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May 17, 2017

Honorary Civil Engineering Professor recognized by American Concrete Institute

Dr. Sakai receives honorary ACI membershipKoji Sakai, a UBC Civil Engineering honorary professor, has received Honorary Membership in the American Concrete Institute for his “lifetime achievements and contributions to the global concrete community, including his highly successful efforts to launch a global and collaborative dialogue on the environmental considerations related to the design and construction of concrete.”

Professor Sakai is the Representative of the Japan Sustainability Institute, which he founded following his 2014 retirement from Kagawa University in Japan. He remains a professor emeritus at Kagawa University, and is also a guest professor at Southeast University, Nanjing, China.

Prof. Sakai founded the ACI Concrete Sustainability Forum, which began as workshop, in 2008; and also the International Conference on Concrete Sustainability in 2013. He has been the Founding Chair of ISO/TC 71/SC 8, the international technical committee for environmental management for concrete and concrete structures, since 2007. He has also been the Founding Chair of the Asian Concrete Federation’s Sustainability Forum since 2010.

Prof. Sakai co-wrote The Sustainable Use of Concrete, which was published by CRC Press, and won the Japan Society of Civil Engineers’ Book of the Year Award in 2013. He also co-wrote Sustainability Design of Concrete Structures, published in 2016 by Gihodo Shuppan, to promote incorporation of the sustainability concept into the construction industry.

These significant achievements became the basis for the ACI Honorary membership.

Pictured above: Koji Sakai, right, with ACI President Michael Schneider at ACI Spring 2017 Convention. Photo courtesy of ACI.

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