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MST & SIUE ACI Student Chapters Winners at 2019 ACI Spring Convention!

Congratulations to the teams from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (1st place) and Missouri Science & Technology (2nd place) for thier strong placement in the Cost Category  in the Mortar Workability Competition at the 2019 ACI Concrete Convention and Exposition in Quebec, Canada!  The Missouri Chapter of the American Concrete Institute is proud of how you have represented us well!

Mortar Workability Competition
Teams are challenged to create a mortar mixture with optimum flowability and stability. Students mix mortar at the convention competition site and their mixture is poured into a mold made in the shape of the letters “aci” from the top of the letter “a”. Both flowability and mixture stability are evaluated. In creating their mortar mixture, teams must pay careful attention to the specified material requirements just as concrete producers must meet specification and project requirements on a daily basis.

Cost Category

1st place: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (USA)
Students: Dalton Brookshire, David Rall
Faculty Advisor: Anne Werner

2nd place: Missouri University of Science & Technology (USA)
Students: Scott Grier, Dawson Kirtley, Victoria Smith
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Dimitri Feys, Dr. Lesley Sneed

More details about the student competition can be read here on the ACI Website.

 

Missouri ACI Scholarships - APPLY NOW!

 

 

The Missouri Chapter of ACI is proud to announce that applications for the 2019-2020 Academic Year are NOW AVAILABLE!

 

2019-2020 Honorary Luke and Billie Snell
$5,000 Undergraduate Scholarship 

The Missouri Chapter of the American Concrete Institute is proud to honor long-time chapter members Luke Snell and Billie Snell by promoting the development of future engineers, construction managers, and architects the ACI Missouri Chapter has established the Honorary Luke and Billie Snell Undergraduate Scholarship Award.  The annual award will provide financial assistance for undergraduate students with an interest in careers in concrete design, materials, or construction.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE UNDERGRADUATE APPLICATION!


2019-2020 Honorary Dr. David N. Richardson
$5,000 Graduate Scholarship

The Missouri Chapter of the American Concrete Institute is proud to honor long-time ACI Missouri member and Missouri S&T faculty Dr. David Richardson by promoting the development of future engineers, contractors and architects the ACI Missouri Chapter has established the Honorary David Richardson Graduate Scholarship Award.  The annual award will provide financial assistance for graduate students pursuing a course of study in the field of concrete design, materials, or construction.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE GRADUATE APPLICATION!

 

World-Renowned Concrete Expert’s Generous Contribution Supports SIUE Department of Construction Student Involvement

Original article published February 19, 2019, 8:25 AM
Reprinted with permission, Courtesy of Megan Wieser, SIUE 

SIUE professor emeritus Luke Snell, PE, stands by the trophy SIUE ACI Student Chapter members won at the first ACI concrete cube competition in 1979.The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering’s (SOE) Department of Construction is an award-winning program with a strong reputation for producing successful graduates prepared to shape an evolving industry with indelible global impact.

In 1979, the firm foundation of the program was set in stone, rather placed in concrete, by world-renowned concrete expert Luke Snell, PE, professor emeritus and founding chair of the SOE Department of Construction.

Snell has a storied history with the SOE as a scholar and educator. He retired as professor emeritus in 2002. But, the Edwardsville resident’s passion for concrete and SIUE’s growing program has held strong. His recent contribution of $15,000 will support the SIUE student chapter of the American Concrete Institute (ACI).

While his concrete expertise led him to successful work in industry and consulting, he decided it was future industry leaders he could benefit most. Instead of troubleshooting problems, he wanted to prevent them by educating future leaders.

“Concrete is the second most used material in the world … only surpassed by water,” Snell said. “As I developed my research and gained real-world experience as a consultant, using my undergraduate and graduate activities, I seemed to have a knack for solving concrete construction problems. This led me to SIUE to lead the newly created undergraduate construction program. In this role, I could thwart some of those construction problems by reaching students and educating them on good techniques.”

Based on his own successful experiences in student competition, Snell made it a priority to get SIUE students involved in the American Concrete Institute and expose them to experiential learning opportunities.

“The ACI started its first student program in 1980, and I brought six students to compete in the concrete cube competition,” Snell recalled. “Our team won the competition, beating out students from much larger schools like the University of Illinois. This was a defining moment for SIUE’s ACI student chapter and the construction program as it brought immediate recognition.”

