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March 1, 2005
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Conference Lays Wall To Wall Concrete
Concrete researchers, contractors, cement plant workers, consulting firms, builders, government agencies and others will converge on South Dakota Tech this week for the 41st annual Concrete Conference.
“This conference is for anybody interested in creating quality concrete at the most economical cost,” Tech Civil Engineering professor Dr. M. R. Hansen said. “It’s solid concrete for the whole day.”
The conference begins at 8 a.m. Friday, March 4, in Room 252 of the Electrical Engineering/Physics Building. A series of seminars will precede the 1 p.m. awards presentation, scheduled for the Surbeck Center Ballroom. Seminars continue until 4:45 p.m., when the conference speakers will participate in a panel discussion.
The speaker’s list includes heavy hitters in the world of concrete.
Amy Reineke Trygstad is one of Portland Cement Association’s regional structural engineers. She provides technical assistance in all areas of building design to engineers, architects, contractors, owners, and universities throughout the central portion of the United States.
James Cagley is president of Cagley & Associates, Inc., Consulting Structural Engineers located in Rockville, Md. The company’s focus is general structural engineering of buildings. He also is a fellow and vice president of the American Concrete Institute.
John Schemmel is professor and head of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at South Dakota State University.
Clifford N. MacDonald earned a bachelor’s degree from Tech in 1976 and a master’s degree in 1978. He is director of engineering for Forta Corporation, a leader in the fiber-reinforced concrete industry.
Tom Kelley is division president for Gage Brothers Concrete Products of Sioux Falls. Gage Brothers manufacturers innovative masonry and precast concrete products.
Ed Mansky is specialty products manager for W.R. Grace Construction Products, a specialty construction products company based in Maryland. •
Tony Kojundic is business manager for Elkem Materials in Pittsburgh, Pa. Elkem materials is the world’s leading supplier of microsilica for concrete applications.
Conference organizers will give a Lifetime Achievement Award to Henry McKitterick, sales manager for GCC Dacotah in Rapid City. McKitterick will be honored for his longtime involvement in and contributions to the concrete industry. McKitterick is an active member of many professional and industry organizations.
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