Working with ACI colleagues, Ellis helped institute free ACI student e-membership, facilitate ACI's entry into social networking (Facebook), and establish the Collegiate Concrete Council as well as the Student and Young Professional Activities Committee. In support of sustainability, she served on the Board Advisory Committee for Sustainable Development and led the Task Group for the Strategic Development Council Concrete Sustainability Vision and Roadmap. Since 2002, Ellis has served on the Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee by appointment of the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. In 2007, she was inducted into the Virginia Tech Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni.
In support of engineering education throughout her career, Ellis has taught a variety of classes, including concrete design, to undergraduate students and continuing education classes to practicing engineers. She has completed terms on the Virginia Tech College of Engineering Advisory Board and the Civil and Environmental Engineering Advisory Board, including a term as chair.
Other industry leadership activities include terms on the Board of the Tilt-Up Concrete Association, the Board of Governors of the Washington Building Congress, and the Board of Women in Water. Ellis is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. She currently serves as a company representative to the Council on Federal Procurement of Architectural and Engineering Services and the Professional Services Council.
The author of numerous articles, Ellis is a frequent speaker at universities, professional societies, and industry forums. She received her BS in civil engineering from Virginia Tech and has been a professional engineer in Virginia since 1984. She is trained as a Six Sigma Green Belt.
Elected as a new member of ACI's Board of Direction is Neal S. Anderson, vice president of engineering at the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute in Schaumburg, Ill. He joined CRSI in early 2008 and is responsible for the technical engineering operations of the Institute.
Anderson was extensively involved with the investigation and rehabilitation of reinforced and precast/prestressed concrete and steel structures, which included experience on a variety of structural and materials evaluations; bridge superstructure and deck repair projects; and assignments, including structural building frames, building facades, plazas, stadia, slabs-on-ground, historic steel construction, and parking decks. He also served as one of the principal investigators for two Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) extensive research programs on the behavior and design criteria of headed stud anchorages.
Anderson serves on ACI Committees 318, Structural Concrete Building Code; 355, Anchorage to Concrete; C601-A, Adhesive Anchor Installer; Joint ACI-ASCE Committee 445, Shear and Torsion; and ACI Subcommittees 318-B, Reinforcement and Development, 318-C, Safety, Serviceability, and Analysis, and 318 Task Group-R, Reinforcement. He is also a Vice Chair of the Concrete Research Council. A Fellow of PCI, Anderson is active on the PCI Industry Handbook Committee and Research and Development Committee, as well as many CRSI committees.
He has authored more than 20 technical papers and has given numerous presentations at technical conferences, symposia, and educational seminars. He is also a frequent speaker for the ACI Anchorage to Concrete educational seminar program. Anderson is a licensed professional and structural engineer in Illinois and several other states.
He received his BS and MS degrees in structural engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., and previously worked for Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., for over 21 years.
Khaled Awad has also begun his post as a member of ACI's Board of Direction. He is the chairman and founder of ACTS, a leading material and geotechnical consulting firm in the Middle East, based in Beirut, Lebanon. An active member of ACI, he is the chair of the International Certification Subcommittee and currently serves on the Financial Advisory Committee; the International Committee; and ACI Committees 130, Sustainability of Concrete; and C630, Construction Inspector Certification. Awad received the ACI Henry L. Kennedy Award and the ACI Chapter Activities Award in 2007 and the ACI Certification Award in 2011.