Join us in Building the Future of the Concrete Industry

In 2021, the ACI Foundation supported 22 students, helped fund 8 critical research projects, and led virtual forums in innovation and technology.

Every single dollar matters and no donation is too small. You can help attract more students to the industry, fund more critical research projects, and develop more innovation advancements in concrete. Your donation will:

  • Support students through financial relief for tuition, books, and supplies, and help create industry connections.
  • Fund more critical research projects to advance the concrete industry in new and influential directions.
  • Invest in research and innovative technology to reach the world’s most important building codes and standards.

100% of your donation goes directly to the students and researchers who need our help — enjoy inspiring stories and a word from the grant recipients below.


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Nancy Kachouh

“As the winner of the first Middle East Fellowship, I received an educational stipend for buying books, new software, and materials that will help me finish my PhD studies,” – Nancy Kachouh

Nancy Kachouh, first recipient of the Middle East Fellowship, is already advancing the visions of ACI and the ACI Foundation. She is highly motivated to serve the design and construction community. “After receiving my bachelor’s degree in mathematics, I decided to continue my studies in civil engineering,” says Kachouh. “My dad was a contractorand 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 to me.” 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.

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Alvaro Ruiz Emparanza

“The fellowship enabled me to attend several conventions that I wouldn’t have been able to before. It meant that I could be more focused on doing research and getting things done, rather than worrying about money.” - Alvaro Ruiz Emparanza


Frank-Nelson Musemate

“When I got the call that I had been awarded the ACI Foundation fellowship, I was very excited and received enough to pay half of my tuition, so that was a big deal for me” - Frank-Nelson Musemate

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