2019 Honorary Members

Gregory P. Chacos

Gregory P. Chacos

“for more than 60 years of extraordinary service to ACI and the concrete industry as a leading structural engineer, especially in the areas of post-tensioning and prestressed concrete”

Gregory P. Chacos is an Independent Consulting Engineer who has been active in structural engineering since 1957. Projects include residential, commercial, and industrial buildings, as well as sports stadiums, bridges, and steel mills. He worked for 10 years as a structural designer for various firms in Cleveland, Ohio, and started his own structural design business in 1967 to provide services for architects, owners, and contractors. Chacos is licensed as a professional engineer in 15 states as well as a registered structural engineer in Illinois and also is a registered professional engineer in North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

In 1985, Chacos’ interests turned toward an independent practice specializing in investigation of structural problems. This practice has been continuous except for a period between 2001 and 2005 when he was employed as a senior consultant by Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., to assist with expansion of their presence in the Cleveland, OH, area.

Chacos offers investigation services to a diverse group of clients that includes owners, contractors, and attorneys. Current projects are more involved with litigation assistance than in the past, but the projects are still approximately evenly divided between representation of plaintiffs and defendants.

Uğur Ersoy

Uğur Ersoy

“for contributions in education, research, and practice that have improved reinforced concrete design and construction in Turkey, and in seismic zones around the world”

Uğur Ersoy received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Robert College, Istanbul, Turkey, in 1955. After receiving his master’s and PhD at the University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, he worked for 2 years at the design office of Raymond C. Reese and Associates in Toledo, OH.

He joined Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey, in 1959, where he founded the first structural research laboratory and initiated experimental research in structural engineering in Turkey. He has served as Vice President, Dean, and Department Chair at METU. During these years, he has taught almost 5000 civil engineering graduates. Recently he has been a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Bogazici University, Istanbul.

Over the past 50 years, Ersoy has been involved in experimental research on the behavior of reinforced and precast concrete structures, concentrating on seismic behavior and rehabilitation. He and his team have developed techniques for repair and strengthening of seismically deficient buildings by using concrete infilled frames. The outcome of these research projects has been used in the rehabilitation of hundreds of earthquake-damaged buildings in Turkey. Ersoy has contributed to the progress of the structural and seismic engineering practice and education in Turkey and to the development of Turkish and European Reinforced Concrete and Seismic Design Codes.

He has published over 150 papers and books on reinforced concrete and structural mechanics, as well as six books of short stories, two of which were best sellers. He has authored or coauthored 12 papers in American Concrete Institute publications. He received the Wason Research Medal from ACI in 1969 and the Science Award from the Parlar Foundation in 1985.

Michael C. Forde

Michael C. Forde

“for long-time technical contributions and commitment to ACI and the concrete industry, particularly in the advancement of technology and techniques in nondestructive testing”

Michael C. Forde holds the Carillion Chair of Civil Engineering Construction at the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, where he has been a faculty member for nearly 40 years.

He is Chair of ACI Committee 228, Nondestructive Testing of Concrete. His research interests include nondestructive testing of concrete and other construction materials, and high-speed rail trackbed.

Forde received his BEng in civil engineering from the University of Liverpool, Liverpool, England, UK, and his MSc in highway and traffic engineering and his PhD in geomechanics from the University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK, in 1966, 1970, and 1975, respectively. He is a chartered civil and electrical engineer in the UK.

Catherine E. French

Catherine E. French

“for improving the design, safety, and construction of structural concrete buildings and bridges through research, teaching, and outreach, and for leadership of technical committees within the American Concrete Institute”

Catherine E. French, FACI, is College of Science and Engineering Distinguished Professor at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, where she has been a member of the faculty for more than 30 years.

She is a past member of the ACI Board of Direction and numerous other ACI committees, including the Publications Committee, Honors and Awards Committee, Fellows Nomination Committee, Membership Committee, and Joint ACI-ASCE Committees 352, Joints and Connections in Monolithic Concrete Structures; 408, Bond and Development of Steel Reinforcement; 423, Prestressed Concrete; and 445, Shear and Torsion. In 1993, she served as Secretary of the Minnesota Chapter – ACI Convention Planning Committee. She currently serves on the ACI Technical Activities Committee and has been a member of ACI Committee 318, Structural Concrete Building Code, since 1995. She chaired ACI Subcommittee 318-B, Bond and Development (renamed Anchorage and Reinforcement), from 2004 to 2014.

French’s research addresses the behavior of reinforced and prestressed concrete structural systems, field monitoring of bridges, numerical and experimental investigations of structural systems including the effects of earthquakes, evaluation and repair of damaged structures, and development and application of new materials. She is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and a Fellow of the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI). French is a recipient of numerous awards, including the 2010 ACI 318 Leadership and Service Award, 2004 ACI Henry L. Kennedy Award, 2000 ACI Foundation Concrete Research Council Arthur J. Boase Award and the 2015 ACI Joe W. Kelly Award.

