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Industry Impact Part 1: Through the ACI Foundation’s Fellowship and Scholarship Program
Since the ACI Foundation’s establishment in 1989, the organization has striven to influence a future where everyone has the knowledge needed to use concrete effectively to meet the demands of a changing world​. For decades, ACI and the ACI Foundation have been supporting students who are studying in concrete-related fields—making strategic investments in ideas, research, and people to create the future of the concrete industry​—which is exemplified in the tagline “B...
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A New ACI Foundation Fellowship Funded by The ACI Houston Chapter
The ACI Foundation is pleased to partner with the ACI Houston Chapter to create a new student academic award. Through the Chapter’s generous donation, the ACI Foundation can offer an additional fellowship to benefit students studying in concrete-related degree programs, the ACI Houston Chapter Fellowship. The ACI Foundation celebrates the ACI Houston Chapter, which has been a continued supporter of students studying in the concrete industry. The Chapter has financially supported students t...
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The ACI Foundation’s Request for Proposal on Behalf of ACI’s Innovation Task Group 93-12
The ACI Foundation is administering a request for proposal on behalf of ACI’s Innovation Task Group 93-12 - Code Requirements for Construction of Additively Constructed Walls (ITG-12). ACI has formed Innovation Task Group 93‐12 ITG‐12 (ITG‐12) to develop code requirements, design, and prescriptive provisions for additively constructed above‐grade concrete walls for residential structures for incorporation into ACI 332 and the International Residential Code (IRC).  There are curren...
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Registration Open for ACI Foundation’s 2024 Technology Forum
The ACI Foundation’s Concrete Innovation Council (CIC) will host its 2024 Technology Forum May 14 – 16, 2024, in Sante Fe, NM. The Forum is an innovation-focused educational and networking event for concrete professionals. With a continued concentration on Technology Showcases and networking opportunities, this year’s Forum will feature extended presentation times that allow for deeper discussion of data, technology adoption, and open Q&A with attendees. With a maximum atte...
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Building the Future: January 2024

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Building the Future: January 2024
Happy New Year to our Concrete Community The ACI Foundation had a fantastic 2023, and I am very thankful for the commitment from our stalwart donors, our energetic volunteer workforce—the ACI Foundation Trustees, Concrete Research Council, Concrete Innovation Council, Scholarship Council, and Development Committee—as well as the solid work of my staff. I value everyone who contributed to our 2023 annual appeal.Here are YOUR accomplishments, facilitated by the ACI Foundation:&nbs...
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Building the Future: December 2023

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Building the Future: December 2023
ACI Foundation-Funded Research Wins ACI’s Wason Medal for Most Meritorious PaperThe Wason Medal for Most Meritorious Paper was founded in 1917 by Leonard C. Wason, Past President of ACI. Awarded annually since 1917, this Medal recognizes the author or authors of the most meritorious paper published by the Institute.This year’s awardees included Benjamin L. Worsfold, Jack P. Moehle, and John F. Silva for their paper, “Moment Transfer at Column-Foundation Connections: Physical Te...
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Designing Reinforced Concrete Structures for Fire Performance
Concrete’s excellent performance against fire is one reason it is widely used for building design. The noncombustible nature of concrete helps to contain the fire and limit the extent of the damage. Building codes that use standard time-temperature exposure data prescribe minimum requirements to ensure structural integrity for a suitable time for occupants to evacuate. Although reinforced concrete structures typically survive fires, there is potential for collapse during the cooling phase ...
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Building the Future: November 2023

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Building the Future: November 2023
ACI Foundation Donor Spotlight: Daniel SchwartzDan Schwartz has worked in the concrete and construction industries for over 30 years and is currently the Vice President of Operations at PWE Construction, Inc., in Oklahoma, USA. Schwartz also owns a consulting business, DMS Consulting LLC, where he advises project authorities on best practices for concrete construction. Not only has PWE, Inc., been an ACI organizational member since 2018, Schwartz himself has been an ACI member since 2015, as wel...
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David Tepke: From ACI Foundation Fellowship Awardee to Chapter Officer
David Tepke’s infatuation with concrete began while studying at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA, under his academic advisor Paul Tikalsky, who had a “remarkable, unmistakable, and infectious passion for education,” Tepke said. Through Tikalsky’s mentorship, Tepke was led to ACI in 1999 and, during the infancy of the ACI Foundation Fellowship and Scholarship program, was awarded an ACI Foundation fellowship.One of the benefits of receiving an AC...
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A New Way to Predict Creep and Shrinkage: An ACI Foundation-funded research project
by Victoria K. Sicaras, on behalf of the ACI FoundationHaving creep and shrinkage modeling tools to accurately predict concrete behavior over time is essential for designing and maintaining serviceable, safe structures. Knowing how long a structure’s useful service life should be, and how concrete performs under sustained loads, is instrumental in determining when retrofits are needed or whether structural issues are materializing. This is particularly important for creep-sensitive structu...
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