ACI to honor Titan America chief for sustainability strategies

Source: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.

The ACI Fall 2013 Convention Opening Session will include presentation of the Concrete Sustainability Award to Titan America CEO Aris Papadopoulos, recognizing his leadership in unifying North American stakeholders on a common direction for sustainability efforts and position on product resiliency.

The four-day ACI Convention will kick off October 20 at the Hyatt Regency and Phoenix Convention Center. The opening session will also see presentation of:

  • The Arthur J. Boase Award to David Darwin, FACI, in recognition of his significant research work with reinforcing steel and with concrete cracking, and for his many contributions to the technical work of ACI and the industry.
  • The Robert E. Philleo Award to Robert Douglas Hooton, professor at the University of Toronto, for exemplary teaching, research and service to the profession in the areas of durability of concrete, properties of concrete-making materials, and preparation of standards and specifications.
  • The Jean-Claude Roumain Innovation in Concrete Award to Kevin A. MacDonald, principal engineer at Beton Consulting Engineers LLC, in recognition of his tireless service to the concrete industry and his innovative work to increase the use and understanding of recycled aggregates and supplementary cementitious materials for creating sustainable concrete mixtures with low embodied energy and reduced carbon footprints.
  • The Distinguished Achievement Award to Hensel Phelps Construction in recognition of their leadership in the advancement of the sustainable use of concrete through innovation and efficient use of local resources.
  • The ACI Young Professional Essay Contest Award to Karla Kruse, engineer at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., as a young professional in the concrete- or construction-related industry who best answered the question, “How has learning concrete design, manufacturing, or construction principles affected your long-term career interests?”

Following the awards presentation H. Celik Ozyildirim, principal research scientist at the Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research, will deliver the next presentation for the ACI Commemorative Lecture Series, established to commemorate prominent deceased ACI members. Katharine and Bryant Mather: Pioneers and Visionaries will touch on the couple’s interests and influences to the concrete professional community, as well as the various VDOT applications that were adopted from their teachings.

Reduced hotel room rates are available at the Hyatt Regency and Renaissance Hotel until September 27 based on availability. Attendees who register for the convention by September 29 will receive reduced registration rates. For more information on the Opening Session, registration, and reduced hotel room rates, visit