SIUE professor emeritus Luke Snell, PE, offers his concrete expertise to senior construction management major and SIUE ACI Student Chapter vice president David Rall.Since SIUE brought home that first trophy, its display case has filled with awards and accolades from student competitions. To Snell, the most meaningful show of success with which the students leave their activities are job connections, national exposure and travel opportunities. That’s why his support for such student involvement has never wavered.

“Many students can trace their first job to involvement in these resume-building competitions,” Snell said. “These experiences present opportunities to rub shoulders with professors in the field, travel to new places across the country and beyond, gain name recognition for SIUE’s student chapter, and offer important industry exposure.”

The ACI student competitions have grown dramatically since their inception, presenting ample opportunity as well as higher costs and stiffer competition for participating SIUE students. Snell’s generous contribution to the ACI student chapter, and the corresponding development fund that’s been established, will help students continue their involvement by assisting with registration fees, materials and travel costs.

“Student involvement is hugely important,” Snell said. “In fact, it was winning a student competition that led me to believe ‘wow, I’m on the right path.’ These competitions have become internationally attended, competitive processes. I want our students to continue to compete at a high level, and participate in these impactful opportunities that bring recognition to the quality of our students and SIUE."

Since his retirement, Snell and his wife Billie, an SIUE alumna, have traveled extensively around the globe, especially to developing countries, to educate others on the value of concrete, its uses, the importance of training and safety. The concrete consultant has visited such countries as Mongolia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Saudi Arabia and Singapore.

He remains active in the Missouri ACI Chapter, which includes Illinois’ Madison and St. Clair Counties. Snell weaves concrete into all he does, leading workshops and hosting public presentations.

The biggest clarification he makes to those less familiar with concrete? Cement and concrete are not one in the same. Rather, cement is the powder that binds the rock, sand and water that comprise concrete.

ACI conventions are held twice annually. The 2019 student competitions will be held in March in Quebec City, Canada and in October in Cincinnati, Ohio.

For more information on contributing to the Luke Snell Chapter of the American Concrete Institute at SIUE Development, visit siue.edu/give/ACI.

Photos: SIUE professor emeritus Luke Snell, PE, stands by the trophy SIUE ACI Student Chapter members won at the first ACI concrete cube competition in 1980.

SIUE professor emeritus Luke Snell, PE, offers his concrete expertise to senior construction management major and SIUE ACI Student Chapter vice president David Rall.

 

MST & SIUE ACI Student Chapters named 2018 Outstanding University Winners!

The American Concrete Institute has named Missouri University of Science & Technology and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville with the ACI Award for University Student Activities.

The award uses a points system based on participation in concrete related activities and programs to reward academic institutions. Universities that have earned 12 or more points are recognized as Excellent and those with six to eleven points achieve Outstanding status.

Points can be earned for the number of students with ACI membership, participation in regional and national concrete competitions, ACI Convention and Committee attendance, community service, student chapter activities, and hosting campus meetings and events.

Submissions for this year’s award program increased by 70% from 2017. Thirty-five universities were designated as Excellent and eighty as Outstanding for the year 2018. Awardees will receive an electronic banner to display on social media and a physical banner to display on campus. Applications for the 2019 program will be due January 31, 2020.

The complete list of the 2018 ACI Award University Winners are available online under the 2018 Past Winners section at www.concrete.org/students/universityaward.

 

Student competition at the Fall 2018 ACI convention in Las Vegas

The Missouri Chapter ACI had 3 teams entering the student competition at Las Vegas in October, 2018. This year's competition was to make a 4 X 8 inch cylinder of pervious concrete. The cylinder was judged on how fast water would pass thorough the concrete, tensile strength as determined by the splitting cylinder test, the cement efficiency of the mixture design and a written report.

This is a worldwide event with 52 schools from South America, Canada, USA and the Middle East competing. Although our schools did not win, they did represent our chapter well. The results are were:

  • University of Missouri Kansas City - 10th overall, best result was 3rd in tensile strength
  • Missouri Science and Technology – 14th overall, best result was 8th in report writing
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville – 45th overall, best result 24th in tensile strength. 

Fantstic job representing the Missouri Chapter ACI!