About the series
Nucor is featuring its Minds of Steel in a series of Q&A articles about important topics impacting architecture, engineering, and construction. In this installment, our Minds of Steel describe differences they have noticed in the construction market as we emerge from the pandemic.
About Minds of Steel
In 2021, Nucor launched Minds of Steel to recognize some of the most innovative minds in engineering and architecture. These individuals are using steel to transform tomorrow’s increasingly challenging builds into reality.
Carol Drucker, SE, PE, P. Eng., is lead principal structural engineer at Drucker Zajdel Structural Engineers in Chicago. With broad experience in design and construction of structural systems, Carol works on various projects, including commercial, residential, educational, industrial, and institutional. An industry leader in steel connection design, Carol serves on AISC’s TC6 Connection Committee, and AISC’s Committee on Specifications. She has published articles and seminars on steel design and is a presenter for AISC and SEAOI. Learn more about Carol
Jason Smith, AIA, is a design principal and architect with SmithGroup in Chicago. Jason advocates a holistic, inclusive approach in his work, collaborating with engineers, architects, contractors, tradespeople, and manufacturers. That interdisciplinary approach is seen in SmithGroup’s design of the Center for Advanced Care in Chicago, featuring a physical space that is warm, open, and inviting for hospital patients and staff. Learn more about Jason
Jeffrey Smilow, PE, F.ASCE, is executive vice president and managing director of building structures at WSP USA. With nearly 40 years of experience in structural engineering, Jeffrey has an extensive background designing and renovating a wide range of steel and concrete structures. Throughout his career, Jeffrey has worked on many high-profile projects around the world, including supertall residential towers in India; seismic-resistant high-rise office towers in Mexico City; Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets; and World Trade Center Tower 3. He’s also played an instrumental role in renovating treasured landmarks such as the famed Plaza Hotel and Grand Central Terminal in New York City. Learn more about Jeffrey