Concrete Products

NOV 2017

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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30 • November 2017 BRIEFS ORGANIZATIONS more research projects and support new industry technologies. "The Foundation relies on funding from the American Concrete Institute, ACI members, current partners, and new future partners to maximize industry impact," says Director Ann Daugherty. "Through its invest- ment in people, ideas, and research, [it] strives to enhance ACI's vision of effectively meeting the needs of a changing world. This additional funding will allow the ACI Foundation to have a much greater impact." Established in 1989, the Foundation is a wholly owned and oper- ated nonprofit subsidiary of ACI that promotes progress, innovation, and collaboration. Over the last two years, it has distributed 34 student scholarships and fellowships, funded eight new research projects, and invested in initiatives to advance the implementation of new technology. Separately, ACI has appointed Editorial Boards for its two techni- cal periodicals: Jason Weiss serves as editor-in-chief of ACI Materials Journal, with board members Zachary Grasley, Maria Juenger, Kamal Khayat and Michael Thomas. Robert Frosch serves as editor-in-chief of ACI Structural Journal, with board members Catherine French, Michael Kreger, David Sanders and James Wight. "The formation of the Editorial Boards will further support advancement of concrete technology and construction worldwide," says ACI President Khaled Awad. "By selecting and publishing the most current research with the greatest impact on concrete design and construction, ACI Editorial Boards will provide access to pro- fessionals around the world to the latest information on concrete and its uses." Santa Ana, Calif., hardscape installer System Pavers has been named to the Remodeling Big50, recognizing what the magazine views as "companies that have set exceptionally high standards for pro- fessionalism and integrity through exemplary business practices, craftsmanship, and impact in their community or the industry at large … Uniting the 2017 inductees are high standards and a deter- mination to excel. They are taking the opportunity to build or adopt new efficiencies into their systems and processes—ensuring that they are poised to meet their sales, production, and customer-service goals and continue to thrive." CIM DIRECTOR EARNS TOP ASTM AWARD California State University, Chico Assistant Professor of Engineer- ing Feraidon Ataie, Ph.D. has been named ASTM International 2017 Professor of the Year, recognizing the contributions of educators in developing students' understanding of standards. He joined the faculty in 2014 and has been the Concrete Industry Management program director since 2015. "Dr. Ataie's use of ASTM [content] in the classroom showcases the value of standards and the development process. I am confident his students will make many contributions through ASTM over the course of their careers," says Society President Katharine Morgan. "Besides educating CIM students about concrete in the classroom, Dr. Ataie has developed into a leader within our industry," adds Dana Davis, president of Sacramento-based Teichert Materials, a CIM patron. "He provides an engaging environment in the classroom and exposes undergraduates to all aspects of our industry—blending his technical knowledge, field experience, and research skills into the classroom and laboratory." Dr. Ataie incorporates ASTM standards into his concrete courses and developed a full-day workshop on volumetric mixes for the 2017 World of Concrete. He received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Kabul University, Afghanistan, in 2006, and earned master's (2010) and doctoral (2013) degrees in civil engineering from Kansas State University. CIM PATRONS CALL FOR 2018 AUCTION DONATIONS The Concrete Industry Management National Steering Committee and CIM Program supporters are pooling equipment, tool, travel package and other donated items for the 2018 CIM Auction, January 24 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Customarily scheduled on World of Con- crete day two, the event will see silent bidding from 11 a.m. through the 1 p.m. live auction start. "Proceeds will benefit the CIM National Steering Committee and support [degree] programs at Middle Tennessee State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Texas State University and California State University, Chico, as well as help fund scholarships," says Auc- tion Committee Chairman Mike Philipps. "The concrete industry has responded with tremendous support." "The annual CIM Auction is a critical funding mechanism for the CIM [National Steering Committee]," adds CIM Marketing Committee Chairman Brian Gallagher, who credits World of Concrete Show Man- agement as "an amazing partner for CIM." Committee members aim for a record event in 2018, building on $875,000 in gross revenue the auction logged earlier this year. Past auction items have included concrete mixer trucks; cement and fly ash loads; skid steers; saws, drills, screeds and vibrators; scaffolding and safety equipment; decorative concrete tools; plant components; computers; and, sports or leisure travel packages. Individuals or com- panies interested in donating to the 2018 auction can contact Mike Philipps, 832/472-2314,

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