She received her BCE from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN, in 1979, and her MS and PhD in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL, in 1980 and 1984, respectively.

R. Douglas Hooton

R. Douglas Hooton

“for contributions to ACI and the concrete industry in the areas of concrete materials, concrete durability, and sustainability of concrete construction particularly through research, teaching, and development of standards and code”

R. Douglas Hooton, FACI, is a Professor and NSERC/Cement Association of Canada Senior Industrial Research Chair in Concrete Durability and Sustainability in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada. His research has focused on the durability performance of cementitious materials in concrete as well as on performance testing and specifications. His durability research has encompassed most forms of concrete degradation, including sulfate resistance, acid resistance, alkali-aggregate reaction, corrosion, and freezing and thawing, as well as deicer salt scaling.

Hooton is Chair of ACI Committee 233, Ground Slag in Concrete, and Co-Chair of ACI Subcommittee 130-A, Sustainability of Materials, as well as Secretary of ACI Committee 201, Durability of Concrete. He is a member of numerous ACI committees, including 130, Sustainability of Concrete; 221, Aggregates; 225, Hydraulic Cements; 232, Fly Ash in Concrete; 236, Material Science of Concrete; 240, Pozzolans; 329, Performance Criteria for Ready Mixed Concrete; 365, Service Life Prediction; S801, Student Competitions; Faculty Network; and Innovation Task Group 10, Alternative Cementitious Materials. He also serves on ACI Subcommittee 318-A, General, Concrete, and Construction.

Hooton was a co-recipient of the ACI Wason Medal for the Most Meritorious Paper in 2015, and he received the ACI Foundation Robert E. Philleo Award in 2013 and the ACI Arthur R. Anderson Medal in 2011.

He is a Fellow of ASTM International, the American Ceramic Society, the Engineering Institute of Canada, and the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He is a member of several Canadian Standards Association (CSA), ASTM, and RILEM technical committees. He is Chair of the RILEM Educational Activities Committee; Vice-Chair of CSA Committee A3001, Hydraulic Cements; and Vice-Chair of ASTM Committee 01, Hydraulic Cements.

Hooton is a licensed professional engineer in the Province of Ontario, Canada.

Kenneth C. Hover

Kenneth C. Hover

“for outstanding leadership, vision, and dedication as ACI President, and life-long contributions to the institute’s administrative, technical, and educational goals in the advancement of concrete knowledge”

Kenneth C. Hover is Professor of civil and environmental engineering (CEE) at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, where his teaching and research focus on concrete materials, design, and construction. He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Combat Engineers, and was Project Engineer and Project Manager for Dugan and Meyers Construction Co., Cincinnati, OH, working on buildings, interstate bridges, and water treatment plants. Joining THP Structural Engineers in Cincinnati, he became a Partner and Manager engaged in the design and repair of buildings and industrial facilities.

Hover’s PhD studies at Cornell were funded by the Exxon Fellowship, designed to bring experienced professionals to engineering programs at U.S. universities. He teaches reinforced and prestressed concrete design, concrete materials, and construction management. In addition to his technical courses, Hover lectures on management skills, leadership, and professional ethics. His research interests include freezing-and-thawing durability, mixture proportions and ingredients, behavior and testing of fresh concrete, and the impact of construction operations and construction environment on concrete quality. He is a Fellow and Past President of ACI, Past President of the Greater Miami Valley Chapter – ACI, and a member of ACI Committees 301, Specifications for Structural Concrete; 305, Hot Weather Concreting; 306, Cold Weather Concreting; and ACI Subcommittee 318-A, General, Concrete, and Construction.

He holds the Outstanding Educator Award from the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and has received ACI’s Kelly, Philleo, Anderson, and Structural Research Awards and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Materials Division Best Basic Research Paper Award. He holds the top teaching awards in CEE (Chi Epsilon Award), the College of Engineering (Tau Beta Pi Award), and Cornell University (The Stephen A. Weiss Presidential Fellowship), plus the Senior Class of 2015 Award as one of the top 1% of Professors at the University. In 2006, he was named one of the “Ten Most Influential People in the Concrete Construction Industry.” Hover received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, and his PhD in structural engineering from Cornell University. He is a licensed professional engineer in Ohio and New York.


Honorary Member Nomination Form

Decisions are made in the spring and presented to the ACI Board of Direction at The ACI Concrete Convention and Exposition in the fall for approval. Awards are presented to awardees at the ACI Convention the following spring. Therefore, all nominations must be submitted by February 15, 2017, to be considered for awards in 2018.

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