Winners of the Robert E. Philleo Award at ACI’s Spring Convention, Bernard Erlin (above, pictured receiving award from board president Thomas O. Verti) and William Hime (below) were honored for their contributions to ACI and the concrete industry.
Winners of the Robert E. Philleo Award at ACI’s Spring Convention, Bernard Erlin (above, pictured receiving award from board president Thomas O. Verti) and William Hime (below) were honored for their contributions to ACI and the concrete industry.

Concrete Construction contributors Bernard Erlin and William Hime received accolades at the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Spring Convention in Atlanta. During the 2007 Awards Program, Erlin, president of The Erlin Co., Latrobe, Pa., was acknowledged for his contributions to ACI and the concrete industry, and for his pioneering work in the development and application of petrography for the characterization of concrete. He has been an ACI member for nearly 40 years, contributing to a number of committees and co-editing several books from ACI and ASTM International sessions.

Hime received the Concrete Research Council's Robert E. Philleo Award for numerous contributions to research and testing of portland cement and concrete, and for evaluations of service load performance of concrete materials. This award, established in 1992, is given in recognition of a person for outstanding research in the concrete materials field. Nationally recognized for his work in chemistry, properties, and analysis of cement, mortar, and concrete, Hime carried out hundreds of investigations into concrete's properties, as well as developed a number of analytical procedures to solve concrete construction problems. As ACI Committee 201, Durability of Concrete member, he has written more than 60 papers on cement and concrete research.

In addition to individual awards, ACI awarded the Joe W. Kelly Award to Hanley Wood's World of Concrete Seminar Program. Founded at the first show in Houston in 1975, this more than 30-year-old program has evolved over the years to “become the most respected seminar program for the entire commercial concrete construction industry.” Growing from three seminars and 452 attendees to 140 topics and more than 10,000 registrants, the program also offers Master Certificates and association certifications. Senior conference manager Bonnie King recently succeeded Susan Clancy, who helped shape the conference program during her 20-year tenure.