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U of A Student Chapter goes to the 2015 National Spring Convention

The University of Arkansas student chapter was once again named an Excellent University Chapter at the 2015 Spring Convention of ACI.  They also donated concrete artwork to the Women in ACI silent action that raises funds for young professionals to attend the convention.

Work was completed on two bowling balls made for local Arkansas companies bid on through a silent auction at the ARMCA spring convention.  The students also had numerous handmade items on display at the convention.  The Students appreciate all of the support that the concrete community gives them to attend the ACI conventions.

U of A Photo Update

March 13-15, 2014

Attended ARMCA convention in Hot Springs,
spoke & raised money selling coasters & t-shirts.

 March 22-24, 2014

Attended ACI convention in Reno, NV
& competed in bowling ball competition.

July 8, 2014

Helped with a summer girls camp.
Gave them an exposure to concrete.

September 11-12, 2014

Gave student chapter update at
ARMCA mid-year meeting in Tunica.

September 11-12, 2014

Delivered stained concrete
bowing ball to Mallard Read Mix.

 Will attend the Fall ACI convention in Washington D.C.
Made concrete leaves to raise money for young
professionals to attend the ACI convention.

Deep South Conference 2014

The Arkansas State University Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers recently competed in the Deep South Conference held at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee. The Student Chapter entered in the Steel Bridge, Concrete Canoe, Technical Paper, Mystery Event and Surveying competitions.  They earned the most first & second place finishes of all the universities present.  The Student Chapter had the most top finishes with a first place finish in the Steel Bridge & first runner up placements in the Mystery events & Technical Paper.

Steel Bridge Team

Steel Bridge Team

The steel bridge team also had first place finishes in construction speed, lightness, stiffness, economy, efficiency, & display.  The Deep South is composed of 14 universities including Memphis, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, LSU, New Orleans, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana Lafayette & others.  The Steel Bridge team included Eric Romero of Hot Springs, Grant Cox of Jonesboro, Kevin Wang of Sherwood, Ryan Wood of Birmingham, Alabama, Eugene Uekman of Quitman, Travis Brooks of Jonesboro, & Steven Rollins of Paragould.  The Mystery Event team consisted of Keegan Tatsch of Mena, & the Technical Paper was written & presented by Travis Brooks of Jonesboro.  The concrete canoe team placed seventh overall.

Concrete Canoe Team

Concrete Canoe Team Left to right: Stephanie Saenz of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Jed Schales of Melbourne, Robert Darrington of Gravel Ridge, Hunter Eastman of White Hall, Keegan Tatsch of Mena, Megan Land of Vilonia, Hannah Tyler of Paragould.

Keegan Tatsch of Mena Mystery Event Team Member


Arkansas Chapter Concrete Research Competition

The Arkansas Chapter, ACI will be holding their Annual Meeting & Awards Program January 16, 2014, at the offices of Baldwin & Shell Construction at 1000 West Capitol Avenue in Little Rock from 11:00 am to 2 pm.

The student activities committee, of the Arkansas Chapter, ACI is inviting all Arkansas colleges & universities with engineering or construction management curriculums to submit a current research project that is related to the concrete industry. This must be a project that is currently being studied by a graduate or undergraduate student. All entries must be submitted by December 6, 2013 to Bryan Powers at Each entry must consist of no more than a two page summary in PDF format, including pictures & graphs that clearly describes the research project, work completed, & any results obtained as of submission date. One winner will be selected by December 17, 2013.

The winning student must be available to attend the annual meeting on January 16, 2014 at the offices of Baldwin & Shell Construction, in Little Rock, to present their project. Presentations should be limited to twenty minutes. An additional ten minutes will be allowed for questions & answers. The student presenting the winning project will be awarded a $500.00 cash prize. The meeting room will be equipped for PowerPoint presentations.

This is an excellent opportunity for students doing research related to the concrete industry to present their projects to producer members & professional community.

The student activities committee of the Arkansas Chapter, ACI looks forward to your participation.




Bryan Powers ACI
Board of Directors
Student Activities Co-Chair

Civil Engineering Students Place Third at Concrete Competition

Matthew Watters and Kaisha Plambeck display their pervious concrete

Matthew Watters and Kaisha Plambeck display their pervious concrete

The team of civil engineering students Kaisha Plambeck & Matthew Watters placed third at the 2013 American Concrete Institute’s Pervious Concrete Cylinder Competition in Phoenix on Oct. 20.

Plambeck, a senior, & Watters, a junior Honors College student, placed third in the Cylinder Performance Category. The students won $250 & will be featured in a future publication of Concrete International Magazine. Plambeck & Watters, along with faculty advisor Frances Griffith, competed against 31 teams from across the world.

“We are excited about our students’ success at the ACI competition,” said Kevin Hall, head of the department of civil engineering. “Both Kaisha & Matthew are terrific ambassadors for our program & the university. Our students & faculty leaders, Frances Griffith & Micah Hale, have made a positive & lasting impact at the American Concrete Institute.”

The students made a cylinder of pervious concrete, which is unlike traditional concrete because it has voids which allow water to pass through into the soil below the concrete. This helps reduce stormwater runoff & prevents flash flooding & erosion because the water does not stay above ground. Pervious concrete is mostly used for flat surfaces & pavements like parking lots & trails.

Plambeck & Watters began designing their pervious concrete mixture in August & tested several mixes before choosing one to take to competition. The students developed four mixtures of concrete using several elements including rock, cement, fly ash, water, & a chemical ad-mixture.

Watters said the initial mix designs didn’t turn out as expected, but he & his teammate overcame the challenge.

“It was a learning experience about how you handle something when things go wrong,” Griffith said.

Along with the concrete cylinder, students were required to turn in a paper explaining their design.

At the conference, the students also attended sessions, talked to professionals from the concrete industry, networked with potential employers & met students from around the world. Watters plans to attend the next ACI Convention, which will take place in the spring of 2014 in Reno, Nev. For that competition, students will design & construct a fiber-reinforce concrete bowling ball.




(Article featured in the University of Arkansas Newswire, Thursday, November 7, 2013)


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