infrastructure and heavy construction industry in the
Middle East. Held November 25-28, 2019, at the Dubai
World Trade Centre, the event hosted over 68,000
attendees and hundreds of local and international
companies showcasing innovative solutions and products.
Kachouh spoke on the use of steel fibers in enhancing the
performance of concrete made with recycled aggregate.
The Middle East Fellowship is one part of ACI’s
comprehensive plan to increase knowledge-sharing in the
Gulf region and beyond. ACI Foundation fellowship and
scholarship awards are made possible through generous
contributions by ACI, ACI chapters, corporate donors, and
individuals within the concrete community.
The purpose of the ACI Foundation’s student fellowship
and scholarship program is to identify, attract, and develop
outstanding professionals for productive careers in the
concrete industry. For the 2019-2020 academic year, the
ACI Foundation distributed more than $200,000 to
19 deserving students through the support of ACI, ACI
chapters, generous donors, and industry partners. For the
2019-2020 fellowship academic year, 31 students applied
for the Middle East Fellowship; for the 2020-2021
academic year, over 200 students applied for the Middle
East Fellowship—the winning student will be announced
following in-person interviews at the Convention in
Rosemont/Chicago. Student interest in the Middle East
Fellowship (and all ACI Foundation fellowships) far
exceeds current fund availability, and the ACI Foundation
welcomes the support of interested donors to fund future
fellowships for students who share Kachouh’s passion for
ACI and the concrete industry.
The ACI Foundation believes attracting students to the
concrete industry provides both excellent career opportunities
for students and helps to secure a bright future for the
concrete industry. These fellowships and scholarships
showcase the ACI Foundation’s goals of investing in people
and the future of the industry.
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and worked in the field of engineering in Lebanon. He
inspired me, and I love civil engineering firstly because of
him. I saw him involved in projects, dealing with engineers,
so he transmitted a passion for construction and engineering
Kachouh received her master of engineering degree with
distinction in civil engineering from the American
University of Beirut, Lebanon, and her MS in civil
engineering from the University of Balamand, Lebanon.
Now a second-year PhD student and research assistant in the
civil engineering department at United Arab Emirates
University, Kachouh heard about the fellowship through one
of her professors, who is a member of the ACI Faculty
Network, a free group for educators interested in ACI and
the concrete industry.
Kachouh’s primary research interest is structural/material
engineering with an emphasis on studying the behavior of
concrete structures made of sustainable construction materials
and the use of sustainable composite-based systems to
strengthen concrete structures. Her doctoral research is
focused on the use of steel-fiber recycled-aggregate concrete
in sustainable construction.
While research is a major focus, service to the student and
professional communities is also important to Kachouh. In
addition to working toward her PhD, Kachouh has worked
with Hilal El-Hassan to organize a new ACI student chapter at
the university. “I’m planning for this chapter to be very active
and to participate in competitions locally and perhaps
internationally with ACI,” says Kachouh.
And she has been active beyond the university setting.
The UAE Chapter – ACI invited Kachouh to be a speaker
at the Big 5 conference in Dubai, UAE, in November
2019. The Big 5 is the largest exhibition dedicated to the
Funded by ACI and administered by the ACI
Foundation, the Middle East Fellowship is open to graduate
students currently attending a university in Bahrain,
Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, or the UAE. The
winning student receives $10,000 USD in educational
support, full funding to attend two ACI conventions,
ACI Foundation fellowship and scholarship award
applications for the 2021-2022 academic year will open
July 1, 2020. All applicants must secure two endorsements
with at least one endorser being an ACI member. For more
information and applications, visit www.acifoundation.
org/scholarships. To learn more about ACI’s student
programs and resources, visit www.concrete.org/students.
Nancy Kachouh (front row second) attended the ACI Excellence in
Concrete Construction Awards Gala in Cincinnati, OH, along with
other fellowship recipients and ACI Foundation leadership. Twelve
innovative concrete projects from around the world were celebrated
at the event