Jeff Packer is the Bahen/Tanenbaum Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto, Canada.
He graduated from the University of Adelaide, Australia in 1972, then subsequently received his Master’s degree from the University of Manchester (1975) and Ph.D. from the University of Nottingham (1978), in the U.K.
Since his initial appointment at the University of Toronto in 1980 he has undertaken research, development and consulting work primarily on tubular steel structures. He has published extensively on this topic, including several co-authored CIDECT design guide books (published in four languages), another in Chinese, two design guides for the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC), and another for the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC Design Guide 24).
He currently serves on technical committees for the American Welding Society (AWS D1), AISC, the Comité International pour le Développement et l’Étude de la Construction Tubulaire (CIDECT), the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and the International Institute of Welding (IIW), where he recently also served on the Board of Directors (from 2004 to 2007).
He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario and the U.K., a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (U.K.) and has served on the Editorial Boards of several journals. Having co-founded a University of Toronto start-up company, Cast ConneX®, incorporated in Canada in 2007, he continues to serve as a Director of this venture.
His recent awards include: Kurobane Lecture Award (ISTS, 2003), American Institute of Steel Construction Special Achievement Award (2005), Houdremont Award (International Institute of Welding, 2006), a Doctor of Science degree from the University of Nottingham (2006), the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering “Excellence in Innovation in Civil Engineering Award” (CSCE, 2009 – for the cast connector concept), and the Ontario Professional Engineers “Engineering Medal for Research and Development” (2010).