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ACI President Announces Foundation Funding Challenge

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

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President of the American Concrete Institute, Jeffrey W. Coleman, has announced a challenge to raise $1 million as part of the ACI Foundation’s annual appeal.

The challenge, which was announced at the recent ACI Virtual Concrete Convention, applies to the remainder of his term as president through March 2021.

“Making a contribution is part of making an impact,” said Coleman. “Do it to support the scholarship recipients; do it to support research so that concrete remains on the cutting edge of technology; and do it to support initiatives like the Strategic Development Council—to help the industry adopt new technologies on a more rapid basis. There is nothing more important than to think strategically.”

The ACI Foundation aims to promote progress, innovation and collaboration in the concrete industry through strategic investments in research, scholarships and ideas.

For instance, this year, the Foundation’s Concrete Research Council selected eight research projects to receive grants.

Those eight projects included:

  • Calibration of Simplified Creep and Shrinkage Models Developed Using Solidification Theory: principal investigator Brock Hedegaard, University of Minnesota Duluth; co-principal investigator Mija Hubler, University of Colorado, Boulder. Endorsed by ACI Technical Committee: 209 Creep & Shrinkage;
  • Validation of Service Life Prediction for a 28-Year-Old Parking Garage Constructed of Low Permeability Concrete: principal investigator Amanda Bordelon, Utah Valley University; co-principal investigator W. Spencer Guthrie, Brigham Young University. Endorsed by ACI Technical Committee: 234 Silica Fume in Concrete; 365 Service Life Prediction;
  • Determination of the Curing Efficiency of Externally and Internally Cured Concrete Using Neutron Radiography: principal investigator Mehdi Khanzadeh Moradllo, Temple University; co-principal investigator W. Jason Weiss, Oregon State University. Endorsed by ACI Technical Committee: 213 Lightweight Aggregate & Concrete; 308 Curing Concrete;
  • Full-Scale Testing of a New Double-Beam Coupling Beam with a Simplistic Reinforcing Layout: principal investigator Shih-Ho Chao, University of Texas at Arlington. Endorsed by ACI Technical Committee: 318H Seismic Provisions;
  • Assessing ACI 318 Using Data from the 2015 and 2019 E-Defense 10-Story, Full-Scale Building Tests: principal investigator John Wallace, University of California, Los Angeles. Endorsed by ACI Technical Committee: 318H Seismic Provisions; 369 Seismic Repair/Retrofit;
  • Behavior and Design of Concrete Structures under Natural Fires: principal investigator Thomas Gernay, The Johns Hopkins University; co-principal investigator Patrick Bamonte, Politecnico di Milano. Endorsed by ACI Technical Committee: 216 Fire Resistance and Fire Protection;
  • Reliability Evaluation of ACI 318 Strength Reduction Factor for One-Way Shear: principal investigator Robert Barnes, Auburn University; co-principal investigator Andrzej Nowak, Auburn University. Endorsed by ACI Technical Committee: 318E Section and Member Strength; and
  • Durability of Anchorage Pour-backs: Evaluating the Link between Surface Preparation and Bond: principal investigator Natassia Brenkus, The Ohio State University. Endorsed by ACI Technical Committee: 301-I Specifications for Post-Tensioned Concrete.

“The ACI Foundation strongly supports students joining the field of concrete—future designers, engineers, educators, construction managers, and contractors – and has provided financial support, and mentorship and internship opportunities in the concrete industry to 175 students in the last decade,” the institute said. “The foundation awarded scholarships and fellowships to 20 students in 2020.”

The Foundation expects that with the potential increase in contributions raised through this challenge, it will be able to fund even more students, needed research and industry-impacting activities.


Tagged categories: American Concrete Institute; American Concrete Institute; Associations; Good Technical Practice; NA; North America

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