Welcome to the Structural Engineering Blog

Welcome to our Structural Engineering Blog! I’m Paul McEntee, Engineering R&D Manager at Simpson Strong-Tie. We’ll cover a variety of structural engineering topics here that I hope interest you and help with your projects and work. Social media is “uncharted territory” for a lot of us (me included!), but we here at Simpson Strong-Tie think this is a good way to connect and even start useful discussions among our peers in a way that’s easy to use and doesn’t take up too much of your time.

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Paul McEntee

Author: Paul McEntee

A couple of years back we hosted a “Take your daughter or son to work day,” which was a great opportunity for our children to find out what their parents did. We had different activities for the kids to learn about careers and the importance of education in opening up career opportunities. People often ask me what I do for Simpson Strong-Tie and I sometimes laugh about how my son Ryan responded to a questionnaire he filled out that day: Q.   What is your mom/dad's job? A.   Goes and gets coffee and sits at his desk Q.   What does your mom/dad actually do at work? A.   Walks in the test lab and checks things When I am not checking things in the lab or sitting at my desk drinking coffee, I manage Engineering Research and Development for Simpson Strong-Tie, focusing on new product development for connectors and lateral systems. I graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and I am a licensed Civil and Structural Engineer in California. Prior to joining Simpson Strong-Tie, I worked for 10 years as a consulting structural engineer designing commercial, industrial, multi-family, mixed-use and retail projects. I was fortunate in those years to work at a great engineering firm that did a lot of everything. This allowed me to gain experience designing with wood, structural steel, concrete, concrete block and cold-formed steel as well as working on many seismic retrofits of historic unreinforced masonry buildings.

10 thoughts on “Welcome to the Structural Engineering Blog”

  1. I think this is a great idea! I’ve always held Simpson in high esteem due to their progressiveness, and easy to use product catalogs.  It makes the Structural Engineer’s life much more easy. (Especially in Florida).

  2. I have become enamored with Simpson’s wood screws and use them whereever I  can. If I retrofit a patio cover, I use custom design plate as gussets to tie posts to the colums and I specify SDS screws rather than bolts, as I would have done some
    months ago.  Thank you, especially for these screws.

  3. Dear Mr. Paul McEntee, Iam Balamurugan from South India. We are a pre engineered steel building manufacturing company ( FeNerve Building). We have one ongoing project of Mezzanine with steel deck. Its a constructed PEB building, we go for new mezzanine columns inside the building for the new mezzanine structure. The Existing floor concrete is a PCC, is it possible to go by anchoring techniques in that project ( the floor ht : 4″). Can u give a suggestion.

    Balamurugan Maruthupandian

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