Week of Concrete: Speaker Spotlight
Dr. Heather J. Brown is Director and Associate Professor with the Concrete Industry Management Program at Middle Tennessee State University. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering from Tennessee Technological University in 2001. Her specialization is in the area of Construction Materials. She has authored several papers for Transportation Research Board, Concrete International, International Center for Aggregate Research, American Society for Testing and Materials, and American Society for Engineering Education. She worked as a research assistant for the Tennessee Department of Transportation for four years in concrete, asphalt and aggregates. Dr. Brown is a member of American Concrete Institute, Prestressed/Precast Concrete Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers, and serving as the faculty advisor for the ACI, PCI and SAWIC student chapters. Her teaching experience is in the areas of surveying, geotechnical engineering, construction materials, masonry design, pavement design, concrete fundamentals, troubleshooting concrete problems, and construction estimating. Her current research work is in the area of fiber reinforced concrete, fly ash and slag performance, pervious concrete and construction tolerances.
Dr. Brown will be presenting on less common test methods for both conventional concrete, pervious concrete, and some related materials. Exapmles will include 3 recent ASTM test methods for pervious concrete, tests for self consolidating concrete, as well as non-destructive hardened concrete testing. Some of the tests will be demonstrated and those wishing to do so will be able to take a certification exam at the end of the presentation (additional fee required). Dr. Brown's presentation will take place during TCA's Week of Concrete on Wednesday, June 12, 2013.
Civil Engineering Students At TTU Install Slab That Promotes Green Planning On Campus
Civil engineering graduate student Jared Thompson and civil engineering technician Mark Davis recently unveiled a small parking slab at Tennessee Tech University that is also a giant leap toward green planning on campus and a promotion of student competitions in the American Society of Civil Engineers.
The 21-by-10-foot slab east of the TTU football stadium was constructed of pervious concrete, which allows water to filter back into the groundwater supply.
Rutherford County Sheriff's Dept. 9/11 Memorial
In January of 2012, Mr. John Curtis (IMI) read an article in The Tennessean newspaper about a unique September 11th memorial being constructed in Murfreesboro, TN by the Rutherford County Sherriff’s Office (RSCO). The article gave a brief history of the monument’s progress but what caught John’s eye was the work that remained to complete the memorial – in fact, the article specifically mentioned that concrete was needed for completion.
Tennessee Tree Project
The Tennessee Environmental Council (Council) and the Tennessee Concrete Association (TCA) announce a strategic partnership to work together on the Tennessee Tree Project. Tennessee Tree Project has a goal of planting 1 million native trees and engaging 500,000 Tennesseans by 2020. TCA has committed to working with its member companies to plant 10%, or 100,000 trees by 2020.
"Trees support healthy, sustainable communities and have environmental, public health, and economic value. The benefits are so huge, the Council decided to initial the Tennessee Tree Project and set a lofty goal of planting 1 million trees in 20 years," stated John McFadden, Executive Director of the Council. "We did not know exactly how we'd reach this goal, so I am thrilled the folks from the Tennessee Concrete Association stepped up to the plate and agreed to plant as many as 100,000 of our 1 million trees.