Participants at the Mortar Workability Competition
University of the Philippines – Diliman won first place in the Eco
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multicultural communication presentation. The speakers
included Rania Al-Hammoud, University of Waterloo; Daniel
Castaneda, James Madison University; and Jennifer
Eisenhauer Tanner, University of Wyoming. The presenters
referenced their personal experiences teaching across diverse
student populations. Topics included international exchange
opportunities and modifying communication styles based on
language and cultural cues.
In the afternoon, the committee moderated a session called
Concrete Design 201. Approximately 100 attendees
comprising students, young professionals, and industry
professionals were in attendance. The session began with a
keynote presentation titled “Concrete: An Economic
Perspective” by Ardavan Yazdanbakhsh, the 2019 ACI
Walter P. Moore, Jr. Faculty Achievement Award winner.
Following the presentation, ACI Staff Engineer Matthew
Senecal demonstrated how to identify and apply relevant ACI
documents to address structural design problems. Senecal used
a case study of a 16-story flat-slab hotel to help the audience
understand how to link the information to the documents.
The mission of S802 is to develop educational programs
and instructional materials to promote teaching and learning
in concrete education, primarily at the post-secondary level.
The committee meets on Monday at 8:30 a.m. at every ACI
The committee is producing a Special Publication (SP) in
conjunction with its Spring 2020 educational session in
Chicago/Rosemont, IL, focused on effective teaching
practices used to teach concrete materials and reinforced
concrete at the undergraduate level.
ACI Student Competitions Results
For the Mortar Workability Competition, teams create a
mortar mixture with optimum flowability and stability.
Students mix mortar at the convention competition site, and
their mixture is placed into a mold made in the shape of the
letters “aci” from the top of the letter “a.” Both flowability
and mixture stability are evaluated. In creating their mortar
mixture, teams must be attentive to the specified material
requirements—just as concrete producers must meet
specification and project requirements.
In the Cost Category, the winners were: ••First place, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville,
Dalton Brookshire and David Rall, Students; Anne Werner,
Faculty Advisor; ••Second place, Missouri S&T, Scott Grier, Dawson Kirtley,
and Victoria Smith, Students; Dimitri Feys and Lesley
Sneed, Faculty Advisors; and ••Third place, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León,
Gladis Aile Alvarez-Arellano, Hugo Armando Cantú-
Valero, José Gerardo Elizondo-Silva, Miguel Ángel
González-Tristán, Reynaldo Rafael Liñan-Gaona, Obed
Isaí López-Aranda, Martin Alejandro Ruiz-Pimentel, and
Hector Valencia-Desilagua, Students; Alejandro Durán-
Herrera, Faculty Advisor.
Québec and Eastern Ontario Chapter –
ACI Convention Committee
Committee Co-Chairs: Éric Bédard, Québec and
Eastern Ontario Chapter – ACI, and Vincent Lapointe,
SIMCO Technologies Inc.
Student Program: Mathieu Thomassin, Université
Laval; François Modjabi-Sangnier, SNC Lavalin GEM
Québec Inc.; and Leandro Sanchez, Ottawa University
Contractors’ Day: Nicolas Rouleau, EnGlobe Corp.;
Sylvain Bossé, CRH Canada; and Charles Abesque,
Guest Program: Nicolas Rouleau, EnGlobe Corp.,
and Pierre-Luc Fecteau, GHD Consultants Ltée
Publicity and Social Program: Daniel Vallée,
MTMDET; Simon Tremblay, Ciment Québec; and Julie
Arsenault, Sika Canada
Aesthetic: Claudiane Ouellet-Plamondon, ETS
At-Large: Étienne Dumas Morin, Euclid Canada