The ASI has appointed Dr Peter Key as National Technical Development Manager. Dr Key commenced in the new position on 1 August, soon after returning to Australia from working for six years in Malaysia in technical director roles with professional services consultancy, Kencana Technologies, and most recently with Australian Aviation Group from mid 2008. In that capacity he played a major part in international steel building projects throughout the Middle East and Asia in management, technical and site review, client relations and regulatory approvals. Dr Key is a highly qualified and experienced structural engineer by profession with many years background in structural steel design, in particular the design and construction of large span steel framed structures, notably the Strarch ‘stressed arch’ building system. He was initially heavily involved in the R&D and marketing necessary to commercialise and internationalise the product. He holds a Doctorate in Structural Engineering based on the Behaviour of Cold Formed Square Hollow Section Columns from the University of Sydney, and was awarded the University Medal from undertaking a Bachelor of Engineering (Structural) with Honours there. His design and management experience extends over stressed arch and conventional arch and box shaped hangars and more general steel structures. In his new role at the ASI, Dr Key is responsible for managing the Institute’s overall technical development of training seminars and courses, providing a technical advisory service to ASI members and coordinating specialist committees. He will also deliver technical papers at key industry conferences on behalf of the ASI and drive development of new technical publications. “I am looking forward to the challenges of this new role and the opportunity to apply lessons learnt from my time overseas into the Australian context” Dr Key said.