Civil Engineering Earns Outstanding University Award from American Concrete Institute

Friday, February 08, 2019
Students using equipment in a civil engineering lab to test the properties of concrete

The American Concrete Institute has continuously recognized the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering for faculty and student involvement in concrete-related industry events, construction site visits and competitions.

For the eighth time in the past nine years, the American Concrete Institute (ACI) has designated the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as an “Outstanding University” in the ACI Award for University Student Activities, based on participation in concrete-related activities and educational initiatives.

The professional organization annually recognizes higher education programs throughout the world for student and faculty participation in ACI membership and national conferences, and involvement in concrete-related industry events. Rose-Hulman will be recognized with other honorees at the ACI’s Concrete Convention March 23-27 in Quebec City, Canada.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is completing development of a modular learning laboratory to give civil engineering students the ability to perform structural engineering experiments at or near full scale. The lab, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, is the first academic tenant on the institute’s recently acquired property across the highway from main campus.

Student teams have participated in the American Society of Civil Engineering’s district concrete canoe competition. Faculty members also have taken groups of students off campus to visit major projects featuring innovations in concrete design and construction techniques.

Professor James H. Hanson is an ACI Fellow for championing engineering education as a researcher, presenter, committee member and educator.

Matthew D. Lovell, associate professor, received ACI’s Walter P. Moore Jr. Faculty Achievement Award for excellence and innovation in teaching.