University of Michigan’s Wight leads 2012 ACI officers

Source: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.

ACI has named James Wight, FACI, FASCE, president of the Institute for 2012-2013. Wight is the Frank E. Richart Jr. Collegiate Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Michigan. Known for his work in earthquake-resistant design of concrete structures, Wight’s recent research has concentrated on the strength and inelastic behavior of connections in composite structures (reinforced concrete and steel) and the use of high-performance fiber reinforced concrete composites for earthquake-resistant design of critical members in concrete structures. Wight has been an active member of ACI since 1973.

Additionally, William Rushing Jr., FACI, vice president of Waldemar S. Nelson & Co., Inc., has been elected ACI vice president, and Anne Ellis is now the Institute’s senior vice president. Four members have been elected to serve on the ACI Board of Direction: Roger Becker, managing director of research and development for Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI); Jeffrey Coleman, FACI, licensed engineer and attorney/principal partner at Coleman, Hull & van Vliet, PLLP; Robert Frosch, FACI, professor of civil engineering at Purdue University; and, Steven Kosmatka, FACI, vice president of research and technical services at Portland Cement Association (PCA).