The American Concrete Institute (ACI) recently introduced its 2019-2020 president, vice president, and four board members during The Concrete Convention and Exposition in Quebec City, QC, Canada.
Randall W. Poston has been elected to serve as president of the Institute for 2019-2020, Cary S. Kopczynski has been elected ACI vice president for a two-year term, and Jeffrey W. Coleman is now the Institute’s senior vice president, which is also a two-year term. Additionally, four members have been elected to serve on the ACI Board of Direction, each for three-year terms: Walter H. Flood IV, Maria G. Juenger, Michael E. Kreger, and Ishita Manjrekar.
Randall W. Poston, FACI, is Senior Principal with Pivot Engineers, Austin, TX, and Neil Armstrong Distinguished Visiting Fellow in the College of Engineering at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. For the past 33 years, he has been engaged in the evaluation, repair, and strengthening of hundreds of structures. His expertise includes investigation of structural failures, evaluation of corrosion of steel in concrete, structural concrete repair and strengthening design, and nondestructive testing.
He is an active member of numerous technical committees, particularly ACI Committee 318, Structural Concrete Building Code, of which he was Chair during the 2014 Code cycle. He is also a Trustee of the ACI Foundation and a voting member of Advancing Organizational Excellence.
Poston received the 2015 ACI Delmar L. Bloem Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding leadership of Committee 318. He has garnered numerous awards for technical papers and personal awards for service to the profession. Poston is the author of more than 100 nationally and internationally recognized publications. He also was named an Engineering News-Record (ENR) Top 25 Newsmaker for 2014 for “...managing the remake of the global concrete bible...”
Poston was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 2017 “for development of diagnostic and repair technologies for concrete structures and leadership in concrete building code development.” He is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE), Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI), Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI), International Federation of Structural Concrete (fib), and Structural Engineers Association of Texas (SEAoT).
Poston received his BS, MS, and PhD in civil engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX. He was named a Distinguished Engineering Graduate of The University of Texas at Austin Cockrell School of Engineering in 2014 and elected to the Academy of Distinguished Graduates of the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering in 2008. He is a licensed professional engineer or structural engineer in numerous states.
Cary S. Kopczynski, FACI, is CEO and Senior Principal of Cary Kopczynski & Company (CKC), an award-winning structural engineering firm with offices in Seattle, WA; San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles, CA; and Chicago, IL. CKC designs major urban buildings throughout the United States and beyond. The firm has won over 60 regional, national, and international awards, and has been selected several times by Zweig White and Civil + Structural Engineer magazine as a top structural engineering firm to work for.
Kopczynski is a licensed civil and structural engineer in many states and a recognized expert in the design of reinforced concrete and post-tensioned concrete building structures. He has authored numerous articles in the fields of structural analysis, design, and construction. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the ACI Foundation, served 3 years on ACI’s Board of Direction and Financial Advisory Committee, and served for many years on ACI Committee 318, Structural Concrete Building Code, and Joint ACI-ASCE Committee 352, Joints and Connections in Monolithic Concrete Structures. He is a Fellow of ACI and was honored with the 2015 ACI Charles S. Whitney Medal and 2017 ACI Alfred E. Lindau Award. He is a Past President of the Washington State Chapter – ACI.
Kopczynski also serves on the Post-Tensioning Institute’s (PTI) Board of Directors. He served on the PTI Executive Committee and is the past Chair of PTI’s Technical Advisory Board. He is a PTI Fellow and served on PTI committees related to building design and professional development.
Kopczynski was made an Honorary Life Member of the Wire Reinforcement Institute (WRI) for his work in advancing the use of high-strength deformed wire reinforcing in buildings.
ENR magazine selected him as one of their “Top 25 Newsmakers” in both 2007 and 2016 based on CKC’s pioneering work in the fields of high-strength reinforcing bar and steel fiber-reinforced concrete (SFRC). CKC has since advanced the use of SFRC by implementing it in major high-rise buildings and continues to pioneer its use in new applications.
Kopczynski serves on the Board of Directors of the Structural Engineers Foundation of Washington, is a Past President of the Structural Engineers Association of Washington (SEAW), past Chair of the SEAW Education Committee, and served as an instructor for SEAW’s Structural Engineering Refresher program for many years. He received his BSCE from Washington State University, Pullman, WA, and did graduate studies in structural engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, where he occasionally serves as a guest lecturer.