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Department: Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering


  • BSCE, Auburn University
  • MSCE, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham, Civil Engineering

Bo Dowswell started in the steel industry in 1985 as a detailer. Since then, he earned B.S., M.S.and Ph.D. degrees from Auburn University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. As a professional engineer, his design practice focuses on steel structures. Currently, he is principal of both SDS Consulting, a design firm, and ARC International, which specializes in research and consulting. Bo is also an adjunct professor at UAB, where his research and teaching is concentrated on steel connection design. Additionally, he provides consulting services for the AISC Steel Solutions Center.

Dowswell is the author of AISC Design Guide 33-Curved Member Design, and he regularly publishes technical articles on steel design. He won the 2020 AISC T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award for his research and publications on gusset plates. Dowswell is a member of several AISC Committees, including the Committee on Specifications, the Committee on Manuals, the Committee on Research, and the Task Group on Industrial Buildings and Nonbuilding Structures. He is also a member of Structural Stability Research Council, where his activities are primarily related to connection element and beam stability.