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NM-ACI Boosts Concrete Technology and Supports UNM Civil Engineering Students with Endowed Scholarship

December 8, 2011

concreteThe New Mexico Chapter of the American Concrete Institute recently contributed to a scholarship for students in the UNM Civil Engineering Department. The Chapter originally created the endowed scholarship in 2009 for juniors or seniors in civil engineering with a minimum GPA of 3.0. The recent addition to the scholarship will ensure its perpetuity.

Established in 1984 as a nonprofit technical society, ACI is dedicated to improving the design, construction, maintenance and repair of concrete structures. UNM’s Civil Engineering department houses a state-of-the-art structural mechanics lab under the direction of Associate Professor and Regents’ Lecturer Mahmoud Reda Taha, who has been an ACI member for fifteen years. Taha received the ACI Faculty Award in 2010.   With ACI-NM’s support, the student who receives this scholarship could gain first-hand access to this groundbreaking concrete technology.

“We deeply appreciate the generosity of the New Mexico Chapter of the American Concrete Institute in establishing this scholarship,” says Professor and Chair of Civil Engineering John Stormont.   “The scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding student in our department, promoting academic excellence within our program.  The support provided by the scholarship will help the recipient pursue their academic aspirations while reducing some of the financial stress.”