Eng Khaled Awad has been elected president of the American Concrete Institute (ACI).
Awad is the former director of property development at Masdar, and the founder of Advanced Construction Technology Services (ACTS).
Awad is the first ACI member from the Middle East to assume the role of president. Prior to his election, Awad sat as ACI's vice president for two years.
The announcement was made during the ACI Spring Convention in Detroit, Michigan. Along with Awad, Randall W Poston, senior principal for the Texas-based Pivot Engineers, was named vice president.
Awad remarked: “It is an honour to follow in the footsteps of illustrious predecessors. I am humbled to be allowed by my peers the opportunity to serve a globally-renowned organization that is ACI, and to lead a truly international community of dedicated engineering scholars and construction professionals.
"As ACI president, and working alongside the executive committee and board of directors of ACI, I will seek to highlight the role and importance of what the American Concrete Institute can and should play internationally. It is not bold to say that the GCC region leads the world in specifying and enforcing high quality standards in construction, particularly when it comes to concrete. The fact that three of the tallest buildings in the world (Makkah Clock Tower, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, and the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah), with at least two more to come in the next three years, are all in the GCC is a clear testimony of the advancement this region has seen.
"If the construction industry were not implementing the most stringent standards in quality, such buildings as well as the other massive infrastructure projects would not be able to be executed. ACI should be able to capture the knowledge generated from the large ‘breakthrough’ construction projects in our region, Asia and other areas in the world and disseminate it globally.”
Michigan-headquartered ACI is a member-based technical organisation with almost 20,000 members spanning over 120 countries worldwide. The institute produces the main building codes that are universally adopted in engineering design and concrete construction.
ACI has more than 200 technical committees producing specifications, guidelines, and reports on various construction topics. The Institute also runs certification programmes for concrete professionals in the US and worldwide.
ACTS, a consulting organisation in the field of construction materials and geotechnical engineering, is the local sponsoring group of ACI for its certification programmes in the Middle East. ACTS has been offering these courses since 1996, and has trained more than 5,000 personnel all over the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and certified more than 2,000 in the various ACI certification programmes.
An active member of ACI, Awad serves on the certification programmes committee, international advisory committee, ACI board committee chairs, and the international certification subcommittee, of which he is a past chair.
Awad received his BE in civil engineering from the American University, Beirut, Lebanon, and his MA in business administration from the Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon. He is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and ASTM International, and a fellow of the UK Institute of Concrete Technology.