10th Anniversary of ACerS Cements Meeting

The 10th Advances in Cement-based Materials meeting sponsored by The American Ceramic Society was held at our Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from June 16-18, 2019. Co-chaired and organized by Prof. Garg and Dr. Matt D’Ambrosia, the meeting had a record attendance of 145+ members.

There were more than 50 posters and approx. 70 oral presentations, the details of which can be seen in the program here. Activities started on 16th June, Sunday, with the tour on Additive Manufacturing led Dr. Peter Stynoski at CERL, IL and an SEM workshop led by Paul Stutzman and Jeffrey Bullard from NIST.

Later, on Sunday evening, a student reception followed at the Illini Union where students enjoyed bowling, billiards, and pizza.

Next day, we started with the keynote lecture on Digital Fabrication from Timothy Wangler, ETH Zurich, followed by technical sessions. The day ended with an amazing Della Roy lecture from Prof. David Lange, who shed light on key Eureka moments in the history of cement and concrete science.

On Tuesday morning, our second keynote was delivered by Prof. Zach Grasley from Texas A&M University. Following which, there was a faculty panel moderated by Prof. Garg, and esteemed panelists – Prof. Doug Hooton, Prof. Maria Juenger, and Prof. Jan Olek – talked and reflected on the past and future of cements. The audience interacted with the panelists in an open Q & A format. 

The conference closed with the Poster and Youtube award ceremony, where students were awarded for their excellent contributions.

Prof. David Corr,  who served as the Chair for the Cements division will be organizing the next Cements meeting at Northwestern University in 2020.

More photos and info about the event can be found here.

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