Prof. David A. Lange, ACI Vice President, gave a keynote lecture as an ACI Ambassador Speaker at the International Conference on Advances in Sustainable Construction Materials & Civil Engineering Systems (ASCMCES-17) in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, on 18-20 April 2017. Lange’s presentation was titled “Innovations in Recycling Concrete at Airports,” and provided an opportunity to summarize 10 years of research that has been conducted under funding from the O’Hare Modernization Program of the City of Chicago.
ACI’s Ambassador Speaker Program provides reimbursement of travel costs (up to US$4,000) to speakers for international conferences, and an unparalleled learning experience for the speaker. Information gathered at the conferences is then shared with ACI and its committees, resulting in a mutually beneficial relationship. This two-way communication of knowledge is part of ACI’s strategic plan to establish and expand strong and productive relationships with external organizations and individuals.
“Concrete is the favored structural material in the Middle East for all types of construction, and the priorities of sustainability and durability and innovation are highly valued. Researchers and practitioners throughout the Middle East attended the conference, and it was my first opportunity to visit the UAE and meet leaders in government, industry and at the University of Sharjah,” said Lange. “I was able to talk with many people about ACI and its reach to Middle East constituencies. There is great opportunity to improve our impact here.”
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