In El Salvador, presentations were given to encourage student
involvement in ACI
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The winning ACI GMC student research poster by Ahmed Ali, Eastern
Working to Form Student Chapters in
This past September, LafargeHolcim employees Jonny
Linares and Guillermo Flores made presentations at the
Universidad Gerardo Barrios, San Miguel, El Salvador, and
Universidad de El Salvador, San Salvador, El Salvador,
encouraging civil engineering students to become involved in
ACI. Linares and Flores were motivated to recruit students
after attending a regional student conference and competition
hosted by the Guatemala Chapter – ACI. Nearly 400 students
from across Guatemala attended the conference.
Guatemala has more than 20 student chapters. Of the
219 official ACI Student Chapters, 100 are in Latin America.
ACI membership is free to undergraduate and graduate
students. ACI student members receive free access to ACI’s
digital practices and periodicals and discounts on textbooks
and webinars. Further, student members pay only a $10 fee
to register for the ACI Concrete Convention.
The requirements to form a new student chapter are: • Gather at least 15 ACI student member signatures on an
organizing petition; • Submit a draft of proposed bylaws; • Obtain a sponsorship letter from the local professional
ACI chapter; and • Designate a Faculty Advisor who is willing to oversee
Learn more on the “Introduction to Student Chapters”
page on the ACI website at www.concrete.org/students/
Greater Michigan Chapter – ACI Hosts
Student Appreciation Night and Poster
The Greater Michigan Chapter – ACI (ACI GMC) hosted
a Professor/Student Appreciation Night during their monthly
membership dinner on October 18, 2019, at ACI world
headquarters in Farmington Hills, MI. Thirteen professors
and students from three local universities participated in this
Chris Carnacchi, President of ACI GMC, welcomed the
professors and students for the 1-hour premeeting reception.
John Conn, ACI Director of Chapter Activities, met with
students to discuss student membership and chapters, and
Ann Masek, ACI Foundation Executive Director, promoted
scholarships, fellowships, and research grant opportunities.
Eight students representing Wayne State University,
Western Michigan University, and Eastern Michigan
University presented research posters at the event. Their
presentations were judged and the winning project was
presented by Ahmed Ali, a graduate student at Eastern
Michigan University (EMU). Ali’s project was sponsored
by James Stein, Professor in the construction management
program at EMU. The research was focused on “Quality
Improvement of Recycled Concrete Aggregate by Using
Polymers.” ACI GMC awarded a $500 travel stipend to
Ali to attend the ACI Concrete Convention in Rosemont/
Chicago, IL, March 29-April 4, 2020.
Learn more about the chapter at www.ACIGMC.org.
Lebanon Chapter – ACI Sends Competition
Team to the ACI Concrete Convention
The Lebanon Chapter – ACI hosted a Self-Consolidating
Concrete Student Competition on September 19, 2019, at
the Le Royal Hotel in Dbayeh, Lebanon. This competition is
designed to promote the idea of low-cost self-consolidating
concrete (SCC). Competitors thus have the mission to develop
an innovative SCC mixture with optimal mechanical and
durability performances. To achieve this goal, students are
encouraged to seek out and use local resources such as
supplementary cementitious materials (SCMs), alternative
SCMs, fillers, and recycled and alternative aggregates.
The competitors prepared short reports describing
their mixtures. They also conducted tests on the concrete