About the Author
Jeff Ellis, SE, is the director of codes and compliance for Simpson Strong-Tie. A licensed civil and structural engineer in California, Hawaii and Illinois, Ellis has more than 26 years of experience in the construction industry and manages the company’s codes and compliance efforts. He was a practicing design engineer for commercial, residential and forensic projects for more than nine years. He serves on the International Code Council Evaluation Service Board of Managers and is board director and immediate past president of the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California, the secretary of the Structural Engineers Association of California, and a member of the California Building Officials Structural Safety Committee. He has served as the chairman of the AISI Committee on Framing Standards Lateral Design Subcommittee and as president of the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute.