Knowledge to Practice:
ACI Foundation Celebrates Its Supporters
The ACI Foundation (ACIF) hosted its first Donor
Recognition Event at The ACI Concrete Convention and
Exposition in Québec City, QC, Canada, on March 25, 2019.
This exclusive reception brought together all the supporters of
ACIF who are passionate about making a difference and
leading the way to a better future for the concrete industry.
Attendees enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and a short
program while mingling throughout the evening. Thank you
to our incredible donors and volunteers for your time,
dedication, and passion!
ACI Foundation Major Donors in 2018
Visionary ($15,000+) ••Advancing Organizational Excellence (AOE) ••American Concrete Institute ••Khaled Awad ••Baker Concrete Construction, Inc. ••Carolinas Chapter – ACI ••Louisiana Chapter – ACI
Innovator ($10,000 to $14,999) ••Ronald Burg and Jill Humphrey ••Jeff and Ayanna Coleman ••CVM ••Kimberly Kayler ••David and Risë Lange ••Randall and Bonnie Poston
Benefactor ($5000 to $9999) ••Poppoff, Inc. ••Sharon Wood
Event Program Highlights and Exciting
Jeff Coleman, ACI Vice President and ACIF Development
Committee Chair, announced that he will match every dollar
from the 2018 ACI Foundation Fall appeal. This match increased
the total of the appeal to over $13,000—thank you, Jeff!
Frank-Nelson Musemate, Bridge Engineering Specialist,
STV Inc., and 2017 ACIF Fellowship recipient, talked about
the influence of the ACIF Fellowship program. “A defining
moment in my life was when a bridge close to my home
collapsed, leading to losses in lives and property. It was then,
at only the tender age of 10 years old, that I knew that I
wanted to prevent bridges and buildings from collapsing. I
clearly saw and understood the need for designing more
reliable structures with longer life spans,” Musemate said.
“Hailing from a humble background, the ACI Foundation’s
Fellowship award, which I am eternally grateful for, enabled
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During the Donor Recognition
Event, Jeff Coleman, ACI Vice
President and ACIF Development
Committee Chair, announced
that he will match every dollar
from the 2018 ACIF Fall appeal
Frank-Nelson Musemate, Bridge
Engineering Specialist, STV Inc.,
and 2017 ACIF Fellowship
recipient, talked about the
benefit of ACIF support for
me to pay a significant portion of my college tuition. The ACI
Foundation truly does make a difference within the concrete
industry and the lives of those who receive the scholarships
and fellowships,” he concluded.
Because of you, the ACI Foundation was able to provide
funds for six major research projects and award 19 of the best
students in the industry scholarships and fellowships to help
pay for their schooling and work toward solutions to
implementing innovation in more effective ways.
We are excited to announce the 2019 recipients of research
grants and fellowship and scholarship awards.
Each of the following principal investigators will receive
$50,000 from the ACI Foundation for their research projects.
We partner with schools and other organizations for financial
support of these projects and for a better concrete industry.
Future articles with more details on each project are planned.
Research Grant Recipients
••Deconstruction Monitoring of a Cast-in-Place Segmental
Concrete Box Girder Bridge—Matthew Yarnold, Texas A&M
University; ••Effective Characterizations of Recycled Concrete
Aggregate (RCA) for Concrete Applications—Jiong Hu,
University of Nebraska–Lincoln; ••Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator—EC3
Tool—Kathrina Simonen, University of Washington; ••Optimization of Fiber-Reinforced Concrete Using Data
Mining—Emilio Garcia-Taengua, University of Leeds; ••Seismic Behavior of Precast Columns with High-Strength
Steel Coiled Strip Reinforcement—Ashley Thrall,
University of Notre Dame; and