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Antonio Nanni Honored with 2018 Joe W. Kelly Award from ACI

Antonio Nanni, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering will receive the 2018 Joe W. Kelly Award from the American Concrete Institute (ACI).

Nanni was selected in recognition of his “exemplary achievement, groundbreaking research, and service to ACI and the concrete industry.” The Joe W. Kelly Award was established in 1974 in recognition of the contributions of Joe W. Kelly, past president of the institute, to concrete technology, his devotion to teaching, the advancement of his profession, and the use of concrete in construction. The award, in the form of a plaque, will be presented to Nanni at the ACI spring convention in Salt Lake City on March 25-29.

Nanni’s research interest includes construction materials and their structural performance and field application, including monitoring and renewal, with a focus on the sustainability of buildings and civil infrastructure. He is the co-director of two federally funded centers: The National Science Foundation’s Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for the Integration of Composites into Infrastructure and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s University Transportation Center for Research on Concrete Applications for Sustainable Transportation.

During the past 30 years, Nanni has studied concrete and advanced composite-based systems as the principal investigator on a number of research projects sponsored by federal and state agencies and private industry. Some of the field projects he contributed to have received awards from organizations such as the Florida Engineering Society (FES) and the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI).  His research in materials and structures has impacted the work of several technical committees in the United States and abroad. Nanni is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering (American Society of Civil Engineers) and serves on the editorial board of other technical journals. He has advised more than 60 graduate students pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees in the field; and he has published more than 220 papers in refereed journals, published more than 350 papers in conference proceedings, and co-authored two books.

Nanni has received several awards, including the ASCE 2017 Richard R. Torrens Award for outstanding performance as editor of JMCE, 2017 Outstanding Service Award, Florida Engineering Society; 2015 Engineer of the Year Award, ASCE Miami-Dade Branch; 2014 IIFC Medal, International Institute for FRP in Construction; ASCE 2012 Henry L. Michel Award for Industry Advancement of Research; and Engineering News-Record Award of Excellence in 1997 (Top 25 Newsmakers in Construction). He also was elected a member of the American Concrete Institute board of directors for 2016-2019, a founding fellow of the International Institute for FRP in Construction in 2004, a fellow with the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1999 and a fellow with the American Concrete Institute in 1998. He is a registered professional engineer in Italy and the U.S. states of Florida, Pennsylvania, Missouri and Oklahoma.

ACI is a leading authority and resource worldwide for the development and distribution of consensus-based standards, technical resources, educational and training programs, certification programs, and proven expertise for individuals and organizations involved in concrete design, construction and materials, who share a commitment to pursuing the best use of concrete. ACI has more than 95 chapters, 110 student chapters, and nearly 20,000 members spanning more than 120 countries. For more information, please visit concrete.org.

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