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September 26, 2002
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South Dakota Creates ‘Dr. Rama Day’
The state of South Dakota has declared Sunday, Sept. 29, as Dr. Venkataswamy Ramakrishnan Day. The proclamation was made to honor Tech’s Ramakrishnan, known as Dr. Rama, for his contributions to the state.
Tech officials will present Rama with a plaque that describes the honor at 3:30 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 26, in Classroom Building Room 204 East. Tech invites the media to attend.
Rama is the Regents Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering at Tech. He retired from active teaching in May after 33 years of teaching. The official state proclamation reads, in part,
“Whereas, Dr. Ramakrishnan is world renowned for his teaching and research involving strength and high-performance concrete uses and emerging developments throughout the industry; he has authored three books in three countries and more than 200 research papers and technical articles; and,
“Whereas, Dr. Ramakrishnan and his research brought prestige and distinction to the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and after 33 years as an educator, he retired to continue his lifework as a Research Professor; and,
“Whereas, It is fitting and proper for the Governor to make note of the tremendous impact that Dr. Ramakrishnan has made in advancing higher education and materials research as a South Dakota citizen, educator, and scholar who has made our state greater by choosing to live and work among us,
“Now, Therefore, I, William J. Janklow, Governor of the State of South Dakota,
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do hereby proclaim September 29, 2002, as Dr. Venkataswamy Ramakrishnan Day.”
Rama is an international expert in the field of concrete and concrete structures. He has received numerous awards, and honors, has published more than 200 research papers and technical articles, presented at more than 200 international conferences and submitted more than 300 technical reports on completed research projects.
Rama has focused his research on fiber reinforced concrete, concrete fiber composites and high performance concrete. He recently has been involved in research with the South Dakota Department of Transportation Highway Administration in which he developed high performance concrete with 16,500-psi (pounds per square inch) strength, far above typical concrete. A bridge girder using that concrete was built in Sioux Falls, marking the first time in the United States such a high strength concrete was used in bridge construction. Traditionally bridges are built using 6,000-psi concrete.
South Dakota Tech dedicated the Rama Materials Lab in the Civil/Mechanical Engineering Building last spring.
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