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W. Samuel Easterling

Sam Easterling




  • Ph.D. Structural Engineering, ISU

W. Samuel Easterling is a professor and assistant department head in the Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech.

He received his BS in 1981 and MS in 1983 in civil engineering from West Virginia University and a Ph.D. in structural engineering from Iowa State University in 1987.

He has worked as a consultant on various projects related to steel buildings and pre-engineered metal buildings and is a registered professional engineer in Virginia.

He currently teaches courses in structural steel design and cold-formed steel design. His primary research interests are in the areas of composite and cold-formed steel structures.

He is active with several professional organizations, including the American Institute of Steel Construction, the American Iron and Steel Institute, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Structural Stability Research Council.

He has been recognized for his work with the Steel Deck Institute John Gundel Award in 1987, the ASCE Walter L. Huber Prize in 1998, the ASCE State-of-the-Art of Civil Engineering Award in 1996 and 2000 and the 2002 AISC T. R. Higgins Award.

He was elected to the grade of Fellow in ASCE in 2006.

Easterling moved to Morgantown in 1973 and graduated from Morgantown High School in 1977. Prior to that time his family lived in four states across the country.

He and his wife, Pam, a native of Morgantown, have resided in Blacksburg, Virginia, since he joined the Virginia Tech faculty in 1987.

They have two children: Amanda who is a sophomore at Virginia Tech and Mike who is a junior at Blacksburg High School.