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Design Data Adds to Staff

Design Data Adds to Staff

At a time when many other companies have been forced to downsize, Design Data continues to grow and remain stable in its industry. Ben Hollingsworth, Amanda Kunze, Steve Cowan and Wenjie Zhang, PE, are the latest staff additions to the company's team of talented professionals.

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Amanda KunzeAmanda Kunze

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Wenjie ZhangWenjie Zhang

Ben Hollingsworth, a talented programmer and former system administrator, has joined the software development team and brings with him 20 years of experience. Ben graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science.  Ben enjoys photography, remodeling his 117-year-old home, modifying Jeeps – of which he owns four – and riding them off-road whenever he is able.

Amanda Kunze, a former project manager in specialized software applications, has been named Design Data's education coordinator. Amanda is responsible for expanding Design Data's SDS/2 software into higher education in the form of grants, focusing on the technological curriculum of high schools, technical college programs and universities around the world. A mother of two young children, Amanda personally understands the value of education and her dedication to introducing careers in steel will prove to be an asset to the entire industry. Amanda graduated from Doane College of Crete, Nebraska, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and business administration.

Steve Cowan, a veteran software developer with 20 years experience in Geographical Information Systems (GIS), was recently brought on board as another addition to Design Data's software development team. Steven graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska, with a B.S. in computer science and mathematics.  A father attempting to raise four- year- old twins, Steve tries to find the time to golf and participate in church activities.
Wenjie Zhang, PE, who joins our structural engineering team, has work experience in the seismic design and analysis of building structures using both structural steel and concrete. Wenjie obtained his Ph.D. in structural engineering from the University of Wyoming, his Master of Science in civil engineering from the China Aeronautical Project and Design Institute in Beijing, and his Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Hefei University of Technology, Hefei, China. Wenjie enjoys hiking and playing a traditional Chinese board game called Go Game.