ACI is offering a series of 1-hour meeting presentations for use by chapters. Speakers are available based upon scheduling. In most cases, ACI will cover the speaker’s travel expenses. For requests outside of North America, ACI will provide a single use license to the chapter to translate and conduct the presentation.
Thomas H. Adams was appointed Executive Director of the American Coal Ash Association (ACAA) in February 2009. Prior to joining the ACAA, he was employed by the American Concrete Institute managing chapter relations, international activities, and serving as Executive Director of the American Shotcrete Association. Adams has over 30 years of experience in a variety of management positions in the ready mixed concrete industry in sales, marketing, technical services, and operations. He is active in a variety of technical and trade organizations relevant to the industry including ASTM International, the American Concrete Institute, the Electric Power Research Institute, and the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association serving on a several technical committees in these organizations. He is a native of Detroit, MI, and attended Wayne State University and Aquinas College studying business administration and strategic management.
Katie Amelio, PE, is a Professional Development Program Engineer at the American Concrete Institute (ACI). Previously she was a Senior Engineer & Supervisor, CTLGroup, Skokie, IL. She has 10 years of experience preparing and reviewing contract reports for standardized and specialized cementitious material testing programs, evaluating concrete materials for railroad specification compliance, and evaluating curing compounds, sealers, grouts, precast stone veneer, and various other concrete products. Additionally, she has taught and proctored ACI Level I - Field Testing Technician certification programs for the Illinois Chapter. She received her BS in general engineering from University of Illinois in 2000. Amelio is a Professional Engineer in Illinois.
Charles S. Hanskat is the current American Shotcrete Association Executive Director. He received his BS and MS in civil engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Hanskat is a licensed professional engineer in several states. He has been involved in the design, construction, and evaluation of environmental concrete and shotcrete structures for over 35 years. Hanskat is also a member of ACI Committees 301, Specifications for Structural Concrete; 350, Environmental Engineering Concrete Structures; 371, Elevated Tanks with Concrete Pedestals; 372, Tanks Wrapped with Wire or Strand; 376, Concrete Structures for Refrigerated Liquefied Gas Containment; 506, Shotcreting; and Joint ACI-ASCE Committee 334, Concrete Shell Design and Construction. Hanskat’s service to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), and the Florida Engineering Society (FES) in over 50 committee and officer positions at the national, state, and local levels was highlighted when he served as State President of FES and then as National Director of NSPE. He served as a District Director of Tau Beta Pi from 1977 to 2002. He is a Fellow of ACI, ASCE, and FES and a member of ACI, NSPE, ASTM International, and ASCC.
Robert Howell joined ACI as Professional Development Program Engineer in 2014. Previously he was a Lead Structural Engineer at IBI Group/Giffels LLC formerly Giffels Associates, Inc. Howell has 26 years of structural design experience in health care, industrial, research, power plant, educational, and commercial facilities. He also has 7 years of experience as an Owner’s Representative Project Structural Engineer with GM Worldwide Facilities Group. Howell received his BS in civil engineering from Wayne State University and his MBA in supply chain management from Michigan State University. Howell is a licensed professional engineer in Michigan and is a LEED Green Associate.
Michael Morrison has 28 years of experience in project management related to construction materials testing and evaluation and development and execution of training programs within the construction industry. He serves as Manager, Certification Program Development, for the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and leads the development of potential new certification programs and assists ACI Subcommittees with current Board-approved programs. He also serves as ACI's certification representative to standards development organizations and specifying agencies to promote inclusion of language requiring certification programs in standards and specifications. Mike is the past president of the ACI Illinois Chapter and an active member of ASTM and sits on the Executive Committee of C09-Concrete and Aggregates, as well as the C01, Cement Lime and Gypsum, Executive Committee.
Khaled Nahlawi, PhD, PE, is a Senior Engineer at the American Concrete Institute. His role at ACI is to provide technical and administrative support to ACI's Technical Committees and communicate the work of these committees to other Standard Developing Organizations and Regulatory Agencies. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan. Has over 20 years of experience in the design and strengthening of structures. He joined ACI in 2009 as a senior engineer and has supported, among other duties, in the re-organization effort of 318. He is a licensed engineer in California and Michigan.
Marc Rached, PhD, PE, is an Engineer at the American Concrete Institute. His role at ACI is to provide technical and administrative support to ACI's Technical Committees. He received his BE in civil and environmental engineering from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, and his MS and PhD in civil engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. He worked as a Structural Engineer in Michigan before joining ACI in the summer of 2016. He is a licensed engineer in the state of Michigan.
Matthew Senecal, PE, is a Senior Engineer at the American Concrete Institute. His role at ACI is to provide technical and administrative support to ACI's Technical Committees and communicate the work of these committees to other Standard Developing Organizations and Regulatory Agencies. He received his BS in civil engineering from the University of Notre Dame and his MS in civil engineering from the University of Kansas. He worked as a Civil and Structural Engineer for 14 years before joining the ACI Engineering Department in 2004.
Mike Tholen, PhD, PE, is Managing Director, Engineering & Professional Development, at the American Concrete Institute (ACI). He received his BS in architectural engineering, with distinction, in 1992, his MS in civil engineering in 1995, and his PhD in civil engineering in 1996 from the University of Kansas. He previously worked at ACI as the Engineering Editor of Concrete International. Prior to joining ACI in 2005, he spent over 8 years as a structural engineer in the Aviation and Architecture Division at Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company in Kansas City, MO.
Gregory Zeisler, PE, is a Senior Engineer with ACI. He has been with ACI since 2009. Zeisler works with several technical committees as staff liaison including ACI 318 and will be the secretary for the next cycle of the ACI 318 code. Previously he was a Structural Engineer at Durrant. Zeisler has 8 years of structural design experience in parking and retail facilities. Zeisler received his BS in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and his MS in civil engineering from Purdue University. Zeisler is a licensed professional engineer in Indiana and Wisconsin.
Jerzy Zemajtis, PhD, PE, is a Senior Engineer at the American Concrete Institute. His role at ACI is to provide technical and administrative support to ACI's Technical Committees. He received his BS and MS in civil engineering from the Technical University of Gdansk, Poland, and his PhD in civil engineering from Virginia Tech. He worked as a Structural Engineer in Virginia Beach, VA, and Vancouver, Canada, and as a Civil/Materials Engineer at Construction Technology Laboratories in Chicago, IL, before joining the ACI Engineering Department in 2010. He is a licensed engineer in Washington and British Columbia.