Pei interviewed by Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Shiling Pei, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Colorado School of Mines, was recently interviewed by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for a story about the University of Arkansas' plans to build two five-story residence halls using cross-laminated timber. 

From the story:

"When it comes to adoption of cross-laminated timber in North America, a team of researchers in a paper presented at a timber conference last year said it is 'a time of great opportunity and challenges.'

Shiling Pei, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Colorado School of Mines, and co-authors added that 'engineers and researchers have to be vigilant about the potential risks associated with these brand new building types.'

They noted gaps in knowledge relating to how moisture affects the panels during construction. While citing many fire tests already done leading to acceptance under certain building codes, the authors said more fire research is needed."