Roger A. LaBoube, Ph.D., P.E.

Curators' Teaching Professor Emeritus
Director, Center for Cold-Formed Steel Structures (CCFSS)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests

  • Behavior and design of cold formed steel structures
  • Load and resistance factor design of steel structures
  • Design and behavior of light steel construction
  • Behavior of bolted and welded connections
  • Structural stability
  • Design of plates and shells
  • Application of building code provisions
  • Cold-Formed Steel Structures

Courses Taught
Structural Analysis,Structural Design in Metals, Civil Engineering Design, Special Topics, Undergraduate Research, Advanced Topics in Steel Design, Analysis and Design of Timber Structures, Advanced Steel Design, Advanced Concrete Design, Plastic Analysis and Design, Advanced Design in Steel and Lightweight Structures, Graduate Research

Professional Registration

  • Professional Engineer, Missouri

Industry/Consulting Experience

  • Research & Development Manager, Butler Manufacturing Company, Grandview, MO, (1987 - 1989)
  • Product Manager, Butler Manufacturing Company, Kansas City, MO, (1986 - 1987)
  • Senior Structural Engineer, American Iron and Steel Institute, Washington, D.C., (1985 - 1986)
  • Research Engineer, Butler Manufacturing Company, Grandview, MO, (1980 - 1985)
  • Structural Engineer, Black & Veatch Consulting Engineers, Kansas City, MO, (1979 - 1980) 
  • Structural Engineer, Missouri Highway Department, Jefferson City, MO, (1970 - 1972)

Major Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Teaching Award of Excellence, Missouri S&T Global Learning, (2011)
  • AISI Market Development Industry Leadership Award, American Iron and Steel Institute, (2010)
  • Outstanding Teaching Commendation Award, UMR School of Extended Learning, (2005)
  • UMR Dean of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award, (2004)
  • UMR Five Year Faculty Excellence Award, (2002)
  • Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, (1998)
  • Teaching Excellence, University of Missouri Rolla, (1994)
  • Dr. Edward F. Tuck Faculty Excellence Award, (1994-1995)
  • Chi Epsilon, Chapter Honor member, (1994)
  • AMOCO Faculty Excellence Award, (1993-1994)
  • McDonnell Douglas Faculty Excellence Award, (1991-1993, 1995)
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, University of Missouri Rolla, (1989-1993, 1995-1997)


  • Ph.D. Civil Engineering, University of Missouri-Rolla, 1977
  • M.S. Civil Engineering, University of Missouri-Rolla, 1973
  • B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Missouri-Rolla, 1970