The ACI Foundation announced new Trustees and the re-election of an existing Trustee to its Board. The Trustees re-elected the Chair of Trustees — Jeffrey W. Coleman, FACI — and elected a new Trustee — Brett McMahon. New ACI Vice President Maria Juenger, FACI, also joined the Trustees as part of her new role. The ACI Foundation is honored to have these outstanding individuals continue the work of the ACI Foundation. They join Khaled Awad, Ronald Burg, Robert Frosch, Keith Kesner, Michael Paul and William Rushing on the ACI Foundation Board of Trustees.
The ACI Foundation is a nonprofit organization established by the American Concrete Institute to make strategic investments in ideas, research and people to create the future of the concrete industry. ACI Foundation supports a wide range of research and educational initiatives that contribute to keeping the concrete industry at the forefront of technological advances in material composition, design and construction.
Coleman is both a licensed professional engineer and attorney at law, and is principal partner in The Coleman Law Firm, LLC. He is an ACI Fellow and has been an ACI member for 40 years. Coleman is the author of the book Legal Issues in Concrete Construction, published by ACI in 2004 (second edition published in 2014).
Coleman served as ACI vice president from 2018 to 2020 and ACI president from 2020 to 2021. He has also served as a member of the ACI Board of Direction and as an active member of Committee 301 - Specifications for Concrete. Coleman has also served as a member of the Contractors Liaison Committee, TAC Specifications Committee, Financial Advisory Committee, Conventions Committee and was chairman of Responsibility in Concrete Construction (now Committee 132), where he continues as a member.
Coleman completed his law degree in 1984 and, in 2013, he founded The Coleman Law Firm, LLC (now Coleman & Erickson, LLC), where he is committed to continuing his representation of engineers, architects and the concrete construction industry, including concrete contractors and suppliers.
Coleman is the past president of the Minnesota Concrete Council and a former board member. He is also a sustaining member of the American Society of Concrete Contractors. Coleman is a past member of the University of Minnesota Concrete Conference Planning Committee. In 2020, he was recognized by Concrete Construction magazine as one of “The Year’s Most Influential People” in the concrete industry.
Juenger is the L.B. (Preach) Meaders Professor of Engineering in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas. Juenger’s teaching and research focus on materials used in civil engineering applications. She primarily examines chemical issues in cement-based materials, including phase formation in cement clinkering, hydration chemistry of cements and supplementary cementitious materials, and chemical deterioration processes in concrete. Her current research efforts emphasize the interaction of cement-based materials and the environment. This work encompasses the development and characterization of cementitious systems with lower carbon dioxide and energy footprints, as well as the capacity of cementitious materials to produce or remove airborne and waterborne pollutants.
Juenger is an ACI vice president, serving on both the ACI Executive Committee and the ACI Board of Direction. She is a Fellow of ACI and the American Ceramic Society. She is a member of numerous ACI committees and has received several awards from ACI for her research, teaching and service, including the 2009 Walter P. Moore, Jr. Faculty Achievement Award, 2010 ACI Young Member Award for Professional Achievement, 2011 Wason Medal for Materials Research, 2018 Delmar L. Bloem Distinguished Service Award and 2020 ACI Concrete Sustainability Award. She has also received a Faculty Early CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation. She is on the editorial boards of both Cement and Concrete Research and Cement and Concrete Composites.
McMahon is the chairman & CEO of Miller & Long Co., Inc., in Bethesda, Maryland. The 76-year-old company specializes in pouring cast-in-place concrete for multi-level office and residential buildings, parking garages and mixed-use developments. With operations throughout the Washington, D.C. metro area, Miller & Long regularly employs over 1,500 people on a volume exceeding $280 million annually.
Under McMahon’s leadership, Miller & Long has earned over 30 awards for its expertise in commercial construction, including national awards from American Concrete Institute and Associated Builders and Contractors.
McMahon has held volunteer leadership positions at numerous business and construction industry organizations in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area, including the DC Workforce Investment Council and the Montgomery Business Development Partnership. He has served on multiple industry-related boards, including the DC Chamber of Commerce, ABC, ABC Insurance Trust and the DC Building Industry Association.
McMahon is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and the Maryland Army National Guard and is fully committed to our country’s service members. He recently served on the board of the Yellow Ribbon Fund, a nonprofit organization providing services for injured warriors throughout their recovery process. He currently serves on the board of HEROES, a volunteer organization dedicated to assisting the families of fallen emergency responders.