Civil engineering's Radlinska named American Concrete Institute Fellow

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Aleksandra Radlińska, assistant professor of civil engineering at Penn State, has been elected a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) in recognition of her contributions to ACI.

The award will be formally announced at the ACI Spring 2018 Concrete Convention and Exposition in Salt Lake City, Utah on March 25. It is given to members who have been with ACI for at least 10 years and have made “outstanding contributions to the production or use of concrete materials, products and structures in the areas of education, research, development, design, construction or management.” In addition, fellows should also have made significant contributions to the Institute through committees and/or local chapters and must retain their membership rank.

“It's a very nice recognition,” said Radlińska. “It's ACI's way of saying 'thank you' for all the contributions over the years. ACI is a volunteer-run organization, so everything is done through members’ effort. The involvement becomes much more intense and time-consuming with time, so it’s very rewarding and flattering to receive this recognition.”

Radlińska, a Penn State faculty member since 2012, received her bachelor's degree and master’s degree in civil engineering from West Pomeranian University of Technology in Poland and her doctorate degree in civil engineering with an emphasis in concrete materials from Purdue University.

Prior to joining Penn State, Radlińska was an assistant professor at Villanova University and a guest scientist at BAM — the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing in Berlin, Germany. 

Radlińska teaches undergraduate courses in materials science, construction materials, and a civil engineering laboratory, as well as graduate courses in concrete materials and properties.

Her research focuses on cement and concrete in sustainable design; durability, shrinkage and cracking of concrete; reliability-based analysis of the behavior of construction materials; and using alternative cement binders with reduced CO2 emissions. She has also recently started developing 3-D concrete printing methods.

Radlińska’s recognitions include the 2015 ACI Walter P. Moore, Jr. Faculty Achievement Award; the 2012 ACI Young Member Award for Professional Achievement; a 2011 Best Paper Award from the ASEE Mechanics Division; and the 2006 and 2007 Magoon Award for Excellence in Teaching, Purdue University. She also became an ExCEEd Teaching Fellow in 2009 and was the adviser for Villanova’s ACI Student Chapter when they won Excellent University in 2010 and 2011.

ACI is a leading authority and resource worldwide for the development, dissemination and adoption of its 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 over 95 chapters, 125 student chapters, and nearly 20,000 members spanning over 120 countries.

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Last Updated March 21, 2018