b'THE OFFICIAL NFBA MAGAZINEINSIDE THE FRMEFRANK WOESTE, PH.D.Each Issue of Frame Builder Magazine will feature an article by National Frame Builder Magazine Editor, Rachel Pinkus, giving an inside, personal look at the lives of one of the many volunteer members that dedicate their time and treasure to NFBA and the post-frame industry.BY Rachel PinkusINSIDE THE FRAMENational Frame Builder EditorF rank grew up in Northernforming the NFBA in 1979. Frank met Ed Kentucky on a dairyBahler, Jr. in the 1979 at a wood-truss education seminar farm. He attended thein St. Louis opening the door to a four-decade professional Kentucky Military Institutefriendship.in Lyndon, KY and uponAnother experience from working with Stan was the graduation, Frank enrolledopportunity to speaker at the Lumbermate Annual Wood at the University of KentuckyTruss Seminar where he met wood truss legends such as in Agricultural Engineering,George Eberle, Bill McAlpine, and Dave Brakeman.Being FRANK WOESTE, Ph.D. AgE. In AgE, he fortuitously PROFESSOR EMERITUS, VIRGINIA TECH was assigned Dr. John Walkerintroduced to the wood truss industry as a grad student BLACKSBURG, VA FWOESTE@VT.EDUas his advisor which led to hisopened the door for participating in the WTCA (now 50-year career in structural design of post-frame buildingsSBCA) committees. As part of the WTCA Engineering and wood structures in general. Committee, Frank is proud to say he created the first draft of the Standard Responsibilities in the Design Process As a sophomore at UK, Dr. Walker hired Frank as an hourlyInvolving Metal Plate Connected Wood Trusses, WTCA employee and assigned Frank the problem of designing1-1995. Revisions of the standard is now known as Chapter a nailed-only splice joint subject to bending stresses,2 of ANSI TPI1-2014, the national wood truss design reminiscent of a splice joint between treated and untreatedstandard.ends of a nail-laminated post for a post-frame building.Frank was introduced to post-frame engineering at Purdue Dr. Walkers specialty was structures and Frank naturallywhen his Co-Major Professor (Bill Friday) assigned him pursued that line of study throughout his undergraduatea problem to analyze the forces produced by knee-braces B.S. program in AgE. in an enclosed post-frame building, with and without Franks love for wood structures had been established and he completes an M.S. thesis project on stress concentrationsDeck Ledger around holes and notches in glue-lam beams, finishing hisTesting at degree program in 1972.Dr. Walker had attended PurdueBrooks Forest University in Lafayette, IN and his Major Professor wasProduct the legendary Dr. Stan Suddarth, a researcher and leaderCenter, VTin the wood truss industry for the bulk of his career.As such, Dr. Walker sent Frank to Purdue to visit Dr. Stan Suddarth for his Ph.D. Frank went to Purdue and spent the next five years studying lumber design values and wood truss reliability, under the direction of Stan.According to Frank, meeting and working with Stan paved the way for his entire career as his teaching and career guidance was invaluable. For example, Stan introduced Frank to Ed Bahler, Sr., Fbi, Remington, IN, who helped in 36 / FRAME BUILDER - MAR2023'