder is the director of business development for the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI). Dan graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University and obtained a master’s degree in business administration from Johns Hopkins University. He has been employed with AISI for 20 years, managing the commercial construction and transportation & infrastructure markets—including steel bridges, cold-formed steel framing, and steel utility poles. Dan helped to establish the Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance in 2007, and served as the director from 2007-2015, and returned as the director in 2019.